• Officials to Discuss NHL's Role in Olympics in Meeting

    by Kevin Allen November 2016

    After taking five trips to the Winter Olympics since 1998, the NFL has tepid enthusiasm at best for committing to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Games. When the International Olympic Committee decreed that the NHL would have to pay transportation and insurance costs to send players, the league was ready to pull the plug on its Olympic presence.

  • Columbia Suspends Wrestling Season to Investigate Group Chat

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    One week after the Harvard men’s soccer team’s “scouting report” was publicized and condemned by university officials, the Columbia University wrestling team finds itself at the hub of a similar scandal. The team has been called out by student journalists who gained access to private messages sent by the team using the app GroupMe which contained a sequence of racist, misogynistic and homophobic slurs.

  • NFLPA Plans to Form Committee on Marijuana

    by D. Orlando Ledbetter November 2016

    The NFLPA is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the wellness of its members, even if the latest stone is currently banned. The union is actively looking at marijuana as a pain-management tool.

  • Colorado FB Coaches Call for Playoff Ranking Reform

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    After a new ranking system produced an unlikely playoffs roster, high school coaches across the state of Colorado are looking to the Colorado High School Activities Association for revision in 2017.

  • High School Reclassification Stirs Controversy

    by Stephen Hargis November 2016

    As with any type of change, when the TSSAA released the new district and region alignments, which determine where teams in all sports will compete for the next four years, several area coaches were not happy. Schools wanting to appeal can do so at the Board of Control meeting on Nov. 17, which will be when the alignments are voted on. Among the most unhappy contingents of area coaches are the football staffs at Soddy-Daisy, Rhea County and Walker Valley, which were grouped in the same Class 5A region with Knoxville Catholic and Lenoir City. The biggest issue there is having to deal with Knoxville Catholic, the defending 4A state champion, which chose to remain in Division I with the public schools rather than move to Division II along with most other independent schools.

  • UW Student-Athletes Tweet for Change

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    On Monday, University of Wisconsin student-athletes took to twitter in a campaign to raise awareness of the problems inherent in a system that they say lauds the athlete and dismisses the student. According to ESPN, a score of UW football players as well as celebrated basketball player Nigel Hayes have shared a statement that earnestly asks for respect and understanding. The athletes are calling on university officials to take a stand, address head-on the issues that student-athletes of color face daily on college campuses around the United States and take the initiative to effect real change.

  • Opinion: State's Public Info Laws Allow UGA Secrecy

    by Bill Torpy November 2016

    Months before the Georgia Bulldogs' dumpster fire of a football season started, UGA sports officials were busy laying the groundwork for what they figured would forge gridiron success -- secrecy in government. A law jammed through the legislature at midnight near the session's end lets college athletic departments hide much of their information for 90 days before releasing it to the public. For most other government agencies, it's three days. That's a 30-fold increase if you're multiplying! I asked Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), who voted no, about that crazy night: "This is no joke and I'm not saying this facetiously or tongue-incheek," he said. "But supporters were saying 'Kirby Smart wants this. It will help with recruiting.' "

  • Regents Refuse to Reinstate WSU Player, Forum Erupts

    by Jacob Thorpe November 2016

    State Sen. Michael Baumgartner stormed out of a public forum Friday at Washington State University, yelling to the school president and regents, "If you don't fix this, I goddamn will." Baumgartner's heated remarks were in contrast to what had up to that point been a largely civil gathering of about 100 people, most of whom had come to support suspended football player Robert Barber and ask school officials that he be immediately reinstated. Washington State University President Kirk Schulz and the school's board of regents declined to do that for Barber and all other "non-extreme" suspensions from this semester, prompting Baumgartner's outburst.

  • Big Ten’s Friday Night Turf Invasion

    by Emily Attwood November 2016

    Tuesday’s Big Ten announcement that it will add six prime-time Friday games to its schedule has been met with strong reactions from football fans and athletics administrators, and not many are excited about the decision. From high school associations who see the Friday night games as an invasion of their turf to member colleges who view the games as a logistics nightmare — not to mention the general fan opinion that the move represents an egregious money grab — the reactions have been swift and loud.

  • Wisconsin AD: Noose Incident to Bring Policy Changes

    by Paul Steinbach November 2016

    University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez indicated Wednesday that stadium policy will change in the wake of an incident involving fans in costume at the Badgers’ home football game Oct. 29 against Nebraska. One fan wore masks depicting U.S. president Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while also wearing a striped prison suit and a noose around his neck. A second fan, dressed as presidential candidate Donald Trump, held the end of the rope.