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  • Study: Academic Stress Increases Athletes' Risk for Injury

    by Laura Godlewski August 2015

    Several years ago, the University of Missouri football team was overwhelmed by a number of injuries. J. Bryan Mann, an assistant director of strength and conditioning at the university, wanted to understand why this was happening

  • The AB Extra: July 24

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Featured in this week's AB Extra is news about an accidental addition to the ACC Football Media Guide, a creative way to dry out the L.A. Angels' field and a gym especially for dogs. 


    A Cry for Help Buried in the ACC Media Guide
    Someone in the ACC is seemingly unhappy about something to do with its media guide. 

    The ACC Football Media Guide was released on Monday and on page 145 beneath Wake Forest's 2014 game results reads the phrase, "F--- this s---." 

    Different media sources have speculated as to why such a message would appear. Some say maybe it's a response to Wake Forest's less-than-stellar season. Another detailed his experiences with media guides, saying just reading them turned his "brain to mush" and he sympathized with whoever had to actually write one.

    It's not known who wrote the message in the media guide, but the ACC has since removed it and released a statement regarding it.

    “We sincerely apologize for the offensive error in the media guide. It has been appropriately updated," the ACC said.


    International Special Olympics Spend Night in LA Gym After Transportation Delays
    Special Olympians arriving in California on Tuesday for the 2015 World Summer Games had to make the best of a bad situation when transportation delays stopped them from getting to their host cities. This resulted in about 1,500 athletes having to sleep on the gymnasium floor at Loyola Marymount University for the night.

    Athletes from the Cayman Islands, Kenya, Norway, Mexico, Norway and Venezuela were those affected by the delays when they arrived in Los Angeles. Despite being tired from a long day of travel, Kenyan swim coach Collins Marigiri told Fox News, "It really wasn't bad... The athletes didn't have any problems."

    According to Marigiri, "They had food. They had water. They had a place to sleep. There were no medical issues."

    Some of the athletes played board games and took advantage of the opportunity to meet athletes from other countries. At one point, a conga line was formed. The Red Cross provided bedding for the athletes and all were able to leave for their host cities on Wednesday. 

    The Opening Ceremony for the Games takes place on Saturday. 


    Controversy Over New Lululemon Beer
    Yoga apparel company Lululemon has another PR snafu on their hands after announcing the release of a Lululemon branded beer with a cartoon totem pole on the can. 

    The company posted a picture of the beer can on Instagram last week and immediately drew backlash with some saying the cartoon was insensitive to Indigenous people. Some also questioned whether producing a beer was the right choice for a yoga company. 

    One Instagram user commented on the photo saying, “The ‘totem pole’ is cultural appropriation and incredibly offensive."

    The beer, called Curiosity Lager, is limited edition and only 88,000 cans will be produced in conjunction with the 2015 SeaWheeze Sunset Festival and Half Marathon in August in Vancouver. It will also be able to be purchased in some liquor stores across Canada.  


    L.A. Angels Use Helicopter to Dry Rain-Soaked Field
    For the first time since 1995, the Los Angeles Angels had a game rained out. The rain soaked the field, forcing the team to take some creative measures to get the field in playing condition for the next day. 

    The organization deployed a helicopter to fly over the field to dry it in time for the Angel's double header against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

    Despite being a little over-the-top, the field was dry by the time the game needed to start and the teams began play at 2 pm PT. 


    A Gym for Dogs... With a Pool
    Dogs in Tucson, Arizona don't just have to hit the pavement anymore to get in their exercise. Now, they can become a member at A Loyal Companion, a rec center just for dogs, to get in their workout.

    They can hit the pool to get some cardio or climb on inflatables to improve strength and balance. If they need some down time, the dogs can get a massage or reiki treatments or if they're looking to learn, there are options to enroll in obedience classes or therapy dog training.

    Gym owner Kate Titus says A Loyal Companion is a great way for dogs to get exercise because many times, people don't walk fast enough for dogs to get enough of a cardio workout. She says her gym not only gives dogs a different way to exercise that's more complete, but it also allows for a nice bonding opportunity between dogs and their owners.

    Currently, A Loyal Companion has about 50 to 60 members and dues start at $29 per month.


    Check out the AB Extra from previous weeks: 
    July 17
    July 10
    June 26

  • Ohio Study Examines Increases in College Athletics Spending

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    As the cost of attending college continues to rise, the price of college sports for many schools is rising at a much higher rate.

  • Judge Orders Towson to Allow Player to Return to Team

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    It was a hot summer day in August of 2013 when Towson University offensive lineman Gavin Class collapsed on the field during football practice. His body temperature had risen to 108 degrees, causing his heart to stop and his liver to fail.

  • NCAA To Pay $46 Million for O'Bannon's Legal Fees

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A judge ruled that the NCAA will have to pay $44.4 million in attorneys’ fees and an additional $1.5 million in costs to lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit, despite the NCAA's claims that the legal fees amounted to less than $10 million.

  • Renewed Debate Over Confederate Flag at Prep Level

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    With the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, the state is eligible again to host NCAA neutral-site championship games. This will be the first time the state has been allowed to host NCAA games since 2001 when it was banned from doing so because of the presence of the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds.

  • Former College Coach's Lawsuit Going to Federal Court

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Tom Lechnir was a successful baseball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for 26 years. He compiled a 728-292-1 record during his time as a coach at the school and led the team to the 1994 Division III championship. Despite an impressive record and a history of positive performance evaluations, Lechnir lost his job after the university alleged that he was responsible for and didn’t repay debt on a new baseball stadium.

  • FSU QB Dismissed After Video of Bar Battery Surfaces

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    In a short statement released by Florida State University, Seminoles football coach Jimbo Fisher announced that freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson was dismissed from the team following the release of video footage by the state's attorney office showing Johnson punching a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar. 

  • Break Point: College Tennis Tries to Rally

    by Emily Attwood June 2015

    The college tennis world is undergoing a quiet revolution. Or not so quiet, as anyone attending a Big 12 Conference match this past season would tell you. The new Roditi Rule, named after Texas Christian University men's tennis coach David Roditi, encourages fans to cheer for players (and heckle opponents — within reason) as they would at a football or basketball game. Combined with free pizza, contests and other activities to keep spectators engaged, the new rule created a noticeable difference in the fan atmosphere at Big 12 competitions.

  • South Carolina AD Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Members of the athletic department at the University of South Carolina are calling for the Confederate flag to be removed from the capitol building following the massacre of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.