• Maine High Schools Scrambling for Coaches

    by Steve Craig April 2016

    Freeport High athletic director Craig Sickels was facing a big problem in early 2015. The softball season was fast approaching and he was still without a varsity coach.

  • New UNLV Coach Bolts for Texas Tech After Two Weeks

    by The Commercial Appeal April 2016

    Just over two weeks after becoming head men’s basketball coach at UNLV, Chris Beard is heading home to Texas. Back to Texas Tech, specifically. After a night of uncertainty, Texas Tech announced on Friday it has hired the coach who was an assistant there for 10 seasons. He will replace Tubby Smith, who took the coaching job with the University of Memphis.

  • Opinion: Swann Hire Shows History Repeats Itself at USC

    by Dan Wolken April 2016

    The University of Southern California exists in a perpetual state of self-glory, where its euphoria over past athletic accomplishments is viewed as the antecedent of those to come. Nothing outside the USC bubble matters to USC, which is how you end up with Mike Garrett, Pat Haden, Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Clay Helton and now Lynn Swann, who was hired as athletics director Wednesday. To be fair, we don't know how Helton will fare as the Trojans' football coach or how effectively Swann can manage this athletics department. Their stories are yet to be told. Maybe they'll be great.

  • College AD, Search Firm Relationships Raise Questions

    by by JOHN HARRIS April 2016

    Universities' reliance on a third party has made search firms power brokers in college athletics. And that has raised questions about sports departments' and coaches' relationships with those firms.

  • At Least 35 College Hoops Coaches Earn $2M or More

    by Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars March 2016

    The $2 million coach, once rare in college men's basketball, is becoming routine among the upper-echelon programs. Twenty-four coaches whose teams participated in the 68-team NCAA tournament are making at least $2 million this season, and there are at least 11others at that level whose teams didn't play in the event, according to a USA TODAY Sports analysis of documents it acquired in conjunction with the Sports Capital Journalism program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

  • Minnesota AD Search Will Be Group Effort

    by Joe Christensen March 2016

    After revealing the search committee and outside firm that will help him fill the University of Minnesota's vacant athletic director position, school President Eric Kaler made clear the search for the job he intends to fill by July 1 will be wide and inclusive. Former deputy athletic director Beth Goetz has served as interim AD since Norwood Teague abruptly resigned Aug. 7 amid allegations that he had sexually harassed two members of Kaler's senior leadership team.

  • Ex-Coach of Hazing HS Team Still Employed as Security

    by Michaelle Bond March 2016

    The former Conestoga High School football coach, who resigned after officials criticized him for being unaware that his players had been hazing each other for years, remains employed as a school security officer, a Tredyffrin/Easttown School District spokesman confirmed Monday.

  • Harassment Investigation Leads to Cal Assistant's Firing

    by Jeff Faraudo and Katy Murphy March 2016

    Four days before his team begins play in the NCAA Tournament, Cal head men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced the immediate firing of assistant Yann Hufnagel after a campus investigation found he violated the university's sexual harassment policy.

  • Opinion: Rick Pitino Shouldn't Have a Job

    by Rick Morrissey March 2016

    As we eagerly await the NCAA Tournament, one question refuses to go away: How does Louisville coach Rick Pitino still have a job?

  • Pro Coaches Taking on College Jobs is Win-Win

    by Nicole Auerbach March 2016

    Much attention is focused on coaches moving in the other direction, such as Butler's Brad Stevens going to the Boston Celtics, Florida's Billy Donovan to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg to the Chicago Bulls. But the transience between college basketball and the NBA goes both ways, and there are major draws for those headed back to school.