• FGCU Close to Securing 'Dunk City' Trademark

    by Dana Caldwell, Naples Daily News March 2015

    FORT MYERS — Dunk City is almost officially Florida Gulf Coast University’s. FGCU’s claim on the trademark for the men’s basketball program was filed on April 30, 2013, a little less than a month after the Eagles first used it in commerce.

  • Eighth-Grader Commits to Play Softball at Tennessee

    by Chris Thomas, Knoxville News-Sentinel March 2015

    Madison Webber didn’t need another night to think about it. The extra sleep couldn’t have altered her initial feelings, anyway. Webber, an eighth-grade first baseman/outfielder from The King’s Academy, committed to play softball at Tennessee on Wednesday, just a day after being offered a scholarship by UT co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly.

  • Investment in Teams Doesn't Always Buy NCAA Victories

    by Jay Tokasz, News Staff Reporter March 2015

    But by and large, colleges and universities don't see more wins or more revenue by increasing their spending on sports...

  • Recruiting Dollars Equal NCAA Tournament Invitations

    by Erik Brady, John Kelly, and Steve Berkowitz March 2015

    Recruiting is the lifeblood of college sports, and a USA TODAY Sports analysis of 214 public schools found a correlation between schools that spend big on recruiting and schools that had success making the NCAA tournament from 2010 to 2014.

  • KU Defends State-Funded Jet Use; Self Trips Total $1M

    by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas) March 2015

    A House committee explored Monday the acquisition of a seven-passenger Cessna Citation CJ4 by the University of Kansas to provide private flights for athletic, medical and administrative personnel.

  • NCAA Tournament Teams Benefit from Foreign Trips

    by Nicole Auerbach, @NicoleAuerbach, USA TODAY Sports March 2015

    Of the 36 power-conference programs that have taken foreign tours in the past five years and responded to an inquiry by USA TODAY Sports, 20 won more games the season immediately after the trip than they did the previous season.

  • NCAA Ready to State Case in O'Bannon Appeal

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports March 2015

    The Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA reaches another milestone today, when the sides engage in oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

  • Stagnant Hoops Attendance Has Colleges Concerned

    by March 2015

    It’s a national epidemic: the popularity of college basketball as a whole is down, indicated by the decreasing number of people showing up for games.

  • Annual 'First Four' Shines Spotlight on Dayton Region

    by Cornelius Frolik March 2015

    Today, the NCAA will announce which eight Division I teams are headed to the University of Dayton Arena for the First Four play-in games. Fans come for the basketball, but their dollars stay in cash registers all across the community.

  • Budget Gives Utah State Athletics $1.5M Taxpayer Boost

    by Robert Gehrke The Salt Lake Tribune March 2015

    Soon, all Utah taxpayers will be Utah State Aggie boosters, thanks to language included in the newly approved state budget by Senate Budget Chairman Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan.