• 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.

  • Night-Happy Ohio State to Keep Michigan as Day Game

    by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    At least one tradition in college football will remain the same this year: The Ohio State-Michigan game to end the season will kick off during the day. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines won't move to prime time on Nov. 29, even though OSU is already scheduled to play a record five night games this season. "Dave Brandon, the athletic director at Michigan, and I constantly have conversations that that should not be a night game, and it will not be a night game," Smith said. "It won't be (at night) this year, nor in following years."

  • USC to Spend $1M Annually to Feed Student-Athletes

    by Andrew Brandt July 2014

    If there's one thing we've learned from the ruling that allows NCAA Division 1 schools to feed their student-athletes however and whenever they want, it's that athletes eat a lot. And now, that "a lot" has an actual dollar amount attached to it.

  • How the New College Football Postseason Will Work

    by Mike Strange July 2014

    HOOVER, Ala. — Repeat after me: CFP. CFP. CFP. The BCS is dead. Long live the CFP. On a Monday evening, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas, some college football team will hoist the CFP trophy for the first time. If, as Florida defensive lineman Dante Fowler confessed Monday, you hadn’t heard, the College Football Playoff era begins in 2014.

  • CFP Cut for Five Power Conferences Could Hit $50M Each

    by George Schroeder July 2014

    The Power Five conferences will almost double their financial haul in the College Football Playoff's first season as compared to the final year of the Bowl Championship Series, official estimates provided to USA TODAY Sports show.

  • Spring Football Not in OHSAA's Immediate Future

    by Steve Blackledge, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Blame it on social media or perhaps the vivid imagination of hard-core fans, but the widespread rumor that Ohio high-school coaches are lobbying for full-fledged spring football has been greatly exaggerated.

  • Bye, Prospector Pete? Long Beach State Retooling Image

    by JJ Fiddler July 2014

    LONG BEACH >> Long Beach State's athletic department is unveiling a new visual identity as the first move in a wide-ranging rebranding of the university's sports programs that could put the 49er mascot, Prospector Pete, on the chopping block. Changes to the school's logo, to be announced publicly this morning, is partially funded by a $100,000 donation from an unnamed group - the largest ever group gift to the athletic department. A slight design adjustment was made to the font and iconic "LB" logo used by all of the Long Beach State programs, and now all of the teams will be referred to as Long Beach or "The Beach" instead of "49ers." The baseball team will remain the Dirtbags.