• Regents Refuse to Reinstate WSU Player, Forum Erupts

    by Jacob Thorpe November 2016

    State Sen. Michael Baumgartner stormed out of a public forum Friday at Washington State University, yelling to the school president and regents, "If you don't fix this, I goddamn will." Baumgartner's heated remarks were in contrast to what had up to that point been a largely civil gathering of about 100 people, most of whom had come to support suspended football player Robert Barber and ask school officials that he be immediately reinstated. Washington State University President Kirk Schulz and the school's board of regents declined to do that for Barber and all other "non-extreme" suspensions from this semester, prompting Baumgartner's outburst.

  • Big Ten’s Friday Night Turf Invasion

    by Emily Attwood November 2016

    Tuesday’s Big Ten announcement that it will add six prime-time Friday games to its schedule has been met with strong reactions from football fans and athletics administrators, and not many are excited about the decision. From high school associations who see the Friday night games as an invasion of their turf to member colleges who view the games as a logistics nightmare — not to mention the general fan opinion that the move represents an egregious money grab — the reactions have been swift and loud.

  • Wisconsin AD: Noose Incident to Bring Policy Changes

    by Paul Steinbach November 2016

    University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez indicated Wednesday that stadium policy will change in the wake of an incident involving fans in costume at the Badgers’ home football game Oct. 29 against Nebraska. One fan wore masks depicting U.S. president Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while also wearing a striped prison suit and a noose around his neck. A second fan, dressed as presidential candidate Donald Trump, held the end of the rope.

  • Revised Utah Prep Transfer Policy Under Review

    by Amy Donaldson November 2016

    The latest proposal lists reasons for automatic transfer eligibility, and establishes a panel that would review whether the UHSAA hearing panels followed its own rules in making a decision.

  • Opinion: NCAA Deserves Criticism Over Foreign Amateur

    by Joe Giglio November 2016

    RALEIGH — Omer Yurtseven will play basketball for N.C. State this season. After a five-month review of his amateur status, the NCAA eligibility center cleared the freshman from Turkey on Monday, but he will have to sit out nine regular-season games and make a $1,000 payment to a charity of his choice.

  • Opinion: ACC Needs to Improve Officiating

    by Joe Giglio November 2016

    RALEIGH — Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi had a lot to say after his team's loss to Virginia Tech. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had even more to say after his team's loss to Clemson.

  • Opinion: Give Athletes Academic Performance Money

    by Mike Szvetitz November 2016

    The NCAA will give millions of dollars to member schools as a reward for quality academic performances by their student-athletes. Read that again. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, the NCAA will dole out money - "academic units" - to schools whose student-athletes make the grade. The NCAA announced this Thursday after the Division I Board of Directors and the NCAA Board of Governors approved it. And get this, the money will come from the NCAA tournament/March Madness broadcast deal with CBS and Turner - a deal that is worth a reported $1.1 billion per year.

  • Top Two Teams to Title Game in Single-Division Big 12

    by Topeka Capital-Journal October 2016

    The Big 12 Conference will not split into divisions for football and instead will match its first- and second-place teams when its championship game returns next season.

  • 20-Game ACC Basketball Schedule No Surprise

    by Doug Doughty October 2016

    Opponents of a 20-game conference schedule for ACC men's basketball can't say they were surprised when it became a reality Wednesday. Commissioner John Swofford had indicated in 2015 that a 20-game plan was in the works, and he made it official Wednesday at the ACC's Operation Basketball. The new plan goes into effect in 2019. "Some of our coaches think that's a little over the top in terms of toughness," Swofford said at a commissioner's forum, "but that's what this league is all about. If you're going to play in this league, you're going to have to play tough games.

  • MLB Commissioner to Meet with Indians About Logo

    by Ken Davidoff October 2016

    CLEVELAND - Rob Manfred dissed Chief Wahoo in his own backyard. The baseball commissioner acknowledged Wednesday, before Game 2 of the World Series at Progressive Field, that the Indians' longtime logo - a smiling cartoon of a Native American - has its downside. And while punting on current action, he said he hoped to address the situation more substantively in the near future. "I know that that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League "Baseball understand why," Manfred said, at the end of a news conference to announce the Cubs' Kris Bryant and the retired Red Sox David Ortiz as this year's Hank Aaron Award winners. "Logos are, however, primarily a local matter. The local club makes decisions about its logos. Fans get attached to logos. They become part of a team's history. So it's not easy as coming to the conclusion and realizing that the logo is offensive to some segment.