• Ex-Staffer Impressed with Old Dominion Locker Upgrades

    by Harry Minium September 2014

    By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK When the Eastern Michigan football equipment truck pulled into Foreman Field after a 12-hour drive from Ypsilanti, Mich., Tommy Rapier vaulted from the driver's side to get a look at the new $700,000 visitor's locker room. For Rapier, Eastern Michigan's assistant athletic director for equipment operations, it was the first time seeing the fruits of his labor.

  • Opinion: City Should Refuse to Repeal UT Ticket Tax

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel September 2014

    The University of Tennessee Athletic Department scored some points last month in its long-running effort to stop collecting local amusement taxes, but it faces a stout defense on the drive to hit total repeal paydirt. UT collects a 5 percent amusement tax on every football and basketball ticket sold for home games, with 4.5 percent going to the city of Knoxville and .5 percent going to Knox County. The tax, which originated in 1947, generates about $1.6 million a year.

  • USF Officials Ready to Act on On-Campus Stadium

    by Joey Johnston, Tribune staff September 2014

    Friday afternoon on the University of South Florida's campus, school spirit was alive and well. Speaking at the weekly pep rally - Marshall Mayhem'' - Bulls guard Thor Jozwiak whipped the crowd into a frenzy with his professional-wrestling persona. Cheerleaders cheered. The band played. Players and students alike sang the fight song. This gets you hyped up,'' said Dennis Matthews, a USF junior majoring in communications. Can you imagine if the game was right here on campus?'' Actually, Bulls fans have been imagining that scenario for at least a decade.

  • The Citadel AD Apologizes to FSU for Player's Comments

    by J Hartsell September 2014

    The Citadel athletic director Jim Senter has sent an e-mail of apology to Florida State regarding controversial comments made by a Bulldogs lineman after a 37-12 loss to the top-ranked Seminoles last Saturday.

  • Charleston Reaches Settlement with Former Coach Wojcik

    by September 2014

    As it turns out, former College of Charleston basketball coach Doug Wojcik will not get a chance to tell his side of the story in a court of law.

  • NCAA Launches Largest Longitudinal Concussion Study

    by Jessica Wehrman, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH September 2014

    Those participating in the advanced research component -- initially athletes from UCLA, Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with the University of Wisconsin participating beginning next year -- will undergo not only a baseline study but also exams six hours, then 48 hours, after every concussive event.

  • USC's Haden Fined $25K for Sideline Chat with Officials

    by Scott Wolf September 2014

    The Pac-12 fined USC athletic director Pat Haden $25,000 for his sideline actions Saturday at Stanford. USC coach Steve Sarkisian was also reprimanded.

  • University of Tennessee, City at Odds Over 'Amusement Tax'

    by Gerald Witt September 2014

    Sports programs at the University of Tennessee would benefit by keeping tax revenue the school collects for Knoxville, according to a news release from the athletics department. Knoxville officials, however, said the city does not expect to give up money collected in amusement taxes each year. On Thursday, the athletics department sent a release titled “The Facts on the ‘Amusement Tax’ ” that called the tax “an annual $1.6 million financial burden to Tennessee athletics.” The amusement tax is a fee that the city receives from ticket sales to local amusements, including movie theaters and some UT athletics events. The fee, similar to sales tax that a business collects when consumers purchase goods, is applied to ticket costs.

  • University Opens 78-Acre Complex as First 'Home Fields'

    by Eliot Kleinberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer September 2014

    The campus will be used by more than 190 student-athletes in NCAA Division II competition, plus some 1,100 intramural participants.

  • Florida to Pay Idaho $975K for Rained Out Football Game

    by John Blanchette, Correspondent September 2014

    Idaho, Florida agree to declare suspended game "no contest" Vandals, Gators agreeto play at Florida in 2017.