Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Some Athletes Don't Use Scholarship Money as Intended
by Mark Smith, Assistant Sports Editor July 2014
It may surprise the casual fans that NCAA student-athletes receive checks, even if they aren't yet playing for pay. But they do. Dawn Martinez, assistant athletic director/compliance at the University of New Mexico, said student-athletes with full-ride scholarships will receive $9,340 for the coming school year if they stay in the dorms. She said off-campus student-athletes will receive $9,970.74. Those funds are divided into monthly checks during the fall and spring sessions.
How the TSSAA Saved Itself and High School Sports
by Stephen Hargis July 2014
When Bernard Childress took over as executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association five years ago the first thing he had to do was hark back to his days as a prep basketball coach. In sports terms, it was late in the game and Childress's team was so far behind that a monumental rally was needed. The TSSAA had been financially drained after defending itself against one of its member schools -- Brentwood Academy -- in a lawsuit that circulated through the judicial system for 10 years, twice reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. The football powerhouse never denied the recruiting violations it was accused of in 1997, but said that the penalty imposed by the TSSAA -- suspension from post-season play for two years and a $3,000 fine -- was too severe. After losing its appeal to the TSSAA, the school changed its argument, saying that its constitutional rights had been violated, and filed suit.
Conference USA Leaders: Stipends 'The Right Thing To Do'
by Harry Minium July 2014
IRVING, Texas | Conference USA has agreed to pay athletes in at least some sports the full cost of attending college, a decision that could cost schools, including Old Dominion, an average of $500,000 per year, league commissioner Britton Banowsky said. Speaking at C-USA football media day, Banowsky said conference presidents and athletic directors agreed during a retreat last year that providing the stipend "was the right thing to do."
Opinion: IHSA Protecting Its Financial Secrets
by Phil Kadner, firstname.lastname@example.org July 2014
Quasi-governmental organizations often perform what appear to be government functions but contend that they are exempt from the laws pertaining to government bodies. The Illinois High School Association is such an organization and is being sued by the Better Government Association, which wants to find out how it spends its money. The IHSA runs state athletic competitions, governs recruiting processes for schools, sets drug policies and generates millions of dollars each year from events involving primarily public schools.
Enforcement Director Defends NCAA's Track Record
by The Capital (Annapolis, MD) July 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and "broken," the NCAA's top cop fired back by defending his staff's work and acknowledging the impossible mission of policing more than 1,200 schools. Yes, sometimes, teams or schools might get away with breaking the rules for a while, Duncan said, but eventually most are caught.
Big 12's Bowlsby: Change Coming, 'Cheating Pays' Now
by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
A few moments before taking the podium Monday for his annual state of the conference address, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby insisted he wouldn't be unleashing anything explosive. It was a reference to a year earlier, when Bowlsby issued a clear call for "transformative change" in the NCAA -- which now, with a vote next month to give the Power Five conferences the ability to provide athletes with unprecedented benefits, is on the verge of occurring. But while generally satisfied with the progress toward that change in the form of legislative autonomy, Bowlsby painted a bleak bigger picture of the future. "If you like intercollegiate athletics the way it is, you're going to hate it going forward," he said. "There's a lot of change coming."
ACC's Swofford Predicts Victory for Big Five Autonomy
by Mark Berman, email@example.com July 2014
The NCAA Division I board of directors will vote Aug. 7 on whether or not to grant the ACC and the other four power conferences autonomy to set some of their own rules regarding scholarships and other matters.
Congress Targets College Athletics Financial Transparency
by STEVE WISEMAN, firstname.lastname@example.org July 2014
On Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., represents an N.C. district that includes the full gamut of NCAA athletics. A large public school in UNC Chapel Hill, a small private school in Duke and a smaller public school in N.C. Central lie within Price's 4th Congressional district. Yet all compete in Division I athletics, which means all feel the financial pressures that come with trying to compete at the highest level of the NCAA.
Opinion: District Should Have Vetted Officials Provider
by Naples Daily News July 2014
Collier County Public Schools Collier County Public Schools staff blew the call in deciding not to check out the leaders of the organization that hires officials for athletic contests. The district this week notified the Collier Officials Group it no longer will be its vendor to coordinate the hiring of sports officials for high school games. This came after revelations by Daily News reporter Adam Fisher and correspondent Scott Clair that more than 30 umpires and officials hadn’t been paid the total of $30,000 or more they were owed by COG for working games this spring.
Opinion: Embattled IHSA Works Hard for Athletes
by Greg Cohen July 2014
The Illinois High School Association is an easy target. It is difficult for me to watch quietly as people attack this organization. The people attacking the IHSA get upset over one event, one decision or one action and don't recognize all of the good the IHSA does for students and athletes in the state of Illinois. The IHSA administers to more than 800 public and private schools. They range in enrollment from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Rockford with 11 students, to Morton in Berwyn-Cicero with 8,327 students.