- Michigan Football to Take Spring Practice to Rome
by Mark Snyder January 2017
Michigan announced Monday that it'll travel to Italy for a week of spring practice "after finals toward the end of winter semester in April." The Wolverines will conduct three of their 15 allotted spring practices overseas, working out at the facilities of the AS Roma soccer club.
- More Colleges Adopt Cycling as Sponsored Sport
by Shane Foley January 2017
Collegiate-level cycling has been gaining traction over the last few years, with more and more schools offering the sport as well as scholarships for cyclists.
- NCAA Explores Use of Analytics in Bracket-Building
by Shannon Ryan January 2017
The NCAA basketball tournament used a seeding process for the first time in 1978. Four teams in each region received automatic bids as conference winners that season, and they were seeded based on their conference's win-loss record in the five previous tournaments.
- Tennessee to Renovate Basketball Locker Rooms
by Mike Strange January 2017
Tennessee announced on Saturday major renovations are coming on locker rooms for the Vols and Lady Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena. The $5 million project will begin in May and is funded entirely by private gifts. Lead donor Larry Pratt's $2 million commitment enabled the university to go forward.
- U. of Toledo Athletics Audit Finds Financial Mess
by Nicholas Piotrowicz January 2017
An internal audit of the University of Toledo's department of athletics found thousands of dollars in discrepancies, improper cash handling, irregular and incomplete record keeping, missing funds, and no oversight from the head of the department.
- Opinion: NCAA Seeks Progress on Abuse Issue
by Joe Rexrode January 2017
Violence against women has been NCAA-ized, which typically means a lot of vague, lawyerly language and the strong prospect of nothing actually being accomplished. But I still sensed progress Thursday after leaving Governor's Ballroom C-D in the Gaylord Opryland Resort, having listened to an hourlong NCAA session entitled "Combating Sexual Violence" and then talked for more than an hour to an embattled administrator. Hundreds packed the room, taking up every seat and standing along the walls on both sides of the room. They heard some ideas on targeting the root causes of sexual violence, and they heard some generalities on commissions and resolutions, but at least the issue has sustained momentum.
- College Hoops Brawl Leads to Suspensions, Fines
by Clay Bailey January 2017
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference suspended 15 players involved in last Saturday's fight at Bruce Hall between the LeMoyne-Owen and Lane College basketball teams, plus handed down fines against the schools and coaches, the conference announced Friday. Additionally, the conference said any spectator identified as an active participant in the fight will receive a lifetime ban to all SIAC events, regardless of the sport.
- Dayton Denies Hazing Was Part of Football Team Party
by Mark Gokavi andJosh Sweigart January 2017
Numerous University of Dayton football players told UD police that some players had their heads partially shaved and drank alcohol to excess at "Mad Caps" parties they were "encouraged" to attend by other team members.
- Community College to Add Five Sports
by Ron Bush January 2017
Cleveland State Community College has announced the addition of three varsity sports for the 2017-18 school year. All five new teams already have coaches in place.
- Tennessee: AD Search Still in Early Stages
by Patrick Brown January 2017
Amid conflicting reports regarding the timeline and nature of its search for a new athletic director, Tennessee finally broke its silence with an official statement on the process of hiring a replacement for the retiring Dave Hart. And according to the university's statement, obtained Thursday by the Times Free Press, don't expect a hire until next month at the earliest.