• Yankees' Girardi: MLB Ready for Openly Gay Player

    by Ken Davidoff February 2014

    If and when an openly gay player enters Major League Baseball, as Michael Sam intends to enter the National Football League, Joe Girardi believes his sport will be ready.

  • Video: Augie Nieto Prepares to Walk on IHRSA Stage

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    They told him it would never happen. As the paralysis gripped Augie Nieto's body and the awful effects of ALS took away his ability to move, doctors told him he would never walk again.

    But Augie refused to listen.

  • Lombardi Would Have Supported Michael Sam, Son Says

    by Jim Corbett, @ByJimCorbett, USA TODAY Sports February 2014

    Vince Lombardi Jr. knows his progressive father would have evaluated Michael Sam, a standout defensive end out of Missouri, on his merits as a football player and also would have been supportive of the first openly gay NFL draft prospect.

  • Support for Gay Player; Unease Over Future Treatment

    by Jim Corbett, @ByJimCorbett, USA TODAY Sports February 2014

    Nothing has changed about Michael Sam for C.J. Mosley, the Alabama linebacker who met the Missouri defensive end at the Bronko Nagurski Awards banquet in December, two months before Sam came out as gay.

  • Blog: Don't Let Sexual Orientation Define Sam

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

  • NFL Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out as Gay

    by Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports February 2014

    Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam hopes to be the first openly gay player in the NFL, which is about to have its tolerance tested, ready or not. "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," the NFL said in a statement Sunday night, minutes after the publishing of two media interviews in which Sam revealed he's gay. "Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014."

  • In Recruiting, Handwritten Letters Are Enduring Staple

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    Wednesday is National Signing Day for prep athletes. When the student-athletes sign their Letter of Intent, it will mark the end of a months-long, or in many cases, years-long recruiting process.

  • Departing WVU Deputy AD to Get $325K in Settlement

    by Dave Hickman, Staff writer February 2014

    INSIDE: WVU-Oklahoma football game moved up a week 4B MORGANTOWN - Mike Parsons will receive $325,000 as part of a settlement with West Virginia University, which essentially let go the long-time deputy athletic director last week.

  • Recruiting Expert: Social Media Can 'Screw Up a Program'

    by David Briggs February 2014

    Five-star running back Damien Harris was a target of negative tweets after decommitting from Michigan. They called him a traitor and much worse. When coveted five-star running back Damien Harris retracted his commitment to Michigan last month, he found himself in the eye of the most modern type of storm. On Twitter, a rabid fringe of fans messaged the Kentucky high school junior. Supporters of other suitors - including Ohio State - renewed their sales pitches while a megaphone-wielding minority of Michigan followers vented.

  • High School ADs Offer Advice for Dealing with Weather

    by Jeff Young February 2014

    Assistant Sports Editor Ryan Landis fondly remembers the good old days, when snow meant he just might get to stay home from school, and the excitement that possibility often created. Naw, we're not talking about when he was a kid with a backpack full of books. This would be just over a month ago, before Christmas. More specifically, before Landis stopped teaching Hempfield fourth-graders and took on the position of Athletic Director in the Warwick School District.