Basketball Administrators' Advice to CFB Playoff Panel
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
No one knows what the next few months will bring for the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. The only folks who have any idea what this process is like are those who go through a similar one for basketball.
UNM Women's Basketball Cuts Prices to Lure Fans
by KEN SICKENGER JOURNAL August 2014
UNM is cutting season-ticket prices, eliminating parking fees in most lots and increasing fan access to players. These and other changes in game-day structure are intended to improve the fan experience and boost home attendance for women's basketball, which has steadily declined in recent years.
Air Force to Probe Reports of Athlete Misconduct
by Tom Roeder, The Gazette August 2014
U.S. Air Force Academy cadet athletes flouted the sacred honor code by committing sexual assaults, taking drugs, cheating and engaging in other misconduct at wild parties while the service academy focused on winning bowl games and attracting money from alumni and private sources in recent years, a Gazette investigation has found. The findings are egregious enough that academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told The Gazette that she has called for an Inspector General's investigation of the athletic department. "These efforts will help in eliminating subcultures ... whose climates do not align with our institutional core values," she said in a statement released Thursday exclusively to The Gazette. Johnson said the academy has taken steps to correct the problems within the athletic department. "Despite all of our efforts, I expect we'll still have issues with a few young people who will make poor choices," she wrote.
Makeover Turning UA's McKale Center into Intimate Arena
by Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star August 2014
Construction workers at McKale Center are working double shifts until 3 a.m., seven days a week, in an attempt to have a $30 million remodeling project complete for Arizona's Nov. 9 exhibition opener against Cal Poly Pomona.
'Blanket Offering' Leaves Many Recruits Feeling Jilted
by Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2014
College football coaches are handing out more scholarship offers than ever, but those offers have never meant less. Verbal commitments have always been non-binding until players signed letters of intent on national signing day. But with offers coming sooner and in great number, players are being forced to commit earlier and schools are finding it harder to honor offers. According to Rivals.com, Alabama has 205 offers and Ohio State has 202 offers out for the 2015 class. To put those numbers into perspective, Alabama's 2014 class was made up of just 26 recruits and Ohio State's 2014 class was made up of 23 recruits, according to Rivals.com. "We call it blanket offering," said Mike Farrell, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. "You're just offering a ton of kids and you're slow playing the ones you don't want."
California Community Colleges Amend Recruiting Rules
by Joe Curley August 2014
California community colleges voted earlier this year to amend their recruiting bylaws to allow the electronic recruiting of potential student-athletes beyond their recruiting areas.
More Coaches Monitoring Players' Twitter Use
by Dirk Facer Deseret News August 2014
When it comes to Twitter, many college football coaches have a pretty good handle of what their players are doing on the popular social media network.
Thorough NCAA Rules Make Lesser Violations Common
by MIKE CASAZZA July 2014
On July 25, 2013, Lacey Gibson, West Virginia University's associate athletic director for compliance, had a meeting with Tomi Oliverio, the director of operations for the women's basketball team. Together they'd review the recruiting materials the Mountaineers were using and sending to prospective student-athletes. This is normal inside the WVU Coliseum and around the athletic department, and this time it produced an abnormality. Gibson recognized that a previously approved envelope used for mailings was 10 inches wide and 13 inches tall. That's a secondary violation of an NCAA rule that allows schools to use envelopes that are 9 inches wide and 12 inches tall. The margin of error between good and bad is literally that small, though WVU does not accept such mistakes and actually has procedures in place to prevent one like that. Recruiting materials are regularly reviewed, and in its self-report to the NCAA last July, WVU said the "impermissible envelope had been reviewed previously by the compliance office but the contents were through email and therefore the size was not evident through the initial review.
Big Ten Coaches Talk Campus Visits After UW Sex Assault
by JEFF POTRYKUS, email@example.com July 2014
The No. 1 area of concern focused on the time recruits spend on campus supervised only by a current player, a host, rather than the coaches.
Wisconsin Coach in Favor of Big Games on Neutral Fields
by JEFF POTRYKUS, firstname.lastname@example.org Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2014
Gary Andersen knows Wisconsin's season-opener against LSU on Aug. 30 in Houston has created a buzz in the UW locker room. "I think it gives the kids an edge," he said during the Big Ten preseason meetings this week. "They know that they're going to play in an NFL stadium....It's going to feel like a bowl game.... "Quite frankly, it gives the coaches an edge, too."