- How College Rec Centers Improve Student Life
by AB Editors June 2016
Across the country, colleges and universities are investing in their recreation and wellness centers, offering students a hub for campus life.
The folks at Ohio University have compiled an infographic explaining the benefits to institutions of investing in campus recreation and wellness centers.
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- Ethics Clause in Coaching Contracts Could Become Trend
by Jeff Schultz June 2016
In the aftermath of Baylor's poor handling of sexual-assault cases, the school made the extraordinary decision to fire coach Art Briles with eight years and more than $40 million left on his contract. The message from the board of regents: Winning doesn't trump everything -- now there's a novel thought in major college football -- and the school is comfortable with its legal position in impending buyout talks, given Briles' apparent ethics violations in this matter.
- Former Washington AD Slammed Over Budget Deficit
by Katherine Long June 2016
A University of Washington regent slammed former athletic director Scott Woodward on Thursday, saying Woodward did not let the governing board know about a growing deficit in the UW athletic department's budget. Regent Jeremy Jaech, the board's vice chair, described it as "a bad-faith effort" on Woodward's part to use one-time money, paid in advance to UW for multimedia advertising, and apply it to the budget. Jaech called it "an attempt to make the numbers look better than they really were." Woodward left UW in January for a similar position at Texas A&M. His replacement, Jennifer Cohen, was appointed last month and made her first appearance before the regents Thursday.
- Legislators Likely to Approve ODU Stadium Plan
by Harry Minium June 2016
One hurdle remains for Old Dominion University’s proposal to undertake a $55 million overhaul and expansion of Foreman Field, the school’s football stadium: General Assembly approval. Weeks ago, insiders figured that any ODU stadium proposal might face headwinds, as legislators have increasingly been critical of universities using student fees to pay for athletics. “One of the main priorities of the General Assembly has been affordability for our college students,” said Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Norfolk Democrat.
- USA Swimming Bans Turner for Life
by Yaron Steinbuch June 2016
Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer whose short sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman sparked widespread outrage, has been barred for life by USA Swimming.
- Ex-Yale Basketball Player Sues School Over Expulsion
by Stuart Goldman June 2016
The former captain of the Yale men’s basketball team who was expelled in February for an alleged sexual assault has filed a lawsuit against the university.
- Ex-Vol Joins Class-Action Lawsuit Against NCAA, SEC
by Dustin Dopirak June 2016
Former Tennessee safety O.J. Owens has filed a class action lawsuit against the NCAA and the SEC, alleging “reckless disregard for the health and safety of generations of University of Tennessee athletes” because of a lack of education given to football players about traumatic brain injuries.
- ODU Unveils Stadium Plan, Won't Raise Student Fees
by Harry Minium June 2016
Old Dominion's Board of Visitors approved plans Thursday to build a $55 million, 22,130-seat football stadium that likely will open in 2019, and, surprisingly, would be paid for without increasing student fees.
- Big Ten Rivals Michigan, OSU Go Head-to-Head in NJ Camps
by Paul Myerberg June 2016
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Urban Meyer, three assistant coaches and an athletics department staffer boarded a private plane headed for New Jersey, where the Ohio State contingent planned to spend five hours planting its flag alongside Rutgers in this talent-rich state. The event, held on the Fairleigh Dickinson campus, was hosted by Rutgers and first-year coach Chris Ash, but, for all intents and purposes, the Scarlet Knights were on the undercard. Meyer was the star and was introduced as such -- with Ash calling his recent two-year stint as Buckeyes defensive coordinator a privilege and crediting Meyer with giving him "the opportunity to host this event." The bond between these two would-be rivals, seen tightest between the two head coaches, was further illustrated by the appearance of new Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who previously transformed Rutgers from national punch line to annual contender. Twice Schiano received ovations: once upon Ash's introduction, and then at Meyer's behest. Meyer's message, meanwhile, was simple: I'm here because of my great respect for the coaches and players in New Jersey, he said -- adding that it reminded him of the landscape and culture among Ohio high schools -- and I'm here because of my respect for Ash and Rutgers.
- Big 12's Championship Game Decision Good for League
by Mitch Vingle June 2016
The Big 12 and Sun Belt are the only conferences not to stage such a game. There is $27-28 million to be made. Reports vary, but say the Big 12 could move from a 55 or 63 percent chance of getting in the CFP to 85 or 75, respectively, depending on sources. Also, there's no reason to get fired up about the scenario when two to four schools could still be added in a few months.