• 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.

  • Despite Contrary Reports, Mizzou Players Can Own Guns

    by Jason Scott September 2016

    After last week’s teleconference between media members and SEC coaches, first-year Missouri head coach Barry Odom made headlines after answering a question on the team’s gun policies.

  • Coaches Suspended Over Recruiting Violation

    by September 2016

    Charleston Southern suspended head football coach Jamey Chadwell and an assistant coach in response to a Secondary/Level III NCAA recruiting violation, the school announced Thursday night.

  • LSU, Wisconsin Players Warned Against Lambeau Leap

    by Daniel Uthman September 2016

    Excessive celebration that is not spontaneous and team-focused is a no-no, according in NCAA rules.