Category Archives: Athletics

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3 Key Findings in Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Investigation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the findings of a long-awaited, independent investigation into academic fraud in its department of African and Afro-American studies. The comprehensive, 136-page report tells a gripping narrative full of new revelations in the prolonged scandal. The findings take aim at a number of people at Chapel Hill who have previously been implicated in the scandal but who have denied any knowledge of or role in the alleged fraud.

Here a…


Air Force Academy Review of Athletics Finds Nothing Worth Investigating

The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Office of Inspector General has completed an “inspection” of the institution’s athletics department that was begun in the wake of a player-misconduct scandal but has found nothing that merited a full investigation, the academy said in a news release on Tuesday.

The inspector general, Col. David Kuenzli, emphasized in the news release that an inspection is not an investigation. Investigations are based on specific allegations of violations of laws or of Air Force or…


N.C. State U. Suspends 7 Football Players After BB-Gun Incident

North Carolina State University suspended seven football players on Monday for participating in what it called a “game with BB guns at their off-campus residence,” The News & Observer reported. The players, who include two defensive starters, will miss this weekend’s game with the University of Louisville.

There is no police report on the incident, and no charges have been filed against the players, but the Wolfpack’s head football coach, Dave Doeren, said in a written statement that he “believ…


Rape Allegation Against U. of Florida Quarterback Is Dropped

The woman who accused a quarterback on the University of Florida’s football team of sexually assaulting her has withdrawn her complaint, according to a statement issued on Friday by the university.

The statement reads, in part: “The student who accused Treon Harris of sexual battery has withdrawn her criminal complaint. This means she is not pursuing criminal charges against him at this time but maintains the right to do so in the future.”

Mr. Harris was accused on Sunday of sexually assaulting …


Big Ten Conference Guarantees 4-Year Scholarships to All Its Athletes

The Big Ten Conference will guarantee four-year scholarships to all of its scholarship athletes, the league announced on Wednesday. It is the first major conference to offer such a guarantee for all of its member institutions.

In 2012 the NCAA lifted a rule requiring athletes’ contracts to be renewed annually. But since then few colleges have offered multiyear scholarship guarantees. (The University of South Carolina and the University of Southern California are among those that have.)

Under the…


Former Athletes File Antitrust Suit Against TV Networks

A group of former college football and basketball players has sued major television networks and athletic conferences, saying they have illegally used the athletes’ names and images in violation of antitrust laws, USA Today reports. Amid a flood of lawsuits aimed at clearing the way for college athletes to be compensated, this suit is the first to name television networks as defendants.

According to USA Today, the defendants include “nearly all of the national over-the-air and cable television n…


Athlete Accused of Rape Is Suspended From U. of Kentucky Football Team

A University of Kentucky football player was charged on Tuesday with first-degree rape and has been indefinitely suspended from the team, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The player, Lloyd Tubman, a freshman defensive end, was charged in connection with a sexual-assault report filed by a female student last Thursday. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond on Tuesday night and had not made any public comment regarding the charge.

Mark Stoops, Kentucky’s head football coach, confirmed Mr. …


U. of Florida Quarterback Is Accused of Sexual Assault

A player on the University of Florida’s football team, the quarterback Treon Harris, has been suspended from the team after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a residence hall on Sunday, according to a statement released by the university. The campus police force is conducting an investigation in conjunction with the Gainesville, Fla., Police Department.

“We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” the university’s president, Bernard Machen, said in the statement. “The u…


Felony Charges Are Dropped Against Former Tutor at Chapel Hill

A district attorney has dropped all charges against a former tutor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who has been at the center of the athletics scandal there, WRAL-TV reports.

Orange County’s district attorney, Jim Woodall, has dropped four felony charges of agent-athlete inducement against Jennifer W. Thompson, the former tutor, who was accused of helping to provide improper benefits to a handful of football players.

The case of Ms. Thompson, formerly known as Jennifer Wiley, …


Top Official in Fund Raising at Florida State U. Is Charged With Grand Theft

The comptroller for the nonprofit fund-raising arm of Florida State University’s athletics program was fired on Wednesday after allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Sanford Lovingood turned himself in to the police. He faces a felony charge of grand theft, having allegedly stolen $500,000 to $700,000 from the Seminole Boosters to finance investments and other expenses.

The Seminole Boosters has begun an internal investigation.