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  • Opinion: UNC Problems Symptoms of Larger Disease

    by Super User January 2014

    By Luke DeCock The News & Observer E VEN AFTER a tough couple of years in Chapel Hill, it turns out things can get worse. The thread that Marvin Austin tugged when he quoted rap lyrics has proceeded to unravel North Carolina's sweater. Former academic adviser Mary Willingham has come forward with data she says illustrates the university's practice of admitting unqualified athletes and failing to educate them.

  • Man Who Fell from 300 Deck in Buffalo Gets Stadium Ban

    by Paul Steinbach November 2013

    A fan who attempted to slide down the side railing of the 300 deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, only to topple backwards and land on a fan in the 200 level, has fallen out of favor with the hometown Bills. As a result of his actions Sunday, the fan has been banned from the stadium.

  • High School's 'Arab' Mascot Called Into Question

    by Michael Gaio November 2013

    When it comes to nickname and mascot controversy, typically Native Americans and teams like the Indians and Redskins come to mind. But a Southern California high school's longstanding Arab mascot is at the center of its own controversy.

  • Cheerleaders, Teams Punished Over Impromptu Routine

    by Michael Gaio November 2013

    File this one under "lack of common sense." Two youth football teams in Florida - and their cheerleading squads - have been banned from their conference championship game for a reason that will only make you shake your head.

  • Youth Coach Plans Team Party at Hooters, Gets Fired

    by Michael Gaio November 2013

    Youth coaches get fired for all sorts of reasons. But this be might a new one: Randy Burbach, a middle school football coach in Oregon was fired for choosing to host his team's end-of-season party at Hooters.

  • Prep Coach Groped in Facebook Photo Gets Fired

    by Michael Gaio November 2013

    A picture of a man touching a woman's chest posted on Facebook has landed them both in trouble at work.

  • FAU Coaches Resign After Admitting to Drug Use

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    Florida Atlantic head football coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned Wednesday after school officials say they admitted to using illegal drugs.

  • Sorting Out the Mess at Grambling State

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    In a weekend full of upsets and big games, perhaps no score stands out more from Saturday's college football slate than Grambling State's 1-0 loss. Grambling State officially forfeited, a majority of its players refusing to travel to Jackson State.

  • At Tennessee, 'Pride' Goeth Before Band Director's Fall

    by Paul Steinbach October 2013

    The University of Tennessee has placed on administrative leave Gary Sousa, director of the school's Pride of the Southland marching band since 1997, citing "insubordination, misrepresentation of facts, and a lack of confidence in Sousa's ability to work constructively and collaboratively with others going forward." The announcement came Monday after Sousa, band members and alumni spoke out last week over concerns that band traditions were being threatened by the athletic department. Complaints centered on the band's reduced playing time, travel and budget. In a letter to Sousa, who reportedly earns $152,000 annually, UT provost Susan Martin noted, "Competition for resources and conflict between competing interests within the university are normal. Your actions to circumvent the normal methods of conflict resolution are shockingly insubordinate." Don Ryder, a 14-year veteran of the UT music department, will serve as interim band director for the rest of the fall semester. "We fully support the Pride of the Southland Band. We want every student musician to have a great experience and enjoy being part of a wonderful and cherished tradition," UT chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said in a university release. "The Pride has a 144-year esteemed history with our university. It is never about just one person. We must stand together and work together to create the very best game day experience for all."

  • Prep Athlete Plays Designated Driver, Gets Suspended

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    A high school volleyball player in Massachusetts has been suspended for five games and stripped of her status as team captain for doing something most of us would consider a good deed.