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  • Athletes' Unionization Attempt Scores Major Victory

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    In their attempt to unionize college athletes, the Northwestern football players and the recently formed College Athletes Players Association scored a major victory on Wednesday.

  • Showtime: Turn Playing Surfaces into 3-D Video Boards

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    Hardwood ripples. Free-throw lanes rise. Game footage rolls and championship banners unfurl in an unexpected space — the playing surface. Welcome to the next generation of in-arena entertainment.

  • DirecTV's SEC Network Stance Faces Immediate Backlash

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    The Southeastern Conference will launch its own television network this August. The SEC Network, which will be operated by ESPN as part of a 20-year partnership, will carry hundreds of live sporting events including 45 SEC football games this year alone. And if you know anything about the SEC, it's that its fans love college football. So when DirecTV sent an email to its customers on Wednesday telling them they "have no current plans to carry the SEC Network," you can imagine it didn't go over so well. Take a look at the backlash on Twitter:

  • Ten Colleges With the Most 2014 U.S. Olympians

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    The 2014 US Olympic team has 230 competing athletes from 39 states. But we were curious as to where our Olympians went to college. It turns out, Business Insider already put together a list, but we've reposted it in case you missed it.

  • In Recruiting, Handwritten Letters Are Enduring Staple

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    Wednesday is National Signing Day for prep athletes. When the student-athletes sign their Letter of Intent, it will mark the end of a months-long, or in many cases, years-long recruiting process.

  • Technology and Social Media Alter the Future of Heisman Trophy Campaigns

    by Michael Gaio December 2013

    As gutsy coaching calls go, this one ranked right up there with any in the career of Baylor University's Art Briles. What set this one apart, though, was that it was made away from the football sideline.

    Briles' decision to give Baylor's athletic communications staff the green light to pursue an all-out Heisman Trophy campaign for a then under-the-radar quarterback named Robert Griffin III would change the school forever and rewrite a marketing playbook for other schools with Heisman hopefuls.

  • RG3's Best Qualities Transcend Football

    by Michael Gaio December 2013

    A man best known for his athletic accomplishments does his best work off the field.

  • College Athletics Officials Adamantly Against Pay for Play

    by Paul Steinbach September 2013

    The Division IA Athletic Directors' Association, a record 120 members of which met this week in Dallas, released a statement Wednesday relaying a unified "rejection of the 'pay-for-play' model" of student-athlete compensation.

  • OSU, WVU, LSU in Damage Control as Expose Released

    by Paul Steinbach September 2013

    As journalistic bombshells go, Tuesday's release of the first in a five-part Sports Illustrated expose into past improprieties in the Oklahoma State University football program was widely regarded as a dud. That said, both Oklahoma State and West Virginia, the school at which one of the implicated former OSU coaches now works, were in full damage control as of Monday. OSU athletic director Mike Holder addressed the media, stating, "I apologize to all of the athletic directors in the [Big 12] conference for what's about to happen, what's about to be said about a member institution. That reflects on everyone, all of our brothers and peers." Holder, who has been in Stillwater since 1966 as a student or university employee (he became AD in 2005), went on to say, "I really feel like that at 65 years of age, everything that I've done until now has prepared me for this moment in time, so I just hope to make everybody proud at the end of this process." (He later said that his apology should not be taken as an admission of wrongdoing by OSU athletics.) A proces is under way at WVU, as well. A university source told The Charleston Gazette that an in-house investigation into the accusations against Mountaineers assistant coach Joe DeForest, who SI sources claim paid players performance bonuses while at OSU during a period spanning 2001 to 2007, will be done "quickly, but thoroughly" and will focus solely on his tenure at WVU.

  • 'Transformative Change' Coming to College Athletics

    by Michael Gaio July 2013

    The days of the NCAA as we know it are numbered -- at least according to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. Last week it was SEC commissioner Mike Slive taking a few subtle jabs at the NCAA. Yesterday, Bowlsby took those comments one step further.