• Padres GM Suspended by MLB for Hiding Medical Info

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel September 2016

    Major League Baseball on Thursday announced a 30-day suspension without pay for San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller. The punishment was levied as the result of an investigation into the Padres’ handling of medical information in the July 14 trade that sent left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox.

  • KSHSAA Committee Lays Out Classification Proposals

    by Brent Maycock September 2016

    It's been the hot-button issue across Kansas for years, at least when it comes to high school athletics in the state. Classifications. Technically, the Kansas State High School Activities Association's member schools are divided into six classifications, 1A through 6A. But with Class 1A splitting to two divisions in 2010 and Class 4A following suit in 2013, the number of state championships awarded in football, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball grew. The question became when would it stop and was the current format the best option for the state? "In my former job as (USD 259) district athletic director, I was on a board of peers, the (KSHSAA) executive board, the KIAAA - it came up all the time," said Bill Faflick, assistant superintendant of the Wichita public schools. "You hear it again and again."

  • NFL Announces $100M Brain Health Donation

    by Bob Glaube September 2016

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that the league will commit $100 million toward brain health, and stressed in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer that the league is deeply concerned about the health and well-being of its players. "I've been in this game for 35 years," Goodell told Lauer. "I've known players. I care about our players. I respect what they do on and off the field. I know our players. I care about our players. Some of them, I've known for 30 years."

  • ACC Follows NCAA, Relocates North Carolina Events

    by Pete Iacobelli September 2016

    The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA's lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.

  • Athletic Trainer Bill Passes in House, Moves to Senate

    by Stuart Goldman September 2016

    Athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals are closer to receiving liability insurance protection while providing care to their athletes out of state.

  • Big South, Atlantic Sun Form Football Alliance

    by Post & Courier September 2016

    With its membership for football down to six programs, the NCAA minimum for an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs the Big South Conference has been seeking ways to solidify and expand its membership.

  • Recruiting Violation Lands Team on Probation

    by Stephen Hargis September 2016

    For the second time in four years, the Marion County High School football program has been placed on probation by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association after an investigation. The TSSAA released a statement Friday afternoon outlining recruiting violations against Warriors coach Joey Mathis and assistant Tim Starkey.

  • School Board Abandons Athlete Transfer Rule Proposal

    by Benjamin Wood September 2016

    Utah High school athletes won't be allowed to transfer teams at will. Nor will the state school board have final say on athletic conference classifications. But while those controversial demands were removed from a school board policy that received preliminary approval on Friday, board members put the Utah High School Activities Association on notice to address their concerns in the next 30 days. If UHSAA doesn't, one or both of those provisions could be back on the table.

  • C-USA Braces for Mountain West Expansion Threat

    by Harry Minium September 2016

    Conference USA is not only threatened by the potential fallout from Big 12 expansion, it also could lose Rice and UTEP to the Mountain West Conference. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that his league will consider expanding regardless of what the Big 12 decides. “Do we look east? Do we look at the state of Texas, for example?” he said. “That’s probably going to be something we have to confront this year.”

  • Tyndall to Appeal Ban, Fallout Could Impact All Coaches

    by Dan Wolken September 2016

    Former Tennessee and Southern Mississippi men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall will appear in front of the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on Thursday and ask it to overturn the most severe penalty handed out to a coach in NCAA history. Having lost his $1.6 million-per-year job at Tennessee and his reputation -- an NAIA school recently rejected him, he said, after the school president overruled the hiring -- Tyndall understands the case, which centered on accusations of academic fraud, has damaged his career to the point where he'll likely never coach at the highest level again. "Every day, it's all you think about," he said. But Tyndall's case also represents a situation that his attorney, Don Jackson, thinks should send a chill down the spine of every coach in college sports.