• Summitt Foundation Gets $50K Boost from NCAA

    by News Sentinel July 2016

    The NCAA donated $50,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation in memory of the former University of Tennessee coach, the foundation announced Wednesday.

  • Coach K, Others Condemn Controversial N.C. Bill

    by Scott Gleeson and Jeff Zillgitt July 2016

    As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski prepares to take the U.S. men's national basketball team to the Rio Olympics, his thoughts turned this week to his home state of North Carolina and the controversial anti-LGBT law that was passed in March. "It's an embarrassing bill," Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports. "That's all I'm going to say about it."

  • Analyzing Possible Big 12 Expansion Partners

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    The Big 12 has announced it would pursue expansion. Nothing is certain, but here are some obvious directions for the Big 12 to look at in the coming weeks (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Baylor's Interim Coach Clarifies 'Culture' Comments

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    Jim Grobe's first impression as Baylor's interim coach at the Big 12 Conference's media days wasn't necessarily a productive one for the university's still-reeling image. But after a somewhat clumsy news conference Tuesday morning, he came back in the afternoon and clarified his views on the culture surrounding sexual violence that has thrown the campus into upheaval in recent months.

  • Gonzaga Announces $24M Addition to Athletic Facilities

    by Chad Sokol July 2016

    Gonzaga University plans to build a 51,000-square-foot addition to its athletic facilities, one of two major projects recently approved by the board of trustees. The trustees voted to spend about $24 million on the Center for Athletic Achievement, plus about $12.3 million on a residential building for Jesuits, the school said in a news release Tuesday.

  • ACC, ESPN Agree on Network Deal

    by Matt Porter July 2016

    As first reported by the Raleigh News & Observer, ESPN will launch a digital channel in August and a standalone TV network by 2019. Sports Business Daily reported that the digital network, called ACC Network Plus, will carry Olympic-style events and count on schools to produce some of the programming.

  • Big 12 Likely to Expand Amid Concerns About Falling Behind

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    In the span of one afternoon, the Big 12 all but decided to change the very nature of its conference and shake up the entire college sports universe for the foreseeable future. The conference of One True Champion is about to undergo One True Expansion. After a meeting of Big 12 presidents here Tuesday, Oklahoma President David Boren announced that Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had been authorized to engage schools interested in joining the Big 12 and said the league could grow by as many as four teams.

  • Big 12's Bowlsby Battles Baylor Narrative at Media Days

    by Mike Casazza July 2016

    Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spent most of his annual state of the union address at Big 12 media days Monday discussing the scandal that's besieged Baylor University and besmirched the conference this summer. Baylor fired coach Art Briles in May and the university's chancellor and athletic director later resigned for their roles in how the athletic department mishandled alleged sexual assaults that involved members of the football team. "We have associational issues, and I think that there are certainly those among our [board of directors] that have felt that the image of the Big 12 and the other members of the Big 12 have been sullied as a result of this incident, Bowlsby said.

  • Top NCAA Tourney Seed to Choose Opening-Round Site

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Beginning this upcoming season, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA basketball tournament will be able to choose the location of its first- and second-round games, giving the top seed an even greater competitive advantage.

  • Houston AD Reportedly Courting Pac-12

    by Spokesman Review July 2016

    University of Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek met last month with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott while on a trip to the West Coast as the school tries to attract interest from Power Five conferences.