• Armed with an AED, Softball Coaches Save Recruit's Father

    by Paul Steinbach May 2011

    Still on the fence about installing an automated external defibrillator in your facilities? Consider the life-or-death scenario that played out late last month at the University of Michigan's Wilpon Softball Complex.

  • Selling Alcohol to Fight Alcohol Abuse

    by Paul Steinbach May 2011

    Oliver Luck says he wasn't particularly cognizant of the drinking culture surrounding West Virginia University football games 30 years ago when he quarterbacked the Mountaineers.

  • ASU Logo Controversy: The Devil Is In the Details

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2011

    A member of the Chicago Police Department's Area One Gang Enforcement says the new Nike-designed three-pronged pitchfork logo for the Arizona State University Sun Devils is similar to the one used by the Satan's Disciples street gang. Thus, he warned that gang members will likely wind up wearing ASU gear.

  • Are Colleges Gaming Title IX Compliance?

    by Paul Steinbach April 2011

    Today's New York Times reports that college athletic departments often use deception to comply with Title IX. "Many are padding women's team rosters with underqualified, even unwitting, athletes. They are counting male practice players as women. And they are trimming the rosters of men's teams," wrote Katie Thomas, with reporting help from three additional Times staffers.

  • College Coaching Transitions Challenge Athletics Staff

    by Paul Steinbach April 2011

    Under the March 21 headline "UT Relieves Bruce Pearl of Duties," the University of Tennessee athletics web site offered a 79-word announcement regarding the departure of the Volunteers' men's basketball coach.

  • AP: Testing for PEDs Inconsistent at College Level

    by Paul Steinbach March 2011

    The Associated Press has reviewed the policies for performance-enhancing drug testing at 51 American colleges and universities, as well as those of the NCAA and individual conferences, and found little consistency tying them together. School policies vary widely, and while some conferences augment the NCAA's umbrella drug-testing program, others offer nothing in addition to the association's efforts to test athletes on campus and at its own sanctioned events.

  • Blog: Marketing to the Spring Break Crowd

    by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2011

    Our local community association recently began running advertisements for its fitness facilities. In big letters, the ads read: "Because you don't hear them singing about a gigantic yellow polka-dot bikini."

  • Blog: How to Get Sued During March Madness®

    by Andrew Cohen March 2011

    If you happen on a tavern or restaurant this week offering special deals on food or drinks in connection with the NCAA men's or women's basketball tournaments, you're likely to find some hilariously twisted language on menus and banners, as local entrepreneurs attempt not to step on any of the NCAA's 35 trademarks associated with, um, March Madness®. If they do let a "Sweet 16®" or two slip, they'll be hearing from the association's attorneys, but quick.

  • Blog: Growing Non-Varsity Athletes on Campus

    by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2011

    I recently spent a weekend at the U.S. Tennis Association's Community Tennis Development Workshop. It's a three-day session devoted to growing the sport at the grassroots level. And while much of the focus was on the USTA's 10-and-under tennis initiative, another program, Tennis On Campus, deserves some of the spotlight. TOC offers students who aren't on their school's varsity team the opportunity to play competitive tennis.

  • Economy Affects Fundraising for College Athletic Facilities

    by Nicholas Brown March 2011

    That college sports can be big business isn't exactly breaking news. Nor is the institutional strain that exists between academics and athletics.