• Opinion: NCAA Deserves Criticism Over Foreign Amateur

    by Joe Giglio November 2016

    RALEIGH — Omer Yurtseven will play basketball for N.C. State this season. After a five-month review of his amateur status, the NCAA eligibility center cleared the freshman from Turkey on Monday, but he will have to sit out nine regular-season games and make a $1,000 payment to a charity of his choice.

  • Opinion: ACC Needs to Improve Officiating

    by Joe Giglio November 2016

    RALEIGH — Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi had a lot to say after his team's loss to Virginia Tech. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had even more to say after his team's loss to Clemson.

  • Opinion: Give Athletes Academic Performance Money

    by Mike Szvetitz November 2016

    The NCAA will give millions of dollars to member schools as a reward for quality academic performances by their student-athletes. Read that again. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, the NCAA will dole out money - "academic units" - to schools whose student-athletes make the grade. The NCAA announced this Thursday after the Division I Board of Directors and the NCAA Board of Governors approved it. And get this, the money will come from the NCAA tournament/March Madness broadcast deal with CBS and Turner - a deal that is worth a reported $1.1 billion per year.

  • Top Two Teams to Title Game in Single-Division Big 12

    by Topeka Capital-Journal October 2016

    The Big 12 Conference will not split into divisions for football and instead will match its first- and second-place teams when its championship game returns next season.

  • 20-Game ACC Basketball Schedule No Surprise

    by Doug Doughty October 2016

    Opponents of a 20-game conference schedule for ACC men's basketball can't say they were surprised when it became a reality Wednesday. Commissioner John Swofford had indicated in 2015 that a 20-game plan was in the works, and he made it official Wednesday at the ACC's Operation Basketball. The new plan goes into effect in 2019. "Some of our coaches think that's a little over the top in terms of toughness," Swofford said at a commissioner's forum, "but that's what this league is all about. If you're going to play in this league, you're going to have to play tough games.

  • MLB Commissioner to Meet with Indians About Logo

    by Ken Davidoff October 2016

    CLEVELAND - Rob Manfred dissed Chief Wahoo in his own backyard. The baseball commissioner acknowledged Wednesday, before Game 2 of the World Series at Progressive Field, that the Indians' longtime logo - a smiling cartoon of a Native American - has its downside. And while punting on current action, he said he hoped to address the situation more substantively in the near future. "I know that that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League "Baseball understand why," Manfred said, at the end of a news conference to announce the Cubs' Kris Bryant and the retired Red Sox David Ortiz as this year's Hank Aaron Award winners. "Logos are, however, primarily a local matter. The local club makes decisions about its logos. Fans get attached to logos. They become part of a team's history. So it's not easy as coming to the conclusion and realizing that the logo is offensive to some segment.

  • NCAA Accuses UNC of Blatant Disregard for Rules

    by Dan Kane October 2016

    CHAPEL HILL — For two years, the University of North Carolina and NCAA officials talked about the investigation into nearly two decades of fake classes as a joint probe, with both working together to find out if rules were broken. That cooperative spirit wasn't in evidence Tuesday, when newly released correspondence showed the NCAA no longer views the university as a partner in the investigation. It instead cited the university's "willful violations" and "blatant disregard" for NCAA regulations.

  • Proposed NCAA Reforms Could Transform College Recruiting

    by Ralph D. Russo October 2016

    The NCAA committee that proposed football recruiting reforms, which include the addition of early signing periods, wants to create more transparency and access for coaches and players in a process that has been accelerated in recent years, said a key member of the group.

  • Louisville Charged with Major Rules Violations in NOA

    by Marc Tracy October 2016

    The University of Louisville confirmed Thursday the NCAA formally charged current and former staff members in its men's basketball program, including coach Rick Pitino, with major rules violations related to a scandal in which a university employee provided prostitutes who performed sexual acts with players and recruits.

  • NJSIAA Working to Correct Residency Issues

    by Phil Anastasia October 2016

    ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association is leaning toward developing a "Corrective Action Plan" with the Black Horse Pike school district in reponse to residency issues related to the Timber Creek football program, NJSIAA associate director Larry White said Wednesday. White said he still was evaluating "a copious amount" of material that was forwarded to the NJSIAA by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, which completed a three-month investigation into the Timber Creek program in early September.