• Employee Fired for Leaving Girl Hanging on Climbing Wall

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    A 55-second video posted on Facebook showing a young woman on her phone while a girl cries for help on a climbing wall got an employee at a Surrey, B.C. gymnasium fired.

  • Opinion: Lovie Smith Hire a Risk that Could Pay Off

    by Rick Morrissey March 2016

    Hiring a name like Lovie Smith is a coup for Illinois. Hiring a coach like Lovie Smith is a risk for Illinois. Those two statements might seem at odds with one another, but they're not. Illinois gained credibility by getting someone who has been an NFL head coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay. But it rolled the dice by hiring a man with mixed results as a coach, with in-game-adjustment difficulties, with an outdated defensive scheme and with huge questions about his ability to recruit.

  • Opinion: Illini Get Father Figure in Lovie Smith

    by Rick Morrissey March 2016

    Deep down, Lovie Smith thinks of himself as a father figure. When he was with the Bears, it was not unusual for him to call people into his office for mentoring purposes. Not just players but staff members, Halas Hall employees and the occasional sports reporter.

  • New Coach Shakes Things Up at Rutgers

    by Paul Myerberg February 2016

    During his first days as Rutgers' new coach in December, former Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash stalked through the halls of the Scarlet Knights football facility and took note of what needed to be changed. The doors inside the facility used to be locked, requiring coaches, players and members of the support staff to punch in numbers on a touch pad to gain access. Let's keep these doors open, Ash said. He didn't like the color of the walls, so he had painters update the facility with a brighter shade. Ash thought the lobby on the lower level felt like a hospital waiting room, so the area now features music and a more interactive video board and, in the coming weeks and months, will see an upgraded wall celebrating the program's growing list of alumni reaching the NFL. He changed where players live. The previous dorms were built in 1974, and it showed. Ash called them "some of the worst I've seen in 20 years of coaching." So he called student affairs, which moved players to better and newer dorms.

  • Ex-Athletic Director Sues UMaine at Augusta Over Firing

    by Jessica Lowell February 2016

    The former athletic director at the University of Maine at Augusta claims in a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court that university officials failed to follow university policy and were negligent in doing so when they fired him on the grounds of "untruthfulness and deception."

  • Opinion: Expect Interim AD to Retain Minnesota Job

    by Sid Hartman February 2016

    A visit with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler revealed that the university is seeking out a local external search firm, which he hopes to have selected and hired in the next few weeks, to find a permanent athletic director. However, I am sure interim athletic director Beth Goetz will get the permanent job, as sure as I was that Adrian Peterson would return to the Vikings after his suspension. While the president would not commit himself to Goetz, my conversation with him convinced me Goetz will get the nod unless a candidate surfaces who is employed by a big-time school and is having problems with the administration there, like how Tubby Smith was displeased with the athletic director at Kentucky when he took the Gophers men's basketball coaching job in 2007. Yes, Craig Thompson, a 1978 graduate of the University of Minnesota and now commissioner of the Mountain West Conference, is being pushed as a candidate by many, but the job offer would have to be fantastic for him to leave his current job, which he recently told me he loves.

  • Hazing Incident Emerges, HS Rescinds Offer to Coach

    by Mark Gokavi February 2016

    Fairborn City Schools interim Superintendent Terry Riley repeatedly told other school officials that football coaching candidate Britton Devier was heavily vetted, according to district emails obtained by this newspaper. Riley also worried about someone finding something negative about Devier, who accepted the coaching job Feb. 4 only to have the offer rescinded by the district's board of education in an emergency session Feb. 8. A statement from school officials said the decision to pull the offer to Devi-er came after the district did more "research and reflection." Devier was named in a 2014 federal civil lawsuit in northeast Ohio brought by the parents of a Woodmore High School student who alleged their son suffered a traumatic brain injury in a hazing drill. Devier was dismissed as a defendant and was not a party to the out-of-court settlement reached last month. No criminal charges were filed in the case.

  • Dealing With Different Personal Trainer Personality Types

    by AB Staff February 2016

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  • Numbers Don’t Support Firing Successful Coaches

    by Jason Scott December 2015

    This season, the college football coaching carousel is spinning at an unusually fierce velocity. Several high-profile jobs have become available, with coaches either stepping down or getting the axe.

  • 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.