• NFL Establishes New Rules on Ball-Inflation Checks

    by Wire services, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) July 2015

    The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs. Two people familiar with the league's plans told The Associated Press on Monday that proper inflation of the footballs will be documented as part of the new policy.

  • N.C. Venues Clarify Transgender Restroom Policies

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A North Carolina woman and transgender activist won a personal battle to gain clarity on policies at sports stadiums, arenas and race tracks on bathroom access now that all of the major venues in North Carolina have gone on the record to say transgender fans can use the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

  • Big 12 Adopts Stricter Policy Regarding Live Contact

    by Kevin Haskin. July 2015

    Big 12 became the first in the Bowl Subdivision to place additional reductions on live contact that exceed the current restrictions allowed by the NCAA.

  • Ex-Player: UNC Women Unfairly Targeted in Allegations

    by Meghan Austin Guest columnist July 2015

    All of my life I have been taught that sports aren't just about winning and losing, but about teaching life lessons. Throughout my four years at the University of North Carolina, Coach Sylvia Hatchell and her staff did just that. When I got to Carolina in 2004 I was a timid 19-year-old walk-on transfer student. I didn't have any clue what I was getting myself into, but was welcomed by open arms. I was supported through so many changes in my life and have been supported by her staff since I graduated. It was because of my experience as one of the women's basketball student-athletes that I am a successful in my life today.

  • Agent/Runner Funneled Thousands to UNC Athletes

    by The Bismarck Tribune July 2015

    Newly unsealed documents in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law suggest he funneled money to multiple Tar Heels players and set up meetings with agents and financial advisers trying to sign them to contracts.

  • Tennessee's Public Vs. Private Debate May Not Be Over

    by Chris Thomas July 2015

    TSSAA Legislative Council vice president Mike Reynolds contends the recent proposal to explore bylaw changes for increased parity is in the long-term interest of the state organization, even if maintaining the landscape’s status quo wasn’t popular among member schools.

  • New Wisconsin Home-School Law Confuses WIAA

    by Erin Richards, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2015

    A new state law that allows home-schooled students to play on school district sports teams is causing confusion for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association, which says the law conflicts with its membership requirements.

  • Prep Team Forfeits Entire Season Over Player's Physical

    by Tom Kreager, Daily News Journal July 2015

    Blackman High School forfeited all 16 of its wins from the 2015 high school baseball season after self-reporting to the TSSAA a player who was ineligible because the baseball coach didn’t require him to submit an athletic physical, according to a letter from the high school athletic association.

  • CPS Must Add Girls Sports After Title IX Investigation

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Following a federal investigation that found “significant” gender-based participation gaps in Chicago Public Schools district sports programs, CPS will increase the amount of organized sports opportunities for girls at no less than 12 high schools as part of a settlement with the federal government.

  • FSU Players Banned from Bars Following Incidents

    by Tom D'Angelo, Palm Beach Post (Florida) July 2015

    Florida State wasted little time putting its plan into action to lay down the law with the football team. Coach Jimbo Fisher met with his team Saturday and, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, told his players bars are off limits from this point forward.