Category Archives: Athletics

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Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement of NCAA Concussions Lawsuit

A federal judge has rejected the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s proposed $75-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit involving athletes’ head injuries, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded, the Associated Press reports. But the 21-page opinion, issued on Wednesday by Judge John Z. Lee of the U.S. District Court in Chicago, doesn’t scuttle the deal. Instead, Judge Lee raised concerns about shortcomings and urged the two sides to try to resolve them thro…

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NCAA Slaps U. of Georgia With $5,000 Fine for Coach’s Effort to Keep Athlete Eligible

The NCAA has fined the University of Georgia $5,000 after concluding that its head coach of swimming and diving made special academic arrangements to keep an athlete eligible to compete, the association announced on Tuesday. The coach, Jack Bauerle, will also be suspended for nine matches and will face a one-year “recruiting restriction.”

The NCAA found that Mr. Bauerle had arranged for an athlete to enroll in a pass/fail, independent-study course—even after senior athletic administrators told…

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U. of Alabama-Birmingham President Faces More Criticism After Cutting Football

[Updated (12/10/2014, 1:13 a.m.) with new developments from the Faculty Senate meeting.]

The Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham heard an apology on Tuesday from the institution’s president over how the controversial decision to eliminate the football program had been announced, but that didn’t dissuade the senate from proposing a vote of “no confidence” in the president, a local television station, WBRC, reported.

The president, Ray L. Watts, did not attend the meeting, bu…

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U. of Alabama at Birmingham Jettisons Football Program

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is shutting down its football program, making it the first Football Bowl Subdivision program to be eliminated since 1995, the Associated Press reports. The college announced the decision on Tuesday afternoon, saying that continued maintenance of a football program was “not sustainable.”

“The fiscal realities we face—both from an operating and a capital-investment standpoint—are starker than ever and demand that we take decisive action for the greater g…

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Football Player at Ohio State U. Is Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

An Ohio State University football player was found dead on Sunday, having apparently committed suicide, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Kosta Karageorge had suffered several concussions during his time as an Ohio State athlete, his mother said. Before he went missing, on Wednesday, Mr. Karageorge, 22, sent her a text message saying that he was sorry “if I am an embarrassment” and that the concussions were the cause.

Mr. Karageorge was on the wrestling team for three years before joining the footb…

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Accrediting Agency Raises Questions About Chapel Hill’s Compliance

The agency that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is questioning the university’s compliance with many of its standards in light of a recent report about widespread academic fraud at the institution.

The accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, sent a letter to the university this month calling on the institution to respond to concerns that it isn’t meeting 18 different standards, on issues including integrity and adm…

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College Chief Apologizes to Woman Who Says 2 Football Players Raped Her

The president of Oregon State University has apologized to a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by two of the college’s football players in 1998, The Oregonian reports.

The newspaper published a column on Friday about Brenda Tracy, who says she was gang-raped by the Oregon State players and two other men. She did not cooperate with a police investigation, and the district attorney’s office dropped the case.

Edward J. Ray, president of Oregon State, wrote in an email to the campus on Mond…

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NCAA Assisted Independent Probe of Penn State, Emails Suggest

Emails made public on Wednesday suggest the NCAA collaborated with the nominally independent investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal led by the former FBI director Louis J. Freeh, ESPN reports. What became known as the Freeh report served as the underpinning of the unprecedented sanctions the NCAA levied against Pennsylvania State University.

The emails, made public as part of a lawsuit, show that the NCAA provided a list of search terms and potential witnesses to the Freeh t…

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California U. of Pennsylvania Seeks Outside Review of Its Football Program

California University of Pennsylvania is seeking an independent third party to lead a “top to bottom” review of its football program following a number of violent incidents involving players and criminal charges against at least 19 current and former players since 2012, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The southwestern Pennsylvania institution previously announced in an online statement that an internal task force led by the athletics director and provost would conduct such a review, but i…

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Former Football Player Sues U. of North Carolina Over Sham Courses

A former football player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, saying it failed to provide him and other athletes with a quality education by steering them toward sham classes that never met and had no instruction, the Associated Press reports.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., the former player, Michael McAdoo, says that the university promised him a good education but ultimately guided him…