Category Archives: Athletics

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NCAA Rules Baruch College Lacked Institutional Control

Baruch College of the City University of New York lacked institutional control over its athletics program when two staff members gave 30 athletes impermissible student aid and benefits over five years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said in a news release on Thursday.

The staff members handed out a total of $255,097 in impermissible financial aid and benefits.

The release also said a vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and a head coach of women’s basketball…


Controversial ‘Sports University’ Draws Scrutiny From 2 North Carolina Agencies

Two higher-education agencies in North Carolina are looking into the company calling itself Forest Trail Sports University and could nix its plans to team up with Waldorf University, a for-profit institution based in Iowa that operates mostly online.

Forest Trail had announced plans to lease unused facilities at Barber-Scotia College, an unaccredited institution in North Carolina that’s struggling to stay open. Under the plans, student-athletes would be invited to the campus to play sports year-…


Second Former Vanderbilt Athlete Is Found Guilty in 2013 Campus Rape

A former football player at Vanderbilt University was found guilty on Saturday in the rape of an unconscious woman in his dormitory room nearly three years ago, reports The Tennessean.

The former player, Brandon Vandenburg, is one of four men who have been charged in the case. He and one of the  others, Cory Batey, were convicted in a trial in January 2015, but those verdicts were thrown out after revelations regarding one of the jurors led to a mistrial. At a second trial, held in April, Mr. Ba…


Ohio State Mascot Will March in Pride Parade After All

Ohio State University’s mascot, Brutus Buckeye, has had a change of heart. Brutus will march in the Columbus gay-pride parade this weekend, the university said on Thursday.

On Wednesday the university announced that Brutus would not join faculty members, students, administrators, and President Michael V. Drake during the parade because of safety concerns. Ohio State faced a backlash on social media after news spread that Brutus would not participate in the parade.

“After additional consultation …


Ohio State Pulls Its Mascot From Columbus Pride Parade

Ohio State University’s mascot will not march in the Columbus gay-pride parade this weekend, the university said in a statement on Wednesday.

Although a group of Ohio State faculty members, students, and administrators, including President Michael V. Drake, will march, Brutus Buckeye will not be among them, because of safety concerns, the university said. ”The spirit program made the difficult decision to withdraw Brutus due to expressed safety concerns,” the statement says.

In light of the mass…


Former Basketball Captain Sues Yale Over Expulsion for Alleged Sex Assault

A former captain of Yale University’s men’s basketball team is suing the university in federal court over its decision to expel him in February after he was accused of sexual assault by another student.

The allegations against the player, Jack Montague, became the subject of controversy on the campus and cast a shadow over the team as it was competing in its first NCAA tournament in more than five decades.

Mr. Montague’s lawsuit names the university and two campus officials as defendants. It acc…


4 Notable Quotes From Ken Starr on Sexual Assault at Baylor

Kenneth W. Starr, recently demoted from the presidency of Baylor University, said on Wednesday that he would also resign as chancellor there. In a video interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Mr. Starr said the decision was “a matter of conscience.”

Also in that interview, Mr. Starr offered his thoughts on a summary of an independent report that precipitated the leadership shake-up on the Texas campus. The report, which has not been released in its entirety, was conducted by the law firm Peppe…


Ken Starr Says He Will Resign as Baylor’s Chancellor

[Updated (6/1/2016, 1:58 p.m.) with details from an ESPN interview with the former Baylor president Ken Starr.]

Baylor University’s recently removed president, Kenneth W. Starr, says he will resign as chancellor, a position that he retained despite a sexual-assault controversy that rocked the campus and also claimed the jobs of the football coach and the athletic director, ESPN reported on Wednesday.

Last week Mr. Starr was demoted to the more-ceremonial chancellor’s position after Baylor public…


Baylor’s Athletics Director Resigns, Citing Need to Promote Healing

Four days after Baylor University demoted its president, fired its football coach, and announced other changes to deal with what an outside review characterized as a “fundamental failure” in its handling of sexual-assault allegations, the Baptist institution issued a statement on Monday saying that its athletics director, Ian McCaw, was also departing.

Baylor’s Board of Regents said on Thursday that Mr. McCaw had been placed on probation and was facing sanctions. It did not elaborate on what t…


Ole Miss Admits Former Assistant Football Coach Helped Falsify ACT Scores

The University of Mississippi has imposed on itself scholarship reductions in football on top of serving a postseason ban for women’s basketball in response to a range of alleged NCAA violations, according to a university statement released on Friday.

In January the National Collegiate Athletic Association issued several allegations against Ole Miss, including boosters’ paying players and coaches’ assisting recruits with ACT fraud.

In the document released on Friday, university administrators ad…