- Opinion: Big 12 Made Fools of Expansion Candidates
by Gordon Monson October 2016
So, at the end of the worst reality TV show of the season, nobody got Bob Bowlsby's rose. Not BYU. Not Cincinnati. Not Houston. Not anybody. Everybody was sent packing. That's not the way the thing was supposed to end, right? Well, yes. There had to be a better finish, a better conclusion, a better payoff. Oh, there was a payoff, all right, but only to the parties who orchestrated the entire faux endeavor. The payoff in this series was to the schools already in the Big 12, which pried more money out of the networks without following through with any expansion. Goal accomplished. Game over.
- Miami Quietly Awaits End of NCAA Probation
by Charleston Gazette-Mail October 2016
Miami's three-year NCAA probation largely stemming from the actions of rogue and now-former booster Nevin Shapiro gets completed on Friday. It satisfies one of the most damning sanctions the Hurricanes were issued, though some aftereffects - scholarship reductions in football and men's basketball, most notably - will remain felt for a few more months. "Nothing really changes when probation ends, because we've already changed our approach, Miami athletic director Blake James said. "We're not going to not be vigilant now. We're going to continue doing all we can to educate our students, our coaches, our fans on the importance of knowing and following NCAA rules to the intent of the law.
- Ex-UNM Ops Director Accused of Theft Fires Back
by Geoff Grammer October 2016
Cody Hopkins, the 34-year-old former basketball operations director UNM says illegally used a team purchasing card, including using it for nearly $54,000 in ATM cash withdrawals between July and December 2015, says his contract not being renewed and UNM's handling of the matter has violated his rights. Hopkins has not been charged with a crime. The Journal this week obtained a copy an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "charge of discrimination" filed by Hopkins alleging retaliation. It does not address the allegations of missing money from UNM.
- HB2 Spurs SEC Basketball Media Days Move
by Mike Organ October 2016
Media days were originally scheduled to return to Charlotte, N.C., this year and then come to Nashville in 2017. But the North Carolina "bathroom law," also known as House Bill 2, which some perceive as being discriminatory toward LGBT people, led SEC officials to move the event this year.
- Report: Louisville to Receive Notice of Allegations
by Jason Scott October 2016
The University of Louisville basketball program is expected to receive a notice of allegations from the NCAA stemming from a yearlong investigation into an alleged prostitution scandal.
- Volleyball Uniforms Send Sustainability Message
by Erin Negley October 2016
When Franklin & Marshall College's women's volleyball team hits the court before a game, the back of their warm-up jerseys are adorned with an F&M logo surrounded by a branch. There's a recycling symbol, a green leaf and the message: "Envision. Act. Preserve." The jerseys live up to the sustainable message, all the way down to the thread, which is made of recycled materials. In face, each uniform is made entirely from 10 16-ounce plastic bottles.
- Army Vet Wins Appeal, Allowed to Play College Ball
by Mark Snyder October 2016
Oakland University basketball player Isaiah Brock was cleared by the NCAA initial eligibility committee to play for the Golden Grizzlies this year, the university announced Monday.
- Opinion: Big 12 Made Right Call to Not Expand
by George Schroeder October 2016
With straight faces, they insisted they hadn't mashed the accelerator toward expansion back in July. And that the quasi-public way the process unfolded, all the way until the end, was actually positive. It was all so ... Big 12. There was stumbling. And bumbling. And plenty of unintentional comedy. What else did you expect from the league that put the "fun" in dysfunction? But after everything, there's also this: The Big 12's presidents made the right call.
- Purdue Axes Head Coach Hazell
by Nathan Baird October 2016
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue has fired head football coach Darell Hazell, sources confirmed on Sunday. The move comes one day after the Boilermakers' 49-35 Homecoming loss to Iowa and three weeks after a 50-7 loss at Maryland in the Big Ten Conference opener. Purdue has announced a 4:30 p.m. press conference, which will be carried live on Big Ten Network.
- Player’s ‘Broke Athlete’ Sign Drives Discussion
by Jason Scott October 2016
University of Wisconsin basketball star Nigel Hayes made waves when he appeared on ESPN’s College GameDay program Saturday with a sign soliciting donations to a Venmo account.