- How Notre Dame Benefits from ACC Membership
by Paul Schwartz March 2016
If you are known by the company you keep, Notre Dame's basketball program has never been held in higher regard. The Fighting Irish continue to learn what North Carolina has known for decades: Playing basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference is, well, just different. Three years in the league, having moved over from the Big East during the seismic shift in power conference hoops, Notre Dame was one of a record six ACC teams to advance into this year's Sweet 16 and Sunday night participated in an all ACC East Regional final at Wells Fargo Center.
- Japanese Football Program Has Ties to Pac-12
by Jacob Thorpe March 2016
While Pac-12 football teams compete every fall for West Coast supremacy, a proxy struggle plays out on the other side of the world. David Stant, an old friend of Washington State football coach Mike Leach, coaches American football at Keio University in Tokyo. He, his assistant coaches and three of his quarterbacks have been on campus at Washington State to watch the Cougars practice and gather knowledge to use against opponents who emulate other Pac-12 schools.
- Indoor Practice Facility High on Richt's List
by Matt Porter March 2016
Calling it "priority No. 1" as he builds his program, first-year Miami coach Mark Richt stated publicly he wants an indoor practice facility, an upgrade his boss has been working on.
- NCAA Probe into UNC Academic Fraud Nearing End
by Josh Peter March 2016
The NCAA's investigation into academic fraud that occurred in the North Carolina athletics program is drawing to a close, according to NCAA President Mark Emmert.
- Why Are Many College Athletes Depressed?
by Sandy Bauers March 2016
Exercise has long been touted as a way to alleviate depression. So shouldn't some of our ultimate exercisers - college athletes - be among society's least depressed? Perhaps not. Research now suggests that nearly a quarter of college athletes experience depressive symptoms, a rate thought to be similar to that of their nonathlete peers. The researchers, led by Drexel University's Eugene Hong, a sports-medicine physician and associate dean of primary-care and community health in the College of Medicine, recently completed one of the largest studies yet of depression symptoms in undergraduate athletes. The results were published in the February issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
- Can Idaho Football Find a New Conference Home?
by Jacob Thorpe March 2016
Idaho's football program faces an uncertain future following last month's decision by the Sun Belt conference to not grant membership to the Vandals beyond the 2017 season. Now the school must choose whether to drop down a level to FCS competition, or to go it alone as an FBS independent. Neither prospect is ideal for the Vandals, but time is running out to make a decision. UI president Chuck Staben sat down with The Spokesman- Review last week to discuss the options the school is considering. The following is a transcript of that interview.
- USF Overpaid On Severance Packages for AD, Coach
by Joey Johnston March 2016
The University of South Florida violated state law when its athletic department paid severance compensation to a retiring athletic director and a fired football assistant coach that exceeded the legal limit by $626,000, according to a report by Florida's auditor general.
- Minnesota AD Search Will Be Group Effort
by Joe Christensen March 2016
After revealing the search committee and outside firm that will help him fill the University of Minnesota's vacant athletic director position, school President Eric Kaler made clear the search for the job he intends to fill by July 1 will be wide and inclusive. Former deputy athletic director Beth Goetz has served as interim AD since Norwood Teague abruptly resigned Aug. 7 amid allegations that he had sexually harassed two members of Kaler's senior leadership team.
- Infrastructure Important to NCAA Tournament Sites
by Mike Strange March 2016
Thompson-Boling Arena is as fine a place to watch a college basketball game as any on-campus facility you’ll find. But don’t look for the NCAA men’s tournament to return to Knoxville any time soon. After Thompson-Boling arena opened in 1987-88, the men’s tournament visited three times — 1990, 1994 and 1999. In ’90, the venue also staged the women’s Final Four.
- Notre Dame Hockey to Join Big Ten in 2017
by Jason Gonzalez March 2016
The Big Ten Conference will add a boost of brand-name power and massive national reach to its fledgling hockey conference by welcoming Notre Dame as a single-sport affiliate member after next season. The three-year-old hockey conference has endured sagging ticket sales and mediocre results and support throughout its infancy. Conference deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia told the Star Tribune on Tuesday that adding the Fighting Irish in 2017 will inaugurate a new era of Big Ten hockey. "We're looking at it as a step that will assist our schools and help us become even more competitive nationally," Traviolia said. "We felt that affiliation membership is a mutually beneficial way to grow Big Ten hockey. We're going to be better off as a hockey conference for it."