Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
- School Board Okays $354K Field Improvement Project
by Joe Napsha August 2016
The Norwin School Board took a step Monday toward fulfilling a promise it made to its high school baseball supporters by authorizing $354,600 in improvements to ensure the team has a home field next season.
- Big Question for Big 12: Add Two, or Four?
by Phil Stukenborg August 2016
These are crazy, ever-changing, intense times in the Big 12 Conference, the Power Five league that dropped a mini-bombshell — at least according to national media who follow the league — on July 19 when it was announced thought-to-be-shelved expansion would be explored.
- USA Gymnastics Under Fire for Abuse Allegations
by Marisa Kwiatkowski August 2016
One of America’s most prominent Olympic organizations failed to alert authorities to many allegations of coaches’ sexual abuse — relying on a policy that enabled predators to abuse gymnasts long after USA Gymnastics had received warnings. An Indianapolis Star investigation uncovered multiple examples of children suffering the consequences, including a Georgia case in which a coach preyed on young females for seven years.
- FCS Playoffs Tweaked to Be Less Regional
by Eric Peterson August 2016
If five Missouri Valley Football Conference teams make the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs this season, there won't be a repeat of last year, commissioner Patty Viverito reiterated Tuesday. The five MVFC teams that made the postseason a year ago were placed in the same side of the 24-team bracket, causing an outcry from the league's fans, coaches and administrators last November. "This will not happen again," Viverito said during the annual MVFC media teleconference. "We really want the playoffs to be more national in scope rather than regional."
- Changes to Olympic Boxing Raise Safety Concern
by Martin Rogers August 2016
Several rule alterations by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) have been introduced for the Rio Olympics, all intended to restore boxing to something resembling prominence at the Games.
- HS Forfeits Two Years of Wins Amid Financial Aid Probe
by Jodie Wagner and Palm Beach Post Staff Writers August 2016
The fallout continues for the Oxbridge Academy athletic department. The ThunderWolves, whose administration has undergone a major restructuring over the past four months since The Palm Beach Post published its findings from an investigation of the West Palm Beach private school, have forfeited all athletic wins from the past two school years.
- Opinion: Russia Getting Away with Doping
by Christine Brennan July 2016
It's so darn confusing being Russian sports fan Vladimir Putin these days. He whines when he should celebrate. He complains when he should be happy. He screams about discrimination when he instead should say, "Thanks for the gift, Thomas Bach." Instead of having zero percent of his Olympic team in Rio, it's looking like he'll have about 75% of it there, which is about 75% more than should be there.
- Changes Coming to Tennessee HS Playoff Format
by Stephen Hargis July 2016
During a special called meeting Wednesday, the TSSAA Board of Control voted to once again make major changes to the landscape of the state's football classifications and playoff system. On the heels of last year's decision that any independent school opting to give financial aid (including work-study programs) must compete in Division II, the board voted to add one classification to D-II for football only. That move is in anticipation that most of the 24 independent schools currently playing in Division I, commonly known as the public school league, will choose to make the move to D-II. Those schools have until Oct. 14 to officially inform the TSSAA of their intentions to either move to D-II or remain in D-I.
- Olympic Village, Security Among Rio's Biggest Concerns
by Nancy Armour July 2016
The good news for athletes scouring Rio's versions of Airbnb or Craigslist after finding a few, err, problems with the construction of the Olympic Village is that they only need to wait a few days. Not for fixes to be made. Given all the issues with wiring, plumbing and flooding, organizers will be lucky if all the buildings are ready before the Games open Aug. 5. It's not the first catastrophe-in-the-making to plague the Rio Olympics, and odds are it won't be the last. Another mess is sure to arise and push the shoddy construction in the Village from the spotlight and their list of concerns.
- Expansion Talks Seep Into Mountain West Media Event
by Steve Luhm July 2016
With football realignment once again lurking in the background, the Mountain West Conference holds its annual preseason football media event this week at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Players and coaches from all 12 schools will attend. So will commissioner Craig Thompson, who will likely be asked the same questions as a few years ago, when Utah, TCU and BYU left the conference and Boise State and San Diego State considered it.