• NCAA Reopening 2011 Examination of UNC 'Irregularities'

    by Harold Gutmann, The Herald Sun July 2014

    The NCAA isn't done investigating UNC-Chapel Hill after all. UNC athletic director Bubba Cummingham said Monday that the NCAA is reopening its 2011 examination of "academic irregularities" at the school. "The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff," Cunningham said in a statement. The NCAA concluded its initial investigation into academic misconduct and impermissible benefits involving the Tar Heels football program in 2012 and handed down penalties that included a one-year postseason ban.

  • Columnist: Losing Suit Might Help NCAA Find Ideals Again

    by Ben Smith July 2014

    This is how it comes apart, with measured words spoken softly in a court of law. The roar of collapsing monoliths may come later, but for now, this will do: Jim Delany on the stand, inadvertently revealing what the NCAA would be, were it not what it is. They put Delany on the griddle last week in Ed O'Bannon v. NCAA, and he spun fantasies devoutly to be wished. Said once college basketball ends, "we should put a lock on the gym." Said athletes should spend their summers doing something besides serving the corporate interests of the universities that employ them - like, oh, maybe let them be students for once.

  • Indiana U. Unveils New Student-Athlete Bill of Rights

    by Rexford Sheild June 2014

    The Indiana University athletic department has taken bold measures to ensure its student-athletes will be fully taken care of throughout their entire athletic stay in Bloomington. IU vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass unveiled the IU Student-Athlete Bill of Rights on Friday, claiming it to be the first of its kind in the world of college athletics. 

  • Study: Many Big Ten Schools Could Afford to Pay Athletes

    by Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune June 2014

    Chicago - Like a five-star high school recruit in his senior year, college athletics is at a crossroads. Pressure from current players, former players and lawsuits means a system of paying college students to play sports is finally getting serious attention. Those pushing to pay athletes argue that schools - and their coaches and administrators-take in billions while the students themselves are left with nothing. The NCAA and school officials have steadfastly rejected that argument, saying most schools can't afford to pay students and doing so could tarnish the principle that players are students first. But the contentious philosophical debate also leads to some basic math questions. Could schools afford to pay their athletes, and how much? An examination by the Tribune of athletic department budgets over the last five years for Big Ten Conference schools shows that they generate tens of millions of dollars in operating surpluses.

  • BYU Coach: Split Divisions Only When Schools in Black

    by Dick Harmon, Deseret News June 2014

    PROVO - If 65 Power 5 athletic programs want to create a new NCAA division, they'd better come through with the coin. Right now, most are not balancing their checkbooks. That's the warning from BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall, whose school is one of only 25 Division I universities operating in the black. "The issue of 65 breaking off is all because of money. Why not say nobody breaks off unless they are operating in the black? College sports is becoming more and more commercialized and like professional football," said Mendenhall.

  • Maine's Point System for Prep Postseason Perseveres

    by Ernie Clark BDN Staff June 2014

    If anyone had the right to be a bit dumbfounded by the Heal point system that seeds teams for postseason play in nine different Maine high school sports, it might be Gordon Faulkingham. The Jonesport-Beals boys basketball coach led his team to a No. 1 seeding in Eastern Maine Class D during the 2011-12 season, and the Royals went on to win the state championship in a finish that was true to Heal point form. But the last two years were quite at odds with the unique numerical formula that has served the state's high school sporting interests for more than six decades. Jonesport-Beals entered the 2012-13 basketball tournament again ranked tops in its division, only to be upset by No. 8 Easton in the Eastern D quarterfinals.

  • NFL Agrees to Lift Cap on Concussion Settlements

    by Jeremy Roebuck; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    The NFL agreed Wednesday to lift the $675 million cap on its settlement offer to former players suffering from concussion-related injuries - a move that league officials hoped would satisfy a federal judge who rejected an earlier plan over concerns that the money wouldn't last.

  • Big Ten Leaders Join Push to Boost Athlete Benefits

    by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    The timing, they say, was largely coincidental. But what if the statement released Tuesday by the Big Ten -- and signed by all 14 of its presidents and chancellors -- serves to back up the testimony given last week by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany? "A lot of things end up maybe better than we planned," Delany said.

  • Inside the Tricky Business of NCAA Secondary Violations

    by Jacob Thorpe June 2014

    'Secondary' violations cast large shadow within NCAA Self reporting NCAA violations very tricky Story by Jacob Thorpe, Illustration by Molly Quinn The Spokesman-Review If only the East Germans had known Kelli Kamura's doping methods, they could have built the Berlin Wall with Olympic medals. The Washington State women's golf coach's transformation into a peddler of performance enhancers happened last February during a competition, when she, undoubtedly spurred by society's enormous pressure to win, gave her athletes an Ensure supplement. Sure, Ensure is on the WSU list of approved supplements and foods, along with championship staples like Hershey's chocolate milk, Fig Newtons and Rice Krispy Treats.

  • Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Against NJ Sports Betting

    by Suzette Parmley; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dashed New Jersey's hopes to institute sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and the state's racetracks by upholding a federal ban that limits the activity to four states and denying the state's appeal of a lower court ruling. Last year, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a trial judge's ruling that sided with the four professional sports leagues - Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA, as well as the NCAA - and shot down New Jersey's attempt to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal law that limits sports betting to Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana.