• High School Coach Cleared in 29-Year-Old Player Case

    by Jason Scott May 2016

    A Canadian high school basketball coach was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case of the 29-year-old South Sudanese native who starred on his team.

  • Opinion: UNC Situation Shows NCAA Favoritism

    by Dan Thomasson May 2016

    A week or so ago, the NCAA's powers who have life or death over college and university programs softened things dramatically by issuing a new complaint that eliminated the words "particularly in the sports of football, men's basketball, and women's basketball," they had included in the original. The change came shortly after North Carolina lost to Villanova in the national championship basketball game.

  • Even After Hastert, IHSA Offers No Abuse Guidelines

    by Chicago Daily Herald May 2016

    It's been about 40 years since the sexual abuse several former Yorkville High School wrestlers say occurred when they were alone with their coach, Dennis Hastert, after practices and on trips. But even now, the state's governing body of high school sports, the Illinois High School Association, has no guidelines in place that aim to prevent such abuses from occurring. "That is up to each school," IHSA spokesman Matt Troha wrote this week in response to my questions about policies the organization might have in place regarding travel or other one-on-one time between coaches and students.

  • Breaking Down Possibility of Big 12 Expansion

    by AB Staff May 2016

    Will the Big 12 eventually live up to its name, add two teams and become a 12-school league? Will the University of Memphis athletic program be among the ones invited? Those, basically, are the questions tugging at the purse strings of U of M officials and the heartstrings of Tigers fans, those thirsting for the program’s inclusion in a Power Five conference and the riches (i.e., league revenue distribution) membership entails. In the waning days of former athletic director R.C. Johnson’s administration, fans celebrated an invitation to the Big East and the potential financial windfall it would provide. But, to the U of M’s dismay, the league disbanded as an all-sports conference shortly after the announcement and the Tigers found themselves, once again, on the outside of college athletics’ upper tier. When the Big 12 holds its annual spring business meetings next month, expansion is likely to be discussed. Memphis possibly will be among those programs mentioned as potential targets. There will be, and have been, other schools seeking moves from Group of Five leagues to the Big 12 and they have been lobbying behind the scenes using any and all connections to bolster their campaigns.

  • Ole Miss to Investigate After Tunsil Says He Took Money

    by AB Staff May 2016

    Former Rebel Laremy Tunsil said he accepted money from a football staffer at the NFL draft, and now the university is launching an investigation into his time at the school. Now, the former Rebel offensive lineman only wants to talk about his new team, the Miami Dolphins.

  • Opinion: UNC Navigating NCAA Investigation Well

    by Ed Hardin April 2016

    The NCAA, apparently trying this case in real time with Carolina's help, is now looking at a condensed time frame and at what appears to be cushioned charges.

  • Brady Decision Aside, NFL Should Fix Discipline System

    by Nancy Armour April 2016

    Not so fast, NFL. Yes, the league was the "winner" in the latest round of Deflategate on Monday, with a federal appeals court reinstating Tom Brady's four-game suspension after deciding Roger Goodell has Wizard of Oz-like powers when it comes to player discipline. But read beyond the headline, and it's clear the three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit found plenty of fault with the NFL in these endless hostilities. "Somewhat unorthodox" is how Judge Barrington Parker described the NFL's disciplinary system, in which Goodell acts as judge, jury and executioner.

  • Feds: Does Satellite Camp Ban Hurt Prospects?

    by Paul Myerberg April 2016

    The Justice Department has begun an informal inquiry into the topic of satellite camps by calling college football coaches, conference commissioners and college administrators, two people with knowledge of the matter told USA TODAY Sports.

  • Religious Liberty, LGBT Rights Debate Could Impact NCAA

    by Erik Brady and Scott Gleeson April 2016

    NCAA director of inclusion Amy Wilson says her organization respects the differing views of its diverse membership while also working with them to promote respect for all athletes.

  • North Carolina Receives Amended Notice of Allegations

    by Powell Latimer April 2016

    North Carolina received its amended notification of allegations from the NCAA on Monday, the school confirmed after multiple media reports. The Associated Press first reported the school 's receipt of the amended Notice of Allegations, which pushes the long-running NCAA investigation of UNC's academic fraud case one step closer to resolution.