- Thursday, September, 03, 2009
The Purists' Plunge
When U.S. Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz spoke at the 2008 Athletic Business Conference, he told a decades-old story about how coaches from the Soviet Union had once asked Spitz why he wore a mustache in competition. At the time, he knowingly relayed the falsehood that the facial hair reduced drag in the water. By the next international competition, every Russian swimmer sported a 'stache. Such was the level of gamesmanship in 1970s aquatics.
- Friday, August, 28, 2009
Schools Seek New Ways to Combat Student-Athlete Alcohol Abuse
A parade of off-season DUI offenses has schools seeking new ways to combat student-athlete alcohol abuse.
- Thursday, August, 27, 2009
Should Building Codes be Changed to Keep Fans from Falling Out of Their Seats?
Should building codes be changed to keep fans from falling out of upper-level stadium sections?
- Thursday, August, 27, 2009
Technology Allows for Racing Events All but Devoid of Human Error
Technological advances have allowed for racing events that are all but devoid of human error.
- Monday, August, 24, 2009
Wichita State's Track Coach Whips Community Members Into Shape
Wichita residents enjoy conditioning and camaraderie during rigorous workouts in Steve Rainbolt's Shocker Fitness program.
- Tuesday, July, 28, 2009
The Importance of Prudent Support-Pole Specification and Inspection
Recent failures have illuminated the importance of prudent support-pole specification and inspection.
- Monday, July, 06, 2009
Running Program for Girls Hits Holistic Stride
Girls on the Run teaches children about self-esteem and personal interaction as it prepares them for a 5K run - and life.
- Tuesday, June, 30, 2009
Maintenance of Fields, Tracks, Courts and Rinks Affects Game and Globe
The manner in which fields, tracks, courts and rinks are produced and maintained affects not only the game but the globe.
- Monday, June, 29, 2009
More Athletics Programs May Be Joining the Green Movement
Athletics has trailed the green movement on most campuses, but one researcher predicts the political climate is about to change.
- Sunday, May, 31, 2009
Contract Bonuses Award College Coaches for All Sorts of Achievements
Today's contract bonuses award college coaches for all sorts of achievements -- some of them rather dubious.
- Monday, November, 10, 2014
Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC
This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.
- Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH
Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.
- Thursday, January, 17, 2013
Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o
The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.
- Monday, December, 03, 2012
Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus
The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.
- Friday, August, 17, 2012
Blog: Cheer These Pro Athletes for Giving Back
Assuming your membership in the Latrell "I have a family to feed" Sprewell Fan Club has expired, may we suggest a couple of options.
- Sunday, January, 17, 2010
Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later
Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.
For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.
- Thursday, December, 10, 2009
A Choice to Make
There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."
- Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
Hit 'Em Straight
When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.