• Youth Football Team Claims Racism After League Ouster

    by Andy Berg October 2018

    A youth football team in Baltimore feels it was discriminated against on the basis of race after being banned from the Carroll County Youth Football and Cheer League playoffs.

  • Courts Not So Quick to Turn Away Trans Students

    by Paul Anderson October 2018

    Mack Beggs has won the Texas girls' 6A high school wrestling championship in the 110-pound weight class for the past two years. Mack would like to wrestle boys, but Mack was born a girl, and a University Interscholastic League rule requires him to wrestle athletes who match the gender on his birth certificate.

  • Iona Basketball Player Out After Brawl with Coach

    by Andy Berg October 2018

    Iona College basketball is reeling after its star player was suspended following a physical altercation with assistant coach Garfield “Ricky” Johns.

  • MSU Football Fined $10K for Pregame Confrontation

    by Andy Berg October 2018

    The Big Ten has thrown a flag at both the Michigan State and Michigan football teams for their on-field conduct prior to last weekend’s contest at Spartan Stadium in Lansing, Mich.

  • USA Gymnastics President Quits Over ‘Tone-Deaf’ Tweet

    by Andy Berg October 2018

    Less than a week after assuming the position of interim president of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono has resigned. Her resignation comes in the wake of comments she made on Twitter back in September that appeared to reference embattled NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his recent ad campaign for Nike. 

  • Politics Continue to Intrude on High School Sports

    by Andy Berg October 2018

    The country’s partisan discourse continues to impact high school sports, as a pair of politically charged incidents hit prep campuses over the past week.

  • Colgate Swim and Dive Team Suspended for Hazing

    by Andy Berg October 2018

    Colgate University’s men’s swimming and diving team has been suspended from competition for the fall semester due to allegations of misconduct.

  • Report: NCAA Serves Baylor Notice of Allegations

    by Paul Steinbach October 2018

    Fort Worth's Star-Telegram reports that the NCAA has served notice of allegations against Baylor University, noting that former head coach Art Briles failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and that there also existed a "lack of institutional control" regarding a sexual assault scandal that has rocked the university for many months.

    According to Fox 4 in Dallas, roughly 125 sexual assault cases reported to the school between 2011 and 2015 — many involving football players.

    The NCAA opened its investigation in June 2017 and submitted its report to Baylor approximately three weeks ago, the Star-Telegram reports. The school has 90 days to respond. After Baylor issues its response, the NCAA has 60 days to reply.

    The NCAA typically considers whether the university has taken steps to resolve the issue. Baylor has said it has put in more than 100 measures to update its Title IX compliance and modernize how it addresses sexual assault claims. Depending on whether Baylor agrees with the NCAA in its initial conclusion, the school could offer self-imposed penalties.

    According to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Baylor was advised to consider a one-year ban from postseason play for the football team for 2018, but Baylor officials vehemently deny a bowl ban has ever been considered.

    Star-Telegram sources also indicate that while the NCAA is finished with its investigation, it could potentially include any information that emerges from depositions given by former Baylor officials in the Jane Doe Title IX case against the university. Those depositions include ones of former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw and former board member Phil Stewart, both of whom delivered testimony that indicated BU had dysfunctional leadership with conflicting agendas. Both men suggested the investigation of the school conducted by the law firm of Pepper Hamilton was not only insufficient, but it was also controlled by a few members of the board to deliver an outcome it wanted.

    Multiple sources at Baylor said that during the school’s process of deciding whether to fire or maintain Briles in the the spring of 2016, several members of its board of regents wanted the school to find NCAA violations committed by the football program just to avoid paying Briles the bulk of his contract. Fired in May 2016, Briles agreed to a total compensation of nearly $18 million.

  • How North America Landed the 2026 World Cup

    by Jason Scott October 2018

    The excitement of this year's World Cup is behind us, but North American soccer fans and venue operators can keep their fervor fresh as Canada, Mexico and the United States prepare to jointly host the event in 2026.

  • Player Assaulted on Field Suffers Concussion

    by Andy Berg October 2018

    The mother of a Burleson (Texas) High School football player is questioning whether the punishment fits the crime after her son was violently assaulted during a Sept. 13 game.