• Knight Commission Pushes NCAA to Reward Academics

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    Ahead of a major vote by the NCAA, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics urged the body to pass a policy that would change the organization’s revenue distribution model and reward schools whose athletic teams meet academic expectations with revenue generated by NCAA events.

  • SDSU Names Wicker AD, Will Focus on Football Stadium

    by Bernie Wilson October 2016

    SAN DIEGO - John David Wicker returned to San Diego State as athletic director on Monday, saying his top priority will be to find a better home for the Aztecs' football program.

  • Air Force Tracking OSU Athletes' Performance, Recovery

    by Barrie Barber October 2016

    The Air Force Research Laboratory will expand the number of Ohio State University athletes whose performance it is analyzing to gain data airmen may use on the battlefield and push athletes further on the field, a researcher says. More than 100 wrestlers and men's and women's lacrosse players will join the research roster that already includes Buckeyes football players, OSU and AFRL officials said.

  • Column: Has Penn State Learned from Mistakes?

    by Mark Wiedmer October 2016

    James Franklin is the Penn State football coach, which means he is paid to win football games. If he influences young adult males for the good during their four or five years under his watch, if they graduate with meaningful degrees and become solid citizens, all the better. But as college administrations prove time and time again, developing character, ethics and morality in student-athletes is almost always a distant second or seventh to producing athletic victories.

  • Displeased with Grades, AD Ties Coach Bonuses to GPA

    by Lana Sweeten-Shults October 2016

    Student-athletes push themselves to excel on the field, but it’s in the classroom where Midwestern State University is hoping to score more winning numbers. It’s why the university decided to start offering bonuses to its coaches, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, to improve their student-athletes’ academic performances. According to an athletics report presented to MSU’s board of regents in August, the university’s 312 student-athletes in 2015-16 earned a cumulative grade-point average of 2.72, which translates to a B-. The retention rate for student-athletes was 76.2 percent, and the six-year rolling graduation rate from 2010-2015 was 57 percent.

  • Is Independence Unsustainable? What's Next for BYU

    by Jay Drew October 2016

    Provo - It was in the spring of 2014 when then-BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall began to warn fans and media members that it would be difficult for the Cougars to maintain their level of play in football if they were not invited to a major conference. "Independence is not sustainable," Mendenhall famously uttered, and months later BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe acknowledged his coach's comments were on target, even though Mendenhall's pleading to the Big 12 Conference for admission back then ccc via an interview with the Austin American-Statesman ccc caught school administrators a bit off guard.

  • Conference Drops Roster, Scholarship Restrictions

    by Topeka Capital-Journal October 2016

    An athletic conference composed of 19 Kansas community colleges has dropped a rule adopted during the desegregation era to limit out-of-state players on basketball and football teams.

  • Louisville Charged with Major Rules Violations in NOA

    by Marc Tracy October 2016

    The University of Louisville confirmed Thursday the NCAA formally charged current and former staff members in its men's basketball program, including coach Rick Pitino, with major rules violations related to a scandal in which a university employee provided prostitutes who performed sexual acts with players and recruits.

  • Alabama's Sideline Medical Tent Starts Trend

    by Dan Wolken October 2016

    When Alabama played for the College Football Playoff title last season, its pop-up medical tent on the sideline was a matter of significant curiosity. There had never really been anything like it before in football, allowing an injured player to be examined privately without having to go back to the locker room. The collapsible tent, which is attached to the base of a trainer's table and then pulled over the top in a matter of seconds, was a fairly ingenious invention both in its practicality and design. And Jeff Allen, who conceived the project and unveiled it last year as Alabama's head football trainer and assistant athletics director for sports medicine, knew it soon would be in demand across football at all levels. Along with two engineering students at Alabama who brought the idea to life, Allen has formed a company called Kinematic Sports to market and sell the SidelinER tent. Allen told USA TODAY Sports this week that they had opened an office in Tuscaloosa and had sold 45 tents to college football programs and another 10 to other customers, including high schools and hospitals. According to the company's website, a basic unit can be ordered for $5,000.

  • University of Evansville to Compete in Track and Field

    by Daniel Allar October 2016

    Don Walters has had track and field equipment waiting in storage for nearly a decade. The 17th-year University of Evansville cross country coach will finally get to dust it off. UE announced on Wednesday it would compete in men's and women's track (indoor and outdoor) beginning in 2018. The school plans to join the Missouri Valley Conference.