RECENT ARTICLES
  • Texas Fires Athletic Director Steve Patterson

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    University of Texas president Gregory Fenves has reportedly fired athletic director Steve Patterson after just 22 months on the job.

  • Michigan First School to Use Virtual Reality in Recruiting, Fan Engagement

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    The University of Michigan athletic department is beginning to utilize Virtual Reality (VR) technology for recruiting and fan engagement.

  • K-State Band Apologizes for Inappropriate Formation

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    Officials at Kansas State University have apologized for a marching band halftime performance that featured what appeared to be sexual innuendo directed at the University of Kansas.

  • Do Social Media Bans Violate the First Amendment?

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    Several college athletics programs have made headlines and drawn criticism lately for instituting bans on social media use for their student-athletes.

  • South Carolina, Va. Tech to Honor Victims of Gun Violence

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    As the national conversation on gun violence continues, two college football teams in communities that are dealing with shocking instances of violence are paying tribute to the victims.

  • Auburn Athletics Fights to Save Academic Major

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Public administration, a generally unpopular undergraduate academic major in the political science department at Auburn University, was almost eliminated from the school’s offering by a curriculum review committee in 2013.

  • Did Rutgers Coach Interfere with Player's Eligibility?

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood could face suspension or firing because of alleged “impermissible contact” with a university employee regarding the academic eligibility of one of his players.

  • What Did Boise State, Baylor Know About Ukwuachu?

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Former Boise State defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexual assault of a former Baylor soccer player last week. Ukwuachu transferred to Baylor following his 2013 dismissal from the Boise State program. The circumstances surrounding his exit from Boise State have come under scrutiny lately, as many have questioned whether he should have been allowed to enter Baylor in the first place.

  • USA Today: Baylor, Coach Ignored Ukwuachu Red Flags

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    On Thursday, Baylor football transfer Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty in district court of sexually assaulting a former Baylor women’s soccer player.

    USA Today columnist Dan Wolken argues that if Baylor or football coach Art Briles had paid attention to Ukwuachu’s background during his recruitment, he might never have been on campus in the first place.

    According to Wolken, a basic investigation into the details of Ukwuachu’s dismissal and exit from Boise State in May 2013 would have turned up red flags. At that time, Ukwuachu was dismissed from the team for attacking his girlfriend.

    A second chance didn’t change Ukwuachu’s violent tendencies, and only months after his exit from Boise State, he was in trouble at Baylor.

    Ukwuachu’s behavior cost him the entire 2014 season, and he never played a down of football for the Bears. But the way the university bumbled its way through the proceedings is indicative of a larger problem, Wolken suggests.

    Because he could help the pass rush, Briles and Baylor officials exposed their campus community to the risk of violence, and one victim suffered the consequences of that decision. Wolken argues that it’s time for coaches and officials to be held accountable for recruiting decisions that put other students at risk.

    A statement released by the university following Thursday’s verdict reads: “Acts of sexual violence contradict every value Baylor University upholds as a Christian community. In recent years we have joined university efforts nationally to prevent campus violence against women and sexual assault, to actively support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and care, and to take action against perpetrators. We have established a fully staffed Title IX office that employs a Title IX Coordinator and two full-time investigators. Maintaining a safe and caring community is central to Baylor’s mission and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff.”

    Ukwuachu is expected to be sentenced Friday. 

  • Ruling: Northwestern Players Cannot Unionize

    by Stuart Goldman August 2015

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in a unanimous decision that Northwestern University football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships cannot form a union, a ruling seen as a victory for the NCAA.