Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
Football Coaches Split on NCAA Idea to Slow Offenses
by Wire services February 2014
The NCAA is trying to pump the brakes on the breakneck pace of college football. Coaches around the country seem split on a proposed NCAA rules change that would grant defenses a 10-second window to substitute players before each snap. The proposal, in effect, would slow down the accelerating tempo of college offenses, which has become prevalent throughout the game in the last live years, and especially so in the Pac-12.
Temple Athletics Facing Title IX Inquiry on Program Cuts
by Mike Jensen; Inquirer Staff Writer February 2014
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Temple University's athletic department for possible Title IX gender-equity issues, university president Neal D. Theobald said. In a letter to Temple's board of trustees and the coaches of seven sports the board has voted to cut, Theobold said the department's Office for Civil Rights is looking into whether "the University is failing to provide equal athletic opportunity for female athletes compared to male athletes, with regard to Locker Rooms, Practice and Competitive Facilities, Housing and Dining Facilities and Services, and in the area of Athletic Financial Assistance." Theobald said Thursday in a telephone interview that he received notification of the investigation Monday, but he was not told what had prompted it.
Eligibility of Online School's Hockey Players Examined
by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) February 2014
Amid a growing outcry and with a state tournament berth just one victory away, Achiever Academy and the Minnesota State High School League spent Wednesday trying to answer eligibility questions about six of the girls' hockey players on the online high school team.
School Board Opts Not to Hire Divisive Football Coach
by Eric Lyttle, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH February 2014
Dateline: HEBRON, Ohio It appears that the two great passions of Dave Daubenmire's life -- coaching and preaching -- are incompatible, at least to three of the five board members of Lakewood Local Schools.
Lawyer Finds Niche in HS Student-Athlete Transfer Cases
by ERIN KOURKOUNIS; Tribune staff February 2014
Peter Hobson remembers having kids who play sports - a son who was in football at Jesuit High and the University of Pennsylvania and two daughters in softball and rowing at Academy of the Holy Names. So the 62-year-old Tampa lawyer has a soft spot for student athletes deemed ineligible to play sports and for the parents who seek him out when they consider fighting the decision - before a local school board, the state association that governs high school sports, or even a judge. It's all about the students, Hobson said. If I didn't believe this was an important aspect of their education, I wouldn't be doing these cases. In 2012, Hobson began representing some football players denied eligibility to play at state powerhouse Armwood High School in Seffner.
Retroactive Video Use in Prep Punitive Matters Rare
by JAMES YODICE Of the Journal February 2014
For those of you hoping that New Mexico would initiate a retroactive video-as-punishment rule, it's almost certainly dead in the water. New Mexico Activities Association associate director Dusty Young spent a couple of days in Indianapolis late last month at the National Federation of State High School Associations annual conference. Young, at the behest of his boss, executive director Sally Marquez, was asked to do some recon with other state associations to see whether the video issue was on the front burner anywhere else.
Prep Basketball Team's Leading Scorer Too Old to Play On
by Jodie Wagner, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer February 2014
The Palm Beach Lakes boys basketball team will be without leading scorer Gito St. Fort for the remainder of the season. St. Fort, a senior guard who is averaging 17.2 points per game, surpassed the Florida High School Athletic Association's age limit of 19 years, 9 months in January. Palm Beach Lakes went before the FHSAA's Sectional Appeals Committee Jan. 10 and asked for a waiver to allow St. Fort to finish the season.
Youth Football Coach Indicted on Sex Assault Charges
by Joseph A. Slobodzian; Inquirer Staff Writer February 2014
A North Philadelphia youth football coach has been charged by a Philadelphia grand jury with sexually assaulting five boys and an intellectually disabled adult, the District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.
Pro-Ballpark Ad in Taxpayer-Funded Rec Guide Criticized
by GRAHAM MOOMAW February 2014
A promotional ad for the mayor's development plan for Shockoe Bottom has appeared in a taxpayer-funded city publication, prompting a review by the city's internal investigators.
School Concussion Policy Targets Coaches, P.E. Teachers
by ALLISON BOURG February 2014
Everything went black. Matthew Costa was ready to return a punt for the Southern High School football team, but before he could react, he was blindsided. "I literally turned around and the guy was in my face," said the 2012 graduate, who suffered a concussion from that hit three years ago. Costa, the son of Del. Bob Costa, R-Deale, felt better within moments of returning to the sideline. The next day his pupils were dilated and he had high blood pressure - common post-concussion symptoms.