• University of Memphis Eyes Power Five Invite

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken September 2015

    In the most recent era of major-conference realignment, the University of Memphis' athletics ambitions were sabotaged at every turn by the school's flimsy commitment to football. For all of its basketball success over four decades, its passionate local fan base and its generous corporate support through Memphis-based shipping giant FedEx, the negative perception of Memphis as a major-conference candidate was fueled by its longstanding inability to get football right. But just a handful of years after sinking to depths that made some fans wonder whether the program should be eliminated, the Tigers finally have gotten football right under a rising star coach in Justin Fuente.

  • Old Dominion Surveying Fans for Stadium Input

    by Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot September 2015

    For the first time since Old Dominion University proposed building a football stadium nearly two years ago, fans finally get the chance this week to voice their opinions on what they want to see in a new facility. ODU will send an email to about 60,000 people this morning - including season ticket-holders, donors and others with ties to the university - asking them to take part in a survey that will help officials plan how large the new stadium will be and what amenities it will include. That will be followed in a few weeks by emails to students and a link that will allow anyone else to take the survey. Eventually, athletic director Wood Selig said, "we would like to hear from as many of the 1.7 million people in Hampton Roads as possible."

  • Big 12 Commissioner: College Athlete Strike Is Coming

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    When football players at Northwestern University failed in their effort to form a union in August, some thought the issue of labor in college sports would go away entirely.

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is not one of those people.

  • Briles 'Embarrassed' by Baylor Assistant's Rule Violation

    by Spokane Spokesman-Review September 2015

    Baylor football coach Art Briles said Monday he was embarrassed to find out that one of his assistant coaches was on the sideline during an Oklahoma home game, the second potential NCAA rules violation by his staff to be disclosed in as many weeks. Briles (pictured) said he wasn't aware beforehand that passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby, who is also his son-in-law, was going to be at the Sooners' game against Tulsa. "If I had been aware, that situation would have never happened," Briles said. "It's embarrassing to me, quite honestly." When he found out, Briles said he called Oklahoma coach Bob Stoopsand apologized. Stoops alluded to an NCAA rule that prohibits off-campus, in-person scouting of future opponents. "That seems to be ... a pretty fundamental rule. That's not allowed, so I don't know what he was doing here," Stoops said. - AP

  • QB's Role in 2012 Rape Hangs Over New Program

    by Mitch Stacy September 2015

    A small community college in Ohio is banking on its newly created football team to boost school spirit and enrollment. In turn, its starting quarterback - a former high school player convicted in a notorious rape case - is banking on this school that took him when others wouldn't.

  • Saddleback College Stadium Will Host Prep Games, Too

    by bob Keisser, The Orange County Register September 2015

    When Saddleback College puts a shovel into dirt in late 2016 and launches construction of a new football stadium on campus, it will not be an effort just for the school. It will be a benefit for all of south Orange County, still the fastest growing part of the county. The new stadium will be used by the Gauchos' football, soccer, and track and field teams and will provide area high schools with a fresher, bigger home venue for their games. The original structure seats 4,500, with rented visiting bleachers, and the bathrooms are located outside the facility. The new stadium will seat 8,000 with two football practice fields and a soccer field with seating adjacent.

  • UND President Got Harassing Emails Over Nickname

    by Anna Burleson September 2015

    In July, UND President Robert Kelley received an email from someone who wrote he or she hoped Kelley would "die." It was one of several UND police think is from the same Fargo man: William Ragan. He started emailing Kelley in January about his displeasure with the school's nickname process and retirement of the Fighting Sioux logo, officials said.

  • Minnesota Paid Ex-Gymnast $250K in Harassment Case

    by Josh Verges September 2015

    The University of Minnesota paid a student-athlete $250,000 last year to resolve her complaint related to semi-nude modeling she did for a male gymnastics coach.

  • Funding, Academics Early Hurdles for UT's Hart

    by Mike Strange September 2015

    Dave Hart last week observed his fourth anniversary as Tennessee’s athletic director and vice chancellor. To say it has been an eventful four years would be an understatement. The head coaches in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball are different than when he arrived in 2011 from Alabama. A construction site that has altered the campus skyline towers over the football practice fields.

  • Former NCAA Player Profiting from Emmert's Likeness

    by Andrew Carter September 2015

    Caleb Pressley found himself this week in Gatlinburg, where he was “chilling,” he said, and spending at least a small part of his time wondering whether Mark Emmert might sue him at some point in the relatively near future.