A recap of the 32nd annual Athletic Business Conference & Expo as told by the people who experienced it.
Josh Gordon Reinstated by NFL Josh Gordon's curious and complicated career has taken a new turn. He's getting yet another chance. The talented but troubled wide receiver has been reinstated on a conditional basis by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who met face to face with Gordon last week and said he believes the 25-year-old can "make the right choices" going forward. Gordon has been banned since February 2015 for multiple violations of the league's drug policies. He will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016-17 season, but he's allowed to join the team in its upcoming training camp and can participate in meetings and conditioning work. The league said once Gordon meets clinical requirements, he can take part in preseason activities, including practices and games. read more
Crash Kills Nebraska, Ex-Michigan State Kickers University of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a single-car traffic accident Saturday. Foltz, 22, and Sadler, 24, were traveling back from a football camp near Waukesha, Wis., the University of Nebraska confirmed in a news release. Sadler, who was driving, and Foltz were pronounced dead at the scene. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, 21, who was a passenger in the back seat, was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jennifer Wallschlaeger told USA TODAY Sports. Delahoussaye was released from the hospital and was at home, LSU confirmed in a statement. read more
Finger Pointing After NBA Moves All-Star Game The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far. The 2017 event’s departure from Charlotte deprives the state of an estimated $100 million economic impact and comes after the law prompted PayPal and Deutsche Bank to cancel plans to add hundreds of jobs. The law known best for its restrictions on transgender bathroom access looms large in an election season that includes one of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s races. read more
Despite Fines, WNBA Players Committed to Activism The WNBA has fined the Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever and their players for wearing black warm-up shirts in the wake of recent shootings by and against police officers. All three teams were fined $5,000, and each player was fined $500. read more
Baylor's Interim Coach Clarifies 'Culture' Comments Jim Grobe's first impression as Baylor's interim coach at the Big 12 Conference's media days wasn't necessarily a productive one for the university's still-reeling image. But after a somewhat clumsy news conference Tuesday morning, he came back in the afternoon and clarified his views on the culture surrounding sexual violence that has thrown the campus into upheaval in recent months. read more
Opinion: Crowell, Lynx Show Collision of Sports, Society There's a universe of difference between Isaiah Crowell's recent action and the action of four Minnesota Lynx players, as stark as the contrast between death and life. The Cleveland Browns halfback posted a despicable graphic that depicts the brutal killing of a police officer. The WNBA ballers wore T-shirts that read "Change starts with us. Justice & accountability" on the front, and "Black Lives Matter" on the back, along with the names of two African-American men killed by police last week and the Dallas Police Department emblem. Despite the wide gulf between Crowell's since-deleted Instagram post and the players' attire, four off-duty police officers working the Lynx game at Target Center were outraged by the latter. They found the message to be so offensive, they walked off the job Saturday night. read more
Challenges Ahead for Missouri as AD Jumps for Baylor Roughly an hour before first-year Missouri coach Barry Odom was set to make his debut here at the SEC's media days, USA TODAY Sports reported that Mack Rhoades, the man who hired him last December, had accepted the athletics director job at Baylor. read more