Utah's Compliance System Considered Unique by AD Hill
by Dirk Facer, Deseret News June 2014
By Dirk Facer Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY - When it comes to NCAA compliance, the University of Utah has a plan in place. Actually, it's more of a system - and one that Athletics Director Chris Hill considers unique. It's set up for outside checks and balances by the school's legal department. Utah compliance has a dotted line to Robert Payne of the office of general counsel, who reports quarterly to university president David W. Pershing. Both Hill and Payne receive compliance notifications. "So when I speak to the coaches, how many times do you think I want Robert Payne to talk to the president and then have the president call me?" Hill said. "Zero."
Study: Many Big Ten Schools Could Afford to Pay Athletes
by Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune June 2014
Chicago - Like a five-star high school recruit in his senior year, college athletics is at a crossroads. Pressure from current players, former players and lawsuits means a system of paying college students to play sports is finally getting serious attention. Those pushing to pay athletes argue that schools - and their coaches and administrators-take in billions while the students themselves are left with nothing. The NCAA and school officials have steadfastly rejected that argument, saying most schools can't afford to pay students and doing so could tarnish the principle that players are students first. But the contentious philosophical debate also leads to some basic math questions. Could schools afford to pay their athletes, and how much? An examination by the Tribune of athletic department budgets over the last five years for Big Ten Conference schools shows that they generate tens of millions of dollars in operating surpluses.
UT Files New Motion to Keep Lawsuit Docs Out of Media
by Dan Fleser firstname.lastname@example.org June 2014
The University of Tennessee filed another protective order Friday in district court, seeking to prohibit “extrajudicial use or disclosure” of documents and information developed in discovery pertaining to Debby Jennings’ lawsuit against the university and athletic director Dave Hart.
Bill Cosby Concert Seeks to Save Temple Gymnastics
by Tom Mahon, Daily News Staff Writer June 2014
LEAVE IT TO Bill Cosby to turn a sad situation into a laughing matter. Cosby will hold a benefit concert for Temple's men's gymnastics program at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets, on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Duration of KU Tickets-for-Bond Deal Questioned
by Mike Vernon and Jesse Newell, The Capital-Journal June 2014
This isn't what Andrew Knopp intended to sign the Kansas student body up for. Knopp - KU's student body president from 2003-04 - questions the ethics of KU Athletics in regards to a contract signed in 2004. The contract terms, he says, were never supposed to stretch nearly a quarter-century. In April 2004, Knopp signed a contract with former athletic director Lew Perkins. The main point of the contract was this, according to Knopp: KU Athletics would pay up to $1 million per year for the new recreation center expansion and in exchange would get to sell 1,431 seats in Allen Fieldhouse that previously were student tickets. The swap, according to Knopp, would basically be $1 million for $1 million each year, with Perkins assuring Knopp that KU Athletics could make at least $1 million extra by selling those 1,431 seats as season tickets instead of single-game tickets when those seats went unused by students.
Sale of HS for Temple U. Rec Space Met with Protest
by Kristen A. Graham; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014
The sale of the old William Penn High School to Temple University is a done deal, as far as the Philadelphia School District is concerned. But a group of North Philadelphia neighbors is crying foul, alleging that the process was tainted and that the community's wishes were ignored in the name of political horse-trading. Dozens gathered Tuesday outside the school, waving signs and declaring their dissatisfaction.
Hearing Officer: Sandusky Deserves $4,900/Mo. Pension
by Allison Steele; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014
In an opinion released Monday, the examiner recommended the state employees' retirement system reinstate the $4,900-a-month pension Sandusky collected before being convicted on child sex abuse charges in 2012.
Sandusky Probe Report Less Critical than AG Kane
by Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy; Inquirer Staff Writers June 2014
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's review of the investigation into pedophile Jerry Sandusky was supposed to finally explain why the case took nearly three years to build, and whether it was bogged down by politics.
Forward Passports: Schools Prepare for Bowl in Bahamas
by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
Every day this week from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., Marshall University has set aside space in its football office for something that might not even matter by the end of the season. But Mark Gale, the assistant athletics director for football operations, would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to getting passports for a possible trip to December's Bahamas Bowl. Because the first-year bowl will be in a foreign country, schools in Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference already are working on securing passports for their players, coaches and support staff.
As O'Bannon Trial Drags On, It's Easier to Foresee Payday
by Tim Dahlberg June 2014
They come calling with promises of a good education, a chance to play on television and some of the best facilities that money can buy. There may come a time, though, when recruiters chasing the best high school football and basketball players offer something else: a nice paycheck to take with them as a parting gift when their college days are over. Football players could get several hundred thousand dollars.