• Opinion: Missouri Stand Gives Players Taste of Power

    by Naples Daily News November 2015

    Northwestern’s football players didn’t get their union, and today’s major college athletes probably won’t ever get their money. Still, the events in Missouri over the last few days show college administrators would be wise not to underestimate the power of labor — even if it is unpaid. The football team took a stand, and everyone was forced to listen. The football team took a stand, and the university president was gone.

  • U. of Missouri System President Resigns Amid Protests

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    The president of the University of Missouri system announced his resignation today following protests and criticism of his handling of racist incidents on campus.

  • Illinois Fires AD Mike Thomas

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    In a decision announced this morning, the University of Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas.

  • Officials Under Scrutiny After MSU-Nebraska Ending

    by NC Gentry Jim; The Associated Press November 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. Another week, it looks like another officiating blunder in college football. The Big Ten said Sunday that officials used the proper mechanics to indicate a Nebraska player stepped out of bounds and returned to the field before catching the winning touchdown pass against Michigan State on Saturday night. The conference, however, didn t say whether the officials determination that Brandon Reilly was forced out of bounds and thus able to come back inbounds and make a legal catch was right.

  • Missouri Protest Leaves Game Against BYU in Doubt

    by Jeff Call November 2015

    Late Friday night, after BYU's 17-16 victory over San Jose State, Cougar quarterback Tanner Mangum was asked about playing Missouri next Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. "I'm really excited for that. It will be a cool opportunity to play in that venue," Mangum said. "It's a good SEC team in Missouri." However, as of Sunday, it appeared the game between the Cougars and Tigers could be in jeopardy.

  • Missouri Players Join Protest to Oust System President

    by Ava Wallace, and Andrew Kreighbaum November 2015

    After months of racial unrest at the University of Missouri's flagship campus, student activists who have been calling for the system president's resignation say it was the school's football team that finally brought national attention to their cause. Football practice was canceled Sunday, and there is no indication when or if it will resume this week. The team met Sunday with coach Gary Pinkel, who expressed support for the players' position on Twitter, even posing in a photo with players and coaches locking arms.

  • Mississippi State Mourns After Fatal Accident

    by The Memphis Commercial Appeal November 2015

    MSU mourning after fatal accident Two schools are in mourning after a father and son who both played football at Mississippi State and Pascagoula High School were killed in a highway crash while heading to a game. Keith Joseph Jr., a current Mississippi State player, and Keith Joseph Sr. were driving in a pickup Friday afternoon, bound for their former high school to see the team play. The 18-year-old Joseph Jr. was redshirting this season as a freshman defensive lineman. His 44-year-old father was a linebacker for Mississippi State from 1989 to 1992 and is 10th in school history in sacks.

  • With Illinois AD Gone, Is Interim Football Coach Next?

    by Steve Greenberg November 2015

    Mom and Pop came out for another visit on Monday. By which I mean the University of Illinois and its small-time athletic department, of course. Where to start? First, Illinois' interim Chancellor, Barbara Wilson, announced the firing of athletic director Mike Thomas and the installment of athletic department staffer Paul Kowalczyk as interim director.

  • For Top Programs, Hiring Replacement Coach Costly

    by Andy Bitter November 2015

    When Virginia Tech finalized Frank Beamer's first contract in 1987, the school agreed to pay the football coach a starting annual salary of $90,000, with some haggling that produced an additional $15,000 talent fee for doing radio and television. The stakes are a bit higher almost 30 years later. With college athletic programs now multimillion-dollar businesses, the price of hiring and retaining top-notch football coaches has soared over the past three decades. Beamer, who announced a week ago that he'll retire at season's end, is paid about $2.72 million annually, 30 times his pay when he first arrived in Blacksburg as the coach. Athletic department revenues have likewise increased dramatically, with the Hokies producing $73 million last year. Some 20 programs brought in $100 million or more last school year, according to research by USA Today.

  • Rodriguez: Coaching Turnover Sign of the Times in CFB

    by Ryan Finley November 2015

    Saturday won't mark the first time that men have been thrown into the middle of a coliseum, their fates certain and terrifying. The Arizona Wildcats know USC is both dangerous and motivated. Coach Steve Sarkisian was fired last month following a second public embarrassment. His replacement, Clay Helton, must win -- and win big -- to receive a shot at the full-time job. Saturday's game would mark a unique experience for the Wildcats ... had it not happened the last time Arizona visited Los Angeles.