Category Archives: Athletics

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NCAA Proposal Would Refine Definition of Academic Misconduct

The NCAA on Friday said its Division I members would consider a new proposal that is designed to refine the definition of academic misconduct and clarify what constitutes impermissible academic assistance, the Associated Press reported.

The proposal would define impermissible assistance to an athlete as that which is “not generally available” to a college’s other students, or that which is not allowed under other Division I rules. It also would prohibit the creation of an “academic excep…


U. of Texas Reviews Services for Athletes After Chronicle Investigation

The University of Texas at Austin has begun a review of its student services for athletes following a Chronicle investigation that revealed several cases of athletes’ pushing the limits of campus policy on academic integrity.

Gene Marsh, a lawyer and former head of the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions, will lead the review. Shortly after the Chronicle article was published last week, he was asked to investigate allegations it raised that three basketball players had received improper h…


Athletes in Big-Time Programs Often Escape Prosecution, Report Says

Football and men’s basketball players at Florida State University and the University of Florida escaped criminal charges or criminal prosecution two-thirds of the time, on average, when they were named as suspects by the police, a proportion much higher than that for college-age men who are not athletes, according to an investigation published on Sunday by ESPN’s Outside the Lines unit.

The investigation, which drew on police reports and other documents in 10 cities that are home to big-time col…


U. of North Carolina Wrestling Coach, an Advocate for Men Accused of Rape, Is Fired

C.D. Mock, head wrestling coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an outspoken critic of how young men accused of rape are treated nationwide, has been fired, the university announced on Friday.

In December Mr. Mock began a blog devoted to publicizing what he called a violation of the rights of male students accused of rape. His son, Corey Mock, had been found responsible for a sexual assault at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. (His case was the subject of an inve…


Accreditor Puts UNC-Chapel Hill on Probation in Fake-Classes Scandal

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been put on a one-year probation by its accrediting agency for the longtime fake-classes scandal exposed in full last year, The News & Observer reports.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges cited seven standards that the university had not met, including academic integrity and monitoring college sports. ”It’s the most serious sanction we have,” Belle S. Wheelan, the commission’s president, said of the probati…


Judge Dismisses Former Athletes’ Pay-for-Play Suit Against TV Networks

A federal judge in Tennessee has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 10 former college football and basketball players who were seeking monetary compensation for the use of their images in televised games, according to reports by the entertainment trade newspaper Variety and the Nashville daily The Tennessean.

The lawsuit, filed last fall, listed among its defendants the major national cable and broadcast television networks that carry college sports games. Other defendants included licensing compani…


Chapel Hill Lacked ‘Institutional Control’ Over Athletics, NCAA Says

[Updated (6/4/2015, 5:30 p.m.) with reactions to the notice of allegations.]

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “lacked institutional control” over athletics, according to the NCAA’s notice of allegations against it, released on Thursday by the university. The document relies heavily on a report, issued last year by Kenneth L. Wainstein, that found thousands of students at Chapel Hill had benefited from a system of fake classes that advisers used to pad athletes’ grade-point average…


With Alum’s Stardom, a Terrible Video at Davidson College Gets a Second Life

He’s probably the hottest name in all of basketball. But back in 2009, Stephen Curry was just a student at Davidson College, a small liberal-arts institution in North Carolina.

To be sure, he’d already achieved March Madness fame, having led the Wildcats within a basket of the Final Four in 2008. But he wasn’t too big to participate in an appropriately shoddy and cringeworthy student rap video. The New York Times notes that an email from Mr. Curry to the student body was enough to make hundreds …


U. of Alabama at Birmingham Will Resurrect Football Team

[Updated (6/1/2015, 6:45 p.m.) with details from Monday's news conference, where the decision was made official.]

Six months after its president announced that its football program would be eliminated, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is bringing the team back. The president, Ray L. Watts, made the announcement at a Monday news conference where he revealed that donors had pledged to make up the $17.2-million deficit over five years to be incurred with the reintroduction of football.


NCAA Docks 21 Teams’ Postseason Eligibility for Poor Academic Records

Twenty-one teams will be ineligible for postseason play during the 2015-16 academic year because of their students’ poor academic performance, down from 42 last year, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

The association’s annual release of its Academic Progress Rate, which measures athletes’ academic progress and retention, showed the aggregate score rose by two points on a 1,000-point scale in the 2013-14 academic year. The increase was driven by jumps in football and men’s basketball scores, the a…