• UNM Women's Soccer Opener Nixed Amid Hazing Probe

    by Mark Smith, Assistant Sports Editor August 2014

    The University of New Mexico has canceled its women's soccer season opener and is conducting an investigation into allegations of hazing in an incident that sent two players to the hospital Sunday night and caused two players to quit the team.

  • Little League Mom Still Volunteers Despite Son's Death

    by Bret McCormick, The Herald of Rock Hill August 2014

    CHESTER People deal with tragedy in various ways. Toni Perrigan s method pouring herself into the place where her 13-year-old son, Gerald, suffered a fatal heart attack in 2009 has earned her the recognition of Little League baseball officials. Perrigan was recently given the Little League baseball Southeastern Region Volunteer of the Year award in Warner Robins, Ga. It was an acknowledgment that she returned to the Chester baseball complex just two weeks after Gerald suffered the heart attack on the same field that took his life two days later. And it will be recognition that during the five years since the tragedy, she hasn t stopped volunteering in the sport her son adored. I don t do it for the attention, I don t do it to be recognized, said Perrigan. I love doing it. Gerald Perrigan became involved with baseball as a four-year-old bat-boy for Troy Roberts team. Roberts, a gregarious Californian who runs the Chester Little League, watched Gerald and his brother, Alex two years and two months older than Gerald rise up the league s ranks.

  • Cleveland Indians Pressured to Change Name, Mascot

    by Jim Siegel, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH August 2014

    A state senator from Cincinnati wants to apply pressure to Cleveland Indians ownership to change the team's nickname and mascot, Chief Wahoo.

  • Stopping Hazing in College and High School Athletics

    by Hank Nuwer July 2014

    When it comes to hazing incidents serious enough to gain national attention, the big question posed again and again recalls the sad refrain from the old ballad, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" Specifically, when will they ever learn?

  • Clemson Distributes 'Do the Right Thing' Cards to Players

    by July 2014

    When Cole Stoudt opens his wallet, he seldom forgets to at least glance at the card with a single number and four words on it. 118. One-hundred and 18. The number of coaches and players -- scholarship and walk-on combined -- in the Clemson football program. The mandate on these cards, distributed to the Tigers by head coach Dabo Swinney, is written there plainly: Do the right thing.

  • Experts: Abuse, Hazing Part of OSU Band's Hidden Culture

    by Collin Binkley, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Nicknames that make you blush. Raunchy jokes. Gay-bashing songs. Marching in underwear. But beneath the high jinks that investigators found were part-and-parcel of being a band member runs a darker undercurrent that surfaced in serious ways.

  • 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.