• SEC Spring Meetings Focus on Autonomy Talks

    by Tim Tucker; Staff May 2014

    DESTIN, Fla. --- Even with one of their longtime, hot-button issues resolved, SEC coaches and officials face no shortage of pertinent topics at the league's annual spring meetings this week. Whether to play eight- or nine-game conference football schedules --- a frequent debate at these meetings the past two years --- was settled when the SEC decided last month to stick with eight. That cleared the table for the league to tackle topics related to a significant change expected in college athletics this summer. The meetings, which convened Tuesday and run through Friday, unfold amid expectations that the NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote in August to give the SEC and four other conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12) autonomy to enact rule changes that would enable the 65 schools in those lucrative leagues to provide increased benefits and resources to their athletes.

  • Opinion: Illinois Lawmakers Clueless on Prep Sports

    by MARLEN GARCIA May 2014

    Now and then a reasonable point was made during reprehensible grandstanding by state legislators in a hearing this week on how the Illinois State High School Association is run.

  • NBA Commissioner Favors Raising Minimum Age to 20

    by Keith Pompey; Inquirer Staff Writer May 2014

    Two 19-year-olds - Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins - are expected to be among the first three players picked in the NBA draft on June 26.

  • Legal Expertise Yields More-Detailed NCAA Enforcement

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Jon Duncan, the vice president of the NCAA's frequently criticized enforcement arm, noted Wednesday that staff turnover has abated, the enforcement division has 100 open cases and he expects at least 10 more involving major violations will be processed by the end of the year, in addition to the 12 that have already moved through his office.

  • Opinion: Public Deserves to Know About IHSA Finances

    by EDITORIALS May 2014

    'T his is a business at the end of the day," state Rep. Ken Dunkin said Tuesday, speaking at a legislative hearing investigating the inner workings of the Illinois High School Association. "You can color it however you want to."

  • Lawmakers Grill IHSA Head in Testy Hearing on Finances

    by CHRIS FUSCO AND MICHAEL O'BRIEN. Staff Reporters May 2014

    A legislative hearing on the Illinois High School Association's oversight of high school sports grew testy at times Tuesday, with one lawmaker lecturing dozens of educators who turned out in support of the IHSA and another calling the hearing "about the biggest screwed-up mess I've seen Springfield produce."

  • FSU Holds Hearing for Teammates in Winston Sex Case

    by Rachel Axon, @RachelAxon, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    As two Florida State football players faced a code of conduct hearing Tuesday for observing a sexual encounter between Jameis Winston and a woman who said the quarterback raped her, the Heisman Trophy winner was noticeably absent.

  • Union in North Carolina Welcomes Scholarship Athletes

    by The Bismarck Tribune May 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina union for public workers will allow scholarship student-athletes at public universities to join as state employees. The State Employees Association of North Carolina's governing board voted to open the group's membership to athletes at the state's 17 public campuses, which would include Atlantic Coast Conference members North Carolina and North Carolina State. The union's decision would not require a team vote and is based on an individual athlete's choice. e on whether to join

  • Illinois Lawmakers to Look Into IHSA Finances, Pensions

    by CHRIS FUSCO AND MICHAEL O'BRIEN. Staff Reporters May 2014

    Critics say the IHSA should reveal those and other details about the nearly $11 million it takes in and spends each year because more than 80 percent of its 800-plus member schools are taxpayer-funded public high schools.

  • NFLPA Poised to Push Back Against Expanded Playoffs

    by Tom Pelissero, @TomPelissero, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    "The players have not seen a press release from the NFL indicating that they were going to take up the issue of better workers' compensation benefits or increased injury protection benefits in light of their desire for extra playoff games," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "A credible commitment to player health and safety has to include more than a group of owners voting to recommend playing more games."