• ACC Coaches Worry Early Signing May Cause Problems

    by Matt Porter May 2017

    The apparent goal of an early signing period, in the best intentions of college football's administrators, was to make it easier on recruits. Those with a firm college decision would lock up a spot early, and go back to enjoying the last moments of their time as high school students. For some, it appears the pressure may have shifted.

  • IHSAA Mulls Limits for Offseason Contact

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    A rules-change proposed at this year’s spring area principals meeting was brought up for further discussion at the Indiana High School Athletic Association executive committee meeting earlier this month.

  • Study: Odds of Cancer Caused by Infill One in a Million

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    A $200,000 testing project to determine the safety of synthetic turf sports fields containing crumb rubber infill found that the likelihood of developing cancer due to contact with the surface is less than one in a million. 

  • NCAA Proposes Basketball Rules Tweaks

    by Ralph Russo May 2017

    Pleased with recent changes that have boosted offense, the NCAA basketball rules committee chose not to propose any drastic moves for next season.

  • How Proposed Redshirt Rule Could Help Football Programs

    by Matt Porter May 2017

    As reported by Fox Sports, an idea proposed by the American Football Coaches' Association would allow a player to retain his redshirt after playing in a maximum of four games. Current rules say a player has used up a year of eligibility the second he hits the field (the NCAA gives each player five years to play four seasons). Occasionally, players get their redshirt year back because of a season-ending injury. This would let all players get a taste of the action without docking them a full season of competition. If the AFCA's idea takes hold during various conference meetings this spring -- the ACC meets next week in Amelia Island -- and the NCAA's various committees, it could be put to a vote at the NCAA's convention in January 2018.

  • OHSAA Claims AD Called for Thrown Game

    by Jeremy P. Kelley May 2017

    After hinting at it in previous documents, Ohio High School Athletic Association officials on Thursday directly alleged Dayton Public Schools Athletic Director Mark Baker directed Dunbar to purposely lose its Oct. 28 football game against Belmont.

  • Law Professor Promotes Way to Pay College Athletes

    by Paul Steinbach May 2017

    It's called the Duke Model for a number of reasons. Its architect attended Duke University's School of Law, the Blue Devils basketball program is emblematic of big-time college sports, and the Rice Model sounded too agricultural for David Grenardo, who played football for the Owls in the mid-1990s. People are just starting to digest Grenardo's writings on collegiate student-athlete compensation, which suggest athletic conferences control payment amounts based on their own purse and individual performance — a player's availability (games started) and statistical impact (categories led), as well as conference members' post-season success. Poised to see his 46-page work published this year by the Brooklyn Law Review, the author believes this to be a better approach than the type of free-market system being fought for in the ongoing Jenkins v. NCAA class action. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Grenardo, an associate professor of law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, to make his case.

  • NCAA's 2015-16 APR Increase Gets Mixed Review

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    Yesterday, the NCAA announced that the 2015-16 Division I student-athlete Academic Progress Rate showed an increase over the previous four-year average for the 12th year in a row, resulting in another all-time high.

  • Trans Athlete Confronts N.C. Bill, 'Hostile Environment'

    by Scott Gleeson May 2017

    Duathlete Chris Mosier enjoys training for all distances. But competing in the Long Course Duathlon National Championships last month in Cary, N.C., was satisfying for more reasons than a payoff from grueling training.

  • New HS Postseason Baseball Format Debuts in W.V.

    by Rick Ryan May 2017

    When sectionals opened Monday across West Virginia, they did so for the first time with seeded fields, much like basketball started doing more than a decade ago.