• Cheer Team Suspended over Racist Snapchat Video

    by Andy Berg January 2019

    The perils of social media are once again in full view after an entire cheerleading squad in Rochester, N.Y., was suspended over an offensive Snapchat video that was posted on Twitter.

  • UT Cheer Coach Still on Paid Leave over Racist Remarks

    by Andy Berg January 2019

    A cheer coach at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has not returned to her job after being placed on paid leave back in June for making racially insensitive remarks.

  • Recruit Sidelined Over Violation — Should She Be?

    by Jason Scott January 2019

    Maori Davenport, a 6-foot-4 player at Charles Henderson High School in Alabama and one of the top women’s basketball recruits in the country, has had her senior season thrown into disarray by what some have described as “a clerical error.”

  • Parents Cry Foul on Triplet Free Throw Swap

    by Andy Berg January 2019

    A close boys' basketball game is under review after video appears to show one team using triplets to its advantage.

  • Bland Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bribery

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    Former University of Southern California assistant men's basketball coach Tony Bland pleaded guilty Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

    Among four assistant coaches charged in the September 2017 crackdown on college basketball recruiting corruption, Bland is the first to have accepted a plea deal. He was scheduled to go to trial in April.

    As reported by the Associated Press, prosecutors say the coaches teamed up with a top Adidas executive and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors.


  • Lawyer: Before Locks, Ref Complained About Facial Hair

    by Melanie Burney January 2019

    A South Jersey referee forced Andrew Johnson to shave his chin stubble before his now-controversial wrestling match, but raised no concern about his dreadlocks until the high school student stepped onto the mat, the athlete's attorney says. In a video that has gone viral worldwide, Johnson, a junior at Buena Regional High School in Atlantic County, eventually decided to have his dark brown dreadlocks cut in a public shearing on the gym floor to avoid forfeiting his match against archrival Oakcrest High School. The Dec. 19 incident ignited a firestorm on social media and a fierce debate about race and cultural bias in scholastic athletics. The incident is under investigation by the state Division on Civil Rights, and Alan Maloney, the referee at the center of the controversy, has been suspended by state athletic officials pending the outcome. As details about the incident continue to emerge, Dominic Speziali, a Philadelphia attorney who represents Johnson and his family, disputed accounts that Maloney told Johnson that his hair was too long. After the referee arrived late and missed the weigh-in, Maloney at first did not raise any concerns about the length of Johnson's hair or say that he needed to wear a hair covering during the inspection, the lawyer said.

  • Ex-USC Coach Bland Accepts Plea Deal in FBI Probe

    by Paul Steinbach December 2018

    The Los Angeles Times confirmed Thursday that former University of Southern California associate head basketball coach Tony Bland has agreed to a plea bargain as part of the federal investigation into corruption in college basketball.

  • Opinion: IHSA District Format Could Cause Confusion

    by Chicago Daily Herald December 2018

    In a stunning vote, IHSA member schools approved amendment proposal No. 23, which completely overhauls how the football regular season and playoffs will operate starting in 2021.

  • Illinois Coaches Hand Off Prep Football Scheduling

    by Andy Berg December 2018

    High school coaches and athletic directors in Illinois have agreed to turn over football scheduling to a higher power.

  • Athletic Trainer Cited for Having Unlicensed Staff

    by Evan Barnes December 2018

    Memphis head athletic trainer Darrell Turner was the subject of a consent order by the Tennessee board of athletic trainers for the second time in the past 30 months related to charges of employees working without a valid state license.