- College Teams Facing Charter Plane Shortage
by Jason Scott June 2017
As demand for travel increases among the general public, some airlines are cutting back on charter flight offerings for collegiate athletics programs. In today’s sprawling athletic conferences, some programs are scrambling to find reliable travel.
- Opinion: College Football Eligibility Should Be Five Years
by John Adams June 2017
Player eligibility surely will be a topic of conversation among SEC football coaches when the conference's spring meetings begin Tuesday. But that's nothing new. The subject has been popping up for several years now. It gained momentum earlier this year when the American Football Coaches Association announced a proposal that would allow players to play in as many as four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility. Under current rules, a player has five years to play four seasons and could lose a year's eligibility by playing in a single game, unless he was injured.
- Auburn AD Proposes Swapping Divisions with Missouri
by Mark Long June 2017
One Southeastern Conference athletic director wants the league to swap Tigers. Auburn's Jay Jacobs made it clear Wednesday that he would like his program to change divisions with Missouri, a trade that would make financial and geographical sense and likely provide the league with more competitive balance. The Western Division has won eight consecutive SEC title games, including the last three by powerhouse Alabama.
- SEC Could Relax Penalty for Graduate Transfers
by David Paschall May 2017
The Southeastern Conference continues to wrestle with the NCAA's graduate-transfer rule, with Tuesday's opening of the league's spring meetings in Destin, Fla., providing the latest evidence. League policies currently penalize programs for multiple years after graduate transfers fail to meet academic benchmarks, but that could be relaxed later this week when SEC athletic directors gather with conference commissioner Greg Sankey. Football coaches took turns Tuesday discussing the issue. "What is the intent of the rule to start with?" Alabama's Nick Saban said in a news conference. "I think the intent of the rule to start with was based on somebody changing schools for academic reasons. That was the intent of the rule to start with, and now that doesn't matter.
- Coach Reviews Mixed for NCAA Early Signing Period
by David Paschall May 2017
An early signing period in college football has gone from proposal to reality. For the 2018 recruiting cycle already underway, that means a 72-hour signing window beginning Dec. 20, and then the traditional signing date on the first Wednesday in February. It's a great unknown for Southeastern Conference coaches, who typically dominate the recruiting landscape. "It's going to be different because of the manpower and the hours that it takes," LSU's Ed Orgeron said. "It's a war out there, and now you have two of them. A lot of teams will be practicing for some very important bowls, so you've got to balance your time between the new signing day and the practice and preparation."
- NCAA Basketball Graduate Transfers Stir Controversy
by Ed Miller May 2017
With a year of eligibility remaining, James Daniel did what an increasing number of college basketball players are doing: He entered the graduate transfer market. The experience was nothing like his recruitment coming out of high school.
- College Conference Disparity Shows Broken System
by Scott D. Pierce May 2017
If you've paid any attention to college sports whatsoever, you know that there's a vast disparity between the television revenue brought in by schools in the Power Five conferences and what the Group of Five members get. But here's a look at a few numbers that emphasize the point. Here's the estimated TV revenue (on average) for each member of a Group of Five conferences for the 2016-17 school year:
- Opinion: Golf Trip Last Straw for UNM AD's Tenure
by Albuquerque Journal May 2017
It's the fourth quarter of Paul Krebs' tenure as athletics director at the University of New Mexico, and he would like to run out the clock on his $419,000-a-year job on his own terms. Krebs has two years remaining on his contract and was asked last week if he was planning to retire. He said in an email "if and when I decide to retire from athletics it will be on my timetable."
- Ex-Illinois Football Player Awarded $250K in Settlement
by Jason Scott May 2017
The University of Illinois is paying out $250,000 in a settlement with former football player Simon Cvijanovic, whose claims about being forced to play while injured led to the eventual ouster of football coach Tim Beckman and athletic director Mike Thomas.
- Virginia Tech AD Works to Get Out of the Red
by Andy Bitter May 2017
For the first time in more than a decade, the Virginia Tech athletic department operated in the red during the fiscal year ending in June of 2016. Paying a couple of football coaching staffs during the transition from Justin Fuente to Frank Beamer, severance payments for three former basketball coaches and the rising cost of scholarships helped run the Hokies a $764,000 deficit. It 's not something athletic director Whit Babcock wants to see often, but that's just the occasional cost of doing business in today's world of college athletics. "With everything we've got going on and the momentum, we know we can't be in the red very often," Babcock said in a wide-ranging interview with the Roanoke Times this week. "But we're at a point right now of investing and transition, and we felt like it was well worth it."