Winningest College Football Coach Gagliardi Dies at 91
by Dave Campbell October 2018
John Gagliardi was ahead of his time as a football coach, believing he did not need to make his players suffer for them to succeed. Using unconventional methods at a small private university in Minnesota, Gagliardi won more football games than anybody who has ever coached in college. Gagliardi died Sunday at the age of 91, according to St. John's University.
WNBA President Resigns, Will Lead Time's Up
by Associated Press October 2018
Lisa Borders stepped down as WNBA president on Tuesday, the third executive to leave the league in six months. She will become the first president and CEO of Time's Up — an organization dedicated to safe, fair and dignified work for women. NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum will oversee the WNBA on an interim basis while a search begins for a successor. Borders ran the league for three seasons, joining in 2016 as its fourth president.
Quality and Merit
by Andy Berg October 2018
Upon notifying this year's Facilities of Merit® winners, one operator contacted us for some background on the program. He was putting together a press release and wanted to know what it was about his facility that caught the judges' attention. It's a deceptively complex question that brought me back to a recent re-reading of Robert Pirsig's classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a novel that aims and ultimately fails — in the most beautiful of ways — to understand what it is we're talking about when we talk about "quality."
UMass Coach Suspended for Postgame Remark
by John Connolly and Brooks Sutherland October 2018
UMass football coach Mark Whipple has been given a one-game suspension for using the word “rape” in postgame remarks as he voiced frustration about the officiating during the team’s 58-42 loss at Ohio University. Whipple, 61, was also ordered to participate in a mandated sensitivity training program provided by the university.
Homeless HS Player Raises Money, Allowed to Play
by Adam Zielonka September 2018
After a whirlwind of events this month, Jamal Speaks can return to the football field. He has also received the help he needed to keep going. Speaks, a homeless high school senior in Washington, has raised more than $20,000 in donations after his story of being kept from playing varsity football hit the public. It easily surpassed his goal of $5,000.
Longwood AD Leaving for Position at Duke
by Richmond Times Dispatch September 2018
Longwood University director of athletics Troy Austin is returning to his alma mater, Duke University, as senior associate athletics director for internal operations. Deputy athletics director Michelle Meadows Shular, a Richmond native, will become the Lancers' interim AD in mid-October. In a message to the campus community Tuesday, Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley IV said Austin "has led with integrity, and infused Longwood's citizen-leadership mission throughout the athletics program." Austin, who played football at Duke, joined Longwood athletics as interim athletics director in 2006 and was elevated to the full-time position in 2008. The school, located in Farmville, became a Big South Conference member in 2012.
Zausner Transforms U.S. Open Facilities, Experience
by Paul Steinbach September 2018
The first half of Danny Zausner's 34-year career in event management took him all over the world — first as a concert promoter, then as head of Ogden Entertainment, where he oversaw the operation of 60 stadiums and arenas. For the past 17 years, his focus has resided exclusively on a 42-acre parcel of land a mere 15 miles from his home. As chief operating officer of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Zausner has shepherded a $650 million, eight-year renovation that has transformed the world's largest public tennis facility into the envy of the entire sports world, with retractable roofs on two venues (including 24,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium) and a festival atmosphere surrounding its signature event — the U.S. Open. In the process, the Open has seen growth in ticket sales from $45 million to $120 million, as well as increases in attendance (40 percent), food and beverage sales (from $8 million to $30 million) and merchandise sales (from $6 million to $18 million). AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Zausner to reflect on his homecoming.
Urban Meyer Speaks on Zach Smith Allegations
by Marcus Hartman September 2018
Before his return to full-time duties as head coach of the Ohio State football team, Urban Meyer talked to ESPN about the circumstances that led to his six-week, three-game suspension. Part one of what the network says is a two-part interview aired Sunday morning during SportsCenter: "I'm very clear on my view of life, on my view of people, and domestic violence is at the forefront," Meyer told the network. "I can't stand when I see it. I can't stand when I hear it. For anyone at this university to believe that Urban Meyer would turn his back on domestic violence, I need to leave.
Opinion: Let's Enjoy, Learn from Women's Sports
by Steve Christilaw September 2018
Perhaps it's just because I vividly remember those early days of Title IX. Or maybe it's because I grew up listening to stories about how girls basketball was more popular than the boys game when my mother was growing up in Iowa. Mostly, I am certain, it's because I wholeheartedly believe that kids of either gender benefit from learning how to play a sport.
Community College Basketball Coach Dies in Car Crash
by Matt Chittum September 2018
The coach of the Patrick Henry Community College men's basketball team died late Wednesday from injuries sustained when he tried to escape from a crashed SUV.