- Programs Adopt Rugby-Style Tackling to Protect Players
by Eric Olson August 2016
Nebraska safety Nate Gerry was ejected from back-to-back games last season because officials ruled he targeted receivers above the shoulders when tackling them. This year, Gerry and his teammates are transitioning to a tackling method whose objectives are to eliminate dangerous helmet-to-helmet contact while making defenders dominant tacklers. Nebraska is the latest program to adopt rugby-style tackling. As in rugby, where players wear no helmets, the tackle is made by driving a shoulder into or near the ball-carrier's hip, wrapping him up and taking him to the ground. Though the hip is the ideal target, it could be anywhere between the knees and armpit. All the while the defender's head remains to the side of the ball-carrier's body, away from the tackle contact zone.
- Opinion: What Happens if Big 12 Rejects BYU?
by Gordon Monson August 2016
The Big 12 has turned its campaign for expansion into a reality show. It has Bob Bowlsby sitting on a couch with a rose, waiting to determine which of the 17 candidates will be blessed with his approval and his presidents' affection. Based on Bob's own announced qualifying criteria for the scrambling suitors, it appears BYU is the strongest of the group. Whether that matters, with all the vagaries of the heart ccc along with the pressures and politics ccc involved, nobody knows.
- Air Force Close to Completing Second Stadium Video Board
by Colorado Springs Gazette August 2016
Air Force is adding a second new video board at Falcon Stadium, it just hasn't been officially announced yet. The frames that will hold the new scoreboard in the north of the stadium were in plain view of Saturday morning's practice. A team representative said the project would likely be made public next week.
- Lawsuit: Victimized Rowers Forced to Attend Football
by Topeka Capital-Journal August 2016
The University of Kansas' athletic department required female rowers to attend games and encouraged them to socialize with football recruits, according to an amended lawsuit by a former rower who says she was raped by a football player.
- WCC Compresses Basketball Schedule
by Jim Meehan August 2016
The desire to avoid opening the WCC season before Christmas has resulted in a conference basketball schedule without byes or traditional travel partners. The WCC played pre-Christmas conference games last season for the first time and it was met with criticism from coaches and athletic directors. The compromise of eliminating pre-Christmas openers means condensing the 18-game WCC schedule into nine weeks instead of the customary 10.
- Sandusky to Take the Stand in Bid to Overturn Conviction
by Jeremy Roebuck August 2016
With the world watching four years ago, Jerry Sandusky kept silent, opting not to testify in his defense before a jury that labeled him a serial sexual predator. He is to return to the same Centre County, Pa., courtroom Friday in a bid to overturn that conviction. But this time, the former coach has vowed to take the witness stand - and force his victims, prosecutors, and defense lawyers to do the same. Sandusky's lawyer says their testimony will expose the case as a "modern-day Salem witch trial" that he says led to the conviction of an innocent man. The arguments aren't novel, and the odds of success are long. But the hearing could be remarkable for its behind-the-scenes glimpses into one of the most thoroughly chronicled sexual-abuse cases.
- Switch from Speedway to Football Field Expected to Be Fast
by Norm Wood August 2016
About a week and a half ago, Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell showed Butch Jones around the race-track-soon-to-be-football stadium where Jones’ Tennessee football team will play Sept. 10 against Virginia Tech. Jones marveled at the giant, suspended videoboard support hovering above the track’s infield. Caldwell said Jones told him the scoreboard is a “game changer for facilities, for venues.”
- Charleston Southern Getting New Outfield Surface
by Staff report August 2016
Charleston Southern is installing a new playing surface in the outfield and along the foul territory at CSU Ballpark. The $250,000 project is expected to be completed in early September, according to Charleston Southern baseball head coach Stuart Lake.
- Alabama Finally Releases Player to Transfer to Georgia
by Seth Emerson August 2016
Alabama coach Nick Saban had been declining to release Maurice Smith, who informed Saban in late June that he wanted to go to Georgia. That led to a fight behind the scenes that finally became public last week.
- BYU's Big 12 Controversy: Questions for Both Sides
by Peggy Fletcher Stack August 2016
All sides agree that discrimination is at the root of the battle over whether Brigham Young University should be excluded from the Big 12 over the Provo school's gay policies. They just differ over who is facing discrimination. BYU, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, views its potential barring from the athletic league ccc because of the school's religiously based rules about sexual behavior ccc as discrimination.