• Ole Miss's Freeze: 'Mistakes' Made, Players Never Paid

    by From Our Pr The Commercial Appealess Services June 2016

    Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze is “owning the mistakes” made during his tenure, which now includes NCAA violations, but said neither he nor his assistants knowingly did anything wrong. Speaking at the Southeastern Conference’s annual meetings Tuesday, Freeze delivered a lengthy, prepared statement and then took several questions about violations involving first-round NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil. “I stand here owning the mistakes, but that is what they are, not some staff out trying to buy players,” Freeze said. “There’s not a single charge in our letter that charges a coach with (being) out buying players. While I have struggles in life that I don’t always get right, breaking the rules in recruiting is not one of them. I won’t do it.”

  • SEC Coaches Welcome Centralized Replay Experiment

    by From Our Press Services June 2016

    Much like the Atlantic Coast Conference, the SEC will use collaborative replay in 2016. All replays will be looked at by a replay official in the stadium and the league's "Video Command Center" in Birmingham. The three-person command center will assist the replay official in deciding whether to uphold or reverse calls.

  • Opinion: College Football is Out of Control

    by Doug Robinson June 2016

    Need further proof that college football has spun out of control and that universities have lost their way in their drunken, slobbery devotion to the big business of football? Recently, we learned that Jim Harbaugh blew a ton of cash on Michigan's Florida Spring Break Vacay, Ole Miss fell on the sword for NCAA violations, and Baylor officials, oblivious in the post-Ray Rice era, looked the other way - if not worse - while their players preyed on women. It was another banner week for the college game.

  • Nick Saban Rails Against Satellite Camps

    by Dustin Dopirak June 2016

    By the time Nick Saban was through with his rant against satellite camps, the Alabama football coach was pounding his hand on the lectern. Saban went through a litany of objections at the SEC spring meetings Tuesday to the concept of having college football coaching staffs working camps away from campus, but his central argument was that it leaves open the same potential problems that basketball had as the AAU and summer travel circuits became a bigger part of recruiting.

  • Mets Take Issue with Dodgers' Use of Lasers

    by Spokesman Review May 2016

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Major League Baseball will handle the team's concerns about Los Angeles using a laser range-finder to denote defensive positioning in the outfield before a game at Citi Field.

  • Controversy: HS Baseball Playoffs Called Early

    by Rick O'Brien May 2016

    Controversy swirled when two Catholic League baseball quarterfinal games that were suspended Monday because of rain did not resume as expected on Tuesday. No. 5 seed Neumann-Goretti, which was ahead of No. 4 Roman Catholic by 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, and No. 6 Cardinal O'Hara, which had a 4-1 advantage on No. 3 La Salle in the bottom of the sixth, were declared winners about noon on Tuesday.

  • Rule-Breaking HS Pleads Case to Conference ADs

    by Jason Scott May 2016

    Bellevue (Wash.) High School made headlines earlier this year after an outside investigation revealed widespread problems within its football program, ranging from boosters providing subsidized tuition at an alternative school and players using fake addresses for eligibility.

  • Strike Zone, Intentional Walk Changes Coming to MLB?

    by Pittsburgh Tribune Review May 2016

    A new strike zone could be on baseball's horizon, and the old-fashioned intentional walk could be a thing of the past after both were agreed to by the competition committee at Major League Baseball's owners meetings this week, sources told ESPN.

  • Coach: Fantasy Sports May Put Student-Athletes at Risk

    by Mary Hansen May 2016

    A suburban baseball coach warned Illinois lawmakers that fantasy sports contests are wagering in the eyes of the NCAA and put student athletes who participate at risk of being suspended.

  • Couple Jailed in Student-Athlete Transfer Case

    by Danielle Battaglia May 2016

    The investigation into the fraudulent documents also led the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to strip Eastern Alamance High School of 28 victories and forced the school to repay $19,000 in playoff gate receipts.