• Minnesota Law: Parent Complaints Still Dog HS Coaches

    by David LaVaque, Star Tribune Staff Writer August 2014

    A new law enacted to keep disgruntled parents from costing Minnesota high school coaches their jobs seems to have quelled some of the potential firings. Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the law stipulated that "parent complaints must not be the sole reason" for a school board to get rid of a coach.

  • NCAA Rulings Force Colleges to Confront Confusion

    by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    After two momentous outcomes poised to reshape the college sports landscape, athletics officials across the country say one thing remains absent as they prepare to confront new financial and philosophical hurdles: clarity.

  • Opinion: UHSAA 'Success Factor' Would Lift Lowly Teams

    by Kurt Kragthorpe Tribune Columnist August 2014

    Having just introduced a sixth class of football, the Utah High School Activities Association now is considering realignment strategy that would reward losing.

  • Former YSU President: NCAA Should Create 'Pro' Division

    by Les Cochran San Carlos Park Cochran is a former president of Youngstown State University in Ohio. August 2014

    We all remember Saturday afternoon and the big football game — homecoming, parties, dances and rallies. What could be better? Student tickets were free and alumni found a reason to return. Student-athletes went to class and graduated in four years. They earned their scholarship by working on campus. Players had personal responsibilities.

  • Agent Access One Thorny Issue Facing Power 5 Schools

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    In the wake of Thursday's vote to grant the five high-revenue conferences some autonomy in making rules that govern major college sports, the onus now shifts to athletics directors and conference commissioners to formulate an agenda that can be implemented beginning next year. But among the issues that have already been floated for the Power Five conferences to consider, one stands out as particularly thorny in the search to come up with meaningful reform. Though there is agreement across college athletics that current rules governing the relationship between athletes and agents need to be liberalized, the discussion so far has been heavy on media-friendly talking points and light on detailed prescriptions. Even Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive, who repeatedly has stressed the need to bring agent issues out of the shadows, acknowledged his ideas are more conceptual than specific at this point.

  • Winners, Losers from Week that Changed College Sports

    by Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014

    Football games don’t begin for about three weeks, but college sports has its first winners and losers of the season. Two major decisions in about a 30-hour period Thursday and Friday shook the landscape. First, the NCAA granting governing autonomy to the power conferences was seen by some as creating a new, über-class of 65 schools. A gated community of programs, so to speak.

  • 'Full Cost of Attendance' Tops Agenda for Power 5

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    Now that the NCAA's board of directors has approved a new governance structure for Division I, the leaders of those conferences can begin tackling their to-do list.

  • Sun Belt Commissioner: The Future Will Hold Challenges

    by Doug Roberson; Staff August 2014

    Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson seemed non-plussed by Thursday's news that the "Power Five" conferences composed of the ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12, plus Notre Dame, will be allowed autonomy within Division I.

  • Autonomy Vote Just Start of Long NCAA Reform Road

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    A reform process that has been long, tedious and sometimes contentious will conclude today when the NCAA Division I board of directors is expected to approve a new governance structure that will give the five wealthiest conferences a significant measure of autonomy in their ability to make rules.

  • Basketball Administrators' Advice to CFB Playoff Panel

    by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    No one knows what the next few months will bring for the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. The only folks who have any idea what this process is like are those who go through a similar one for basketball.