• Student Athletic Fees on the Rise

    by April 2016

    Student athletic fees, which fuel college athletics at the state's mid-major schools, continue to rise in South Carolina. The state's six public mid-major schools (FCS and non-football Division I programs) raised their athletic fees for in-state students by an average of 11.5 percent in 2014-15, according to figures from the state Commission on Higher Education. The increases ranged from 51.4 percent at Coastal Carolina to 2.9 percent at College of Charleston, with South Carolina State decreasing its reported fee by 3 percent. The Citadel boosted its fee some 3.9 percent to $2,486 per student, while College of Charleston s fee rose almost 3 percent to $1,246 per student.

  • Would College Athletes Play for Free?

    by Rob Oller April 2016

    At the conclusion of a panel discussion on whether college athletes should be paid -- a worthy topic presented Friday at the Faculty Club by The Sports and Society Initiative at Ohio State -- seven former Buckeyes from four sports were asked to raise a hand if they would have played for free. All seven hands shot up.

  • School Looks for Public Money for Facility Upgrades

    by Tim Buckland April 2016

    In an effort to upgrade track and field facilities at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, university staff on Monday morning formally asked the Wilmington City Council to consider joining a partnership to fund the project.

  • Debate Over Tackling in Practice Continues

    by Paul Myerberg, @paulmyerberg, USA TODAY Sports April 2016

    Every little advantage helps, even if most of Stanford's practices this spring involved far less hitting than one might expect -- minus a single daily session in particular: a set time devoted to full-contact drills, with tackling and blocking occurring at full speed. Stanford coach David Shaw will preface these sessions with a message. Block high and tackle high, he'll tell his team, and stay face to face and chest to chest. "The game is still blocking and tackling, and avoiding blocks and avoiding being tackled," Shaw said. "And the only way to get good at that is by doing it."

  • ODU Relying Less on Student Fees After State Mandate

    by Harry Minium April 2016

    Old Dominion's athletic program continues to make progress toward meeting a state edict to reduce reliance on student fees. But some other state schools, including Norfolk State and James Madison, remain far from their mandates .

  • NCAA's Satellite Camp Ban May Be Revisited

    by USA TODAY Sports April 2016

    One of the highest ranking officials in the NCAA said Monday he expected the rule banning college football coaches from participating in satellite camps to be revisited. Speaking at a meeting of the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, NCAA executive vice president for regulatory affairs Oliver Luck said the ban might not go through, according to multiple reports.

  • Racially Charged Voicemail Impacts Recruiting

    by April 2016

    A bizarre voicemail shook up the recruitment period of Rashan Gary, the No. 1 high school recruit in the country who decided on National Signing Day to attend Michigan over Clemson.

  • Opinion: NCAA Should Allow Transfers if Coach Leaves

    by Chris McGaughey April 2016

    Hey NCAA, why don t you make Chris Beard sit out a year? Maybe even two. In yet another sign of how remarkably out of whack the whole state of college athletics is in this country, Beard left UNLV on Friday to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech less than two weeks after this mercenary bolted from Arkansas-Little Rock to assume the same job with the Runnin Rebels. Yet, just try being a college athlete who wants to play for another school, perhaps because the coach who recruited you who was probably the major reason you picked that particular school got a better offer elsewhere. Or, in Beard s case, two better offers just since the end of the recently completed men s basketball season.

  • Ex-Syracuse Football Player Charged in Stabbing of Two Current Players

    by Stuart Goldman April 2016

    A former Syracuse University football player was charged in the stabbing of two current Syracuse football players.

  • Ohio State Breaks Own Spring Game Attendance Record

    by Dayton Daily News April 2016

    In the end, coach Urban Meyer got what he wanted: a crowd of 100,000 and 189 more for good measure, enough to set a national attendance mark for a spring game.