- Florida Gulf Coast Students Campaign to Add Football
by Thyrie Bland August 2017
Florida Gulf Coast University students Matthew Landers and Max Costanzo think they can do what some FGCU leaders are unwilling to try - bring football to the school. Landers and Costanzo are on a mission to start a student-run club football team. Their hope is the team will be the seed that leads to FGCU one day starting a NCAA team. "To be completely honest, sometimes at FGCU I feel we don't get that real college experience, like Florida State and all the bigger schools who have the football teams," Costanzo said. "It's not bad. I love being at FGCU, and I love how it's more tight-knit compared to those bigger schools, which is what I love."
- D-II Conference Boots Up eSports Competition
by Chris Gay August 2017
The newest sports offering by the Columbia County-based Peach Belt Conference is one you won't find in a basketball arena or a soccer field. Instead, it's a game that's played on the computer.
- NC State Dismisses Players Amid Assault Inquiry
by Thomasi McDonald August 2017
Two N.C. State freshman football players have been dismissed from the team and three other players have been suspended as part of an investigation into reports of sexual assaults at a party last month. No charges have been filed in the case that stems from three reports of sexual assaults at Wolf Village on July 21. The five football players could face charges related to underage drinking and drugs, but Chief Jack Moorman of the N.C. State University Police Department did not say they are targets of the sexual-assault investigation. Antoine Thompson and Kevince Brown have been dismissed from the team, while Isaiah Moore, Erin Collins and Xavier Lyas have been suspended for violations of the Student Athlete Code of Conduct, head football coach Dave Doeren said.
- ISU Introduces VR Eye-Tracking Tech to the Sidelines
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
In light of recent studies suggesting a correlation between contact-sport brain injuries and long-term medical ailments, Iowa State University has enlisted the help of SyncThink’s EYE-SYNC technology to assess athletes’ readiness to return to play.
- College Football Coaches Restrict Media Access
by Doug Robinson August 2017
With increasing frequency, football coaches are dictating much of the way journalists do their jobs. During fall camp, reporters, escorted and monitored by school officials as they venture into the football facilities, are on a short leash. They are told where they can go, whom they can talk to, how long they can talk to them, and what they are allowed to write, tell or show. They would write our stories for us, if we let them (mine is up for grabs to the highest bidder).
- Indiana U. Error Results in Student-Athlete Ineligibility
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
Indiana University true freshman Bryant Fitzgerald has been ruled a final non-qualifier, making him ineligible for the upcoming football season and unable to practice with the team, according to the INDYSTAR.
- Book Provides Warning to Schools Looking to Hire Briles
by Dan Wolken August 2017
Now that the lawsuits are starting to get settled, Art Briles is making noise about coaching again. His attorney, Mark Lanier, told the Waco Tribune-Herald last week that schools had reached out to the former Baylor coach and practically predicted he'd be back on the sideline in 2018. So it's a good time for another reminder of why that shouldn't happen -- not now, not ever. As it happens, that reminder arrives Tuesday in the form of Violated, a new book co-authored by ESPN reporters Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach that offers the most comprehensive account to date of the Baylor sexual assault scandal that brought down Briles, school president and chancellor Ken Starr and athletics director Ian McCaw among others.
- Baylor Settles Suit with Rape Victim
by Jim Vertuno August 2017
The first woman to sue Baylor University over allegations the nations largest Baptist school ignored or mishandled rape allegations has settled her case, her attorney said Tuesday. Jasmin Hernandez sued Baylor in early 2016, two months before the school released the results of an internal investigation that found Baylor had mishandled rape or assault cases for years and the football program acted as if it was above the rules.
- Review: Minnesota Adhered to Policy with Suspensions
by Roanoke Times August 2017
The University of Minnesota followed law and policy properly when it suspended 10 football players last fall following an accusation of sexual assault, an outside review found.
- Colleges React to New NCAA Sexual Violence Rules
by Knoxville News-Sentinel August 2017
A new rule, adopted by the NCAA Board of Governors last week, requires campus leaders to report annually that their coaches, athletes and athletics administrators were educated in sexual violence prevention. It also mandates campus officials declare that athletics departments are knowledgeable and compliant with institutional policies and processes regarding sexual violence prevention and that school policies are readily available in the athletics department and are distributed to student athletes. The requirements, announced by the NCAA in a news release last week, reinforce the work some Tennessee colleges and universities already have in place, though one Division III school said this week it's still awaiting more information to see if it might need to make changes.