• College Game Contracts: Bands, Mascots, Sponsors

    by Steve Berkowitz August 2017

    Here are some of the more notable provisions from contracts for this weekend's games.

  • Colleges Wary of Kaepernick-Style Protests

    by Dan Wolken August 2017

    In the last year since Kaepernick's protest was first noticed, momentum for high-profile black athletes to become activists has grown. And it's just a matter of time before it filters down to college sports, potentially bringing light to issues from racial inequality to campus policing to college athlete compensation.

  • Arizona's Rodriguez Hints at Indoor Facility

    by Zack Rosenblatt August 2017

    Since Rich Rodriguez was hired as Arizona's coach in 2012, he's consistently expressed the importance of adding an indoor practice facility for the football program. Arizona State has one, Arizona does not.

  • CFB's 'Guarantee Games' Grow Richer, More Prestigious

    by Steve Berkowitz August 2017

    The college football season gets underway in earnest Thursday, and by the end of the weekend more than $70 million will be headed toward schools' pockets regardless of how many tickets are sold, how many hot dogs are consumed or who wins the game. Nearly all the games are occurring between teams from different conferences. That means they are not being governed by conference scheduling but rather by individually negotiated contracts. Usually made years in advance, these deals almost always include an appearance payment to the visiting team, or, in the case of increasingly numerous games, a multimillion-dollar payment to each team.

  • Ex-Auburn Softball Player Alleges Abuse, Harassment

    by Jason Scott August 2017

    A former Auburn University softball player alleged that an assistant coach had an inappropriate relationship with a student-athlete in a 14-page complaint submitted to school officials and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

  • Arkansas UREC Opens Free Campus Sports Injury Clinic

    by Courtney Cameron August 2017

    The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville today announced the expansion of its student health services through the addition of a UREC Sports Injury Clinic inside the campus’ Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) building.

  • Negotiating Non-Conference Schedules a Difficult Task

    by Matt Porter August 2017

    Building a non conference schedule is typically an unsatisfying exercise for any collegiate athletics director. Such is the case for Miami AD Blake James.

  • College Football Playoff System Drives Change

    by Dan Wolken August 2017

    Unintentionally, perhaps, one of the most revealing moments about the power of college football's four-team playoff system occurred Jan. 6, 2015, six days before Ohio State would go on to defeat Oregon for the first title of the Playoff era.

  • Players Embrace Bowl Experience, Regardless of Scale

    by George Schroeder August 2017

    Even in a world in which we've grown accustomed to odd sponsorships and clunky naming conventions, the news last week raised eyebrows. The bowl game in St. Petersburg, Fla., will be known, at least for a while, as the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. Chew on that for a moment. And then realize the game is played indoors. On artificial turf. The jokes write themselves.

  • WVU Coach Rails Against Extended Practices

    by Mitch Vingle August 2017

    "I really wish this were game week, said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen. "By the time we play the first game, all the NFL preseason games will be over."