• Will President's Ouster Impact Temple's Stadium Plans?

    by Mike Jensen July 2016

    If it ends up happening — if Temple's board of trustees ousts president Neil D. Theobald — a question comes up immediately: What would that mean for Temple's building a campus football stadium?

  • College Football Playoff May Shift Semi Schedule

    by George Schroeder July 2016

    The College Football Playoff's attempt to change the paradigm of New Year's Eve might be finished after only one year. "We will be exploring whether there is a better way for the semifinals," Bill Hancock, the Playoff's executive director, said Wednesday. "We will be thinking about whether New Year's Eve is the right way to go."

  • Challenges Ahead for Missouri as AD Jumps for Baylor

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    Roughly an hour before first-year Missouri coach Barry Odom was set to make his debut here at the SEC's media days, USA TODAY Sports reported that Mack Rhoades, the man who hired him last December, had accepted the athletics director job at Baylor.

  • Despite New Evidence, Ex-Players Still Support Paterno

    by Jerry DiPaola July 2016

    While more testimony surfaced Tuesday that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and two assistants knew about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children and did nothing to prevent it, a former Nittany Lions player said he still believes accusations against Paterno are without proof. The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday released previously sealed depositions that indicate Paterno knew in 1976 of abuse by Sandusky, a former longtime assistant coach who in 2012 was convicted on 45 counts.

  • Quinnipiac Presents Revised Field Reno Plan

    by Kate Ramunni July 2016

    Quinnipiac University's proposal to renovate two athletic fields and build stadiums around them isn't dead, despite a denial last week from the Inland Wetlands Commission. The university's attorney and others representing the school were before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night with a new application, this one addressing one of the two fields near the intersection of Mount Carmel Avenue and Hogan Road. They will submit a second application for the other field, attorney Bernard Pelligrino told the commission. That field, at the southof the property, was problematic because it didn't conform to one of the conditions of the original approval issued in January 2015 because it infringed on the wetlands buffer.

  • Jones Hopes Tennessee Will Learn from Title IX Suit

    by Dustin Dopirak July 2016

    Tennessee football coach Butch Jones said he doesn’t consider it a “relief” to have the federal Title IX lawsuit against the University of Tennessee settled because he believes the lessons learned should stick with the university.

  • What Sandusky Accusers Said in Depositions

    by The Philadelphia Inquirer July 2016

    The following are summaries of excerpts from five accusers' depositions included in the unsealed records. John Doe 150 Read the deposition Deposition date: Oct. 13, 2014 Doe 150 described a 1976 incident, when he was 14, that occurred during a high school football camp in 1976. He said Sandusky, while showering with him and other boys in a Penn State locker room, inserted his finger into the the then-teen's anus. The man said he later told other adults at the camp, including Paterno, about what happened. John Doe 75 Read the deposition

  • By Accepting Recruit, Miss. State Accepts Big Risk

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    He tried to rhetorically bob and weave, backing away from anything of substance, retreating to platitudes and at one point minimizing his role in the decision to allow recruit Jeffery Simmons to enroll at Mississippi State. But finally, toward the end of his appearance Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference's media days, Dan Mullen went on the record about the only thing that matters now. If Simmons, God forbid, has a violent episode at Mississippi State that puts a woman in danger, there is no doubt who should get the blame and whose jobs should be on the line. "We're all responsible," Mullen said. "If that happens, (it's) all of us, to be honest with you."

  • Opinion: SEC's Prestige Won't Mask Controversies

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    Just six months ago, longtime employees of the Southeastern Conference were picking confetti off the turf of a stadium in Arizona, smiles beaming after Alabama's razor-thin victory in the College Football Playoff championship game ended any narrative of the league's decline. After two years without a title -- a sacrilege in the recent history of the SEC -- the league gathers for its annual media days this week with a sense of order restored. No more questions about whether the Big Ten and Pac-12 have caught up. No more anemic bowl records to explain away. But just as the SEC's superiority has resurfaced, so has its history of unflattering off-field drama. A little more than a year after former commissioner Mike Slive retired having reached his longstanding goal of a probation-free SEC, Mississippi faces a far-reaching infractions case that could significantly impact its surprising recent football success. Missouri has spent recent months dealing with major infractions in men's basketball. And in April, Alabama parted ways with one of its best recruiters in defensive line coach Bo Davis because of NCAA rules violations, though it seems unlikely there will be further penalties assessed to the school.

  • Opinion: College Athletes Deserve More Time

    by Gordon Monson July 2016

    A smart, gifted athlete at a local university once whispered that he wished he could have properly prepared for medical school during his undergraduate years while playing football, but he had found it difficult to coordinate rigorous, conflicting time commitments in both athletics and academics. He said he felt as though his coaches "owned" him, and that his playing time was dependent on dutiful, required, rigid compliance to the wishes of others that often went unspoken, but were definitely implied. He went on to have a terrific football career at the school ccc and wound up with a degree in communications. He had no time to become a doctor. Time, at last, might be on a college athlete's side, or at least be edging in that direction.