• NCAA Part of $1.2M Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    The NCAA and other defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit will pay $1.2 million in a settlement with the parents of a college football player who died in 2011 from a head injury suffered in practice.

  • 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.

  • Syracuse Hires ESPN Executive as Athletic Director

    by Stuart Goldman July 2016

    In case you were wondering about the power of television in college athletics, Syracuse University announced an out-of-the-box hire on Wednesday.

    John Wildhack, an executive at ESPN for the past 36 years, is returning to Syracuse — his alma mater — to serve as its athletic director. His last day at the cable network is July 28, and he will begin at Syracuse in mid-August.

  • Penn State Leads Large Universities on Fitness Index

    by Stuart Goldman June 2016

    Penn State University is No. 1 among large public universities on the 2016 National Collegiate Fitness Index (NCFI).

  • Legendary Basketball Coach Pat Summitt Dies at 64

    by Stuart Goldman June 2016

    Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division I college basketball, died Tuesday at the age of 64.

  • How NCAA Athletes Are Spending Their Extra Stipends

    by Stuart Goldman June 2016

    For the first time this past school year, NCAA scholarship athletes received a cost-of-attendance stipend in addition to their scholarship.

  • Rape Survivor in NCAA Petition to Speak to Coach, Team

    by Stuart Goldman June 2016

    Brenda Tracy, who claims she was the victim of a gang rape that included two Oregon State football players in 1998, is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Mike Riley, the Oregon State coach at the time who is now the head coach at Nebraska. Tracy also will speak to the Nebraska football team.

  • Blog: Design Development, Developing Documents

    by Max Floyd June 2016

    Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

    For a few of us recreation professionals, there are times in our professional lives when we have an opportunity to cast a vision for a better tomorrow within our sphere of influence. Sometimes these ideas take the form of new programs, leagues or special events. For others, these big picture views see staff growth and increase attention to our customer base with needed individual oversight.

  • 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.

    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.

    Related: Briles Seeks Personal Legal Representation, Could Sue Baylor

    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.

    Related: Briles Issues Statement; Starr Resigns as Chancellor

    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.

    Related: Report: Baylor Board of Regents Mulling Briles Comeback

  • Letter Calls on NCAA to Act on Abuse Allegations

    by Jason Scott June 2016

    In an open letter to the NCAA, a lawyer representing a former assistant gymnastics coach at Penn State calls for deeper NCAA investigations into allegations of abuse.