- MSU Prepares to Unveil Athletics Facility Upgrades
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
Michigan State University is on track to debut a series of athletics facilities upgrades with the start of the new school year.
- Indiana Coach Joins Chorus Against Friday Night Games
by Jeff Washburn July 2017
As thrilled as Tom Allen is to be the Indiana football coach, the native Hoosier is not happy about the Big Ten's decision...
- Date Set for UNC, NCAA Infractions Committee Hearing
by Fuller Jackson July 2017
North Carolina is scheduled to appear before an NCAA infractions committee panel next month in its multiyear and oft-delayed academic case. Responding to records requests, UNC on Tuesday released a June 9 letter from the NCAA setting Aug. 16-17 for the hearing in Nashville, Tennessee. The letter requests that men s basketball coach Roy Williams, football coach Larry Fedora and women s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell attend. Williams and Fedora aren t charged with a violation Fedora wasn t working at UNC during the time in question but their programs are referenced in a broader improper benefits charge. Hatchell isn t charged either, but a former professor and academic counselor for women s basketball is cited for providing improper assistance on assignments.
- Saban Sounds Alarm on Talk of Earlier Signing Day
by Andy Berg July 2017
Alabama football coach Nick Saban is concerned high school seniors might skip their final prep seasons to avoid injuries once they’ve signed with a college team.
Just last week Saban was asked by CBS Sports for comment on the way Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey’s bowed out of last year’s bowl games, presumably to avoid injury before entering the NFL draft. Saban said he’s worried about more of the same from high school players if the NCAA were to move up its signing day.
"Same thing will happen in high school if they make the signing day before the season," Saban said. "It will take a few years, then some kid will say, 'Hey, I'm going to Notre Dame. I'm not playing my senior year.'”
Saban may not be completely off base in his concerns.
This year’s recently approved early signing day will be held Dec. 20, 2017, for the 2018 recruiting class, which means players still need that final high school season to prove themselves. The existing date in early February will remain.
The NCAA said that the new earlier signing date would allow those recruits who have their minds made up to commit earlier and thus not be hassled by recruiters as they’re completing their senior year.
University of Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said he thought the new date was a good thing for players and teams. "If you can sign them and that part would be done, it would be good,” Chryst told SBNation.com. “No one’s fighting the early signing in the discussions I’ve been a part of."
SBNation pointed out that the earlier signings could have some drawbacks for players. Most coaching changes happen in December and January after some prospects will have signed early.
Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, said he’s not a fan of having any specified signing day.
“I'm not sure that a signing date is exactly what we need in today's environment,” Bowlsby said during a recent press conference, which was reported by SBNation. “I have asked coaches, athletic directors, conference commissioners repeatedly over the last 12 months why we have a signing date. It seems to me that, if we have 70 percent of the student-athletes, the prospects that want to commit relatively early, that one date is not all that important. The only answer I've ever gotten is ‘because we've always had a signing date.’”
Bowlsby said he thinks players should be allowed to sign as early as spring. “I think you could end up with a signing window, where you would say, ‘OK, we're going to do visits in April, May and June, we're gonna go to camp,’” Bowlsby said.
Check out Saban's comments on early signing dates from October of last year:
- Players, Colleagues Shocked by Freeze Resignation
by Antonio Morales July 2017
Surprise and disbelief seem to be the common themes among those who knew Hugh Freeze as they respond to his sudden resignation.
- Opinion: Football Schools Forced to Teach Decency
by Phil Mushnick July 2017
While enrolled in state-funded institutions of higher learning — and no matter from which state you're recruited — there is a need to be told: "Treat women with respect, no drugs, no stealing, no weapons."
- South Alabama Football Training Facility Collapses
by Andy Berg July 2017
The University of South Alabama Jaguars football team won’t be holding workouts in their new practice facility anytime soon.
USA athletic director Joel Erdmann announced Saturday that the Jaguar Training Facility, which began construction this spring, had completely collapsed. No one was injured in the accident.
Bob Lowry, media relations director for the school, confirmed the collapse in a statement. "At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, the structure of the Jaguar Training Center, a covered athletics practice facility that is under construction on the University of South Alabama campus, fell within the construction limits of the site. No workers were present in that area at the time,” Lowry said.
The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.
WKRG.com, the local CBS affiliate in Mobile, Ala., reported that Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. of Mobile is the project architect. The school is weighing options, including whether to try again with the current plans or completely redesign the project
Workers began installing the building’s frame last weekend. According to a report from AL.com, USA officials had hoped to open the facility late this year.
- How Houston Nutt Factored into Freeze's Ole Miss Exit
by Dayton Daily News July 2017
It was a recently filed civil lawsuit from Houston Nutt against the university that unearthed the phone records that eventually revealed Freeze's school-issued cellphone had dialed an escort service on at least one occasion in 2016.
- New William & Mary AD Seeks Revenue Boosts
by Jessica Williams July 2017
Samantha Huge, the new athletic director at the College of William & Mary, is no outsider to the Williamsburg community. Her brother, Chris Huge, played football for the college from 1981 to 1983. “As a kid, I always hopped on a vacation to Williamsburg because there is so much to do here,” recalled Huge at a June 13 business roundtable luncheon with the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority. “Virginia is a special place for me.” Before coming to W&M, she served as associate director of athletics at Texas A&M with 17 years of Division I athletics experience, including her time as deputy director of athletics and recreation services at the University of Delaware.
- Opinion: Stop Putting College Coaches on Pedestals
by Dan Wolken July 2017
There's a certain way coaches talk about one another, about the things that have to happen to secure top recruits...