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  • Opinion: IHSA Protecting Its Financial Secrets

    by Phil Kadner, pkadner@southtownstar.com July 2014

    Quasi-governmental organizations often perform what appear to be government functions but contend that they are exempt from the laws pertaining to government bodies. The Illinois High School Association is such an organization and is being sued by the Better Government Association, which wants to find out how it spends its money. The IHSA runs state athletic competitions, governs recruiting processes for schools, sets drug policies and generates millions of dollars each year from events involving primarily public schools.

  • Enforcement Director Defends NCAA's Track Record

    by The Capital (Annapolis, MD) July 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and "broken," the NCAA's top cop fired back by defending his staff's work and acknowledging the impossible mission of policing more than 1,200 schools. Yes, sometimes, teams or schools might get away with breaking the rules for a while, Duncan said, but eventually most are caught.

  • Big 12's Bowlsby: Change Coming, 'Cheating Pays' Now

    by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    A few moments before taking the podium Monday for his annual state of the conference address, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby insisted he wouldn't be unleashing anything explosive. It was a reference to a year earlier, when Bowlsby issued a clear call for "transformative change" in the NCAA -- which now, with a vote next month to give the Power Five conferences the ability to provide athletes with unprecedented benefits, is on the verge of occurring. But while generally satisfied with the progress toward that change in the form of legislative autonomy, Bowlsby painted a bleak bigger picture of the future. "If you like intercollegiate athletics the way it is, you're going to hate it going forward," he said. "There's a lot of change coming."

  • ACC's Swofford Predicts Victory for Big Five Autonomy

    by Mark Berman, mark.berman@roanoke.com July 2014

    The NCAA Division I board of directors will vote Aug. 7 on whether or not to grant the ACC and the other four power conferences autonomy to set some of their own rules regarding scholarships and other matters.

  • Congress Targets College Athletics Financial Transparency

    by STEVE WISEMAN, swiseman@heraldsun.com July 2014

    On Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., represents an N.C. district that includes the full gamut of NCAA athletics. A large public school in UNC Chapel Hill, a small private school in Duke and a smaller public school in N.C. Central lie within Price's 4th Congressional district. Yet all compete in Division I athletics, which means all feel the financial pressures that come with trying to compete at the highest level of the NCAA.

  • Opinion: District Should Have Vetted Officials Provider

    by Naples Daily News July 2014

    Collier County Public Schools Collier County Public Schools staff blew the call in deciding not to check out the leaders of the organization that hires officials for athletic contests. The district this week notified the Collier Officials Group it no longer will be its vendor to coordinate the hiring of sports officials for high school games. This came after revelations by Daily News reporter Adam Fisher and correspondent Scott Clair that more than 30 umpires and officials hadn’t been paid the total of $30,000 or more they were owed by COG for working games this spring.

  • Opinion: Embattled IHSA Works Hard for Athletes

    by Greg Cohen July 2014

    The Illinois High School Association is an easy target. It is difficult for me to watch quietly as people attack this organization. The people attacking the IHSA get upset over one event, one decision or one action and don't recognize all of the good the IHSA does for students and athletes in the state of Illinois. The IHSA administers to more than 800 public and private schools. They range in enrollment from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Rockford with 11 students, to Morton in Berwyn-Cicero with 8,327 students.

  • KHSAA Recommends Softball Players Wear Facemasks

    by Rexford Sheild, Athletic Business Intern July 2014

    As safety has become a bigger priority at every level of sports, the state of Kentucky is considering taking things even further for its high school softball players. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) voted to recommend that softball players playing first base, third base and pitcher wear protective face gear during games.

  • Senators Grill NCAA's Emmert, Accomplish Little

    by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., began a hearing on college athletics Wednesday with vigor, skepticism and the promise that this is the start of a campaign of NCAA oversight.

  • School Board Member Decries Costs of VHSL Realignment

    by Mike Connors July 2014

    Chesapeake School Board member Tom Mercer voiced displeasure Monday night with recent alignment plans of the Virginia High School League, which oversees interscholastic sports in the state.