Opinion: Big 12 Conference Shouldn't Rush Expansion
by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports July 2015
When University of Oklahoma President David Boren suggested last week the Big 12 "should strive for" expansion, he set off a predictable wave. In the college landscape, the topic of conference realignment is dry tinder.
Marshall Opens Student-Athlete Academic Center
by Derek Redd, Charleston Daily Mail (West Virginia) July 2015
When Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick first returned to the university in that job, the former Thundering Herd linebacker asked where student-athletes went for tutoring, computer labs and academic advising. He didn't like what he saw.
Vanderbilt Looks to Build $12M Baseball Facility
by Adam Sparks, The Tennessean July 2015
Vanderbilt will build a new $12 million baseball facility beginning after the 2016 season, pending approval by the university’s Board of Trust.
South Carolina Men's Basketball Coach: Take Down Flag
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports June 2015
Frank Martin is a bit confused by the national perception of South Carolina after the racially motivated church shooting in Charleston that left nine dead and sparked a national discussion about race relations.
Athletic Departments Spending New Monies Quickly
by Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune (Mpls.-St. Paul) June 2015
Mike Slive concluded his final state-of-the-league address as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference recently by dropping a whopper.
UNM's Inaugural All-Star Hoops Exhibition Draws 9,497
by Geoff Grammer, Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico) June 2015
Invite a few former Lobo basketball players. Roll out a basketball. Open the doors. They'll show up.
Price War Heating Up Over Student-Athlete Stipends
by Michael Cunningham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution June 2015
Calculating colleges' cost of attendance makes for fuzzy math. With just about every other power structure at educational institutions subordinate to them, football coaches at major programs now can turn their sights to financial aid offices.
Opinion: Flush with Cash, UT Can't Buy Good Leadership
by John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel June 2015
Tennessee has struck a deal with Nike that will go into effect in three days. Just last month, the SEC announced that it would distribute $31.2 million to each member school, UT included, for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Break Point: College Tennis Tries to Rally
by Emily Attwood June 2015
The college tennis world is undergoing a quiet revolution. Or not so quiet, as anyone attending a Big 12 Conference match this past season would tell you. The new Roditi Rule, named after Texas Christian University men's tennis coach David Roditi, encourages fans to cheer for players (and heckle opponents — within reason) as they would at a football or basketball game. Combined with free pizza, contests and other activities to keep spectators engaged, the new rule created a noticeable difference in the fan atmosphere at Big 12 competitions.
Opinion: NCAA Right to Give Hoops Stars Second Chance
by Stephen C. Smith Sr., Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) June 2015
As ardent a critic as I’ve been of the NCAA in past — from making merchandising millions off the backs of its student-athletes to the thankfully defunct Bowl Championship Series — I now find myself in the unique position of actually giving it props for making a good decision.