- Wash. State Puts Assistant AD on Leave
by Thomas Clouse September 2018
Washington State University placed Jason Gesser, a former quarterback and current athletic department employee, on administrative leave Monday after a former Cougar athlete alleged Gesser tried to force himself on her after a fundraising event in 2015. The woman, 27-year-old Alyssa Bodeau, told The Spokesman-Review she filed the official complaint Monday with the WSU Office for Equal Opportunity after reading a story on Saturday about other allegations brought against Gesser. "When other girls came forward, it changed the game," said Bodeau, whose maiden name is Wold. "When I saw that it was a pattern, that's when I decided, 'I'm not going to stay quiet.' If it doesn't stop now ... other girls will be in danger." The original allegations were reported Thursday by the WSU student newspaper The Daily Evergreen. The newspaper documented several allegations of inappropriate advances toward student interns and colleagues that prompted a 2017 investigation by the WSU Office for Equal Opportunity. Officials ultimately cleared Gesser of any wrongdoing.
- Opinion: Relocated Game Will Pay Off with Bowl Berth
by Doug Doughty September 2018
Before perhaps the smallest crowd ever to see Virginia's football team play, the Cavaliers improved their record to 2-1 with a 45-31 triumph over Ohio University at Vanderbilt Stadium.
- Volleyball Team Breaks Racial Barriers
by Quinton D. Lilley September 2018
Diversity is something we deal with on a regular basis, whether it's at school, at work or even when you go out to eat. One of the places that have stayed relatively segregated is sports. American athletes who play sports such as hockey, tennis or golf have been predominately Caucasian, while sports such as basketball and football increasingly have had more African-American athletes.
- Urban Meyer Speaks on Zach Smith Allegations
by Marcus Hartman September 2018
Before his return to full-time duties as head coach of the Ohio State football team, Urban Meyer talked to ESPN about the circumstances that led to his six-week, three-game suspension. Part one of what the network says is a two-part interview aired Sunday morning during SportsCenter: "I'm very clear on my view of life, on my view of people, and domestic violence is at the forefront," Meyer told the network. "I can't stand when I see it. I can't stand when I hear it. For anyone at this university to believe that Urban Meyer would turn his back on domestic violence, I need to leave.
- Virginia Board Approves $180M Athletics Master Plan
by Sam Blum September 2018
The University of Virginia Board of Visitors approved of three topics relating to UVa athletics in their Wednesday, Sept. 12 meeting. The topics are related to UVa's new golf facility at Birdwood Golf Course, the new softball stadium, as well as a long-term Athletics Master Plan. CHARLOTTESVILLE - The University of Virginia Board of Visitors approved three proposals relating to UVa athletics in their Wednesday meeting - involving the new golf facility at Birdwood Golf Course, the new softball stadium, as well as a long-term Athletics Master Plan.
- Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty in NCAA Corruption Case
by Bruce Kelly September 2018
A financial adviser involved in a wide-ranging college basketball corruption and bribery scandal pleaded guilty to three charges related to his efforts to bribe coaches who were then supposed to steer student-athletes toward his firm.
- Investigation Finds No Violations by WSU Staff Member
by Thomas Clouse September 2018
Washington State University officials announced Thursday that they found "no violation of university policy" regarding an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual conduct by former quarterback and current athletic staff member Jason Gesser. The statement follows a story published Thursday by the Daily Evergreen, the student newspaper at WSU, which cited hundreds of pages of investigative files that indicate Gesser made "multiple advances ... on both student interns and co-workers, including allegations of sexual relations and attempting to kiss a co-worker after having dinner with a donor, as recently as 2017." According to the story in the Daily Evergreen, the university launched an investigation in December 2017 into myriad allegations regarding Gesser. It concluded that probe in February finding no apparent policy violations.
- New Mexico State to Net $1.9M for Bama Trip
by Randy Harrison September 2018
New Mexico State has yet to make its first trip to the mecca of college football, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Meanwhile, the Aggies already are planning for their second. NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia confirmed Wednesday an agreement to play Alabama on Nov. 13, 2021, for a $1.9 million guarantee. The two Crimson & White schools first are scheduled to meet for the first time next Sept. 7 with Alabama paying NMSU $1.7 million.
- Opinion: Let's Enjoy, Learn from Women's Sports
by Steve Christilaw September 2018
Perhaps it's just because I vividly remember those early days of Title IX. Or maybe it's because I grew up listening to stories about how girls basketball was more popular than the boys game when my mother was growing up in Iowa. Mostly, I am certain, it's because I wholeheartedly believe that kids of either gender benefit from learning how to play a sport.
- Speculating on Vanderbilt's Next AD
by Adam Sparks September 2018
Vanderbilt is looking for a new athletics director after David Williams announced his resignation Tuesday. The job has its ups and downs. A new AD must balance academics and athletics while figuring out how to renovate the football stadium and compete in the SEC. But it pays about $1.1 million per year, according to Williams' portion of Vanderbilt's most recent tax returns.