• North Carolina Ruling May Have Far-Reaching Effects

    by Brant Wilkerson October 2017

    When the NCAA cleared UNC of wrongdoing on Friday morning, David Ridpath's reaction wasn't one entirely of disappointment that the school escaped without punishment.

  • NCAA Clears North Carolina in Academic Fraud Case

    by Paul Steinbach October 2017

    An NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions hearing panel has ruled that the University of North Carolina did not violate the association's academic rules when it offered so-called "paper courses" to students, a disproportionate number of them being student-athletes.

    The courses, in UNC's African and Afro-American Studies tracks, required only the writing of one paper to determine a student's grade in the course. Between 1993 and 2011, 3,100 students opted for such courses. More than half of those students were student-athletes, leading to allegations that they had been steered into courses that would help preserve their athletic eligibility.

    In 2015, the university was served a notice of allegations, which the NCAA revised twice since, and university officials were allowed to make their case last December. The main charge — that the university provided benefits to student-athletes that were not available to the student body at large — was determined by the panel to be unfounded.

    "While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called 'paper courses' offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes," said Greg Sankey, the panel's chief hearing officer and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, in an NCAA release. "The panel is troubled by the university's shifting positions about whether academic fraud occurred on its campus and the credibility of the Cadwalader report, which it distanced itself from after initially supporting the findings. However, NCAA policy is clear. The NCAA defers to its member schools to determine whether academic fraud occurred and, ultimately, the panel is bound to making decisions within the rules set by the membership."

    As reported by, a former U.S. Justice Department official looked into the African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department and found that independent study-style courses were misidentified as lecture courses and estimated more than 3,100 students were affected between 1993 and 2011, with athletes across several sports, including members of the football and men's basketball teams, accounted for half the enrollment.

    While North Carolina faced five top-level charges, including a lack of institutional control, only one former employee faces any sanctions regarding the case. At least four people were fired — and one, the initial whistleblower, was demoted — as result of the scandal, according to

  • FBI Subpoenas OSU for ‘Mountain’ of Documents

    by Andy Berg October 2017

    The FBI is taking to the next level its investigation of NCAA basketball.

  • Opinion: Fitness Center's Yard Sign Tack Stinks

    by Roger Chesley October 2017

    This time of year, you can’t avoid all the lawn signs that have sprouted along thoroughfares in Chesapeake, hawking everything from political office-seekers...

  • Michigan Passes Concussion Protocol Update

    by Courtney Cameron October 2017

    As the concerns about head injuries continue to swirl around youth sports, legislatures are taking a look at concussion protocols at the state level.

  • Adidas Deal a Boon for Pitino, Not Student-Athletes

    by Andy Berg October 2017

    Louisville head basketball Rick Pitino was the main benefactor of a large contract between Louisville and athletic apparel company Adidas. 

  • Update: NCAA Transfer Rules Still Under Consideration

    by Courtney Cameron October 2017

    This article was updated Oct. 6, 2017, to reflect new information from the NCAA.

    Following a meeting of the Division I Transfer Working Group, the NCAA announced Wednesday that the group’s proposal to grant immediate playing eligibility to transfer student-athletes who meet certain academic standards is still under consideration.

  • Opinion: NCAA Should Follow NFL on Injury Reporting

    by Doug Robinson October 2017

    In recent years, college football coaches have decided to stop disclosing information about injured players because they believe it will help their opponent's game preparation...

  • Blame NCAA for Creating Shadow Economy

    by Sally Jenkins October 2017

    Without the NCAA, the FBI doesn't have a crime. The bribery and fraud scandal engulfing college athletics could not exist without the fundamental corruption of an NCAA system that is flush with illicit cash, but denies players the basic right to a dollar.

  • NBA Seeks to Grow Influence in China

    by Sam Amick October 2017

    There was a time when the prospect of the NBA reaching these kinds of heights seemed impossible...