• ACC Network Makes Sense, But Several Caveats Remain

    by Naples Daily News (Florida) July 2014

    Expansion has, for the foreseeable future, run its course. While college athletics is entering a period of widespread and uncertain change, the ACC has achieved stability. The biggest question facing the conference now is a simple one.

  • ACC's Swofford Predicts Victory for Big Five Autonomy

    by Mark Berman, July 2014

    The NCAA Division I board of directors will vote Aug. 7 on whether or not to grant the ACC and the other four power conferences autonomy to set some of their own rules regarding scholarships and other matters.

  • Run of Deficits Compromising UNM's Ability to Compete


    As coaches salaries skyrocket and multimillion dollar facilities are going up around the country at breakneck rates, university presidents around the nation are struggling to strike a balance between justifying more and more spending for athletics to stay competitive with the harsh economic realities elsewhere on their campuses.

  • Congress Targets College Athletics Financial Transparency

    by STEVE WISEMAN, July 2014

    On Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., represents an N.C. district that includes the full gamut of NCAA athletics. A large public school in UNC Chapel Hill, a small private school in Duke and a smaller public school in N.C. Central lie within Price's 4th Congressional district. Yet all compete in Division I athletics, which means all feel the financial pressures that come with trying to compete at the highest level of the NCAA.

  • March Madness Threatens Proposed Scholarship Changes

    by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    It's no secret that preserving March Madness has been a priority throughout the stages of NCAA governance reform. It's also no secret why. Television and marketing rights fees related to the iconic NCAA men's basketball tournament -- currently in the middle of a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS Sports and Turner -- account for 90% of the NCAA's annual revenue. Each time a commissioner from one of the Power Five conferences -- the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern -- hinted at the idea of splitting from the NCAA and forming a so-called Division IV, March Madness was brought up as the main counter. The argument being: The NCAA tournament wouldn't be nearly as exciting nor as profitable with teams only from Power Five conferences. Would it have the same appeal without the Butlers and Virginia Commonwealths? Without the parity in the sport that allows for upsets to happen? Of course not.

  • Got a 'Football 101' Program? Be Careful How You Name It

    by Brent Briggeman July 2014

    Amanda Calhoun is thankful two words were left off the title of the educational evening she helps conduct for Air Force's football team. The program - geared toward women - is called "Football 101."

  • Pace Cited: SEC Experiments with Eight Football Officials

    by Super User July 2014

    In soccer there’s diving, where a player falls to ground and rolls around in excruciating pain after an opponent merely breathes in his vicinity. In pro basketball it’s “the flop,” a move that sees a player tumble to the court in hopes of drawing a foul (even though he was never touched). And up tempo college football has given rise to the “60-second cramp,” a malady that causes players to crash to the turf when opposing offenses start to run them ragged. Once the athlete reaches the sidelines, however, the cramp magically eases and he is back at 100 percent.

  • Judge Weighs Release of Pat Summitt Docs in UT Case

    by Matt Lakin, July 2014

    Two people know what really led to Pat Summitt’s retirement as University of Tennessee Lady Vols coach, attorneys told a federal judge Thursday — and Summitt’s memory can’t be trusted. Former Lady Vols sports information director Debby Jennings says that’s why she needs the right to question UT officials and probe the records of Summitt’s retirement. Jennings, who retired a month after Summitt stepped down in April 2012, says the UT Athletic Department forced her out when she objected to treatment of Summitt by officials after Summitt revealed her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Offensive Tempo Debate Divides SEC Football Coaches

    by Paul Myerberg, and George Schroeder, USA Today July 2014

    Gary Pinkel's up-tempo experience dates to the summer of 2005, when Missouri, reeling after a disappointing season, opted to implement the unorthodox approach then gaining a foothold within the Big 12 Conference. The result has been a near decade of historic success: Missouri found an offense, discovered an identity and rolled through the most productive era in program history, essentially parlaying its successes into a spot in the Southeastern Conference, where the Tigers won 12 games and the East Division title a season ago. This experience has placed Pinkel in the SEC's pro-tempo camp, particularly when it comes to the debate's most contentious theory: That a quicker, no-huddle approach places offensive and defensive players alike at an increased risk of injury.

  • Marshall Preparing to Debut 'First-Class' Practice Facility

    by Doug Smock July 2014

    Marshall's latest "pipe dream measures about 450 feet long and 240 feet wide, with the roof raising to 70 feet high. That's 108,000 square feet, give or take. That number could represent the odds given by many cynics and pessimistic Thundering Herd fans - as in 108,000-to-1 - on whether the long-argued indoor practice facility would ever be built. Has it been 12 years since football coach Bob Pruett, seemingly out of the blue, trumpeted the need for such a building? Yes, but it seems longer, with all the angst among coaches and the fan base.