• High School Basketball Star Actually 25 Years Old

    by Andy Berg May 2018

    A star high school basketball player has been arrested after it was discovered he was actually 25 years old.

  • Ohio Approves Change to HS Transfer Rule

    by Marc Pendleton May 2018

    As expected, the required mandatory sit-out period for high school transfers has been switched from what it had been. That was one of seven referendum items that were all approved by the Ohio High School Athletic Association members and announced on Wednesday.

  • Columnist: No Easy Answers in Trans-Athlete Debate

    by Jeff Jacobs May 2018

    The CIAC rules, which point to applicable state and federal laws, are unambiguous. If a student identifies as a girl and the student's school district identifies her as a girl, the student can compete as a girl.

  • Leagues Seek Congressional Help on Betting Framework

    by Steve Megargee May 2018

    The NFL wants Congress to enact a framework for legalized sports betting in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for more states to allow sports gambling.

  • Minnesota Clarifies AD's Role in Conduct Investigations

    by Paul Steinbach May 2018

    Earlier this month, University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle addressed the topic of investigations into student conduct code violations, stating that he's a "firm believer it’s not the athletics director’s job to investigate anything."

    Coyle said such investigations have to go through the university's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, "and we’ll always be respectful of that process."

    According to a report on, a new student-athlete code of conduct activated this year added a mandate that the EOAA and its Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity "will inform the athletic director of the investigation of a respondent student-athlete and will provide the athletic director a description of complainant’s allegations, other relevant information, and, if applicable, copies of police reports." Such language did not exist at the time student-athletes in the Minnesota football and basketball programs faced accusations of sexual misconduct in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Those investigations ended with recommendations of expulsion for the accused.

    In the event Minnesota student-athletes face similar accusations in the future, Coyle will have more information earlier in the investigative process. Coyle was quoted Sunday as saying, "I think if we can continue to have that communication between the units to make sure we understand where we’re at in the investigation, what information do we have … we can make the best decision for the student athlete and for the institution on how we move forward."

    Under the new code, student-athletes will generally not face sanctions until the EOAA has made its initial findings unless EOAA believes the alleged conduct will subject a student-athlete to suspension or expulsion and the athletic director believes the evidence is “substantial, corroborated, and compelling.” Coyle could then impose interim sanctions, including suspension, prior to the EOAA's initial findings.

    "The changes you’ve seen have helped make it more clear so everybody does understand the process,” Coyle told Sunday. “Our program has been through a lot, and we want to make sure that we continue to grow and build, and again we continue to provide a first-class experience for every student, so we worked closely with all parties on campus with that."

  • Opinion: Pay College Athletes, Cause More Problems

    by William H. Noack May 2018

    In its recent report on college basketball, the special commission headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made several long overdue recommendations aimed at dealing with the sport's "crisis of accountability." But, wisely, it stopped short of suggesting that players be paid.

  • New Redshirt Rule Could Have Big Implications

    by Michael Lev May 2018

    The new proposal — which the NCAA will revisit in June after tabling it in April — would eliminate the medical hardship waiver. It would simplify the process: Whether you're healthy or hurt, if you play in four or fewer games, you don't lose a year. And it would benefit players, coaches and the sport as a whole, according to its biggest advocate.

  • New Transfer Rule Criticized for Racial Inequality

    by Andy Berg May 2018

    A clause in a new proposal that would allow student-athletes to compete immediately after transferring to a new school is raising questions about racial inequality.

  • Opinion: Allow Advisers to Help Basketball Prospects

    by Eric Olson May 2018

    Evan Skoug had a decision to make his senior year of high school in 2014: go pro or go to college? He was rated the No. 1 prospect in Illinois for the Major League Baseball draft that year, and he had signed a letter of intent to play catcher at TCU. Skoug ended up going to TCU, but not before he and his family weighed the pros and cons with and had many conversations with an adviser. "It was good for me to have someone there to help me through the professional process because nobody in my family has played professionally and nobody knows the industry, Skoug said this week. "It was nice to have somebody invested in the sports industry, invested in myself, there to help me make the correct informed decision.

  • Rice Says NCAA Should Change Rules on Players

    by Christine Brennan May 2018

    Two weeks after the Commission on College Basketball's findings on the scandal-ridden men's game were met with criticism in the news media, Commission chair Condoleezza Rice defended the group's work in a telephone interview Wednesday while making a strong case that student-athletes in all NCAA sports should be able to make money from their names, images and likenesses. "We believe that students ought to be able to benefit from name, image and likeness but you can't decide a program until you know the legal parameters," Rice told USA TODAY. "That was the point. I think some of the commentary suggested that we didn't really speak on this issue. I think we did speak on this issue, it's just that we understand there's a legal framework that has to be developed first."