Friday, September, 20, 2013
Last Month's Fatal Fall at Turner Field Ruled a Suicide
Perhaps there is one scenario — beyond horseplay, intoxication or medical episode — in which the upper reaches of stadiums can't be expected to keep fans perfectly safe. When a fan is intent on taking his own life, as investigators have determined was the case with Ronald Homer last month at Atlanta's Turner Field, the role of building codes regarding the height of concrete or steel barriers is considerably diminished.
Wednesday, September, 11, 2013
OSU, WVU, LSU in Damage Control as Expose Released
As journalistic bombshells go, Tuesday's release of the first in a five-part Sports Illustrated expose into past improprieties in the Oklahoma State University football program was widely regarded as a dud. That said, both Oklahoma State and West Virginia, the school at which one of the implicated former OSU coaches now works, were in full damage control as of Monday. OSU athletic director Mike Holder addressed the media, stating, "I apologize to all of the athletic directors in the [Big 12] conference for what's about to happen, what's about to be said about a member institution. That reflects on everyone, all of our brothers and peers." Holder, who has been in Stillwater since 1966 as a student or university employee (he became AD in 2005), went on to say, "I really feel like that at 65 years of age, everything that I've done until now has prepared me for this moment in time, so I just hope to make everybody proud at the end of this process." (He later said that his apology should not be taken as an admission of wrongdoing by OSU athletics.) A proces is under way at WVU, as well. A university source told The Charleston Gazette that an in-house investigation into the accusations against Mountaineers assistant coach Joe DeForest, who SI sources claim paid players performance bonuses while at OSU during a period spanning 2001 to 2007, will be done "quickly, but thoroughly" and will focus solely on his tenure at WVU.
Friday, August, 16, 2013
Dr. James Andrews Targets Youth Sports Injuries
Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees and Robert Griffin III begin the 2013 NFL season this month, thanks in large part to Dr. James Andrews, orthopedic surgeon and injury consultant to a roster of clients that reads like a multisport hall-of-fame ballot.
Thursday, August, 15, 2013
Design Details: Michigan Students Enjoy Special Entrance at Crisler Center
Much of modern arena design caters to the VIP experience, but a recent $56 million renovation of the University of Michigan's competition basketball venue included one element that has made students feel pretty important, too.
Thursday, August, 15, 2013
How Oregon Converts a Practice Facility into a Moneymaking Party
How Oregon has mastered the moneymaking conversion of a practice facility into game-day party central.
Wednesday, August, 14, 2013
Maintaining High-Wear Areas on Natural Grass Fields
As the academic year kicks off this month, a nationwide stampede of student-athletes will put natural grass game fields to their first real tests - ideally - in months. How well they pass those tests, and for how long, will depend on preparation, weather cooperation and ongoing maintenance attention. But make no mistake, the turf is going to take a pounding - particularly in specific and all-too-predictable areas.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013
Wi-Fi Service Increasingly Seen As a Must-Have Stadium Amenity
Stanford Stadium got wired for wireless in 2011. Penn State's Beaver Stadium did so last year. Auburn (2011) and Alabama (2012) were already bringing Wi-Fi to the football game day masses when Southeastern Conference officials estimated this spring that it would cost member schools $2 million each to improve stadium cell phone and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Wednesday, July, 10, 2013
Aquatic Climbing Walls Becoming a Popular Pool Amenity
Prairie Athletic Club calls itself the largest health club in Wisconsin, and few casual observers would question that claim. After all, how many clubs in these northern climes can boast their own outdoor water park?
Thursday, June, 20, 2013
DePaul Arena Bid Now Open to Non-Sports Architects
In an effort to quell public discontent over the prospect of a boxy, windowless arena popping up in Chicago's McCormick Place neighborhood, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has opened its search for architects to include those without sports facility design experience - the thought being that sports architects can join the process later.
Tuesday, June, 18, 2013
Falcons Consider New Twist on Retractable Roof Design
Architects continue to push the envelope of retractable roof design. Consider the concepts emerging from 360 Architecture for the Atlanta Falcons new stadium, which is being billed as an open stadium that closes, as opposed to a closed stadium that opens.
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.
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.