• Enforcement Director Defends NCAA's Track Record

    by The Capital (Annapolis, MD) July 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and "broken," the NCAA's top cop fired back by defending his staff's work and acknowledging the impossible mission of policing more than 1,200 schools. Yes, sometimes, teams or schools might get away with breaking the rules for a while, Duncan said, but eventually most are caught.

  • Nonprofit IHSA Hit with Open-Records Lawsuit

    by CHRIS FUSCO. Staff Reporter July 2014

    The not-for-profit group that oversees high school sports in Illinois should be subject to state open-records law because it "performs a governmental function" and generates income "from events involving predominantly public schools," a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Better Government Association contends.

  • School Board Bans Parents from Coaching Own Kids

    by Lindsay Street July 2014

    Despite strong public opposition, the Berkeley County school board approved Tuesday a so-called ban on parent coaches. The amendment to the district s student activity policy instructs principals not to assign volunteer parents of student athletes for coaching responsibilities at the varsity or junior varsity level within the program in which their son or daughter is participating. The rule allows for exceptions to be made at the discretion of the principal and for full-time employees of the district.

  • Editorial: Wrong to Penalize Players More Than a Coach

    by Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board July 2014

    So under the New Mexico Activities Association's rationale, if an adult violates recruiting rules, it's worth a one-week suspension. If students follow his lead and put down false addresses that allow them to play for him, it's worth a season on the bench.

  • How the New College Football Postseason Will Work

    by Mike Strange July 2014

    HOOVER, Ala. — Repeat after me: CFP. CFP. CFP. The BCS is dead. Long live the CFP. On a Monday evening, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas, some college football team will hoist the CFP trophy for the first time. If, as Florida defensive lineman Dante Fowler confessed Monday, you hadn’t heard, the College Football Playoff era begins in 2014.

  • KHSAA Recommends Softball Players Wear Facemasks

    by Rexford Sheild, Athletic Business Intern July 2014

    As safety has become a bigger priority at every level of sports, the state of Kentucky is considering taking things even further for its high school softball players. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) voted to recommend that softball players playing first base, third base and pitcher wear protective face gear during games.

  • Slive's SEC Speech a Warning to NCAA on Autonomy

    by Ben Frederickson, Knoxville News-Sentinel July 2014

    Mike Slive’s annual state of the conference address at SEC Football Media Days on Monday referenced great athletes (Muhammad Ali and Hank Aaron) and great minds (Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Nelson Mandela).

  • Should Non-Residents Pay More to Use City Fields, Parks?

    by Tony Doris Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 2014

    The city is considering quadrupling the fee it charges out-of-town youths to play in its sports programs -- a move that has organizers alarmed at its potential to price many youths out of participating.

  • Athletes Bill of Rights Draws Criticism in Boston Area

    by MARIE SZANISZLO July 2014

    Local universities balked at a proposed College Athletes Bill of Rights, which they said would force them to pay for lifelong health insurance for players injured during games. Representatives from the area's Division 1 schools said the proposal would put them at a competitive disadvantage on the field and burden already money-losing athletic departments.

  • U. of Miami Dismisses Players Who Admitted to Rape

    by Matt Porter Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 2014

    The University of Miami dismissed linebackers JaWand Blue and Alex Figueroa after both admitted to police they drugged and raped a 17-year-old girl last weekend.