- U.S. Olympic Team to Be Most Diverse Ever
by William Douglas February 2018
Forget about using #OlympicsSoWhite when the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday. The XXIII Winter Olympics will have the largest contingent of black athletes and coaches in Winter Games history, helping to shatter the stereotype that blacks are averse to so-called nontraditional winter sports.Many experts, though, think the numbers should be higher. The United States this year will have its most diverse team ever. Ten black, 11 Asian-American and two openly gay male athletes will be among the record 242-member U.S. team that will march into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the Winter Games.
- Michigan State's Izzo Grilled Over Off-Court Issues
by Buffalo News January 2018
Weary from off-the-court issues that have painted the school's athletic department in a most unfavorable light, the architect of one of the most successful programs over the past two decades immediately faced pointed questions about a recent ESPN report revealing an assault on a female in 2010 by one of Izzo's former players who at the time was serving on the coaching staff.
- Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis Resigns
by Paul Steinbach January 2018
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal that culminated this week with Nassar being sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison, the Detroit Free Press is reporting.
- Reporter: Nassar Adamantly Denied Wrongdoing in 2016
by Tim Evans January 2018
The Nassar I encountered in 2016 wasn't the broken man the world saw in the courtroom, head down, as dozens of victims described how his abuse ripped apart their innocent young lives. He was not the same man who complained to the judge about the emotional distress he felt listening to them.
- USA Hockey GM Found Dead
by Kevin Allen January 2018
USA Hockey was left with a gaping hole in its organization Sunday after general manager Jim Johannson, 53, died in his sleep Saturday night. The cause of death is still undetermined. "Jim Johannson was USA Hockey to most of the world," USA Hockey's executive director Pat Kelleher said. "All the hockey federations in the world turned to Jimmy. The hole he left is so wide that it is hard to come to grips with." Johannson, a native of Rochester, Minn., played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin, was a two-time Olympian and finished his pro playing career with the Milwaukee Admirals.
- Nassar Faces Victims in Sentencing Hearing
by David Eggert January 2018
One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children, including one who warned that girls eventually "grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."
- Commentary: Why Do Sports Figures Get a Pass on Assault?
by JuliaKate E. Culpepper January 2018
I was 10 years old when Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was accused of rape. I didn't understand what it meant at the time. I just knew someone accused Bryant of doing something wrong and I never thought of it again. Nearly 15 years later, Bryant's jersey numbers were retired. I am a sports writer and a vocal feminist, but somehow, I had forgotten all about this asterisk that should be attached to Bryant's name.
- AB Today 2017: Our Top 10 Stories of the Past Year
by Paul Steinbach January 2018
Deregulation and legal action. Out-of-control training and recruiting practices. These were topics that drew much of our readers’ attention in 2017. AB Today has compiled a list of the top stories that broke in this space over the past year. Here are the 10 that garnered the most page views, in ascending order:
- From Eggnog to Treadmill
by Andy Berg January 2018
Winter is upon us, which means seasoned athletes and resolute newcomers alike are taking their workouts indoors to shed the holiday five. This time of year, they're running on the treadmills in your rec centers and gyms, and swimming laps in your natatoriums. If you're reading this next to the fire with cup of hot chocolate in hand, you're in for a treat.
- Why Sexual Violence Education Is Important for Student-Athletes
by Nathan Pine December 2017
As athletics administrators, we have the ability to help shape society by influencing the values of those we mentor. In the high-pressure environment of college athletics, this is a fact that can sometimes be underappreciated. But remembering just how essential a role we play in the education of our student-athletes is more important now than ever.