Category Archives: Athletics

The business of college sports.


Former U. of Alaska Student Acquitted of Rape Says University Is Withholding His Degree

A former hockey player at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks who was acquitted of rape says the university system is unreasonably withholding his bachelor’s degree, the Alaska Dispatch News reported on Monday.

The former student, Nolan Youngmun, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the university system, seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

A fellow Fairbanks student accused Mr. Youngmun of rape in April 2015. He was arrested and banned from the campus, and the university began an investig…


NCAA Questions Host Cities on Possible Discrimination

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is conducting a survey about discrimination in cities that will host NCAA events or have expressed interest in doing so, USA Today reported on Friday.

The questionnaire is being distributed to the cities’ organizing groups after the National Basketball Association said it would relocate its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., to another city because of the controversial bathroom bill that was enacted in North Carolina this past spring. The new la…


Despite Controversy, Berkeley Renews a Football Coach’s $150,000 Contract

The University of California at Berkeley has renewed a $150,000 annual contract for Damon Harrington, a strength coach for the football team, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

A faculty group had called on Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, to not renew the contract until the university figured out whether Mr. Harrington had played a role in the death of one football player and the hospitalization of another. The faculty members demanded a new, independent investigation of Mr. Harringt…


Georgia Southern U. Staff Members Helped Athletes Cheat, NCAA Rules

Two staff members at Georgia Southern University breached ethical-conduct rules by providing forbidden academic assistance to three athletes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Thursday, citing a decision by its Division I Committee on Infractions.

In one instance, an assistant director of compliance gave a football player a thumb drive containing coursework from a previous semester that the player then used for a class he was enrolled in, the NCAA said. The student eventu…


U. of Tennessee to Pay $2.48 Million to Settle Title IX Lawsuit

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville agreed on Tuesday to pay $2.48 million to settle a federal lawsuit in which it was accused of violating the Title IX gender-equity law in how it responded to alleged sexual assaults by six athletes against eight women, The Tennessean and the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

As part of the settlement, which needs a federal judge’s approval to go into effect, the university also agreed to convene a special independent commission to look into how all campus…


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…