Editorial: UNC's Athlete Graduation Program Incomplete
by Editorial July 2014
UNC Chapel Hill's announcement Thursday that it is formally instituting a program to support former athletes who want to return to the university finish their degrees may be well-intentioned, but misses the mark.
Ohio State Holds First Football Activity Under New Lights
by Tim May, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014
Prized quarterback recruit Torrance Gibson came, saw, and he liked what he saw. Gibson, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was one of the elite recruits on hand for Ohio State's Friday Night Lights at Ohio Stadium. And he even jumped into the drills, something he had indicated he wouldn't do during the four-hour session. But it was his parting statement that made the most news, because a month ago he had Ohio State fifth in his rating system behind Tennessee, Auburn, Louisiana State and Oklahoma.
Synthetic Turf Install Complete at Notre Dame Stadium
by Michael Gaio July 2014
It's a new era for Notre Dame football. The team took to Twitter Thursday morning to give the world its first look at the newly installed FieldTurf at Notre Dame Stadium.
Mountain West Commish Describes 'Precarious Position'
by Taylor Bern July 2014
Craig Thompson is entering his 16th season leading the Mountain West. He's the only commissioner the league has ever had, and on Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan he briefly discussed that past before moving to the topic the assembled media was more interested in: the future. Many conversations about the future of college athletics are broken into the haves and the have-nots. The Mountain West is part of the latter, one of the five FBS-level conferences that could be left behind if the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC would decide to form their own league.
Georgia Wastes No Time Kicking Arrested Player Off Team
by Scott Adamson July 2014
Jon Taylor, who was arrested on aggravated assault/family violence charges early Tuesday morning, is no longer a member of the Georgia Bulldogs football team. The news of the 20-year-old defensive lineman’s dismissal came via a brief statement issued by the school’s Athletic Department on Wednesday afternoon.
Jay Paterno Lawsuit Claims Penn State Made Him 'Pariah'
by Allison Steele; Inquirer Staff Writer July 2014
Joe Paterno's son is suing Pennsylvania State University, saying his reputation was destroyed when the school fired him and another assistant football coach in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. In the civil rights suit, filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Joseph "Jay" Paterno and Bill Kenney say they suffered collateral damage from the siege of bad publicity for the university after Sandusky was indicted for child sex abuse in November 2011 and the elder Paterno was dismissed after decades as head coach. Jay Paterno and Kenney were fired in January 2012, shortly after the announcement that the school had hired a new head coach, the suit alleges. At the time, it had been reported that Jay Paterno and the new coach "reached the conclusion" together that Paterno would leave Penn State.
Limits Lifted, OSU Sports Nutritionists Seek Diet Balance
by Bill Rabinowitz, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014
Ohio State dietitian Sarah Wick saw athletes arrive hungry for early-morning workouts. She saw them leave after practice with empty stomachs, rushing to class with no time to grab something nutritious. Wick would ache for those athletes. Compounding her angst was the frustration of knowing she could do little to help. Until April, the NCAA had strict rules about the food that college sports programs could provide athletes. Teams could have one training-table meal per day in season, but beyond that, they were limited in almost absurd ways. Providing a bagel was fine. It was considered a supplementary item. Adding peanut butter to that bagel? Forbidden. That crossed an only-makes-sense-to-the-NCAA line and became a prohibited "meal."
Big 12's Bowlsby: Change Coming, 'Cheating Pays' Now
by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
A few moments before taking the podium Monday for his annual state of the conference address, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby insisted he wouldn't be unleashing anything explosive. It was a reference to a year earlier, when Bowlsby issued a clear call for "transformative change" in the NCAA -- which now, with a vote next month to give the Power Five conferences the ability to provide athletes with unprecedented benefits, is on the verge of occurring. But while generally satisfied with the progress toward that change in the form of legislative autonomy, Bowlsby painted a bleak bigger picture of the future. "If you like intercollegiate athletics the way it is, you're going to hate it going forward," he said. "There's a lot of change coming."
Quality, Style in UT Women's Sports is Cronan's Legacy
by Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee) July 2014
Joan Cronan made many positive things happen for the University of Tennessee women’s athletic program that sports fans, alumni and students will be witnessing for a long time.
ACC Network Makes Sense, But Several Caveats Remain
by Naples Daily News (Florida) July 2014
Expansion has, for the foreseeable future, run its course. While college athletics is entering a period of widespread and uncertain change, the ACC has achieved stability. The biggest question facing the conference now is a simple one.