- Stanford, Vanderbilt Rape Cases Tragically Alike
by Sheila Burke June 2016
Student-athletes at two elite universities accused of sex crimes against unconscious women. Yet one is given six months in a county jail, while the other is facing at least 15 years in prison. Saturday, a jury convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation before finding Brandon Vandenburg guilty on multiple counts of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. In addition, he was convicted of one count of unlawful photography.
- Holtz: Eight-Team College Football Playoff Only Fair
by Greg Logan June 2016
Lou Holtz retired last season from his college football gig on ESPN, but if he ever were to take part in another mock trial arguing his case opposite "lawyer" Mark May in front of "judge" Chris Fowler, the former Notre Dame coach would advocate for an expansion of the two-year-old College Football Playoff system from four teams to eight.
- Louisville President to Resign, Gov. to Name New Board
by Chris McGaughey June 2016
University of Louisville president James Ramsey is stepping down, and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will appoint a new board of trustees at the school, which has been plagued by scandal in recent years.
- NCAA, NFL May Partner to Sponsor Camps
by Harry Minium June 2016
The NCAA is considering banning satellite football camps and replacing them next spring with camps it would sponsor at NFL training centers and high schools. If the NCAA doesn’t ban the current camps, documents indicate it is likely to set a 10-day window for coaches to attend camps. The current window is 30 days. High school players work out for and are coached by college coaches in satellite camps, often held on college campuses. In recent years, many Big Ten coaches have booked stops at satellite camps in the South in hopes of expanding their recruiting presence in the region’s rich talent pool.
- Report: Baylor, Briles Reach Contract Settlement
by Stuart Goldman June 2016
Baylor University and former head football coach Art Briles have reportedly reached a contract settlement, one day after Briles accused the university of wrongful termination in a motion filed as part of a federal lawsuit.
Bleacher Report’s Jason King first reported the contract settlement on Friday.
Baylor has reached a contract settlement with former football coach Art Briles, sources tell B/R. Details unclear.— Jason King (@JasonKingBR) June 17, 2016
Briles was suspended “with intent to terminate” on May 26 as part of Baylor’s response to findings from the Pepper Hamilton law firm, which was hired to investigate how Baylor handled sexual assault allegations.
Briles issued a statement on June 2, saying in part that the findings in the Pepper Hamilton report “has not been shared with me directly, despite my full cooperation with the investigation.” Briles also said, “I have certainly made mistakes and, in hindsight, I would have done certain things differently.”
The filing Thursday says Briles was fired without a pre-termination hearing, which was required by his contract. Briles reportedly has eight years and roughly $40 million left on that contract.
“The conclusion is inescapable that the motive of Baylor University and the Board of Regents was to use its Head Football Coach and the Baylor Athletic Department as a camouflage to disguise and distract from its own institutional failure to comply with Title IX and other federal civil rights laws,” Briles lawyer Ernest Cannon wrote to Baylor’s attorneys in the filing.
Briles is a co-defendant with Baylor University’s board of regents and former athletic director Ian McCaw in the federal lawsuit that was filed in March by a former Baylor student who was raped by a Baylor football player in 2012.
Another lawsuit was filed Wednesday by three women who claim they are victims of sexual assault, including one who said she was assaulted by a Baylor football player on campus in April 2014.
There were reports earlier this week that the Baylor board of regents was mulling the possibility of Briles returning to coach Baylor in 2017 after a one-year suspension. Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe was named Baylor’s interim coach before McCaw resigned at the end of May.
- UNE Researchers Collect Lacrosse Concussion Data
by Steve Craig June 2016
UNE has joined about two dozen colleges nationwide that are using head-impact sensors to conduct research on the force and frequency of head hits in sports. Many of the studies have been done on soccer and football players. UNE's researchers chose men's lacrosse because no academic studies have been conducted on the sport.
- Opinion: At Tennessee, Athletics Trump Academics
by Nancy Armour June 2016
In the balance between athletics and academics, Tennessee made it clear where its priorities lie. The state's flagship university announced this week that it would shut down Sept. 1, a Thursday, to accommodate the Volunteers' season opener. No classes will be held; no university offices will be open. The only activity on campus will be football -- and tailgates and pregame parties, of course. Yes, legitimate logistical and security concerns were the driving forces behind this decision. With a capacity of 102,455, Neyland Stadium is the fifth-largest college football stadium in the country. There's no way to accommodate that many game-day revelers without the parking lots and other property university employees use, and trying to get one group off campus while the other arrives would be a colossal challenge -- a colossal headache, too.
- Briles Seeks Personal Legal Representation, Could Sue Baylor
by Dan Wolken June 2016
It appears the battle over Art Briles' contract and how much Baylor will have to pay him to go away is about to get messy. Briles filed a motion Thursday in a federal lawsuit that names him as a co-defendant with Baylor University's Board of Regents and athletics director Ian McCaw to untangle his legal representation from the school's.
- Ohio State, Ohio U. Mascots to March in Pride Parade
by Laura A. Bischoff June 2016
Ohio State University mascot Brutus Buckeye will march in the Columbus Pride Festival and Parade after all. Security concerns after the mass shootings at a gay night club in Orlando led to the initial decision to keep Brutus home. But the university reversed course Thursday and announced Brutus is back.
- Notre Dame WR Quits Football After Concussions
by Chris Goff June 2016
Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, effervescent, cerebral and at times a useful target during his three seasons for the Irish, ended his playing career because of concerns over multiple concussions he had suffered in the past year.