• Patriots Owner Kraft Expects NFL to Apologize

    by Rich Garven, Telegram and Gazette Staff January 2015

    The Patriots once again went on the offensive in an effort to defuse the national controversy that has engulfed the organization in the wake of allegations the team illegally underinflated footballs in an effort to gain a competitive advantage in their AFC Championship victory.

  • Power Five Schools Brace for New Cost of Attendance

    by Matthew Piper, The Salt Lake Tribune January 2015

    Sixty-five representatives and 15 student-athletes from schools in the so-called Power Five conferences met last weekend in the nation's capital to exercise a newfound legislative freedom. And freedom did ring.

  • Changes to PIAA Football Playoffs Could Be Near

    by Rick O; Inquirer Columnist January 2015

    Sorry, folks, but the PIAA football issue at hand is not about possibly creating a playoff system that separates public and private schools. That division, as we all know, might never be seriously discussed.

  • No Ruling in Sight for Homeless Teen's Eligibility Fight

    by T.J. Holmes, Record Searchlight (Redding, California) January 2015 has partnered with LexisNexis to bring you this content.

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    Basketball season may be almost over before an official decides whether a formerly homeless teen can play for Trinity High School in this, his final year.

    A review of Zach Sanchez's unusual case by the Shasta Cascade League (SCL) Wednesday didn't offer the fifth-year senior the support he was seeking. Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation Commissioner Liz Kyle, who now gets the case, said she doesn't believe there's a deadline for her decision and she's unsure when she'll make one.

    She then added she expects to follow the normal student eligibility deadline of 20 business days. There are 21 business days left until the final date of the regular basketball season, which ends Feb. 20. Sanchez has so far missed all 13 of Trinity's games this season.

    Sanchez's case has attracted attention beyond the small North State community where he now lives with a foster family. Believing he's been treated unfairly after the loss of his mother to cancer and a period of homelessness, the National Center for Youth Law has written a letter to Kyle urging her to let Sanchez play.

    Sanchez applied for athletic eligibility with a hardship waiver after enrolling at Trinity High School over the summer. He attended Liberty Christian Schools in Redding as a freshman, but the instability of living with his biological father following his mother's death caused him to attend sporadically, the letter said.

    Before the season, the league had cleared Sanchez to play, although Kyle still had to review the decision for approval. That 5-1 vote was cast Nov. 10. League members determined Sanchez "suffered greatly from his mother's death," according to the letter to Kyle and Trinity Alps Unified School District Superintendent Tom Barnett from the National Center for Youth Law.

    But Barnett revoked the eligibility Nov. 20, the letter said. He explained his decision in part, the letter said, because Sanchez's application contained an inaccurate date of death for his mother.

    The league officials who met Wednesday could not approve or deny Sanchez's waiver because they could not verify whether federal law supersedes CIF bylaws, according to the league's minutes.

    Officials needed an interpretation of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The act details how schools are required to immediately enroll homeless children and youths, "even if the child or youth is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment," the youth law center letter states.

    In the minutes, league members voted 4-1 to forward the decision on Sanchez's hardship waiver to the Northern Section CIF, but with a negative recommendation. The meeting minutes note Sanchez ran away from his father April 1, 2012, becoming homeless.

    The league cites a CIF bylaw that would make Sanchez ineligible for a hardship waiver because his grades were too low immediately prior to becoming homeless.

    Now, Kyle must decide either to accept the hardship waiver and Sanchez play this season or reject it and give a reason. Sanchez could then appeal the rejection - making the timing of Kyle's decision and the length of the season critical considerations.

    Trinity High Athletic Director Mandy Lahey said she plans to deliver Sanchez's paperwork to the CIF office in Chico on Friday morning.

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  • Dartmouth Deals Varied Discipline to 64 Cheaters

    by Rob Wolfe, Valley News Staff Writer January 2015

    Dartmouth College has finalized sanctions for 64 students accused of cheating in a sports, religion and ethics class this fall, handing down punishments ranging from probation to two- term suspension.

  • State's Role in New Atlanta Falcons Stadium Expanding

    by Greg Bluestein; Staff January 2015

    A $23 million proposal tucked into Gov. Nathan Deal's budget plan to extend a downtown Atlanta parking deck will force lawmakers to again confront a debate over the state's growing role in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

  • Important Steps Taken, Now Real Work Begins for NCAA

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports January 2015

    Even as members of the NCAA's Power Five conferences embraced new authority to provide unprecedented benefits for athletes, they recognized they were just beginning -- and it's not clear to anyone where they're headed.

  • NCAA Agrees to Restore Paterno Wins, Restructure Fine

    by Susan Snyder, Angela Couloumbis, and Jonathan Tamari; Inquirer Staff Writers January 2015

    The agreement ends at least two of the legal battles that erupted after the 2012 sanctions, and marks a victory for thousands of Penn State and Paterno supporters who argued that the punishment of the school and its celebrated coach was unjustified.

  • Opinion: Ruling for Penn State Reveals NCAA Irrelevance

    by The Philadelphia Daily News January 2015

    The legal words have been stacked now with such care. The news releases explaining the legal words have been massaged just so. Nowhere do they say that the NCAA, the pig, has just been slaughtered with its own knife. But that's what happened.

  • Did Emmert Deceive PSU Over Death Penalty Threat?

    by Rachel Axon and Erik Brady, @RachelAxon, @ByErikBrady, USA TODAY Sports January 2015

    As a lawsuit against the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal winds its way toward trial, depositions have prompted questions about the validity of NCAA President Mark Emmert's threat that a committee of university presidents was in favor of shutting down Penn State's football program.