Victorious O'Bannon Knows NCAA Fight Far from Over
by Bozeman Daily Chronicle August 2014
"You want to go to the Supreme Court, let's go. I've got my ticket already." -- Ed O'Bannon, former UCLA basketball players
Sun Belt Commissioner: The Future Will Hold Challenges
by Doug Roberson; Staff August 2014
Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson seemed non-plussed by Thursday's news that the "Power Five" conferences composed of the ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12, plus Notre Dame, will be allowed autonomy within Division I.
Opinion: Consensus Among 65 Varied Schools? Good Luck
by Jeff Schultz; Staff August 2014
The NCAA didn't so much abdicate the throne when it comes to major college football Thursday as it threw its crown to the torch-carrying villagers and said, "You can have it."
Washington State U. Store to Sell Tickets, Gear, Food
by Jody Lawrence-Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org, (509) 459-5593 August 2014
WSU to open store in downtown Spokane One-stop shopping for Cougar fans By Jody Lawrence-Turner email@example.com, (509) 459-5593 Washington State University is opening a downtown Spokane store that will be a one-stop shop for fans and alumni.
Basketball Administrators' Advice to CFB Playoff Panel
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
No one knows what the next few months will bring for the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. The only folks who have any idea what this process is like are those who go through a similar one for basketball.
UNM Women's Basketball Cuts Prices to Lure Fans
by KEN SICKENGER JOURNAL August 2014
UNM is cutting season-ticket prices, eliminating parking fees in most lots and increasing fan access to players. These and other changes in game-day structure are intended to improve the fan experience and boost home attendance for women's basketball, which has steadily declined in recent years.
Air Force to Probe Reports of Athlete Misconduct
by Tom Roeder, The Gazette August 2014
U.S. Air Force Academy cadet athletes flouted the sacred honor code by committing sexual assaults, taking drugs, cheating and engaging in other misconduct at wild parties while the service academy focused on winning bowl games and attracting money from alumni and private sources in recent years, a Gazette investigation has found. The findings are egregious enough that academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told The Gazette that she has called for an Inspector General's investigation of the athletic department. "These efforts will help in eliminating subcultures ... whose climates do not align with our institutional core values," she said in a statement released Thursday exclusively to The Gazette. Johnson said the academy has taken steps to correct the problems within the athletic department. "Despite all of our efforts, I expect we'll still have issues with a few young people who will make poor choices," she wrote.
Makeover Turning UA's McKale Center into Intimate Arena
by Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star August 2014
Construction workers at McKale Center are working double shifts until 3 a.m., seven days a week, in an attempt to have a $30 million remodeling project complete for Arizona's Nov. 9 exhibition opener against Cal Poly Pomona.
'Blanket Offering' Leaves Many Recruits Feeling Jilted
by Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2014
College football coaches are handing out more scholarship offers than ever, but those offers have never meant less. Verbal commitments have always been non-binding until players signed letters of intent on national signing day. But with offers coming sooner and in great number, players are being forced to commit earlier and schools are finding it harder to honor offers. According to Rivals.com, Alabama has 205 offers and Ohio State has 202 offers out for the 2015 class. To put those numbers into perspective, Alabama's 2014 class was made up of just 26 recruits and Ohio State's 2014 class was made up of 23 recruits, according to Rivals.com. "We call it blanket offering," said Mike Farrell, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. "You're just offering a ton of kids and you're slow playing the ones you don't want."
California Community Colleges Amend Recruiting Rules
by Joe Curley August 2014
California community colleges voted earlier this year to amend their recruiting bylaws to allow the electronic recruiting of potential student-athletes beyond their recruiting areas.