Bald Eagles Force College to Seek New Stadium Site
by Tanya Sichynsky; Staff June 2014
Of all of Berry College's 27,000 acres, this was the spot. Nestled behind the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center was a pristine location for the first stadium in the school's 112-year history. It had adequate storm runoff, proximity to parking, access to utilities and a slew of other positive features. They even had a name picked out. It would be called Valhalla. Then someone noticed a pair of bald eagles had moved in. This is a story of how a couple of birds moved a stadium.
Economist: Student-Athletes Could Make Seven Figures
by The Associated Press June 2014
Football players at big schools could make several hundred thousand dollars in their college careers if they were paid a portion of the broadcast rights to games similar to what NFL players now get, under a model suggested by a sports economist.
ASU Hires Pro Execs, While UA Finds Old-School Success
by Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star June 2014
About the only thing the athletic departments at Arizona and ASU have in common anymore is that they are travel partners in the Pac- 12. Almost everything else has changed.
Columnist: Tennesee AD Needs to Uphold Standards
by Pam Strickland June 2014
The 28-page report summarizing an investigation into whether the former head of the recently renamed Office of Student Judicial Affairs at the University of Tennessee had inappropriate relationships with apparently long-gone student athletes reads like a Peyton Place-style rumor mill.
UNLV Scraps Stadium Location, Mulls Off-Campus Site
by Paul Takahashi June 2014
UNLV has scrapped its proposed location for its new on-campus football stadium because of concerns about its proximity to McCarran International Airport. The university is now looking for a new site for its 50,000-seat stadium. Alternative stadium locations include the parking lot of the Thomas & Mack Center and 40 acres of privately owned land at the corner of Koval Lane and Tropicana Avenue. Since UNLV announced plans to build a stadium in 2011, Federal Aviation Administration officials have raised concerns about the facility's height and proximity to the airport.
ACC's Swofford Optimistic About Big Five Autonomy
by Ken Sugiura; Staff June 2014
In recent years, ACC Commissioner John Swofford showed a deft enough touch to secure his conference's long-term future when many speculated it was on the brink of collapse. Along with his colleagues, Swofford is again navigating uncertain territory as the five power conferences seek the autonomy from the rest of Division I to create their own rules within the NCAA structure without having to break away. "A 'Division 4' is always a fallback, but my sense is that this is on a good path from an NCAA standpoint, and that it's likely to pass in a form that the five of us (conference commissioners) are comfortable with and the five conferences are comfortable with," Swofford said Thursday in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Columnist: UNC Can't Quite Bury Academic Mess
by Mark Wiedmer June 2014
The 2005 NCAA championship game had just ended, North Carolina nipping Illinois for the crown. Out on the court inside St. Louis's Edward Jones Dome, UNC guard Rashad McCants lifted high his jersey, baring his torso for everyone inside the dome, if not the entire country. Standing near me on a press row, a sports writer with North Carolina ties leaned close, pointed toward McCants' antics and said, "Roy [Williams] isn't going to be happy about that."
Lawsuits Against NCAA Starting to 'Change the Landscape'
by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
On Day 1 of the trial in the Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, the biggest development had nothing to do with O'Bannon, even though he was the opening witness Monday.
UT: No Evidence Official Had Inappropriate Relationships
by Megan Boehnke June 2014
After 13 months and a $66,015.50 investigation, a private firm hired by the University of Tennessee found no evidence that a former director of judicial affairs had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes.
For Some Ex-Athletes, $40M EA Settlement is Bittersweet
by Matthew Piper The Salt Lake Tribune June 2014
Utah senior wide receiver Dres Anderson says he achieved a lifelong goal when he first made it in the game. The video game. Ever since he was a redshirt freshman in July 2010, Anderson -- or, rather, an unnamed player with Anderson's number, measurements and an approximation of his physical attributes -- has appeared in Electronic Arts' NCAA Football series.