• OSU Fires Band Director Amid Harassment, Hazing Culture

    by Laura A. Bischoff July 2014

    Jonathan Waters was paid $188,504 last year as director of the Ohio State Marching Band. COLUMBUS - Ohio State University fired marching band director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after a two-month investigation revealed a culture of sexual harassment and hazing within "The Best Damn Band in the Land." The 92-page investigation concluded that Waters, who was a sousaphone player in the band in the late 1990s, was aware or should have known about this culture but failed to eliminate or address it, the university said. The investigation was triggered by a complaint from a band member's mother.

  • Columnist: Dungy Proof Intolerance Lingers as NFL Issue

    by Christine Brennan, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    It's not the NFL's fault that Dan Snyder and his Washington team continue to use and defend a blatantly racist nickname. It's also not the NFL's fault that former head coach and current TV talking head Tony Dungy said he wouldn't have drafted the NFL's first openly gay player because he "wouldn't want to deal with all of it." The NFL itself is not to blame for Richie Incognito's boorish and offensive behavior with the Miami Dolphins last season, or Minnesota Vikings special-teams coach Mike Priefer's equally nasty and unacceptable anti-gay language.

  • Dungy Clarifies Comments, Michael Sam Responds

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    Former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy made news earlier this week when he was quoted saying he "wouldn't have taken" former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who is openly gay, in the NFL Draft.

  • Report: Indian Mascots Hurt Native Student Self-Esteem

    by Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    A report from the Center for American Progress released Tuesday calls on state and federal boards of education to enforce civil rights protections for American Indian and Alaska Native students who face hostile education environments related to Indian mascots.

  • Ex-Coach Dungy on Sam: 'I Wouldn't Have Taken Him'

    by Tom Mahon, Daily News Staff Writer July 2014

    Is Tony Dungy a hypocrite? You make the call.

  • Native American Activists Take Stand on 'Redface' Fans

    by Erik Brady, @ByErikBrady, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    It was one of those picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words moments. Robert Roche was at the Cleveland Indians home opener in April when he confronted a non-Native man in fake feathers, his face painted in grotesque homage to the team's Chief Wahoo logo. A photo of the real Indian engaging the pretend Indian immediately went viral online. Jacqueline Keeler wants more of that. Native American activists are campaigning against Indian team names in sports on multiple fronts -- legal, moral and polemical -- and Keeler is urging them to repel "redface," her term for fans who wear stereotypical Indian costumes to games, commonplace for generations among some fans of teams with Indian-themed names. "It is not acceptable to wear blackface in this country and never should have been," Keeler tells USA TODAY Sports. "We need to make the same case about redface. We need people to think of it in the same way and see why it's wrong in the same way."

  • Maryland Youth Soccer Officials Resign Amid Lawsuit

    by The Capital (Annapolis, MD) July 2014

    ROCKVILLE (AP) - The president and secretary of the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association have resigned as part of a temporary resolution to a lawsuit filed by the association's board accusing them of trying to usurp the organization.

  • Hornets Rookie Charged with Assault at Y Pick-Up Game

    by John McCann July 2014

    DURHAM - Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston, the troubled former North Carolina guard known for sticking 3-pointers, struck a high school players during a game of pick-up basketball at the Downtown Durham YMCA on Sunday, according to the Durham County Magistrates Office. Hairston, 21, is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, Durham County Chief Magistrate Don Paschall said.

  • Charleston Coach Accused of Verbal Abuse on Thin Ice

    by July 2014

    Doug Wojcik was on the verge of being fired as College of Charleston basketball coach Monday and still might lose his job for alleged verbal abuse of his players, The Post and Courier has learned. After meeting with current players for more than an hour Monday afternoon, athletic director Joe Hull told team members he was going to fire Wojcik. Hull was overruled by then-school President George Benson later in the day.

  • Team Leaves HS Hoops Tourney Following Confrontation

    by Ryan Mahan Staff Writer July 2014

    A crazy finish with an even crazier aftermath Sunday afternoon had the Lanphier High School boys basketball team boarding a bus and coming home a little earlier than the Lions had hoped.