• Ref Ejects Arizona Cheerleader Over Megaphone Taunt

    by Paul Steinbach February 2018

    Turns out, school spirit has its limits.

    Veteran Pac-12 Conference basketball official Randy McCall evoked a seldom-used rule Thursday night during a game between Arizona and Arizona State in Tempe. As Arizona State guard Remy Martin lined up a second-half free throw attempt, an Arizona cheerleader taunted, "Not today, Remy," through his megaphone. McCall first stared the cheerleader down, then walked to the scorer's table and ejected him, stating, "This guy needs to get out of here."

    The referee later told The Arizona Republic, "He was yelling, using the [megaphone] to call out people by name, which is not acceptable. And he was asked to please stop, and he chose not to." 

    According to, Rule 10, Article 8 of the official referee handbook states that cheerleaders "shall not commit an unsportsmanlike act," such as "using musical instruments, amplified music or artificial noisemakers while the game is in progress, except timeouts and intermissions." In cases of "extreme or excessive" behavior, ejection is a possible remedy.

    Alas, Arizona got by without the sideline support, winning the game, 77-70.


  • FBI Basketball Probe May Ensnare Dozens of Programs

    by Paul Steinbach February 2018

    The number of schools potentially implicated once the FBI completes its months-long investigation into improper college basketball recruiting practices would be enough to more than fill a second-round NCAA tournament bracket.

    According to a report at, as many as three dozen programs could face discipline resulting from the scandal that broke Sept. 29, when the the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York revealed that the FBI had uncovered mass corruption, bribery and wire fraud at some of the nation's elite basketball institutions. The scope of the scandal has broadened since and is believed likely to ensnare programs such as Arizona, Auburn, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma State and the University of Southern California. "It's not the mid-major programs who were trying to buy players to get to the top," a source told ESPN. "It's the teams that are already there."

    Many of the alleged incidents involve illegal cash payments by shoe manufacturer Adidas to prospects and their families, as well as players and their families receiving tens of thousands of dollars from agents while they were still playing in college. In some cases, NCAA head coaches were aware of the payments. Wiretapped phone conversations — as well as financial records, cell phone records and emails seized by the FBI from NBA agent Andy Miller on the same day in September that the agency arrested 10 men — hold the potential to implicate more than 30 schools and lead to NCAA sanctions for each.

    Meanwhile, a federal judge is expected to hear arguments today as to whether the case against three of the 10 men indicted so far should continue. As ESPN's Mark Schlabach writes, "Attorneys representing former Adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code and former sports agent Christian Dawkins are expected to argue in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that what their clients are accused of doing — allegedly funneling money from Adidas to the families of high-profile recruits to ensure that the players signed with Adidas-sponsored schools, and then Adidas and certain sports agents and financial planners once they turned pro — doesn't constitute a federal crime."

    A ruling on dismissal could come later today. Trial is set for Oct. 1.

  • Utah Baseball Coach Suspended for 14 Games

    by Lynn Worthy February 2018

    Utah has suspended baseball coach Bill Kinneberg for the first 14 games of the upcoming season for an NCAA rules violation involving a former staff member who engaged in impermissible practice and coaching activities.

  • Council May Exempt Soccer Team from Noise Limits

    by Emma Nelson February 2018

    Minnesota United fans will cheer and boo the black and blue as loudly as they want when their team's new stadium opens in St. Paul next year.

  • NCAA Studying Options for Transfer Exemptions

    by David Paschall February 2018

    The NCAA's Division I Transfer Working Group met this week in Indianapolis and will spend the next few months seeking feedback on specific exceptions to the rule requiring all student-athletes to sit out a year after transferring.

  • New York Adopts Mercy Rule for HS Baseball

    by Gregg Sarra February 2018

    The New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association approved a 10-run mercy rule for baseball that will start this spring. Suffolk County will adopt the new rule while Nassau County has yet to make a decision.

  • Bill Allowing Guns at Campus Sporting Events Advances

    by Ryan Quinn February 2018

    The House Education Committee advanced Friday legislation that would require public two-year and four-year colleges to allow people to carry concealed guns on their campuses, including in their buildings and at sporting events, if those individuals have permits.

  • Maryland Mulling Tackle Football Restrictions

    by Adam Zielonka February 2018

    A bill filed last week in the Maryland General Assembly would eliminate for children younger than 14 tackling in football, body-checking in lacrosse and hockey and "headers" in soccer...

  • Russian Doping Ruling Irks IOC President

    by Hyung-Jin Kim February 2018

    IOC President Thomas Bach has strongly criticized the midweek ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that lifted Olympic doping bans for 28 Russian athletes, calling it "extremely disappointing and surprising."

  • Early Period Removes Drama from Signing Day

    by George Schroeder February 2018

    During college football's traditional national signing day, someone somewhere might plop a bulldog puppy onto a table — or if we're especially lucky (unlucky?), pull a baby alligator from a backpack when everyone expected a duck — to announce his college choice.