- Tuesday, February, 21, 2017
N.C. Bill Would Enhance Sports Safety Protocols
A bill under consideration by the North Carolina Legislature would create new protocols to document and address sports injuries among the state’s middle and high school athletes.
- Monday, February, 20, 2017
U. of Nevada Unveils E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
Last week, more than 200 students were on hand to be among the first to get a workout in at the University of Nevada, Reno’s $47.5 million E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center.
- Monday, February, 13, 2017
Groups Urge California to Regulate Athletic Trainers
In an environment where more states are passing laws requiring practicing athletic trainers to be licensed, there’s one state that has an unusually low barrier to entry for would-be athletic trainers: California.
- Thursday, February, 09, 2017
College Basketball Team's Bus Stolen by Drunk Driver
Following a loss at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night, the Saint Louis University basketball team discovered that the bus that was supposed to take them home had gone missing.
- Tuesday, February, 07, 2017
California Schools Short of Full-Time Athletic Trainers
High school athletic trainers are an important part of the student-athlete experience, providing services that enhance athlete safety that include preventive and emergency care. But in California, 80 percent of high schools don’t employ an athletic trainer full-time, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
- Monday, February, 06, 2017
Augie's Quest Continues with 12th Annual BASH
- Friday, February, 03, 2017
School Seeks to Build ‘Better Athletes, Better People’
On Tuesday, officials at the La Cañada Unified School District in California supported a program called the Positive Coaching Alliance that they hope will change the culture surrounding athletics for the better.
- Thursday, February, 02, 2017
NLRB Memo Calls Some NCAA Athletes ‘Employees’
A memo issued by the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Tuesday states that college football players at private universities are employees and entitled to the protections of that distinction, including efforts to form unions.
- Wednesday, February, 01, 2017
Photos: Clemson Unveils New Football Operations Complex
Clemson University is set to officially open its $55 million football operations complex today.
- Wednesday, February, 01, 2017
Helmet Manufacturer Named in Class-Action Suit
On Monday, football helmet manufacturer Riddell was named as a defendant in a class-action lawsuit claiming they didn’t properly protect football players from head injuries or inform them about the long-term risks.
- Monday, December, 05, 2016
AB Show 2016: On the Trade Show Floor at #ABOrlando
A trade show floor can be a daunting experience for the inexperienced. Such was my perspective coming away from my first AB Show last year in New Orleans, where I spent the majority of my time manning the AB booth.
- Thursday, November, 03, 2016
Blog: Cubs’ Victory One for the Ages
Just in case you thought 2016 couldn't get any more bizarre: you now live in a world where the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. The Chicago Cubs!
- Wednesday, July, 20, 2016
Individuals, Stadiums Getting In on 'Pokemon Go'
Have you guys heard of this Pokemon Go thing?
Twenty years after the country was first introduced to Pikachu and the horde of collectable monsters, Pokemon is once again sweeping the nation – but this time feels different.
- Tuesday, December, 15, 2015
Blog: Missouri Scholarship-Pulling Bill Is Asinine
While checking Twitter yesterday as I often do during the afternoon, I noticed some reporters that I follow out of Columbia, Mo. (the home of my alma mater, the University of Missouri) tweeting about a proposed bill in the state legislature that would automatically revoke the scholarship of any athlete who refuses to play for reasons not related to health. It would also call for coaches who support such strikes to be fined by their institution.
- Friday, September, 18, 2015
Blog: No Dirty-Play Epidemic in High School Football
Earlier this week, we shared another story about a high school football player making another ugly play on the field.
This time, the play was at least directed at an opponent, unlike the premeditated hit on a referee that made headlines earlier this month. There was also a less-publicized story about a player shoving a referee as a reaction to a call.
So what’s going on? Is there a culture problem in football? Are coaches skipping the part where they instill values? Are players out of control? Is there something in the water?
The likely answer: Probably not. Any of these might be a root cause for these incidents, or any random occurrence might have triggered them. The players involved in the hit on the referee alleged the ref had used racial slurs.
Whatever the motivation, this sort of thing has been going on for a long time — just with less media attention.
In today’s Internet culture, things can get noticed more quickly. The premeditated hit on the referee was just sensational enough to make us as observers perk up our ears. As new cases pop up that look and smell similar, we’re trying to connect the dots, looking for larger trends where perhaps none exist.
That’s not to say that we should do nothing to keep incidents like this from happening. We absolutely should.
What we should not do is panic. We don’t have to turn into football Chicken Littles. The sky is not falling.
For every instance of dirty play, the kind that grab headlines and leave us shaking our heads, there are many more examples of sportsmanship. Those things don’t get headlines, because the culture considers them boring.
Football idealists might look at the dirty plays recently and question their worldview. If participation in athletics is supposed to instill young people with values, how could this be happening?
That’s a question worth asking. We should look at some of the dirty play recently and double our efforts to teach sportsmanship to our young athletes. But let’s not freak out to the degree of questioning the value of sports participation in general.
Don’t let a few outliers ruin your enjoyment of the game.
- Friday, September, 11, 2015
Blog: Headset Allegations Just Another Conspiracy Theory
The first game of the NFL season happened Thursday night, and the defending champion New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were terrific, but it should come as no surprise that much of this morning's reaction has been centered on something other than the game: an allegation of malfunctioning headsets.
- Wednesday, August, 19, 2015
No Social Media, No Problem for Clemson Football
The first day of fall camp for the Clemson University football team was Aug. 3, and that also marked the occasion of players hanging up their hashtags until the winter. That means no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, no pokes, retweets or mentions until the pads are put back into storage.