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.
Judge Weighs Release of Pat Summitt Docs in UT Case
by Matt Lakin, email@example.com July 2014
Two people know what really led to Pat Summitt’s retirement as University of Tennessee Lady Vols coach, attorneys told a federal judge Thursday — and Summitt’s memory can’t be trusted. Former Lady Vols sports information director Debby Jennings says that’s why she needs the right to question UT officials and probe the records of Summitt’s retirement. Jennings, who retired a month after Summitt stepped down in April 2012, says the UT Athletic Department forced her out when she objected to treatment of Summitt by officials after Summitt revealed her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Offensive Tempo Debate Divides SEC Football Coaches
by Paul Myerberg, and George Schroeder, USA Today July 2014
Gary Pinkel's up-tempo experience dates to the summer of 2005, when Missouri, reeling after a disappointing season, opted to implement the unorthodox approach then gaining a foothold within the Big 12 Conference. The result has been a near decade of historic success: Missouri found an offense, discovered an identity and rolled through the most productive era in program history, essentially parlaying its successes into a spot in the Southeastern Conference, where the Tigers won 12 games and the East Division title a season ago. This experience has placed Pinkel in the SEC's pro-tempo camp, particularly when it comes to the debate's most contentious theory: That a quicker, no-huddle approach places offensive and defensive players alike at an increased risk of injury.
Marshall Preparing to Debut 'First-Class' Practice Facility
by Doug Smock July 2014
Marshall's latest "pipe dream measures about 450 feet long and 240 feet wide, with the roof raising to 70 feet high. That's 108,000 square feet, give or take. That number could represent the odds given by many cynics and pessimistic Thundering Herd fans - as in 108,000-to-1 - on whether the long-argued indoor practice facility would ever be built. Has it been 12 years since football coach Bob Pruett, seemingly out of the blue, trumpeted the need for such a building? Yes, but it seems longer, with all the angst among coaches and the fan base.
Night-Happy Ohio State to Keep Michigan as Day Game
by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014
At least one tradition in college football will remain the same this year: The Ohio State-Michigan game to end the season will kick off during the day. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines won't move to prime time on Nov. 29, even though OSU is already scheduled to play a record five night games this season. "Dave Brandon, the athletic director at Michigan, and I constantly have conversations that that should not be a night game, and it will not be a night game," Smith said. "It won't be (at night) this year, nor in following years."
USC to Spend $1M Annually to Feed Student-Athletes
by Andrew Brandt July 2014
If there's one thing we've learned from the ruling that allows NCAA Division 1 schools to feed their student-athletes however and whenever they want, it's that athletes eat a lot. And now, that "a lot" has an actual dollar amount attached to it.
How the New College Football Postseason Will Work
by Mike Strange July 2014
HOOVER, Ala. — Repeat after me: CFP. CFP. CFP. The BCS is dead. Long live the CFP. On a Monday evening, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas, some college football team will hoist the CFP trophy for the first time. If, as Florida defensive lineman Dante Fowler confessed Monday, you hadn’t heard, the College Football Playoff era begins in 2014.
CFP Cut for Five Power Conferences Could Hit $50M Each
by George Schroeder July 2014
The Power Five conferences will almost double their financial haul in the College Football Playoff's first season as compared to the final year of the Bowl Championship Series, official estimates provided to USA TODAY Sports show.