Duration of KU Tickets-for-Bond Deal Questioned
by Mike Vernon and Jesse Newell, The Capital-Journal June 2014
This isn't what Andrew Knopp intended to sign the Kansas student body up for. Knopp - KU's student body president from 2003-04 - questions the ethics of KU Athletics in regards to a contract signed in 2004. The contract terms, he says, were never supposed to stretch nearly a quarter-century. In April 2004, Knopp signed a contract with former athletic director Lew Perkins. The main point of the contract was this, according to Knopp: KU Athletics would pay up to $1 million per year for the new recreation center expansion and in exchange would get to sell 1,431 seats in Allen Fieldhouse that previously were student tickets. The swap, according to Knopp, would basically be $1 million for $1 million each year, with Perkins assuring Knopp that KU Athletics could make at least $1 million extra by selling those 1,431 seats as season tickets instead of single-game tickets when those seats went unused by students.
Sale of HS for Temple U. Rec Space Met with Protest
by Kristen A. Graham; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014
The sale of the old William Penn High School to Temple University is a done deal, as far as the Philadelphia School District is concerned. But a group of North Philadelphia neighbors is crying foul, alleging that the process was tainted and that the community's wishes were ignored in the name of political horse-trading. Dozens gathered Tuesday outside the school, waving signs and declaring their dissatisfaction.
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."