Charlotte Rescinds Offer; Coach Kept Options Open
by Richmond Times Dispatch December 2018
After it was reported by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman on Wednesday that James Madison coach Mike Houston was expected to become the coach at Charlotte, Charlotte director of athletics Mike Hill said in a statement on Friday that Houston's contract offer has been withdrawn.
Letter from the Editor: Good People
by Andy Berg November 2018
As we put this issue together and made final preparations for AB Show 2018 in New Orleans, we took time to take stock of the good people in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries we've gotten to know, or at least know about.
Yoga Student Helps Stop Studio Shooting
by Associated Press November 2018
A man trying to stop a shooting attack on a Florida yoga studio said Sunday that he wrestled with the attacker after his gun jammed, a move credited with giving others time to flee the rampage that killed two people and wounded six others.
Report: KU Fires Football Coach Beaty
by Virginian - Pilot November 2018
Kansas has fired football coach David Beaty, effective at the end of the season, ending a three-plus year tenure marked by modest improvement but just a handful of wins. Kansas (3-6) has three games left to play against Kansas State, No. 6 Oklahoma and No 15 Texas. News that Beaty would be let go began filtering out Saturday night, shortly after the Jayhawks looked unprepared and uninspired in a 27-3 loss to Iowa State. The defeat left Beaty with a record of 6-39 with just three wins against Power Five opponents and two Big 12 victories.
Opinion: Maryland's Durkin Reversal the Right Thing
by Christine Brennan November 2018
Finally, the University of Maryland stumbled upon a good decision in the awful and tragic story of Jordan McNair. Football coach DJ Durkin is gone, fired just 24 hours after the school's board of regents announced it was reinstating him following the conclusion of an investigation into the June 13 death of McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman who collapsed and experienced seizures due to heatstroke at a May 29 team workout. On Tuesday, after a grueling few months of scathing media reports and university investigations, board chairman James Brady announced the shocking decision to keep Durkin, a mediocre third-year coach with a 10-15 record, saying, "We believe he is a good man and a good coach who is devoted to athletes in his charge," adding that Durkin had been "unfairly blamed for the dysfunction in the athletic department."
NFL Official Axed for Poor Performance
by Roanoke Times October 2018
The NFL fired down judge Hugo Cruz on Thursday for inadequate performance, a person familiar with the firing tells The Associated Press. Cruz is in his fourth season as an NFL official. Cruz, a part of referee Carl Cheffers' crew, was involved in a missed call in the Chargers-Browns game that led to a Los Angeles touchdown on Oct. 14. Chargers tackle Russell Okung false-started on the play and nothing was called. The NFL Referees Association said it would challenge the firing.
Former Football Coach Golden Sues Miami, 'Owed' $3M
by Jason Scott October 2018
Former University of Miami head football coach Al Golden has filed a lawsuit against his old employer for breach of contract, claiming he’s owed $3 million and counting.
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."