- Big Ten Tournament Headed to Big Apple, MSG
by Roger Rubin October 2017
This season's Big Ten conference tournament will be held at the World's Most Famous Arena. Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo of conference favorite Michigan State said "this is the mecca of basketball.
- Big Ten to Expand Conference Basketball Schedule
by The Roanoke Times October 2017
Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March.
- NCAA Teams to Host Charity Games for Hurricane Relief
by Courtney Cameron October 2017
In an effort to lend what aid they can to those devastated by hurricane damage in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, college basketball teams around the country have been petitioning the NCAA for special waivers to hold additional pre-season contests for charity.
- Louisville Trustees Vote to Fire AD Jurich With Cause
by Jeff Greer October 2017
Tom Jurich was fired with cause as the University of Louisville's athletics director on Wednesday after a vote by the school's trustees.
- Kennesaw's Response to Cheer Protest Under Review
by Eric Stirgus October 2017
The Georgia Board of Regents will conduct a special review of how Kennesaw State University responded to the decision by five African-American cheerleaders to kneel during the national anthem.
- North Dakota AD Faison Ends Wild Nine-Year Tenure
by Brad Schlossman October 2017
Brian Faison stood behind a podium in the new, $19.5 million High Performance Center on the grounds where an abandoned hockey rink sat when he arrived nine years earlier.
- Pitino Claims Ignorance, Files Suit Against Adidas
by Courtney Cameron October 2017
Former head basketball coach Rick Pitino of Louisville has filed suit against Adidas America, Inc., and Adidas North America, Inc., seeking restitution for “damages caused by the company's bribing of recruits,” according to Sports Illustrated.
Pitino claims that he was not aware of any bribes coming through from Adidas —the official sponsor of Louisville athletics — to the school’s potential recruits.
Pitino was fired from his position at Louisville Monday after the university was named in a complaint against the former head of global sports marketing for Adidas basketball, Jim Gatto. No individual Louisville coaches were among the 10 arrested last month following the federal investigation.
At the board meeting Monday, Pitino was placed on unpaid disciplinary suspension and subsequently fired, with the university claiming just cause to terminate without paying out the remainder of his coaching contract.
Pitino submitted an affidavit to the board, saying, "I had no part — active, passive, or through willful ignorance — in the conspiracy described in the complaint. I had no reason to know about the conspiracy described in the complaint, and no reason to know about the complicity of any UL assistant coach or staff member in any bribery conspiracy.”
Upon learning of the recent filings, Adidas released a public opinion Tuesday discrediting Pitino’s claim, saying, "Mr. Pitino's lawsuit is clearly a reaction to his termination yesterday and is without merit."
- Jaguars Apologize for Anthem Demonstration in London
by News & Record October 2017
Jaguars President Mark Lamping sent a letter to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville saying the team was "remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country."
- Empty Seats Prompt Clemson to Alter Student Ticketing
by Elizabeth LaFleur October 2017
Clemson University's student government has made changes to the student football ticketing policy after much debate on and around campus.
- Texts Detail Push Against Kennesaw State Cheerleaders
by Meris Lutz October 2017
Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep. Earl Ehrhart boasted in a series of text messages about pressuring the president of Kennesaw State University into keeping the school's cheerleaders off the field during the national anthem...