• Opinion: UHSAA 'Success Factor' Would Lift Lowly Teams

    by Kurt Kragthorpe Tribune Columnist August 2014

    Having just introduced a sixth class of football, the Utah High School Activities Association now is considering realignment strategy that would reward losing.

  • Former YSU President: NCAA Should Create 'Pro' Division

    by Les Cochran San Carlos Park Cochran is a former president of Youngstown State University in Ohio. August 2014

    We all remember Saturday afternoon and the big football game — homecoming, parties, dances and rallies. What could be better? Student tickets were free and alumni found a reason to return. Student-athletes went to class and graduated in four years. They earned their scholarship by working on campus. Players had personal responsibilities.

  • Agent Access One Thorny Issue Facing Power 5 Schools

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    In the wake of Thursday's vote to grant the five high-revenue conferences some autonomy in making rules that govern major college sports, the onus now shifts to athletics directors and conference commissioners to formulate an agenda that can be implemented beginning next year. But among the issues that have already been floated for the Power Five conferences to consider, one stands out as particularly thorny in the search to come up with meaningful reform. Though there is agreement across college athletics that current rules governing the relationship between athletes and agents need to be liberalized, the discussion so far has been heavy on media-friendly talking points and light on detailed prescriptions. Even Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive, who repeatedly has stressed the need to bring agent issues out of the shadows, acknowledged his ideas are more conceptual than specific at this point.

  • Winners, Losers from Week that Changed College Sports

    by Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014

    Football games don’t begin for about three weeks, but college sports has its first winners and losers of the season. Two major decisions in about a 30-hour period Thursday and Friday shook the landscape. First, the NCAA granting governing autonomy to the power conferences was seen by some as creating a new, über-class of 65 schools. A gated community of programs, so to speak.

  • 'Full Cost of Attendance' Tops Agenda for Power 5

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    Now that the NCAA's board of directors has approved a new governance structure for Division I, the leaders of those conferences can begin tackling their to-do list.

  • Sun Belt Commissioner: The Future Will Hold Challenges

    by Doug Roberson; Staff August 2014

    Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson seemed non-plussed by Thursday's news that the "Power Five" conferences composed of the ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12, plus Notre Dame, will be allowed autonomy within Division I.

  • Autonomy Vote Just Start of Long NCAA Reform Road

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    A reform process that has been long, tedious and sometimes contentious will conclude today when the NCAA Division I board of directors is expected to approve a new governance structure that will give the five wealthiest conferences a significant measure of autonomy in their ability to make rules.

  • Basketball Administrators' Advice to CFB Playoff Panel

    by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    No one knows what the next few months will bring for the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. The only folks who have any idea what this process is like are those who go through a similar one for basketball.

  • ACC Unveils Stipend Proposal for Power 5

    by Ken Sugiura; Staff August 2014

    Athletic Director Mike Bobinski outlined a stipend proposal that the ACC plans to present after the NCAA's board of directors votes Thursday on a new governance structure that would grant rule-making autonomy to the five power conferences.

  • Opinion: Settlements Prove NCAA Is Not Full of Idiots

    by Tim Dahlberg July 2014

    Two down, one big one to go. And with it a growing realization that maybe the people running the NCAA aren't the bumbling idiots everyone has been making them out to be. The NCAA's agreement Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to diagnose concussions and brain injuries does more than just give some former and current athletes a bit of peace of mind - if no real money. It also extricates the organization from another serious threat to its existence, one that could have potentially bankrupted it if everyone who ever suffered a concussion playing college sports were somehow able to cash in. Coupled with a $20 million settlement on a video games lawsuit announced on the eve of Ed O'Bannon's landmark trial in June, the NCAA not only deftly avoided two major threats, but did so relatively cheaply. Unlike the $765 million concussion settlement the NFL agreed to, the NCAA will not pay players for any damage caused to their brains and will not pay to treat them even if such damage is diagnosed.