• 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.

  • Investigation Finds Violations in HS Football Program

    by Mike Baker April 2016

    An independent investigation of the storied Bellevue High football program has found that its boosters paid for athletes to attend an alternative private school and that false addresses were used to help players gain eligibility, officials said Thursday.

  • HS Transfers in Florida Eligible Immediately Under Law

    by Adam Lichtenstein April 2016

    Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 7029 into law on Thursday, allowing students to transfer freely between Florida schools and athletes to be immediately eligible after transferring. However, players could not play the same sport for a second school in the same season except under special circumstances such as a parent's death, divorce or military deployment.

  • HS Girls' Swim Club Hires Stripper for Team Banquet

    by Jason Scott April 2016

    The synchronized swimming club at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, made waves last week when it hired a male stripper to perform at an off-campus facility during a team banquet.

  • Tennis Season Suspended After Player Misconduct

    by Laura A. Bischoff April 2016

    Wright State University canceled its men's tennis spring season amid allegations that players had violated the student code of conduct, the university confirmed Wednesday.

  • West Virginia Board Passes HS Offseason Rule Change

    by Tom Bragg April 2016

    The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's Board of Control voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed rule that would drastically change the way high school coaches can interact with players during the offseason.

  • Opinion: Ban on Satellite Camps Hurts Student-Athletes

    by Paul Myerberg April 2016

    The NCAA's decision to ban satellite camps, effectively immediately, is seen largely as a victory for the Southeastern Conference, which has long railed against a practice it views as giving the rest of the Football Bowl Subdivision an unfair recruiting advantage. It didn't help, of course, that the SEC and the Atlantic Coast Conference had rules prohibiting coaches from participating as guest coaches at satellite-camp opportunities -- essentially giving the rest of the FBS free rein to hold camps in the Southeast.

  • Tyndall Hit with 10-Year Show Cause, Ex-Coach May Sue

    by Grant Ramey April 2016

    Donnie Tyndall plans to appeal the NCAA’s 10-year show cause ordered against him Friday. If that doesn’t work, he’s prepared to take legal action. The ruling announced Friday was “intended to drive him out of the coaching profession permanently,” according to the former Tennessee basketball coach’s legal representation, lawyer Don Jackson of The Sports Group, based in Montgomery, Ala. In an emailed statement to the News Sentinel late Friday night, Jackson said the planned appeal of the Committee on Infractions’ decision will “aggressively defend” Tyndall against “groundless allegations” made by the NCAA.

  • Ban on Meldonium Questioned After Athletes Fail Test

    by Rachel Axon April 2016

    Maria Sharapova is the most noteworthy athlete to have failed a drug test for meldonium. But in the month since the tennis star revealed her use of a drug she contends is for medical reasons, a slew of other top athletes have been implicated. They include fellow Russians Yuliya Efimova, a four-time breaststroke world champion, and Nikolai Kuksenkov, the country's best male gymnast. In all, 140 athletes have tested positive for meldonium in the three months after it was banned Jan. 1, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency spokesman. But as the tally of failed tests is increasing, critics are raising questions about whether meldonium enhances performance and how WADA could ban the drug with what they say is relatively little scientific evidence. "There's really no evidence that there's any performance enhancement from meldonium. Zero," said Don Catlin, a longtime anti-doping expert and the scientific director of the Banned Substances Control Group.