• Diversity Lacking in MLB Managerial Ranks?

    by Bob Nightengale November 2015

    NEW YORK The last time Major League Baseball had this kind of problem, Al Campanis stepped in front of the cameras and uttered racially insensitive remarks on Jackie Robinson's anniversary, starting a national firestorm. Now, 28 years later, we're right back where we started.

  • Player: AD Says Pitino to Remain Louisville Coach

    by Wire Reports October 2015

    Louisville graduate transfer Trey Lewis said Wednesday that athletic director Tom Jurich has assured players that Hall of Famer Rick Pitino will remain the Cardinals coach amid escort allegations.

  • Study: HS ADs Face Barriers to Hiring Athletic Trainers

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    As youth and high school sports injuries continue to make headlines, a new study published in the Journal of Athletic Training revealed that high school athletic directors face challenges when it comes to staffing qualified athletic trainers.

  • Central Florida's O'Leary Retires, Effective Immediately

    by Shannon Green and Mike Bianchi October 2015

    UCF football coach George O’Leary is retiring, wrapping up a 12-year tenure during which he helped put the school’s football program on the national radar, two sources with knowledge of the decision told the Orlando Sentinel.

  • Officials Hope Blindside Won't Dissuade Would-Be Refs

    by Mike Lee October 2015

    The September incident in which two San Antonio high school players intentionally hit an official drew negative national attention, but Texas football officials hope it won’t discourage potential new members from wanting to call games. “The last time I had heard of an incident like this was in 2008, so it’s not like it happens frequently,” said Charles Saker, secretary of the Fort Worth chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO). “I have never had an incident like that or been afraid I might get hit on purpose. By next April or May, I hope this incident will have faded from most peoples’ memories.” Don Orren, secretary of the Odessa/Midland-based TASO Permian Basin chapter, isn’t as optimistic the vision of the two players hitting umpire Robert Watts will soon fade away. Orren said he was verbally threatened two weeks after the Jay incident.

  • Louisville's Pitino on Website: 'I Will Not Resign'

    by The Durham Herald-Sun October 2015

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino vows to Cardinals fans that he "will not resign and let you down" as investigations continue into an escort's book allegations that one of his former staffers hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • Female Officials Pioneers, But That Was Never the Goal

    by Nick Williams October 2015

    In Florida, a football mecca where the future stars of college and the NFL are bred and born, two women in Tampa Bay, a nationally known hotbed for gridiron talent, are pioneers in the field of high school varsity football officiating. Camille Nichols and Ella Coffee, members of the West Coast Officials Association, the premier officiating group for Hills-
borough and Pasco counties, have been officiating high schools sports in the Tampa Bay area for nearly a decade. In the past few years, both have made the transition to varsity football.

  • Opinion: Spurrier Severance Joke Is on South Carolina

    by Gene Sapakoff October 2015

    Only the great Bear Bryant trumps Steve Spurrier for impact within the hallowed annals of Southeastern Conference football history. A Heisman Trophy, passing game innovation and all those coaching wins make it a close call. Spurrier achievements at South Carolina three straight 11-2 seasons, five straight wins over Clemson, four bowl victories in four years are not likely to be equaled in Taylor Swift s lifetime. The legion of pundits across the country blasting Spurrier for quitting on the Gamecocks miss the point. His heart wasn t in it when he left the Gamecocks last week with a 2-4 record following a drubbing at LSU, and he knew the team would be better off with the enthusiasm of any interim coach to be named later.

  • Opinion: Ignorance Isn't Excuse, So Pitino Has to Go

    by Nancy Armour,, USA TODAY Sports October 2015

    If Rick Pitino isn't already packing up his office at Louisville, he ought to get started.

  • Is Ousting Coaches Mid-Season Becoming a College Norm?

    by The Buffalo News (New York) October 2015

    Three football coaches were fired within 48 hours of one another this week, two because they won too little and another because he drank too much.