- WSU Coach: Football Players Unfairly Targeted
by Jacob Thorpe September 2016
Mike Leach held a folded piece of paper covered with red ink as he read a statement in which he accused the media and local police of unfairly targeting Washington State football players during the aftermath of three recent incidents that led to assault investigations. Leach's statement comes on the heels of Monday's revelation that starting rush linebacker Logan Tago was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and second-degree robbery, both felonies. Two fights during the summer led to the arrests of football players, though none have yet been charged by prosecutors.
- Big South, Atlantic Sun Form Football Alliance
by Post & Courier September 2016
With its membership for football down to six programs, the NCAA minimum for an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs the Big South Conference has been seeking ways to solidify and expand its membership.
- Junior College Player Apologizes After Punching Ref
by Jason Scott September 2016
After being arrested for suspicion of assaulting a referee, a Mount San Antonio College football player is apologizing and claiming he never intended to hit the official.
- NCAA to Relocate Championships from North Carolina
by Scott Gleeson September 2016
The NCAA announced on Monday the relocation of seven previously awarded championship events — including NCAA tournament games in Greensboro — from the state of North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year as a result of the state’s House Bill 2 that discriminates against members of the LGBT community.
- End-of-Game Gaffe Earns Officials Suspensions
by The Boston Herald September 2016
The eight-man officiating crew that botched the end of the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game has been suspended for two games, the Mid-American Conference announced yesterday. And the Big 12 announced that the two-person video replay crew that worked the game also has been suspended for two games. In addition, the replay crew will be prohibited from working postseason games this season. 'The crew missed an opportunity to advise the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the penalty giving CMU an untimed down that resulted in its game-winning touchdown,' Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson said in a statement. 'NCAA rules permit instant replay to correct egregious errors and it is unacceptable that it did not occur in this situation.'
- Officiating Error Costs Oklahoma State
by The Commercial Appeal September 2016
A mistake by the officials that extended the game when it should have been over allowed Central Michigan to score the winning touchdown on a Hail Mary and lateral for a 30-27 upset of No. 17 Oklahoma State on Saturday. Oklahoma State tried to kill the final 4 seconds by throwing the ball away on fourth down but was penalized for intentional grounding, which is a loss-of-down penalty. Rules state that the game cannot end on an accepted live-ball penalty, official Tim O’Dey of the Mid-American Conference, CMU’s league, said. “There’s an exception to the rule that says if enforcement of the foul involves a loss of down, then that brings the game to an end,” O’Dey told a pool reporter after the game. He said that after conferring with the national rules editor, officials determined the “extension should not have happened.”
- AD Byrne Spurns Florida, Will Remain at Arizona
by Arizona Daily Star September 2016
Some have speculated that the Florida job is imposing because their legendary AD, retiring Jeremy Foley, will remain on the scene in an emeritus role. Byrne said that was no factor, and that he would've enjoyed Foley's presence and his insight.
- Opinion: Briles' Apology Self-Serving
by Abilene Reporter-News September 2016
The Art Briles Apology Tour began Saturday, and it lacked a rather important piece: A genuine understanding of what he was apologizing for. Briles, in an ESPN interview, appeared to realize that he needed to apologize for something in order to be back in the mix for a head coaching gig next season. But he didn’t say what he was apologizing for, nor did he seem to understand the seriousness and life-changing effects of the violence against women perpetrated by his players at Baylor.
- Reports: Players Suspended for Misuse of Scholarship Money in Bookstore
by Stuart Goldman September 2016
Several Charleston Southern players — 14 to be exact — will be suspended for Saturday’s game at Florida State because of a possible NCAA violation for misuse of scholarship money in the campus bookstore.
- Florida AD Position Still Unfilled
by Dan Wolken September 2016
When Jeremy Foley announced his retirement June 13, it seemed Florida would have plenty of time and numerous options to replace its legendary athletics director before his expected Oct. 1 departure. But with that date looming and no hire in place, speculation around college sports has begun to bubble about Florida's process and whether Foley might end up staying slightly longer to facilitate the transition. Even if the school announced a hire in the next few days, it would be difficult to have someone in place by the original target date. The question is why the process has dragged out, especially considering Florida had significant dialogue with candidates as early as mid-July, multiple people with knowledge of the process told USA TODAY Sports. Also according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the search process was supposed to be private, the school nearly hired North Carolina's Bubba Cunningham last month. Cunningham, however, pulled his name from consideration the night before he was supposed to arrive in Gainesville to finalize the deal and stayed at North Carolina, to the bewilderment of several of his colleagues in the industry.