Category Archives: Athletics

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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…


Former Athletic Director Wins $140,000 in Lawsuit Against Alabama State U.

An Alabama judge has awarded a former athletic director at Alabama State University more than $140,000 in his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the university, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The decision in favor of the former athletic director, Stacy Danley, comes six months after the historically black institution’s Board of Trustees rejected a settlement offer that would have seen Mr. Danley return to his position for the remainder of his contract. Mr. Danley was fired in 2012. A la…


Many College Athletes Feel Pressure to Play Despite Concussion

More than one-quarter of college athletes responding to a survey said they had felt pressured by coaches, teammates, fans, or parents to keep playing following a head injury. Nearly half continued competing while experiencing symptoms of a possible concussion.

The findings, from a report published on Friday in the journal Social Science & Medicine, suggest that coaches and teammates exerted the most pressure, and that athletes who had been diagnosed with a concussion during the previous season w…


Western Kentucky U. Swimming Team Is Suspended for 5 Years Over Hazing

The swimming and diving program at Western Kentucky University has been suspended for five years after an investigation into drug use, hazing, and sexual assault, The Courier-Journal reports. The head coach, associate head coach, and head diving coach will be fired.

In a news release on Tuesday, the university said an investigation by its Title IX coordinator, Huda Melky, had revealed violations of its student code, its discrimination policy, and its sexual-misconduct policy. “We have high stand…


Was Whistle-Blower in Oregon Therapy-Records Case Fired? She Says Yes, University Says No

The University of Oregon says it did not fire an employee of the campus counseling center who criticized the institution for obtaining a student’s therapy records as part of its legal defense against her charge that she was raped by three basketball players.

The Register-Guard, a newspaper in Eugene, Ore., reported that Karen Stokes, executive assistant to the director of the counseling center, sent an email on Thursday to co-workers saying that her “employment is being terminated at the end …


NCAA Voices Concern About Indiana’s New ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, says the Indiana-based association is “concerned” about a new Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Emmert said the association would work to make sure no attendees at next week’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four, held in Indianapolis, are “impacted negatively” by the law.

The state’s Republican governor, Mike Pence, signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday. The legislat…


Faculty Coalition Will Lobby for College Athletes to Be Paid

A national coalition of faculty members will lobby for college football and basketball players to be paid, according to a news release from the newly formed College Athletes Rights and Empowerment Faculty Coalition.

“CARE-FC asserts the path to the transformation of college sport rests with the athletes themselves, and that the athletes have the capacity to lead the enterprise into the 21st century in a way that is stronger and more viable than ever,” the statement reads. “Such a model would be …


Ohio State Women’s Hockey Coach Resigns After Complaints of Sexual Harassment

The women’s hockey coach at Ohio State University has resigned after an investigation found he violated the institution’s sexual-harassment policies, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Among other things, the investigation found that Nate Handrahan had:

  • Made sexual comments about team members and their boyfriends.
  • Used sexually explicit language during practices and games.
  • Bullied and belittled players routinely.
  • Made team members afraid to approach him with complaints or concerns.

The review of M…


NCAA Hits Syracuse With Suspension and Scholarship Cuts Over Rules Violations

The NCAA has come down hard on Syracuse University’s athletics department, suspending its head men’s basketball coach and vacating wins by the basketball and football teams for several seasons, among other things, in response to a myriad of rules violations.

“From 2001-02 through 2011-12, the school failed to exercise proper control over the administration of its athletics program and used deficient monitoring systems, which allowed violations to occur involving academics, compliance with its ow…


Ethicist Who Steered Athletes to Sham Courses Resigns From Chapel Hill

The former faculty chair whose role in a now-infamous academic scandal shocked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has resigned, The News & Observer reports. Jan Boxill resigned, effective Saturday, university officials said on Thursday.

The university began the firing process last year against Ms. Boxill, a philosophy lecturer, shortly after the release of a report showing she had helped steer athletes to sham courses that had been designed to keep them eligible to play.

“Until her …