• Memphis Community Reacts to Big 12 Rejection

    by Phil Stukenborg September 2016

    Tiger fans appeared incredulous not only that the U of M was eliminated, but that schools that didn't seem to have as attractive a résumé advanced. The U of M football team, under former coach Justin Fuente, won a record 19 games in the past two seasons. The school's basketball team, which hired Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith during the offseason, has played in two national championship games.

  • Game at Bristol Speedway Will Net Tennessee $4M

    by Grant Ramey September 2016

    According to a license and operating agreement obtained by the News Sentinel on Tuesday, the Vols earned a guaranteed payment of $4 million for selling out its allotment of 40,000 tickets for the game against Virginia Tech on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Opinion: Money Makes College Sports Guilty Pleasure

    by Deron Snyder September 2016

    Enjoying college sports at the highest level, at least for me, includes slight pangs of guilt and a tug at my conscience. I try not to think about it too much, especially in the midst of thrillers like the University of Texas' 50-47 double-overtime victory Saturday against Notre Dame, or unforeseen upsets like No. 3 Oklahoma going down against wanna-be Big 12 member Houston. When the focus remains fixed on the ball and players between the white lines (or on the hardwood), it's easy to view the action as mere fun and games, enjoyed by generation after generation of participants and spectators of all ages.

  • Can a Mid-Major School Make College Football Playoff?

    by Zach Braziller September 2016

    The debate has already begun, and it's only Labor Day Weekend. Can a mid-major like Houston do enough, get enough help, see enough chaos amid the Power Five conferences, to reach the College Football Playoff? It's only one game, albeit one very impressive win, but this could be the hot-button topic of the season, a referendum on the system in place. Houston, ranked 15th in the Associated Press preseason poll, sent a loud - and quite early - message to the college football playoff committee with its impressive 33-23 takedown of No. 3 Oklahoma at the Texans' NRG Stadium in Houston, a win that puts the Cougars in position, should they run the table in the American Athletic Conference, to at least be in the mix for a playoff spot. In the spring, Houston coach Tom Herman acknowledged what could be at stake, not just for his team, but the four-team playoffs. "Hypothetically, in a situation [like Houston going unbeaten], if that team does not get invited to the four-team playoff, then the system is broken," he told USAToday Sports .

  • Despite Contrary Reports, Mizzou Players Can Own Guns

    by Jason Scott September 2016

    After last week’s teleconference between media members and SEC coaches, first-year Missouri head coach Barry Odom made headlines after answering a question on the team’s gun policies.

  • Marquette Names Design Team for $120M Facility

    by Alex Zank September 2016

    Marquette University officials have named the team that will design its proposed Athletic Performance Research Center. The group of four architectural firms will be led by Sink Combs Dethlefs, of Denver, according to a news release from Marquette. The other firms include Milwaukee-based HGA Architects and Engineers; Ellenzweig, of Boston; and Peter Park LLC, led by Peter Park, the former planning director for both Milwaukee and Denver.

  • Sarkisian Back to Coaching, Named to Alabama Staff

    by David Paschall September 2016

    Alabama isn't limiting its staff of former Southern California head football coaches to one. Nick Saban announced Monday in his news conference that Steve Sarkisian is joining the Crimson Tide as an offensive analyst. Sarkisian coached the Trojans to a 9-4 record in 2014 and was 3-2 last year before getting terminated for being intoxicated at multiple events ranging from booster meetings to practices and even the Arizona State game, according to reports. "I told him that we would love to have him as part of the organization," Saban said. "He's gone through some personal things to get himself in a very positive position. He loves coaching, and we thought it would be a great thing for our organization.

  • Ohio State's New Beer, Bag Policies Take Effect

    by Kaitlin Fochesato September 2016

    Ohio State did not hire extra security for the opening game, but it did provide more training for staff members, said Ben Johnson, a university spokesman.All employees selling the new beverage were required to check IDs for every purchase, Johnson said. About $600,000 from the beer profits will pay for four new full-time Ohio State police officers. Another $50,000 will be dedicated over the next two years to fund research.

  • Penn State’s Plan to Honor Paterno Met with Backlash

    by Stuart Goldman September 2016

    Quietly, and without much fanfare, the Penn State athletic department announced Thursday plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as head coach at Penn State, a move quickly met with criticism on social media.

  • Utah State Debuts Stadium Improvements

    by Jeff Hunter September 2016

    A couple of hours prior to the kickoff of Thursday's game between Weber State and Utah State, the Aggies held a brief ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the new West Stadium Center at Maverik Stadium. Under the direction of Utah State athletic director John Hartwell, outgoing USU President Stan Albrecht cut a ribbon pulled across the southwest entrance of the five-story, $36 million structure.