• NCAA Puts Moratorium on New Bowl Games

    by Matt Murschel April 2016

    The NCAA is putting a three-year moratorium on adding any new bowls games. The NCAA Division I Council approved the measure Friday after receiving a recommendation from the Football Bowl Games Ad Hoc Working Group.

  • HS Association Votes to Maintain Playoff Format

    by Telegram & Gazette Staff April 2016

    When the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association adopted a statewide high school football playoff format in 2012, it was billed as a pilot program that would be revisited after two years. That deadline came and went, but opponents finally got their long-awaited opportunity to hold a second vote on whether to continue with a system that has led to six state champions being crowned each of the past three seasons on a Super Bowl Saturday at Gillette Stadium. But what was expected to be closely contested turned out to be a rout as representatives from 266 of the MIAA’s 379 member schools voted, 161-105, to continue with the current format.

  • HS Athletes Committing to Colleges Earlier Than Ever

    by Phil Anastasia April 2016

    In one strange sense, Jack Herman was a college baseball player before he was a high school baseball player. As odd as that sounds, Herman's decision to orally commit to accept a baseball scholarship from the University of Maryland before playing his first game for Eastern High School in Voorhees, Camden County, was only an extreme example of an expanding trend. More high school athletes, especially in sports such as baseball and lacrosse, are committing earlier to colleges, many coaches say.

  • Massachusetts May Abandon HS Football Playoff Format

    by Rich Garven April 2016

    What was years in the making could be dismantled in a matter of hours when the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association holds its annual meeting Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford. One of the most divisive issues on the docket deals with the fate of the high school football playoff format, which has been in effect for the past three years but could be terminated after the 2016 season. The MIAA’s 379 member schools, whether they field a football team or not, will each have the opportunity to cast a vote to either retain the statewide tournament system or replace it with an alternative — and unknown — postseason plan. A simple majority will determine the outcome.

  • Bills Owners Can't Dodge Stadium Discussion

    by AB Staff March 2016

    Terry and Kim Pegula haven't uttered a peep since a recent News story made it clear that their fellow NFL owners want the Bills to start giving serious consideration to a new stadium.

  • District Grants Gym Class Exemptions After Appeal

    by Madhu Krishnamurthy March 2016

    Elgin schools officials have reversed earlier decisions to deny physical education exemptions to dozens of high school juniors, mostly from Bartlett High School, after an appeals process. In February, nearly 45 Bartlett High School students urged the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board to allow exemptions for gym class for next school year. The students denied exemptions were among the top achievers, taking honors and Advanced Placement courses, and belonging to the school's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy.

  • NFL's Handling of Concussions Mirrors Tobacco Industry

    by Michael Arace March 2016

    The New York Times, in an investigation published Friday, exposed major flaws in the league's handling of concussion data. The data, collected from 1996 to 2001, was the basis of a series of research papers that shaped the league's position on concussions.

  • NCAA Probe into UNC Academic Fraud Nearing End

    by Josh Peter March 2016

    The NCAA's investigation into academic fraud that occurred in the North Carolina athletics program is drawing to a close, according to NCAA President Mark Emmert.

  • 'School Choice' Bill Has Florida ADs, Coaches Concerned

    by Adam Fisher March 2016

    High school athletic directors around the state are grappling with a new legislative bill that could open the door for a wave of new transfer students. Florida lawmakers passed a 160-page education reform bill on March 11, the final day of the legislative session. The extensive bill regulates charter schools, addresses state funding to schools and touches on how colleges receive money. But it’s the portion of the bill dealing with school choice that has athletic directors along with the Florida High School Athletic Association trying to figure out what it means for them.

  • Advocate: NFL Responses to CTE Conflicting, Misleading

    by Hal Habib March 2016

    Chris Nowinski, a leading proponent for research into the brain disease CTE, blasted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an interview with The Palm Beach Post on Thursday, accusing the league of deliberately sending mixed signals on the dangers of football. Although a senior vice president of the NFL recently acknowledged there "certainly" is a link between brain disease and football, both Goodell and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sidestepped the issue during this week's annual NFL meetings at the Boca Raton Resort.