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  • 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.

  • Maryland Suspends Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Charged with Sexual Abuse

    by Stuart Goldman August 2015

    A University of Maryland women’s basketball assistant coach has been suspended indefinitely after he was charged with sexual abuse against a player he was coaching at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

  • South Carolina Displays Kindness to Rival Clemson

    by Stuart Goldman August 2015

    When it comes to college rivalries, some of the more prominent include Ohio State-Michigan, Duke-North Carolina, Auburn-Alabama, USC-UCLA and Missouri-Kansas.

    You can certainly add Clemson-South Carolina to that list. The two head football coaches at each school, Dabo Swinney at Clemson and Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, love to throw barbs at one another, as evidenced by this ESPN article.

  • Cal Field Hockey Mulls Title IX Complaint After Displacement

    by Laura Godlewski August 2015

    Almost two years ago, the University of California Berkeley told its women's field hockey team they would lose their practice and game facility because the school was building a new parking garage in the space.

  • Allegations at Minnesota Shouldn’t Deter Advances of Women in Athletics

    by Stuart Goldman August 2015

    After reading the sexual harassment allegations that forced Norwood Teague to resign as the athletic director at the University of Minnesota and the report of more allegations from a newspaper reporter who covers the Gophers’ men’s basketball team, I told a colleague in passing that Teague likely has acted this way for years. That may have been unfair, but the feeling was this type of behavior didn’t come out of the blue.

  • Reporter Claims Ousted Minnesota AD Sexually Harassed Her

    by Stuart Goldman August 2015

    The news Friday that University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague had resigned after allegations of sexual harassment had simmered somewhat over the weekend.

    That is, until Sunday night, when Amelia Rayno, who covers the Gophers’ men’s basketball team for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, wrote a story claiming that Teague had harassed her as well.

  • The AB Extra: August 7

    by Laura Godlewski August 2015

    This week's AB Extra features news about angry soccer fans, a re-creation of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium in a fan's front yard and virtual reality recruiting at Michigan. 

  • 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