- Rape Survivor in NCAA Petition to Speak to Coach, Team
by Stuart Goldman June 2016
Brenda Tracy, who claims she was the victim of a gang rape that included two Oregon State football players in 1998, is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Mike Riley, the Oregon State coach at the time who is now the head coach at Nebraska. Tracy also will speak to the Nebraska football team.
- College Baseball Field Gets $1.5M for Renovations
by Daily News of Los Angeles June 2016
Cal State Northridge's Matador Baseball Field has received a $1.5 million gift from alumnus and entrepreneur Irv Zakheim, it was announced Monday. Zakheim, who graduated with a degree in physical education in 1971, donated the money to help pay for renovations at the stadium, which is more than 50 years old and in need of modernization, CSUN spokesman Carmen Ramos Chandler said.
- U. of Buffalo to Implement Consistent Branding Strategy
by Jay Tokasz June 2016
The campaign moves away from a controversial "New York Bulls" initiative that featured "New York" more prominently than "Buffalo" on the uniforms of student-athletes and on playing fields and courts.
- College of Charleston AD Hull to Step Down
by email@example.com June 2016
College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull, who played a major role in upgrading the program's facilities and moving the school into a new conference, will leave the university when his contract expires at the end of the year.
- Blog: Design Development, Developing Documents
by Max Floyd June 2016
Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
For a few of us recreation professionals, there are times in our professional lives when we have an opportunity to cast a vision for a better tomorrow within our sphere of influence. Sometimes these ideas take the form of new programs, leagues or special events. For others, these big picture views see staff growth and increase attention to our customer base with needed individual oversight.
- Stanford, Vanderbilt Rape Cases Tragically Alike
by Sheila Burke June 2016
Student-athletes at two elite universities accused of sex crimes against unconscious women. Yet one is given six months in a county jail, while the other is facing at least 15 years in prison. Saturday, a jury convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation before finding Brandon Vandenburg guilty on multiple counts of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. In addition, he was convicted of one count of unlawful photography.
- Holtz: Eight-Team College Football Playoff Only Fair
by Greg Logan June 2016
Lou Holtz retired last season from his college football gig on ESPN, but if he ever were to take part in another mock trial arguing his case opposite "lawyer" Mark May in front of "judge" Chris Fowler, the former Notre Dame coach would advocate for an expansion of the two-year-old College Football Playoff system from four teams to eight.
- Louisville President to Resign, Gov. to Name New Board
by Chris McGaughey June 2016
University of Louisville president James Ramsey is stepping down, and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will appoint a new board of trustees at the school, which has been plagued by scandal in recent years.
- NCAA, NFL May Partner to Sponsor Camps
by Harry Minium June 2016
The NCAA is considering banning satellite football camps and replacing them next spring with camps it would sponsor at NFL training centers and high schools. If the NCAA doesn’t ban the current camps, documents indicate it is likely to set a 10-day window for coaches to attend camps. The current window is 30 days. High school players work out for and are coached by college coaches in satellite camps, often held on college campuses. In recent years, many Big Ten coaches have booked stops at satellite camps in the South in hopes of expanding their recruiting presence in the region’s rich talent pool.
- Report: Baylor, Briles Reach Contract Settlement
by Stuart Goldman June 2016
Baylor University and former head football coach Art Briles have reportedly reached a contract settlement, one day after Briles accused the university of wrongful termination in a motion filed as part of a federal lawsuit.
Bleacher Report’s Jason King first reported the contract settlement on Friday.
Baylor has reached a contract settlement with former football coach Art Briles, sources tell B/R. Details unclear.— Jason King (@JasonKingBR) June 17, 2016
Briles was suspended “with intent to terminate” on May 26 as part of Baylor’s response to findings from the Pepper Hamilton law firm, which was hired to investigate how Baylor handled sexual assault allegations.
Briles issued a statement on June 2, saying in part that the findings in the Pepper Hamilton report “has not been shared with me directly, despite my full cooperation with the investigation.” Briles also said, “I have certainly made mistakes and, in hindsight, I would have done certain things differently.”
The filing Thursday says Briles was fired without a pre-termination hearing, which was required by his contract. Briles reportedly has eight years and roughly $40 million left on that contract.
“The conclusion is inescapable that the motive of Baylor University and the Board of Regents was to use its Head Football Coach and the Baylor Athletic Department as a camouflage to disguise and distract from its own institutional failure to comply with Title IX and other federal civil rights laws,” Briles lawyer Ernest Cannon wrote to Baylor’s attorneys in the filing.
Briles is a co-defendant with Baylor University’s board of regents and former athletic director Ian McCaw in the federal lawsuit that was filed in March by a former Baylor student who was raped by a Baylor football player in 2012.
Another lawsuit was filed Wednesday by three women who claim they are victims of sexual assault, including one who said she was assaulted by a Baylor football player on campus in April 2014.
There were reports earlier this week that the Baylor board of regents was mulling the possibility of Briles returning to coach Baylor in 2017 after a one-year suspension. Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe was named Baylor’s interim coach before McCaw resigned at the end of May.