• Jones Hopes Tennessee Will Learn from Title IX Suit

    by Dustin Dopirak July 2016

    Tennessee football coach Butch Jones said he doesn’t consider it a “relief” to have the federal Title IX lawsuit against the University of Tennessee settled because he believes the lessons learned should stick with the university.

  • What Sandusky Accusers Said in Depositions

    by The Philadelphia Inquirer July 2016

    The following are summaries of excerpts from five accusers' depositions included in the unsealed records. John Doe 150 Read the deposition Deposition date: Oct. 13, 2014 Doe 150 described a 1976 incident, when he was 14, that occurred during a high school football camp in 1976. He said Sandusky, while showering with him and other boys in a Penn State locker room, inserted his finger into the the then-teen's anus. The man said he later told other adults at the camp, including Paterno, about what happened. John Doe 75 Read the deposition

  • By Accepting Recruit, Miss. State Accepts Big Risk

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    He tried to rhetorically bob and weave, backing away from anything of substance, retreating to platitudes and at one point minimizing his role in the decision to allow recruit Jeffery Simmons to enroll at Mississippi State. But finally, toward the end of his appearance Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference's media days, Dan Mullen went on the record about the only thing that matters now. If Simmons, God forbid, has a violent episode at Mississippi State that puts a woman in danger, there is no doubt who should get the blame and whose jobs should be on the line. "We're all responsible," Mullen said. "If that happens, (it's) all of us, to be honest with you."

  • Opinion: SEC's Prestige Won't Mask Controversies

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    Just six months ago, longtime employees of the Southeastern Conference were picking confetti off the turf of a stadium in Arizona, smiles beaming after Alabama's razor-thin victory in the College Football Playoff championship game ended any narrative of the league's decline. After two years without a title -- a sacrilege in the recent history of the SEC -- the league gathers for its annual media days this week with a sense of order restored. No more questions about whether the Big Ten and Pac-12 have caught up. No more anemic bowl records to explain away. But just as the SEC's superiority has resurfaced, so has its history of unflattering off-field drama. A little more than a year after former commissioner Mike Slive retired having reached his longstanding goal of a probation-free SEC, Mississippi faces a far-reaching infractions case that could significantly impact its surprising recent football success. Missouri has spent recent months dealing with major infractions in men's basketball. And in April, Alabama parted ways with one of its best recruiters in defensive line coach Bo Davis because of NCAA rules violations, though it seems unlikely there will be further penalties assessed to the school.

  • Opinion: College Athletes Deserve More Time

    by Gordon Monson July 2016

    A smart, gifted athlete at a local university once whispered that he wished he could have properly prepared for medical school during his undergraduate years while playing football, but he had found it difficult to coordinate rigorous, conflicting time commitments in both athletics and academics. He said he felt as though his coaches "owned" him, and that his playing time was dependent on dutiful, required, rigid compliance to the wishes of others that often went unspoken, but were definitely implied. He went on to have a terrific football career at the school ccc and wound up with a degree in communications. He had no time to become a doctor. Time, at last, might be on a college athlete's side, or at least be edging in that direction.

  • Former BYU Football Player Sues School, WAC, NCAA

    by Jeff Call July 2016

    A former BYU football player is suing BYU, the Western Athletic Conference and the NCAA for $5 million in damages for "their reckless disregard for the health and safety of generations of BYU student-athletes."

  • Larry Brown Resigns as SMU Basketball Coach

    by The Buffalo News July 2016

    Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown resigned Friday morning as SMU's basketball coach, citing an inability to work out an acceptable contract extension with the school.

  • With Michigan-ND Rivalry Renewed, Arkansas Left Out

    by The Commercial Appeal July 2016

    A two-game football series between Arkansas and Michigan is off, and the Wolverines will pay the Razorbacks $2 million to break the deal. Michigan said it wants to play Notre Dame instead in 2018 and 2019. The Fighting Irish had dropped Michigan from their schedule because of possible commitments in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • Ga. Southern Staff Provided Academic Help to Players

    by Doug Roberson July 2016

    Georgia Southern's football team received several penalties on Thursday after the NCAA announced that an investigation found two former members of the athletic staff provided impermissible academic assistance to three players.

  • Horizon League to Change Basketball Tourney Format

    by Jay Morrison July 2016

    The HL Executive Council on Wednesday approved a revised tournament bracket, with one of the biggest changes on the men's side being the elimination of the double byes for the top two seeds