- Study: Most NCAA Violations Involve Big-Money Sports
by Eric Olson August 2016
Big-money sports football and men's basketball were involved in 83 percent of NCAA Division I major infractions cases from 1953 to 2014, according to the first study of its kind released Tuesday. Probation and public reprimand and censure were the most common penalties.
- Georgia Tech Shocked as AD Leaves for Purdue
by Ken Sugiura August 2016
Monday, while on his way to Purdue and his new job, Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski looked out the window of his airplane as it flew over central Indiana, a landscape of farmland and grain silos. It was far different than the scenery he might have seen as he flew to Atlanta 3½ years ago from Cincinnati for his introduction at Tech. "It was back to what I'm familiar with," he said. "It was awesome."
- NCAA Part of $1.2M Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit
by Stuart Goldman August 2016
The NCAA and other defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit will pay $1.2 million in a settlement with the parents of a college football player who died in 2011 from a head injury suffered in practice.
- Trouble Looms for Ole Miss Despite Rosy Outlook
by David Brandt August 2016
These should be grand times for Mississippi's football program. And in many ways during Monday's first preseason practice, that's exactly how it felt. After all, the Rebels are coming off a 10-win season, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State, and are now a program that's viewed among the upper tier of the loaded Southeastern Conference. Senior quarterback Chad Kelly, a longshot Heisman Trophy candidate, was zinging passes. Talented defensive linemen like Breeland Speaks and Marquis Haynes looked imposing during drills. At almost every position, the Rebels had the look and feel of an elite program.
- Opinion: Politics Shouldn't Sway Big 12 Expansion
by Brad Rock August 2016
It was no surprise on Monday to see BYU end up here, in this place, where sports meet the politics of sexual identity. The issue isn't about the university's worthiness to join the Big 12. It's not even about the theory that BYU could be left out because of a "compromise" between the presidents at Oklahoma and Texas. Now it's a matter of whether the Big 12 wants to deal with the political football called BYU, and which claim the conference wants to address: potential discrimination against sexual identity and gender identity or discrimination against deeply held religious belief.
- LGBT Groups Don't Want BYU in Big 12
by Brandon Judd August 2016
Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization that advocates for LGBT awareness in sports, sent a letter to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby on Monday citing concerns about the Big 12 candidacy of BYU, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- New Mexico President Made Pitch to Big 12 in Letter
by Geoff Grammer August 2016
Included in the letter were nine bullet points expressing "some interesting facts that you may not have realized about UNM." Among them included data about Albuquerque's 48th ranked television market size, the school's success over the past five years in the classroom and on the field (36 conference championships), the millions of dollars of facility upgrades in recent years around the south campus and the cultural diversity of the school and region.
- NCAA's New Social Media Rule 'Nauseates' WVU Coach
by David Statman August 2016
Want to draw West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's ire? Ask him his opinion of the NCAA's new social media rules. Effective Monday, coaches were allowed to like and retweet prospective recruits' social media posts for the first time. It led to a flurry of Twitter activity from college coaches that has Holgorsen up in arms.
- ACC May Move to Nine-Game Conference Schedule
by Ken Sugiura August 2016
The ACC's possible expansion to a nine-game conference schedule may be arriving at a conclusion. The conference's athletic directors are scheduled to have a conference call Friday and Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said Saturday that he expects the issue will be on the agenda.
- Big Question for Big 12: Add Two, or Four?
by Phil Stukenborg August 2016
These are crazy, ever-changing, intense times in the Big 12 Conference, the Power Five league that dropped a mini-bombshell — at least according to national media who follow the league — on July 19 when it was announced thought-to-be-shelved expansion would be explored.