• Meet Ray Watts, the Most Unpopular Man in Birmingham

    by Las Vegas Sun December 2014

    The most unpopular man in Birmingham, Ala., these days is Dr. Ray Watts, the president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

  • Pelini Rips Nebraska AD in Leaked Recording

    by Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports December 2014

    Wednesday morning Bo Pelini had his introductory news conference as Youngstown State's football coach. Wednesday afternoon a recording of his farewell words to Nebraska players after he was fired was leaked -- and it wasn't pretty.

  • 500 NFL Employees Turned in Phones for Rice Probe

    by Associated Press December 2014

    Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and staff pursued the Ray Rice case.

  • Opinion: Medal of Honor Bowl Flap About More than Race

    by Brian Hicks December 2014

    If a ref had seen Charleston County Council turn down the Medal of Honor Bowl s request for $25,000 last week, he might have called unnecessary roughness. But the play stands. Last week Charleston s own bowl game a charity to raise money for the Medal of Honor Museum asked council for money to help get the game broadcast on NBC. Seems our bowl isn t big enough to sell its TV rights. We have to pay them. Councilman Henry Darby took the opportunity to criticize The Citadel again for displaying a Confederate battle flag in Summerall Chapel. He also pointed out some rather unflattering, and patently racist, comments attributed to former governor and Confederate Brig. Gen. Johnson Hagood.

  • Protesters, Players Show Support for Garner Family

    by Chris Strauss and Jeff Zillgitt, @chris_strauss, @JeffZillgitt, USA TODAY Sports December 2014

    The loudest crowd Monday at the Barclays Center wasn't inside the building. As the crowd of 17,732 -- including Jay Z, Beyonce, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the evening's highly anticipated guests, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, Will and Kate -- headed into the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets, many found a vociferous but peaceful group of several thousand protesters awaiting them.

  • First Amendment Lawyers Criticize Athlete Gag Orders

    by Celia Llopis-Jepsen December 2014

    Kansas State University athletes are instructed in writing not to speak to media independently of the athletics department, a policy that First Amendment lawyers and government transparency advocates criticize, but that is similar to practice at other universities in Kansas and around the country.

  • Lawmakers, Small-Market Fans Target NFL Blackout Rule

    by Jerry Zremski News Washington Bureau Chief December 2014

    A key senator and the Sports Fans Coalition on Thursday cited Buffalo as proof that the National Football League should abandon its practice of blacking out local television broadcasts of games that are not sold out.

  • Opinion: More Schools Should Just Say No to Bowls

    by Pedro Moura, The Orange County Register December 2014

    This year, 76 of the 126 Football Bowl Subdivision universities - 60 percent - will take part in 38 bowl games (39 with the College Football Playoff championship game). You can win five games, lose seven and still play in the postseason, somehow. Many of the participants will gain little from the experience and actually lose a lot from it, at least financially.

  • Pelini Farewell Meeting Costs HS Staffer Room Rental Fee

    by Andrew Brandt December 2014

    When Nebraska's athletic department let head football coach Bo Pelini go on Sunday, his players were — to say the least — upset. 

  • More Bad News: UAB's Bowl Hopes Now 'Nonexistent'

    by Michael Gaio December 2014

    If it's true that "when it rains, it pours," consider UAB's football program drenched in a torrential monsoon.