• ACC's Swofford Optimistic About Big Five Autonomy

    by Ken Sugiura; Staff June 2014

    In recent years, ACC Commissioner John Swofford showed a deft enough touch to secure his conference's long-term future when many speculated it was on the brink of collapse. Along with his colleagues, Swofford is again navigating uncertain territory as the five power conferences seek the autonomy from the rest of Division I to create their own rules within the NCAA structure without having to break away. "A 'Division 4' is always a fallback, but my sense is that this is on a good path from an NCAA standpoint, and that it's likely to pass in a form that the five of us (conference commissioners) are comfortable with and the five conferences are comfortable with," Swofford said Thursday in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • Columnist: UNC Can't Quite Bury Academic Mess

    by Mark Wiedmer June 2014

    The 2005 NCAA championship game had just ended, North Carolina nipping Illinois for the crown. Out on the court inside St. Louis's Edward Jones Dome, UNC guard Rashad McCants lifted high his jersey, baring his torso for everyone inside the dome, if not the entire country. Standing near me on a press row, a sports writer with North Carolina ties leaned close, pointed toward McCants' antics and said, "Roy [Williams] isn't going to be happy about that."

  • Lawsuits Against NCAA Starting to 'Change the Landscape'

    by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    On Day 1 of the trial in the Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, the biggest development had nothing to do with O'Bannon, even though he was the opening witness Monday.

  • UT: No Evidence Official Had Inappropriate Relationships

    by Megan Boehnke June 2014

    After 13 months and a $66,015.50 investigation, a private firm hired by the University of Tennessee found no evidence that a former director of judicial affairs had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes.

  • For Some Ex-Athletes, $40M EA Settlement is Bittersweet

    by Matthew Piper The Salt Lake Tribune June 2014

    Utah senior wide receiver Dres Anderson says he achieved a lifelong goal when he first made it in the game. The video game. Ever since he was a redshirt freshman in July 2010, Anderson -- or, rather, an unnamed player with Anderson's number, measurements and an approximation of his physical attributes -- has appeared in Electronic Arts' NCAA Football series.

  • Arizona, Donor Get Creative in Retaining Top Personnel

    by Super User June 2014

    The genesis of a sports booster's $17.68 million stock donation to the University of Arizona originated from the simplest idea: UA president Ann Weaver Hart wanted to ensure athletic director Greg Byrne could not easily be wooed by the highest outside bidder.

  • UNC's Williams Denies Involvement in Academic Fraud

    by Aaron Beard, The Associated Press June 2014

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams and players from the 2005 national championship team deny they were involved with academic wrongdoing alleged by former teammate Rashad McCants.

  • Temple Getting into Prep Football Camp Business

    by John N. Mitchell; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    For Temple coach Matt Rhule, recruiting is as much about relationship-building as it is anything else. Beginning Sunday in Pittsburgh, at the first of five Matt Rhule Football Camp sessions, Rhule and his staff will be doing just that.

  • South Carolina Reports Record $90M Athletics Revenue

    by Ryan wood || June 2014

    The current reality of South Carolina's finances won't blow anyone away, not in the lucrative world of college athletics. Still, Ray Tanner said his athletics department has come a long way.

  • NCAA's Eased Restrictions Mean More Coach-Player Interaction

    by Dave Hickman June 2014

    Despite what you might have been led to believe, there's really no such thing as summer football practice, even in the NCAA's new and permissive world. The NCAA's new summer access rule that goes into effect this summer doesn't actually allow for practice - at least not with balls and helmets and plays and the like.