• Congress Questions Academic Rigor of Student-Athletes

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Congressional scrutiny of how well the NCAA is meeting the educational needs of student-athletes vs. building the business of college athletics will be increasing again today.

  • ADs in Big Five Conferences Brace for New NCAA Era

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

    Kevin White is a college athletics lifer, a man who proudly calls himself a traditionalist and conservative player in his desire for the future. He also represents, as Duke's athletics director, one of the most pristine brands in college sports and an institution that takes the so-called student-athlete model more seriously than most.

  • Change Within GHSA Gives Hope for Public/Private Split

    by Lindsey Young May 2014

    On the surface all is quiet on the possibility of a complete public/private school split in Georgia. Behind the scenes is a different story and one that could play out over the next two-year classification cycle.

  • Poll: Ohioans Against Collegiate Unions Nearly 2 to 1

    by Michelle Everhart and Kristen Mitchell, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014

    While most Ohio voters consider themselves sports fans, they are not in favor of college athletes forming unions or receiving salaries, according to a poll released yesterday. "Ohioans may love their Buckeyes, and they have a favorable view of unions, but they don't think the two should meet," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

  • O'Bannon Plaintiffs Won't Seek Monetary Damages, Jury

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    After another flurry of legal maneuvers between lawyers for plaintiffs led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon and lawyers for the NCAA, the happiest group of lawyers in the fight over the use of college athletes' names and likenesses probably was the one representing former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller. Over a roughly 12-hour span that ended late Thursday afternoon, each had gotten something it wanted -- but only the Keller group had come away with nothing it didn't want.

  • Sterling Refuses to Pay NBA Fine, Threatens Legal Action

    by Jeff Zillgitt, @JeffZillgitt, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling won't pay the $2.5 million fine levied by the NBA, Sterling's attorney wrote in a letter to the league, a person with firsthand knowledge of the letter told USA TODAY Sports.

  • NCAA Allows Boise State to Assist Homeless Recruit

    by TOM MAHON; Daily News Staff Writer May 2014

    The oft-maligned organization yesterday granted permission for Boise State to provide assistance to Antoine Turner, a homeless football recruit who graduates from Fullerton Junior College next week.

  • Fight Over NCAA Voting Power Could Dilute D-I Changes

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    By August, the NCAA's Division I board of directors is expected to approve a revamped governance structure, with the goal of vastly increased autonomy for the SEC, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, allowing them to provide athletes with unprecedented benefits and resources.

  • Latest Donald Sterling Interview Digs Hole Even Deeper

    by Nancy Armour,, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Every time he opens his mouth, Donald Sterling reminds his fellow NBA owners why he has to go. Now. Already a pariah for his vile and racist comments, it didn't seem possible the Los Angeles Clippers owner could further damage his image and, by association, that of the NBA. Yet that's exactly what he did in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper that aired Monday, throwing gasoline on a fire the NBA had only just begun to get under control. Despite his repeated insistence that he's not a racist, everything else Sterling said showed him to be an ignorant and hate-filled person. He trashed Magic Johnson, claiming -- wrongly -- that the Lakers' Hall of Famer has done nothing for the black community.

  • NCAA Faces Scrutiny, But No Action from Washington

    by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014

    Richard Johnson knows the inner workings of the NCAA as someone who has battled in court against the governing body of college sports. Such experience allows Johnson, a Cleveland attorney, to see how the NCAA would be more vulnerable to attacks on its authority if Congress viewed the besieged organization in the broader context of higher education. "Paying the players is not the most important thing," Johnson said. "We need to re-establish our priorities. If we are going to pay $350 billion (in taxes) for higher education, what are we doing in sports? What should we be doing?