• Ultimate Frisbee Tourney Could Bring Economic Boost

    by Lawrence Budd May 2016

    One of the world's ultimate Frisbee events could be held in Warren County in 2018 if recreational officials land the tournament. The weeklong World Flying Disc Federation championship, featuring up to 3,000 of the world's best ultimate Frisbee players, is projected to generate $1.5 million for the economy.

  • Opinion: Transfers to Bigger Programs Are No Big Deal

    by Mike Jensen May 2016

    Note to Division I basketball coaches in "non-power" leagues: Get your recruits, start winning, keep winning, or you'll find your better ballplayers will start thinking about transferring out and your program may start moving in the wrong direction. The players know all this already. Their friends know it. Their handlers know it. Prove yourself in a low- or mid-major league, and bigger programs will show interest.

  • N.J. Non-Publics Seek Sectional Championship Format

    by Phil Anastasia May 2016

    The NJSIAA's executive committee overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal by the West Jersey Football League to change the playoff structure for non-public football, creating sectional championship games and eliminating state championship games.

  • With Ban Lifted, SEC Coaches Prep for Satellite Camps

    by Steve Megargee May 2016

    When the NCAA Division I Board of Directors decided Thursday to rescind a ban on satellite camps - just three weeks after it had been instituted - it also cleared the way for the SEC to end its own prohibition of the practice.

  • Big 12 Ponders Expansion While Schools Stew

    by Phil Stukenborg May 2016

    So is the Big 12 expanding? Eventually, the 10-team league ’s presidents and chancellors will have to decide whether 12 or 14 is better than 10, but until then — which could be late summer or early fall — they’ll work with some newly released analytics, data that could be favorable to the University of Memphis’ chances to join the Power Five conference. Navigate Research, a Chicago-based analytics firm hired by the Big 12, released its findings regarding expansion this week and said adding two teams would increase the league’s chances of being in the four-team College Football Playoff by 4 to 5 percent. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced the results earlier this week at the league’s annual meeting with athletic directors and coaches at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

  • Political and Economic Woes Plague Brazil Olympics

    by Eraldo Peres May 2016

    Brazil's embattled President Dilma Rousseff ignited the Olympic flame Tuesday, as a nationwide torch relay got underway with protests highlighting the country's deep political and economic crisis.

  • 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.