• Maryland Football Coach Deflects Firing Rumors

    by Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun October 2015

    After two straight blowout defeats and amid a report that his firing is imminent, Maryland coach Randy Edsall reiterated comments he made earlier in the week ahead of Saturday's matchup at No. 1 Ohio State.

  • Wisconsin Bucks College Coaching Salary Trend

    by Erik Brady, Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars October 2015

    Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez played football for Nebraska 50 years ago, when Tom Osborne was an assistant coach there. Saturday, Alvarez's Badgers will play Nebraska on Tom Osborne Field. As it happens, the ex-Wisconsin coach likes to tell a story about a conversation with the ex-Nebraska coach from a time when Osborne was the Cornhuskers AD. "He called and asked if I would share with him what I was paying my coaches, football and basketball," Alvarez says, leaning back in his office chair. "So I said, 'Sure,' and I told him. There was this long hesitation, and then Tom said, 'You and I got out a little too early.'" Alvarez lets loose a long laugh. His last full season coaching Wisconsin football was 2005. USA TODAY Sports began tracking top-tier coaches' salaries in 2006. The average compensation for head football coaches at 119 major colleges then was roughly $950,000. Today, at 128 Football Bowl Subdivision schools, it is up to just over $2 million.

  • Friday Night College Games Cause HS Scheduling Headaches

    by Robert Anderson, October 2015

    During an interview earlier this week, a Virginia Tech football player compared the Hokies' upcoming game against N.C. State this Friday to "playing in high school." Well, thanks to ESPN and the ACC, the tradition of Friday Night Lights now includes local college games. Two weeks ago it was Boise State at Virginia. Now it's lights, camera and action in Blacksburg.

  • VMI Won't Fund Full Cost of Attendance Scholarships

    by Mark Berman, October 2015

    The commissioner of the Southern Conference expects most of his league's members to fund the full cost of attendance for some of their athletes. But VMI will not be among them. The NCAA's five power conferences voted last winter to increase athletes' scholarships beyond tuition, books, and room and board to cover the full cost of attendance, such as living expenses, trips home and extra food. Some other leagues are following suit in varying degrees. The Southern Conference's 10 schools recently voted to permit members to fund the full cost of attendance, beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

  • EKU Football Game Moved After Threatening Graffiti Discovered

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel October 2015

    Eastern Kentucky has moved Thursday night’s Ohio Valley Conference game against Tennessee Tech north to Georgetown College after a security threat led school officials to cancel classes for the remainder of this week.

  • South Carolina-LSU Game Relocated to Baton Rouge

    by Josh Kendall October 2015

    Saturday’s South Carolina-LSU game is being moved to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. “In the spirit of supporting our South Carolina community that is so supportive of Gamecock Nation, we have decided to move the game to Baton Rouge,” USC President Harris Pastides said. “The stress on law enforcement and first responders is too great. Moreover, we’ve had many in the Carolina family directly impacted by the flooding.

  • Hoops Coach Comes Out, Becomes First Openly Gay DI Coach

    by Dayton Daily News October 2015

    Bryant assistant Chris Burns, left, is the only openly gay assistant or head coach in Division I men's and women's basketball. SMITHFIELD, R.I. Chris Burns stands before his players in Bryant University's men's basketball locker room. He is shaking, yet resolute. He has rehearsed this conversation in his head dozens of times. But that's just practice. This is game time. "There are parts of this business that lead me to believe what I'm about to tell you is not acceptable here," the assistant coach says. "This is something I struggle with. It's made me consider giving up coaching. It's made me think I'm not supposed to be here." Players are wide-eyed. Burns takes a deep breath.

  • Dayton Hoops Player Sues For Reinstatement

    by Thomas Gnau October 2015

    Dyshawn Pierre, the Dayton Flyers' leading returning scorer, is suspended from the university and is not enrolled in classes this semester. Dyshawn Pierre is suing the University of Dayton, saying he "wants to return to my normal life" as a student and basketball player at UD. Pierre is not enrolled at UD this semester following a May rape allegation the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office declined to pursue "due to insufficient evidence."

  • Increased Use Prompts University to Seek Locker Room Expansion

    by Jeff Montgomery October 2015

    if you go The Dubuque Zoning Advisory Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. 6th St. An 8,300 square-foot extension to a University of Dubuque building and plans for new commercial development along University Avenue highlight the agenda for Wednesday night`s meeting of the Zoning Advisory Commission.

  • Pac-12 Makes Efforts to Improve Transparency in Officiating

    by Jacob Thorpe, October 2015

    Having coached in the Pac-12 for more than three years, Mike Leach has seen plenty of calls go against his team and he's not shy about mentioning the ones with which he disagrees. There was blatant pass interference by Oregon at a critical juncture last year that wasn't called. Leach also mentions last year's loss to California to note that he believes Gerard Wicks scored a touchdown but wasn't given credit prior to the missed field goal that would have won the game.