- UConn AD Preps Big 12 Pitch
by Charleston Gazette-Mail July 2016
UConn's new athletic director says he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference.
- Crash Kills Nebraska, Ex-Michigan State Kickers
by A.J. Perez July 2016
University of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a single-car traffic accident Saturday. Foltz, 22, and Sadler, 24, were traveling back from a football camp near Waukesha, Wis., the University of Nebraska confirmed in a news release. Sadler, who was driving, and Foltz were pronounced dead at the scene. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, 21, who was a passenger in the back seat, was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jennifer Wallschlaeger told USA TODAY Sports. Delahoussaye was released from the hospital and was at home, LSU confirmed in a statement.
- Opinion: ACC Network Offers Recognition for Athletes
by Brant Wilkerson July 2016
The road to the ACC Network was paved with miles of fiber optic cable and high-definition videoboards. As athletics departments began producing content for video screens in arenas and stadiums, ESPN wondered if they could get involved. "Once everybody started doing display board productions, then we figured that out, ESPN came in and said, 'If we ran fiber with you guys, could you do, basically, two shows?' You'd do a display board show and an ESPN3 show at the same time, and that's really how it got started," said Jim Sherrill, N.C. State's assistant athletics director for broadcasting. "Once everybody started doing display board productions, that's when it started kicking in that every school could take on their own responsibility to do it and would hire talent and do a full-blown production."
- BYU Open to Football-Only Big 12 Membership
by Jay Drew July 2016
The idea of BYU joining the Big 12 conference in football only and keeping most of its other sports in the West Coast Conference ccc has been thrown around for quite some time as a possible solution to the Cougars' refusal to play any sports on Sundays.
- Big 12 Membership Would Boost Memphis' Economy
by Tom Schad and Phil Stukenborg July 2016
The U of M matters to Memphis in a way unlike other expansion candidates in larger cities. So joining the Big 12 may have a deeper impact in the community here than it would in Cincinnati or Houston, for example.
- Innovative Clemson Program Tackles Sexual Misconduct
by Brad Senkiw July 2016
Clemson's programs not only educate players about right and wrong and how to deal with situations when they occur, but reinforcement is a major key. Loreto Jackson's sexual misconduct program begins with freshmen, but it's not just a single seminar in August. Being mindful of student-athletes' strenuous time demands, Jackson and her staff teach the first-year players about consent. As sophomores, the focus turns to healthy relationships and domestic violence. Juniors are educated on bystander intervention and care taking. Seniors learn rules in the workplace and how to conduct themselves as professionals.
- If Dolphins Stadium Isn't Ready, U. of Miami Has Backup Plan
by Matt Porter July 2016
Should the Dolphins not be able to complete their renovations of New Miami Stadium on time, the Hurricanes might play their season-opener in at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Mark Richt would take it in stride. "Some of the best recruits in the state could get to that place easier than Miami," he offered. "I'm not worried about it." UM Athletics Director Blake James is working on a contingency plan in case bad weather delays the $500-million-plus overhaul of the stadium formerly known as Sun Life, which could in turn affect Miami's Sept. 3 game against Florida A&M.
- As Network Brings ACC Stability, Big 12 Scrambles
by George Schroeder July 2016
It's no secret the TV climate has changed; the future for cable networks doesn't look bright. Which is why the Big 12, with only 11 million cable/satellite homes in its footprint (fewest of any Power Five conference) and more than half of those in Texas, saw its hopes for a conference network quashed by executives from ESPN and Fox this summer.
- Time Demand Proposals May Not Amount to Much for Athletes
by Kyle Goon July 2016
Earlier this month, the Power 5 conferences announced proposals for giving college athletes time away from their respective sports — a set of changes that would affect how many days of they get during the year, as well as restricting the hours in which they can practice or compete.
- Ex-Baylor Player Oakman Indicted on Sex Assault Charge
by Topeka Capital-Journal July 2016
Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was indicted Wednesday by a Texas grand jury on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman at his apartment earlier this year.