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  • 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.

  • N.Y. Parks Sex Scandal Probe Further Implicates Official

    by Emily Attwood October 2013

    Things aren't looking so good for the NYPD - New York Parks Department, that is. The department came under fire in May after allegations of sexual harassment at an annual holiday party last December. The department's notoriously raunchy holiday party was reported to have included copious amounts of alcohol, a stripper pole and inappropriate sexual behavior, including encouraging part-time female employees to dance and strip in exchange for promotions.

  • Dance Coach Fired, Band Silenced Over 'Blurred Lines'

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    Robin Thicke's chart-topping song "Blurred Lines" may have been a hit over the summer, but it didn't fare as well with Marshfield, Wis., school district administrators. According to the Associated Press, Lisa Jolin, the head coach of the Marshfield High School dance team has been fired after her team performed to the popular song.