• NCAA Adopting New Anti-Discrimination Measures

    by Evansville Courier & Press April 2016

    The NCAA Board of Governors adopted an anti-discrimination measure Wednesday that would affect the way the governing body evaluates bids to host sporting events. The NCAA said the decision came during the board’s quarterly meeting in Indianapolis. In a news release, the NCAA said it requires sites that are hosting events or bidding on them “to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination.” The NCAA said the decision follows actions of legislatures in several states. While the NCAA didn’t specify which states, Mississippi and North Carolina have recently passed laws that critics say can allow discrimination against members of the LGBT community.

  • Investigation: HS Football Team Flouted Rules for Years

    by The Columbian April 2016

    The Bellevue High School football program violated state rules for years with head coach Butch Goncharoff playing a leading role in major infractions. That was the finding of an independent investigation commissioned by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. Details of the 68-page report were made public on Tuesday.

  • Proposed Law Would Allow Marching Band to Count as PE

    by April 2016

    The time marching band members spend sweating it out on the practice field would satisfy physical education requirements if the Legislature passes a proposed law.

  • 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.

  • Coaches' Advice for Texting Recruits

    by Nicole Auerbach April 2016

    College football coaches are curious about the NCAA's deregulation of electronic communication -- meaning that starting later this summer, recruits will be able to receive an unlimited amount of messages via texting and forms of social media.

  • Opinion: Enforcing HS Rules Ensures Effectiveness

    by Amy Donaldson April 2016

    Last week the Utah High School Activities Association disciplined two schools for rules violations. To some, the infractions seemed small. Really? If these violations seem insignificant, which rules are worth enforcing and who gets to decide when they matter? The only thing that matters more than having well-crafted rules in place is the commitment to enforce them. We institute rules in an attempt to protect the integrity of the competition. Even if you hate them, remember that without them, we'd have chaos.

  • Transfer Denied School Choice as Tampering Alleged

    by Jacob Thorpe April 2016

    A three-person faculty committee rejected Washington State center Valentine Izundu's appeal during a hearing on Wednesday afternoon, barring the player from contacting San Diego State University on the grounds that Izundu and the SDSU coaching staff had contact before the season was over.

  • Female Wrestler Grapples for Right to Participate

    by Amy Donaldson April 2016

    A few months ago, Kathleen Janis and her parents were told that she couldn't wrestle at Central Davis Junior High because girls are not allowed to wrestle in the district at the junior high level, even though they're allowed to do so at Davis County high schools.

  • NCAA's Satellite Camp Ban May Be Revisited

    by USA TODAY Sports April 2016

    One of the highest ranking officials in the NCAA said Monday he expected the rule banning college football coaches from participating in satellite camps to be revisited. Speaking at a meeting of the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, NCAA executive vice president for regulatory affairs Oliver Luck said the ban might not go through, according to multiple reports.

  • Opinion: NCAA Should Allow Transfers if Coach Leaves

    by Chris McGaughey April 2016

    Hey NCAA, why don t you make Chris Beard sit out a year? Maybe even two. In yet another sign of how remarkably out of whack the whole state of college athletics is in this country, Beard left UNLV on Friday to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech less than two weeks after this mercenary bolted from Arkansas-Little Rock to assume the same job with the Runnin Rebels. Yet, just try being a college athlete who wants to play for another school, perhaps because the coach who recruited you who was probably the major reason you picked that particular school got a better offer elsewhere. Or, in Beard s case, two better offers just since the end of the recently completed men s basketball season.