Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
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.
Coatesville Texting Scandal Brings Out Strong Emotions
by Michael Gaio September 2013
Not surprisingly, there isn't much sympathy for school administrators who exchange racist, lewd and sexist text messages about their students and staff. When it happens at one of the most diverse schools in its region, there is even less.
Opportunities for Homeschooled Athletes Increasing in High Schools
by August 2013
Arkansas House Bill 1789, Indiana House Bill 1399, Colorado House Bill 1095, Ohio House Bill 59. All four represent legislation passed this year around the same issue: allowing homeschooled students to participate in high school sports.
Tankinis In, Tube Socks Out in D.C. Pools Dress Code
by Michael Gaio July 2013
Planning on wearing jean shorts and your favorite halter top to the pool this week? If you're in our nation's capital, you better think again.
Update: Plan to Discontinue 'Redskins' on Hold at HS
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2013
Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho, may not be dropping its "Redskins" mascot and logo after all. The Idaho State Journal reports that superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme - who announced his decision last week, citing his desire to teach students a kind of respect that goes beyond "the heritage behind the mascot" - has now decided to seek input from the public and the Native American community.
No-Score Youth Sports Policies Gaining Popularity
by Emily Attwood May 2013
This summer, a growing number of youth soccer teams in Ontario will be playing games without keeping track of goals scored, at least not officially.
Eighth-Grade Basketball Player's Hair a Federal Court Case
by John T. Wolohan May 2013
As a general rule, the courts will not get involved in the internal decision-making process of pri-vate athletic associations.