• USF Overpaid On Severance Packages for AD, Coach

    by Joey Johnston March 2016

    The University of South Florida violated state law when its athletic department paid severance compensation to a retiring athletic director and a fired football assistant coach that exceeded the legal limit by $626,000, according to a report by Florida's auditor general.

  • Minnesota AD Search Will Be Group Effort

    by Joe Christensen March 2016

    After revealing the search committee and outside firm that will help him fill the University of Minnesota's vacant athletic director position, school President Eric Kaler made clear the search for the job he intends to fill by July 1 will be wide and inclusive. Former deputy athletic director Beth Goetz has served as interim AD since Norwood Teague abruptly resigned Aug. 7 amid allegations that he had sexually harassed two members of Kaler's senior leadership team.

  • Infrastructure Important to NCAA Tournament Sites

    by Mike Strange March 2016

    Thompson-Boling Arena is as fine a place to watch a college basketball game as any on-campus facility you’ll find. But don’t look for the NCAA men’s tournament to return to Knoxville any time soon. After Thompson-Boling arena opened in 1987-88, the men’s tournament visited three times — 1990, 1994 and 1999. In ’90, the venue also staged the women’s Final Four.

  • Notre Dame Hockey to Join Big Ten in 2017

    by Jason Gonzalez March 2016

    The Big Ten Conference will add a boost of brand-name power and massive national reach to its fledgling hockey conference by welcoming Notre Dame as a single-sport affiliate member after next season. The three-year-old hockey conference has endured sagging ticket sales and mediocre results and support throughout its infancy. Conference deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia told the Star Tribune on Tuesday that adding the Fighting Irish in 2017 will inaugurate a new era of Big Ten hockey. "We're looking at it as a step that will assist our schools and help us become even more competitive nationally," Traviolia said. "We felt that affiliation membership is a mutually beneficial way to grow Big Ten hockey. We're going to be better off as a hockey conference for it."

  • Virginia Tech Baseball Stadium to Get $10-18M Upgrade

    by Mark Berman March 2016

    Virginia Tech's ballpark is getting a makeover - and a new name to help pay for it. Athletic director Whit Babcock said Monday that Tech plans to spend $10 to 18 million to upgrade English Field, the 27-year-old home of its baseball team. To help fund the expansion, Richmond-based Union Bank & Trust will pay Tech $3.5 million over the next 10 years for the naming rights to the ballpark. The facility will now be known as English Field at Union Park.

  • Postseason Wins Mean Bonuses for College Hoops Coaches

    by Steve Berkowitz March 2016

    The coaches who have led men's basketball teams to the NCAA Sweet 16 have combined to earn $2,115,001 in bonuses. And there is plenty more to come. Here is a look at what already has been earned and what is still available: Indiana's Tom Crean

  • Lawsuit: KU Was Indifferent to Sexual Assault

    by Luke Ranker March 2016

    A new lawsuit against the University of Kansas asserts the school was "deliberately indifferent" to sexual assault and failed to stop harassment of a rape victim." Daisy Tackett, a former student-athlete, also takes aim at the school's rowing coaches, saying she wasn't allowed to participate in team activities after reporting the attack. A university spokeswoman called the claims "baseless." A lawsuit Kansas City, Mo., attorney Dan Curry filed Monday in Douglas County District Court seeks "compensation and redress" under Title IX, a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination and mandates the investigation of sexual assaults.

  • Inquiry of Tennessee Player Yields No Charges

    by MJ Slaby March 2016

    A nearly three-month investigation led to no charges against a former University of Tennessee football player who was accused of sexual assault but not identified in a federal Title IX lawsuit, a review of records shows. The Knoxville Police Department case file on a Sept. 20 incident between the then player and female student included 50 pages of documents, six videos and an audio recording. The News Sentinel obtained the file Monday through the Public Records Act.

  • New Rules Make NBA Leap Easier on College Players

    by Nicole Auerbach March 2016

    In the least surprising news of the week, Ben Simmons has declared for the NBA. He almost certainly will be drafted No.1 or 2 in June's draft. But for most of the NCAA underclassmen who will consider going pro in the coming weeks, there is far greater uncertainty. There always has been; each year, news outlets make lists of the talented players who end up going undrafted as an example of poor decision-making and the intoxicating allure of the NBA giving way to the reality of playing in the Development League or overseas. To those deeply invested in the sport of college basketball, many of those disappointments -- or gaps between players' dreams and reality -- could have been avoided. And can be avoided, as long as those players get better information about their actual draft stock.

  • Weighing Player Discipline Against Legal Risk

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel March 2016

    Butch Jones hasn’t hesitated disciplining players involved in sexual assault cases. But the Tennessee football coach might be less apt to take swift disciplinarian action in the future. So might any other coach or university. They could run the risk of ending up in court. And the stakes could be high. We’ve already seen athletes sue schools after they were dismissed over sexual assault allegations. It’s not farfetched to think a coach could be sued, too.