• Hearing Officer: Sandusky Deserves $4,900/Mo. Pension

    by Allison Steele; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    In an opinion released Monday, the examiner recommended the state employees' retirement system reinstate the $4,900-a-month pension Sandusky collected before being convicted on child sex abuse charges in 2012.

  • Sandusky Probe Report Less Critical than AG Kane

    by Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy; Inquirer Staff Writers June 2014

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's review of the investigation into pedophile Jerry Sandusky was supposed to finally explain why the case took nearly three years to build, and whether it was bogged down by politics.

  • Forward Passports: Schools Prepare for Bowl in Bahamas

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    Every day this week from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., Marshall University has set aside space in its football office for something that might not even matter by the end of the season. But Mark Gale, the assistant athletics director for football operations, would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to getting passports for a possible trip to December's Bahamas Bowl. Because the first-year bowl will be in a foreign country, schools in Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference already are working on securing passports for their players, coaches and support staff.

  • As O'Bannon Trial Drags On, It's Easier to Foresee Payday

    by Tim Dahlberg June 2014

    They come calling with promises of a good education, a chance to play on television and some of the best facilities that money can buy. There may come a time, though, when recruiters chasing the best high school football and basketball players offer something else: a nice paycheck to take with them as a parting gift when their college days are over. Football players could get several hundred thousand dollars.

  • Northwestern's Peanut-Free Policy to Include Five Sports

    by Rexford Sheild June 2014

    The Northwestern athletic department has announced it will hold three peanut-free football games in 2014, including games against Cal on Aug. 30, Northern Illinois on Sept. 6 and Western Illinois on Sept. 20. 

  • Three Key Questions Asked in the UNC Academics Probe

    by Wes Platt June 2014

    CHAPEL HILL - During the past five months, former federal prosecutor Ken Wainstein and his team have interviewed 80 people, searched 1.5 million emails and electronic documents and analyzed thousands of transcripts - some dating back to the 1980s. "We're in the thick of it," Wainstein told the University of North Carolina Board of Governors during a high-level briefing Friday. "It's impossible to give an exact timeframe (for when the investigation will end). We think it's important to do it thoroughly and do it right."

  • NCAA's Emmert: Pay Could Destroy College Sports

    by The Associated Press June 2014

    NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

  • O'Bannon Trial: Impact of Emmert Testimony Unclear

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder June 2014

    As smoking guns go, it seemed pretty mild. For high drama, the testimony was pretty mundane. But after several hours of cross-examining NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday morning, attorney Bill Isaacson finally worked his way to the line in a nearly 4-year-old e-mail that might as well have been in all capital letters. In a long memo to Emmert, who had just arrived on the job in the fall of 2010, then-NCAA vice president Wally Renfro had outlined several issues facing the organization. In a section on the commercial exploitation of student-athletes, Renfro suggested it was "a fairness issue, and along with the notion that athletes are students is the great hypocrisy of intercollegiate athletics."

  • Legislators Lift Private Funding Mandate for ODU Stadium

    by Harry Minium June 2014

    By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot The General Assembly will not require Old Dominion to build a new football stadium entirely with private funds after all. A provision of the Virginia Senate budget that would have required ODU to fund a stadium privately was dropped from the budget adopted last week by the Senate and House of Delegates.

  • Ohio Case Paved Way for O'Bannon's NCAA Lawsuit

    by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH June 2014

    Seeds for Ed O'Bannon's antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA that is playing out in a California federal courtroom were planted five years ago in Ohio. They involved a former college baseball player from Vermilion, his attorney in Cleveland, and their favorable ruling from a judge in Erie County. O'Bannon's class-action suit is drawing national attention in its second week at trial because of possible ramifications that could alter the traditional system of college sports.