• New College Hoops Rules Take Some Getting Used To

    by Nicole Auerbach November 2015

    Fran Dunphy dissected many pieces of Temple's season-opening loss to No. 1 North Carolina on Friday, but something surprised him as he glanced at the box score: the lack of fouls. College basketball is three days into a regular season featuring more than 30 rules changes enacted by the NCAA men's basketball rules committee to make play faster and more fluid. As part of that, there is a push for game officials to enforce the rules as written -- even at the risk of early contests turning into a parade of free throws. Some changes focus on contact between players, with the intent of allowing offensive players more freedom of movement on the court. Others include a reduced number of timeouts, elimination of live-ball timeouts called by coaches and penalties when teams are slow to come out of timeouts or injury substitutions. Teams are expecting short-term growing pains.

  • Field Issues at Tennesse's Neyland Stadium?

    by Troy Provost-Heron November 2015

    The field conditions inside Neyland Stadium were bad enough for North Texas to point it out during the Vols’ 24-0 victory on Saturday. The Mean Green’s official Twitter account tweeted during the second quarter of the game, “Pretty sure this is what took place at Neyland Stadium on Friday #GMG,” accompanied with a video of somebody painting dead grass with green paint.

  • Missouri's Pinkel Announces He Has Lymphoma, Resigns

    by The Buffalo News November 2015

    Saying that he has cancer and wants to focus on his family and his treatment, the head coach of the University of Missouri football team, Gary Pinkel, announced his resignation Friday. The move shocked the campus after racial protests had put it in the national spotlight and Pinkel had backed his players' threat to boycott a game. "I still feel good physically, but I decided that I want to focus on enjoying my remaining years with my family and friends, and also have proper time to battle the disease and give full attention to that," Pinkel said, revealing that he found out several months ago that he has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and that he decided late last month that this would be his final season coaching.

  • Opinion: Missouri Protest is Leadership 101

    by Corpus Christi Caller-Times November 2015

    Less than 24 hours after University of Missouri football head coach Gary Pinkel tweeted support for the #ConcernedStudent1950 efforts at Mizzou, President Tim Wolfe resigned. Cynics would point to simple math as the reason for Wolfe’s departure. Missouri football generated $35.64 million in 2014. Pinkel, Missouri’s highest-paid state employee, earned $3.76 million in the same year. Failure to play against Brigham Young University would have forced Mizzou to fork over $1 million to the BYU athletic department per contract details. The numbers would suggest that Wolfe had to go.

  • U. of Utah Approves $13.5M Video/Sound Installation

    by Matthew Piper November 2015

    The University of Utah's Board of Trustees has approved $13.5 million toward a video board and sound system intended to take Rice-Eccles Stadium's audiovisual experience from Stone Age to state of the art. Athletic Director Chris Hill said a new video board has been high on his list of priorities for years, but the condition of the current video board made it "almost like an emergency thing now, because it's just falling apart."

  • Ohio State Expands Alcohol Sales at Value City Arena

    by Todd Jones November 2015

    Ohio State is expanding alcohol sales at athletic events at Value City Arena, but the university hasn't decided whether it also will increase the availability of beer and wine at 2016 football games at Ohio Stadium.

  • Elon Football Player Dies in Fall at UNC

    by The Durham Herald-Sun November 2015

    Elon University football player Demitri Allison of Cornelius died Wednesday afternoon in a fall from the 10-story Morrison Residence Hall at UNC Chapel Hill, according to a statement by Elon University Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life Smith Jackson.

  • Minnesota Names Tracy Claeys Head Football Coach

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    After Jerry Kill stepped down from the post on Oct. 28 due to continued health issues, the University of Minnesota announced yesterday that Tracy Claeys would replace him as head coach.

  • Opinion: Missouri Protest Swift, Nonviolent, Effective

    by John Smallwood November 2015

    Every college that relies on the revenue generated from college football or basketball programs should take keen interest in what just happened at the University of Missouri. In an act worthy of the spirit of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott during the civil rights movement, more than 30 black players brought down the university's president, Timothy M. Wolfe, and chancellor R. Bowen Loftin by simply saying they would no longer participate. Whether or not you agree with the result of this student protest, it was a clear example of the football players recognizing the influence they had over the university and using it to effect change.

  • Blog: Leadership Void Apparent at University of Missouri

    by Stuart Goldman November 2015

    The recent events at the University of Missouri have shown both a leadership void in key positions at the school as well as strong leadership values on campus.