• Jackie Robinson Day: MLB Diversity Slumps to '58 Levels

    by Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports April 2014

    Just when we want to believe that times are changing and prejudice is waning, along comes a ferocious reminder like a Manny Pacquiao punch to the jaw. Sheer racism, exposed in vile letters directed to Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, have poured into the Atlanta Braves offices this past week. Yes, it was like 1974 all over again, the year Aaron broke Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, with letters laced with the most hateful epithet known to African Americans.

  • Rutgers AD Back in Headlines with Headline Comment

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is not making any friends with the local media.

  • New Coatesville Athletic Director Pledges Transparency

    by Lou Rabito; Inquirer Columnist April 2014

    Corey Sigle followed what happened last fall at Coatesville, where the athletic director and superintendent resigned because of racist text messages allegedly between the two. Sigle was dean of students and wrestling coach at neighboring Downingtown West at the time, and as he put it, with all the coverage the texting exchange received, it was hard not to follow it. "It was shocking. I guess I can say that," Sigle said. "Anytime you have those kinds of things, it's not something good that you want to see in education."

  • Coaching Search Consultant Fees Soar into Six Figures

    by Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports April 2014

    The hiring of a head football coach is a pretty big deal at the University of Texas. It's such a big deal that Texas paid $266,990 to a search firm to help find the right person for the job, according to invoices obtained by USA TODAY Sports this week. The executive search firm Korn/Ferry International billed Texas $250,000 for helping hire coach Charlie Strong in January, plus an administrative fee of 6% -- $15,000. An additional invoice dated March19 charged Texas $1,990 in expenses, mostly travel expenses for Korn/Ferry consultant Jed Hughes.

  • Blog: Every Athlete Deserves a Certified Athletic Trainer

    by Mike Hopper, Guest Contributor March 2014

    Youth sports injuries seem to continue to pile up. Unfortunately so do the fatalities. In recent years, we’ve heard about many football players who have died after suffering brain trauma. We’ve heard reports of athletes who have died of sudden cardiac death. And we’ve heard of athletes dying of heat illnesses such as exertional heat stroke or sickle cell anemia. In response to that, there have been significant regulations in the way of law or league policies for these various cases.

  • Spelman College President Talks Wellness Revolution

    by Paul Steinbach February 2014

    Soon after becoming president of Spelman College in 2002, Beverly Tatum championed the school’s move to NCAA Division III athletics. But realizing years later that Spelman was spending $1 million annually on only 80 of 2,100 students at the historically black women’s college, she decided to discontinue intercollegiate athletics altogether in favor of what she calls a campuswide “wellness revolution.” Last spring, even before the Jaguars competed in their final intercollegiate sporting event (a tennis match), the Atlanta school’s first-ever Founder’s Day 5K run was front-page news in the Sunday New York Times. This summer, Spelman will break ground on an $18 million multipurpose fitness facility replacing the antiquated Read Hall and featuring expanded group exercise, weight training and aquatic spaces, as well as a demonstration kitchen. Senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Tatum to reflect on her dramatic change of mind.

  • Jason Collins First Openly Gay Player to See NBA Action

    by Wire services February 2014

    Jason Collins, signed Sunday to a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, reported into the game against the Los Angeles Lakers with 10:28 left in the second quarter and the Nets leading 35-26 after Nick Young made the first of his two free throws.

  • Sexual Identity Talk Unlikely to Follow Sam at Combine

    by Tom Pelissero, February 2014

    One of the largest crowds ever for a news media session at the NFL scouting combine peppered Manti Te'o with 36 questions last year, almost all about a hoax involving the death of a girlfriend who didn't exist.

  • Customer Service Targeting the Club Membership Majority

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein February 2014

    No good deed goes unpunished. Said differently, we’ve decided that at times we provide customer service that is too good.

    We don’t mean that arrogantly. What we mean is that we can’t care about things that aren’t important to the majority of our customers. It’s just too hard, and it takes a toll on us financially, professionally and emotionally.

  • Effort to Bring Little League Closer to Black Community

    by Tommy Braswell; February 2014

    Willie Powell is on a crusade to bring youth baseball back to his hometown. Powell, who grew up in Moncks Corner and still lives there, wants to establish a Little League Baseball program in the black community.