• Penn State Lauded for Ethics Progress, Tension Remains

    by Erin McCarthy September 2015

    The latest review of Penn State's ethics and compliance in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal mostly lauded the university's progress. In fact, its progress in reforming policies so impressed Charles Scheeler, the independent athletics integrity monitor, that he recommended his scrutiny conclude two years early. But a two-paragraph section of the report under the subhead "Football" was less complimentary. "There is evidence of increased tension, and a mutual lack of trust, between the head football coach and University athletics compliance staff," the report reads.

  • Big 12 Commissioner: College Athlete Strike Is Coming

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    When football players at Northwestern University failed in their effort to form a union in August, some thought the issue of labor in college sports would go away entirely.

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is not one of those people.

  • Mascot Debate Resurfaces at School Board Meeting

    by Karen Robinson September 2015

    Lancaster's first School Board meeting of the new school year turned into a deja vu moment, with renewed criticism about the district's recent mascot change to the Legends.

  • UND President Got Harassing Emails Over Nickname

    by Anna Burleson September 2015

    In July, UND President Robert Kelley received an email from someone who wrote he or she hoped Kelley would "die." It was one of several UND police think is from the same Fargo man: William Ragan. He started emailing Kelley in January about his displeasure with the school's nickname process and retirement of the Fighting Sioux logo, officials said.

  • High Schools to Control Division Setup in Realignment

    by Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 2015

    One of the themes to the conference realignment discussion Monday at the was the desire for local control in the matter. Well, there will be plenty of local control in the plan associate director Deb Hauser plans to present to the Board of Control Oct. 9. She provided details Wednesday in an email to the affected schools, placing 29 of the 45 schools into one league and leaving it up to those schools to determine what divisional alignment works for them.

  • Rutgers Football Coach Fined, Suspended Three Games

    by Commercial Appeal September 2015

    Rutgers has suspended football coach Kyle Flood for three games and fined him $50,000 for contacting a faculty member over a player’s grade — an issue separate from a string of recent player arrests. Rutgers President Robert Barchi announced the punishment Wednesday, a day after he said he received an internal investigative report that found a professor felt pressured by Flood into allowing a player to complete an additional assignment in an attempt to improve his grade.

  • Kyle Flood's Actions Speak Loudly in Rutgers Report

    by Mike Jensen September 2015

    There was a meeting in front of the Princeton Public Library, miles from the Rutgers campus, between the Rutgers head football coach and a Rutgers professor, the coach purposely not wearing any Rutgers gear so he wouldn't be recognized in public. That's your latest from Rutgers University, straight from a Rutgers internal investigation report. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood wanted to see if a grade could be changed for cornerback Nadir Barnwell. The athletic department's academic advisers directly involved in the case said they had advised Flood against contacting the professor - and they ultimately blew the whistle. On Wednesday, Rutgers, responding to that whistle, which became public, announced Flood would be suspended for three games, starting immediately. The school also fined its coach $50,000.

  • Coaches, Officials Agree Players Should Butt Out

    by Jodie Wagner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer September 2015

    A Texas high school football official made national headlines this month for all the wrong reasons, and the fallout has been swift and harsh. Robert Watts, who was refereeing a game between San Antonio's John Jay High School and host Marble Falls High School on Sept. 4, was hit from behind intentionally and knocked to the ground -- his hat flying off in the process -- by a John Jay defensive player. Seconds later, another John Jay player speared the official as he lay on the ground.

  • NASO President: Assaults on Peers Trouble Refs

    by Erik Brady and Jim Halley September 2015

    Call the National Association of Sports Officials, and a recorded message tells you to press 2 for membership renewal -- and 3 for insurance and assault information. That sounds more Saturday Night Live than Friday Night Lights, except that the early part of this high school football season has seemed like open season on officials, most notably in San Antonio. That's where two players launched themselves into the body of an official this month -- video of which has been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube -- and where a player on a different team shoved an official eight days later. "I wouldn't want to connect those dots and call it a trend," association founder and President Barry Mano told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. "But it is concerning. What we know is that now when these things happen there's video and everyone can see it."

  • Former Mayor Complicates UND Nickname Search

    by Andrew Sheeler Bismarck Tribune September 2015

    The search for a new University of North Dakota nickname hit a potential stumbling block on Monday, when former Bismarck Mayor Marlan "Hawk" Haakenson registered trade names for several of the Fighting Sioux replacement options under consideration. Haakenson said he registered the trade names in an attempt to interfere with the nickname selection process, though a UND official said such an attempt was unlikely to succeed. After the NCAA threatened sanctions if UND continued to use the Fighting Sioux nickname, a UND committee in July settled on five replacement options: Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders and Sundogs. UND stakeholders — including students, staff, faculty, alumni and donors — will be given the chance to vote on the replacement at a later date.