- Researcher: No Acceptable Level of Hazing
by Madhu Krishnamurthy September 2017
"There is no acceptable level" of hazing in high school or college sports, says Hank Nuwer, who has written several books about hazing as a social problem and lectured on the subject at colleges nationwide.
- Ole Miss Officials Aren't Committed to Landshark Mascot Push
by Ron Maxey September 2017
The University of Mississippi is putting some distance between itself and a student-led initiative to replace the Black Bear with a Landshark as the official mascot.
- Ohio State Asks for Spielman Suit Dismissal
by The Augusta Chronicle September 2017
Ohio State wants a federal judge to dismiss a class-action lawsuit by one of its most famous football stars who alleges athletes' images were used without their permission and without compensation.
- Dissatisfaction with Highly Paid SEC Coaches Grows
by Dan Wolken September 2017
Every December and January, millions of dollars change hands between schools that hire and fire football coaches, a money funnel that includes agents taking their cuts, often on both sides of a transaction, and firms that get hired to do much of the logistical dirty work on searches. With so much at stake, bar-table conversations each summer at the major athletics directors conventions tend to focus on the college football coaching landscape. Who's in trouble? Who needs to win now? Which schools are hamstrung by big buyouts? This year, the particular focus of those conversations was the Southeastern Conference, a league that almost single-handedly changed the college football coaching pay scale while also making one questionable hiring decision after another. The confluence of historically big money doled out to coaches at the same time the league's power outside of Alabama is visibly eroding has turned the atmosphere in the SEC "silly," according to one person in the industry who monitors coaching searches closely and spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity.
- Emails: Ex-New Mexico AD Sought to Protect Donors
by Geoff Grammer September 2017
Former University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs acknowledged in a draft retirement letter he wrote in early May that he initially withheld information about UNM paying for donors' expenses for a controversial Scotland golf fundraiser to protect the donors. Meanwhile, Krebs forwarded a reporter's questions in April regarding the school's search for a basketball coach to Gov. Susana Martinez's top political adviser at the same time Krebs said Santa Fe did not have any involvement in the search. Those are some of the details that emerged from emails recently obtained by the Journal from the final few months Krebs was athletic director. According to the emails the Journal obtained as part of an inspection of public records request, Krebs also:
- College Players Face Felony Charges for Hazing
by Jason Scott September 2017
A March 2016 incident in which a freshman football player at Wheaton (Ill.) College was kidnapped from his dorm room, restrained with duct tape, beaten and left half-naked and hurt in a baseball field has landed five other players on the team in legal trouble.
- New Mexico Head Coach Davie Under Investigation
by Andy Berg September 2017
University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie is under investigation for alleged mistreatment of players and matters related to the school’s drug-testing program.
According to a report from NMfishbowl.com, UNM began an investigation of Davie after spring exit interviews with players.
UNM spokeswoman Cinnamon Blair has confirmed the investigation but added that the school would not make further comment until the investigation was complete.
Davie, who was hired in 2012, is not unfamiliar to controversy. NMfishbowl.com reported back in January that player exit interviews from previous two seasons showed signs of discontent amongst players.
- Ole Miss to Vote on Adopting Landshark as New Mascot
by Ron Maxey September 2017
The University of Mississippi is reopening the thorny issue of mascots, more than a decade after the controversial decision to drop Colonel Reb.
- Miami Coach Richt Says Irma Turmoil 'Draining'
by Matt Porter September 2017
Mark Richt said the last 10 days have been draining in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Miami's temporary move to Disney's Wide World of Sports.
- Lady Vols Brand Back at Tennessee
by Dan Fleser September 2017
John Currie heard the "Lady Vols" chants that rang out across Lee Stadium during Tennessee softball games. Beverly Davenport read through the boxes and packets of petitions sent to her office, urging her to restore the Lady Vols nickname and logo for all women's sports at the university. Currie, UT's first-year athletic director, and Davenport, in her first year as university chancellor, were together Thursday at the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio, announcing the return of the Lady Vols nickname and logo for all women's sports. Currie expressed hope that the announcement will restore an overall sense of unity.