• Limits Lifted, OSU Sports Nutritionists Seek Diet Balance

    by Bill Rabinowitz, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Ohio State dietitian Sarah Wick saw athletes arrive hungry for early-morning workouts. She saw them leave after practice with empty stomachs, rushing to class with no time to grab something nutritious. Wick would ache for those athletes. Compounding her angst was the frustration of knowing she could do little to help. Until April, the NCAA had strict rules about the food that college sports programs could provide athletes. Teams could have one training-table meal per day in season, but beyond that, they were limited in almost absurd ways. Providing a bagel was fine. It was considered a supplementary item. Adding peanut butter to that bagel? Forbidden. That crossed an only-makes-sense-to-the-NCAA line and became a prohibited "meal."

  • Big 12's Bowlsby: Change Coming, 'Cheating Pays' Now

    by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    A few moments before taking the podium Monday for his annual state of the conference address, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby insisted he wouldn't be unleashing anything explosive. It was a reference to a year earlier, when Bowlsby issued a clear call for "transformative change" in the NCAA -- which now, with a vote next month to give the Power Five conferences the ability to provide athletes with unprecedented benefits, is on the verge of occurring. But while generally satisfied with the progress toward that change in the form of legislative autonomy, Bowlsby painted a bleak bigger picture of the future. "If you like intercollegiate athletics the way it is, you're going to hate it going forward," he said. "There's a lot of change coming."

  • Quality, Style in UT Women's Sports is Cronan's Legacy

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee) July 2014

    Joan Cronan made many positive things happen for the University of Tennessee women’s athletic program that sports fans, alumni and students will be witnessing for a long time.

  • ACC Network Makes Sense, But Several Caveats Remain

    by Naples Daily News (Florida) July 2014

    Expansion has, for the foreseeable future, run its course. While college athletics is entering a period of widespread and uncertain change, the ACC has achieved stability. The biggest question facing the conference now is a simple one.

  • ACC's Swofford Predicts Victory for Big Five Autonomy

    by Mark Berman, July 2014

    The NCAA Division I board of directors will vote Aug. 7 on whether or not to grant the ACC and the other four power conferences autonomy to set some of their own rules regarding scholarships and other matters.

  • Run of Deficits Compromising UNM's Ability to Compete


    As coaches salaries skyrocket and multimillion dollar facilities are going up around the country at breakneck rates, university presidents around the nation are struggling to strike a balance between justifying more and more spending for athletics to stay competitive with the harsh economic realities elsewhere on their campuses.

  • Congress Targets College Athletics Financial Transparency

    by STEVE WISEMAN, July 2014

    On Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., represents an N.C. district that includes the full gamut of NCAA athletics. A large public school in UNC Chapel Hill, a small private school in Duke and a smaller public school in N.C. Central lie within Price's 4th Congressional district. Yet all compete in Division I athletics, which means all feel the financial pressures that come with trying to compete at the highest level of the NCAA.

  • March Madness Threatens Proposed Scholarship Changes

    by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    It's no secret that preserving March Madness has been a priority throughout the stages of NCAA governance reform. It's also no secret why. Television and marketing rights fees related to the iconic NCAA men's basketball tournament -- currently in the middle of a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS Sports and Turner -- account for 90% of the NCAA's annual revenue. Each time a commissioner from one of the Power Five conferences -- the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern -- hinted at the idea of splitting from the NCAA and forming a so-called Division IV, March Madness was brought up as the main counter. The argument being: The NCAA tournament wouldn't be nearly as exciting nor as profitable with teams only from Power Five conferences. Would it have the same appeal without the Butlers and Virginia Commonwealths? Without the parity in the sport that allows for upsets to happen? Of course not.

  • Got a 'Football 101' Program? Be Careful How You Name It

    by Brent Briggeman July 2014

    Amanda Calhoun is thankful two words were left off the title of the educational evening she helps conduct for Air Force's football team. The program - geared toward women - is called "Football 101."

  • Pace Cited: SEC Experiments with Eight Football Officials

    by Super User July 2014

    In soccer there’s diving, where a player falls to ground and rolls around in excruciating pain after an opponent merely breathes in his vicinity. In pro basketball it’s “the flop,” a move that sees a player tumble to the court in hopes of drawing a foul (even though he was never touched). And up tempo college football has given rise to the “60-second cramp,” a malady that causes players to crash to the turf when opposing offenses start to run them ragged. Once the athlete reaches the sidelines, however, the cramp magically eases and he is back at 100 percent.