• NCAA, Athletes Reach Head Injury Lawsuit Settlement

    by Andrew Brandt July 2014

    The NCAA and current and former college athletes have reached a preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit involving the NCAA's head-injury policy.

  • Five Congressmen Ask NCAA to Drop PSU Sanctions

    by Jonathan Tamari; Inquirer Washington Bureau July 2014

    Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

  • Clemson Distributes 'Do the Right Thing' Cards to Players

    by July 2014

    When Cole Stoudt opens his wallet, he seldom forgets to at least glance at the card with a single number and four words on it. 118. One-hundred and 18. The number of coaches and players -- scholarship and walk-on combined -- in the Clemson football program. The mandate on these cards, distributed to the Tigers by head coach Dabo Swinney, is written there plainly: Do the right thing.

  • Stanford Summer Program Connects Players, Employers

    by Antonio Gonzalez, The Associated Press July 2014

    About 50 to 70 student-athletes work as paid interns in the offseason as part of The 12th Man Summer Jobs Program. Players land jobs throughout Silicon Valley, and the program helps players afford to stay near campus so they can participate in voluntary offseason workouts.

  • Experts: Abuse, Hazing Part of OSU Band's Hidden Culture

    by Collin Binkley, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Nicknames that make you blush. Raunchy jokes. Gay-bashing songs. Marching in underwear. But beneath the high jinks that investigators found were part-and-parcel of being a band member runs a darker undercurrent that surfaced in serious ways.

  • Editorial: UNC's Athlete Graduation Program Incomplete

    by Editorial July 2014

    UNC Chapel Hill's announcement Thursday that it is formally instituting a program to support former athletes who want to return to the university finish their degrees may be well-intentioned, but misses the mark.

  • Ohio State Holds First Football Activity Under New Lights

    by Tim May, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Prized quarterback recruit Torrance Gibson came, saw, and he liked what he saw. Gibson, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was one of the elite recruits on hand for Ohio State's Friday Night Lights at Ohio Stadium. And he even jumped into the drills, something he had indicated he wouldn't do during the four-hour session. But it was his parting statement that made the most news, because a month ago he had Ohio State fifth in his rating system behind Tennessee, Auburn, Louisiana State and Oklahoma.

  • Synthetic Turf Install Complete at Notre Dame Stadium

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    It's a new era for Notre Dame football. The team took to Twitter Thursday morning to give the world its first look at the newly installed FieldTurf at Notre Dame Stadium.

  • Mountain West Commish Describes 'Precarious Position'

    by Taylor Bern July 2014

    Craig Thompson is entering his 16th season leading the Mountain West. He's the only commissioner the league has ever had, and on Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan he briefly discussed that past before moving to the topic the assembled media was more interested in: the future. Many conversations about the future of college athletics are broken into the haves and the have-nots. The Mountain West is part of the latter, one of the five FBS-level conferences that could be left behind if the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC would decide to form their own league.

  • Georgia Wastes No Time Kicking Arrested Player Off Team

    by Scott Adamson July 2014

    Jon Taylor, who was arrested on aggravated assault/family violence charges early Tuesday morning, is no longer a member of the Georgia Bulldogs football team. The news of the 20-year-old defensive lineman’s dismissal came via a brief statement issued by the school’s Athletic Department on Wednesday afternoon.