• Big Ten ADs Try to Spark Debate on Freshman Reform

    by Bob Hunter, The Columbus Dispatch May 2015

    Conference commissioner Jim Delany and several athletic directors admitted that Delaney's widely reported idea to make freshman ineligible accomplished what he intended by merely starting a discussion on ways to reform college athletics.

  • Legal Settlement Allows Private Schools to Join VHSL

    by Robert Anderson 981-3123 May 2015

    The Virginia High School League has opened the door for the state's private schools to become members of the VHSL, and Liberty Christian Academy is coming inside.

  • Athletes-as-Employees Model Would Alter ND Approach

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    The University of Notre Dame is the latest school to express that it would withdraw from the current setup of big-time college sports in the event student-athletes are deemed to be employees, according to athletic director Jack Swarbrick, who appeared as a panelist at a Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports meeting Tuesday.

    "Notre Dame's just not prepared to participate in any model where the athlete isn't a student first and foremost — that's the hallmark for us," Swarbrick told USA TODAY Sports. "If the entire model were to move toward athletes as employees, we'd head in a different direction. Our president has been clear about that. I'm not articulating a unique position."

    It's one that's not unique to Notre Dame, either. Northwestern University president emeritus Henry Beinen, a Knight Commission member, expressed a hope that Northwestern athletics would likewise seek a different approach to athletics, if the National Labor Relations Board concludes that an employer-employee relationship exists. The NLRB is deliberating the March 2014 ruling of regional director Peter Sung Ohr that Northwestern's scholarship football players are employees of the university, a ruling that included an order that Northwestern players vote on whether or not to unionize.

    "If we wound up with a business where you wound up paying the players to play, I think alumni would have a different view [of college sports]," Beinen said. "I think the faculty would be unaccepting of it, at least at universities like Northwestern and Stanford and maybe Notre Dame, Rice, Duke. … We haven't gotten there by a long shot. Will we? I don't know. I hope not."

    After appearing at a Congressional hearing on the Northwestern unionization effort last May, Stanford University athletic director Bernard Muir told USA Today Sports, "If [Stanford's athletes] are deemed employees, we will opt for a different model."

    Speaking at Tuesday's meeting, NCAA vice president Kevin Lennon reiterated the associations long-standing position that student-athletes are amateurs. “Amateur status, as defined by being college eligible, is compromised when they use their athletic skill for pay,” Lennon said. “The introduction of pay may lead some — not all, but some — to not take full advantage of these educational opportunities that are available to them in their college years.”

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  • Graduate Transfers Emerge as Big 12's Hot-Button Topic

    by Dave Hickman, Charleston Gazette (West Virginia) May 2015

    Bob Bowlsby and the rest of the Big 12 hierarchy came to its collective senses last week in doing an about-face on the notion of staging a championship football game. One has to believe that public opinion - or call it logic or sensibility if you will - played a role. Hopefully a similar push will force Bowlsby to reverse course on another hot-button topic, that of graduate transfers.

  • NJSIAA to Discuss Non-Public Football Conference

    by Phil Anastasia; Inquirer Staff Writer May 2015

    Several South Jersey non-public officials are skeptical of a controversial proposal to create a state-wide, non-public football conference.

  • FIFA Passed on Scotts $6M World Cup Grass Offer

    by Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports May 2015

    One of the biggest story lines leading up to this summer's Women's World Cup in Canada is that every game will be played on synthetic turf rather than grass.

  • ACC to Discuss TV Network, Early Signing Period

    by Matt Porter Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 2015

    The Atlantic Coast Conference's power brokers will meet to discuss a variety of conference issues. Here are five big-picture topics sure to be discussed between rounds of golf:

  • NJSIAA Committee OKs Non-Public Football Conference

    by Phil Anastasia; Inquirer Staff Writer May 2015

    Despite opposition from three South Jersey public-school officials, a controversial proposal to create a non-public football conference sailed through the NJSIAA's executive committee on Wednesday.

  • Opinion: NFL Must Suspend Brady Over Deflategate

    by Jarrett Bell,, USA TODAY Sports May 2015

    If Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was banned for four games for text messaging his coaching staff during a game, if Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay was temporarily kicked off the competition committee he chairs for noise pollution at the Georgia Dome, if coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis were suspended a few years ago amid the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, then Brady needs to take a seat, too, in the name of integrity.

  • Opinion: WNBA Must Send Isiah Thomas Packing

    by Christine Brennan, USA TODAY Sports May 2015

    There once was a time, not all that long ago, when the NBA did the proper thing and threw a bad man right out of the league. Commissioner Adam Silver didn't waffle. He didn't wait. He didn't listen to all the nonsense from the other side.