• No Punishment for HS Player Who Knelt During Anthem

    by Telegram & Gazette September 2016

    A Doherty Memorial High School football player who kneeled in protest during the playing of the national anthem at a game last Friday has not been suspended, despite the player’s initial claim on social media, according to the School Department. Superintendent Maureen Binienda said Monday morning that the student's coach told him school officials might meet to discuss the potential punishment of a one-game suspension. But Ms. Binienda said no such penalty will be given.

  • End-of-Game Gaffe Earns Officials Suspensions

    by The Boston Herald September 2016

    The eight-man officiating crew that botched the end of the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game has been suspended for two games, the Mid-American Conference announced yesterday. And the Big 12 announced that the two-person video replay crew that worked the game also has been suspended for two games. In addition, the replay crew will be prohibited from working postseason games this season. 'The crew missed an opportunity to advise the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the penalty giving CMU an untimed down that resulted in its game-winning touchdown,' Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson said in a statement. 'NCAA rules permit instant replay to correct egregious errors and it is unacceptable that it did not occur in this situation.'

  • West Point Post-Game Prayer Draws 'Valid' Complaints

    by Paul Steinbach September 2016

    The U.S. Military Academy's top general says "valid concerns" have been raised over a team prayer after Army upset Temple in a Sept. 2 football game.

    After Army produced and posted video of Army's head coach Jeff Monken instructing a staff member to lead the prayer, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation received approximately 90 complaints. The Foundation regularly raises questions about separation of church and state in the military. The video has since been removed from West Point's website. To leave it online would have been "like grinding salt into the wound," according to Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, superintendent of West Point.

    "Maybe 90 percent of the people who were out there supported the prayer,” Caslen told The Washington Post on Friday. "But, when you look at it from a legal basis and from a legal standpoint, and then you look at it from a leadership standpoint, there were some concerns, and I think they’re valid concerns."

    Calsen said it was incorrect from a legal and leadership standpoint for Monken to direct or encourage a prayer while serving in a leadership position at a government-funded public institution, according to the Post.

    “It creates an atmosphere where it is expected from everybody to say a prayer regardless of their faith or no faith,” Caslen said. “It’s like me as the superintendent of the Corps of Cadets saying, ‘Let’s take a knee and say a prayer together.’ I don’t have the authority to do that. I cannot use my position of authority — my public position of authority — to direct my subordinates to do something that is inconsistent with their rights. So, that’s probably where we crossed the line.”





  • City to Check Athletes' Residency for Access to Fields

    by Louis Casiano Jr. September 2016

    The city has added a provision to its field-use policy that requires better checks of verification documents and onsite player rosters for youth sports leagues to verify the Costa Mesa residency of players. A City Council vote of 5-0 on Tuesday came out of concerns that teams using city sports facilities are not meeting the threshold for fielding Costa Mesa players, but are still being given priority access. The change was recommended because the audits were being conducted on a regular basis instead of randomly.

  • Officiating Error Costs Oklahoma State

    by The Commercial Appeal September 2016

    A mistake by the officials that extended the game when it should have been over allowed Central Michigan to score the winning touchdown on a Hail Mary and lateral for a 30-27 upset of No. 17 Oklahoma State on Saturday. Oklahoma State tried to kill the final 4 seconds by throwing the ball away on fourth down but was penalized for intentional grounding, which is a loss-of-down penalty. Rules state that the game cannot end on an accepted live-ball penalty, official Tim O’Dey of the Mid-American Conference, CMU’s league, said. “There’s an exception to the rule that says if enforcement of the foul involves a loss of down, then that brings the game to an end,” O’Dey told a pool reporter after the game. He said that after conferring with the national rules editor, officials determined the “extension should not have happened.”

  • NFL Under Fire for Handling of Hits to Newton

    by Justin Terranova September 2016

    The NFL and its referees have some explaining to do after Cam Newton's head was used as a piñata by the Broncos' ferocious pass rush in the league's opener Thursday night.

  • School Board Abandons Athlete Transfer Rule Proposal

    by Benjamin Wood September 2016

    Utah High school athletes won't be allowed to transfer teams at will. Nor will the state school board have final say on athletic conference classifications. But while those controversial demands were removed from a school board policy that received preliminary approval on Friday, board members put the Utah High School Activities Association on notice to address their concerns in the next 30 days. If UHSAA doesn't, one or both of those provisions could be back on the table.

  • Coaches Criticize Proposal to Eliminate Transfer Rules

    by Trevor Phibbs September 2016

    Coaches across the state are vehemently criticizing a proposal to eliminate restrictions on high school athletes transferring between schools, saying it would create a free-for-all that encourages athletes to focus on winning and entitlement, rather than character development and overcoming adversity. "That's probably the worst proposal I've ever heard," said Tooele coach Kyle Brady. "I think it will destroy high school athletics."

  • Lochte Suspended 10 Months, Ban Could End Career

    by Christine Brennan September 2016

    From the moment Ryan Lochte hijacked the Rio Olympic Games for nearly a week with the incendiary and ultimately untrue statement that a gun had been put to his forehead during a night of drunken shenanigans, it was a foregone conclusion that suspensions and sanctions were coming for him and his three U.S. Olympic swimming teammates. And so it is that 32-year-old Lochte will receive a 10-month suspension Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation tells USA TODAY Sports. Lochte is being hit with the ban for behavior that embarrassed and infuriated the International Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Swimming and his Rio hosts.

  • Proposal Could Eliminate HS Transfer Rules in Utah

    by Amy Donaldson September 2016

    The State School Board will consider two proposed rule changes that could drastically alter the landscape of high school sports in Utah. The most significant proposal would make it impossible for the Utah High School Activities Association to enforce any kind of transfer restriction on student athletes - even if students choose to attend and play sports at three different schools in the same school year. For example, under the proposal it would be possible for a student to play football at Bingham High, basketball at Lone Peak High and baseball at Jordan High without losing any eligibility. It was the Utah High School Activities Association's denial of athletic eligibility for some transfer students that prompted the proposal, which will be discussed at a work meeting Thursday and during Friday's full State School Board meeting, according to David Crandall, the board's chairman.