Category Archives: Athletics

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Sports-Medicine Staffs Report Pressure to Clear Concussed Athletes Prematurely

More than half of the 900 respondents to a 2013 survey of NCAA athletic trainers and team physicians said they had felt pressure to return concussed players to action before the athletes were medically ready.

Sixty-four percent of responding clinicians said that the athletes had sought premature clearance to play, while nearly 54 percent of the surveyed medical-staff members had felt pressure from coaches, according to the study, published in the Journal of Athletic Training.

Athletic trainers a…


Towson U. Can’t Bar From Football a Student Who Collapsed in Practice

A Towson University student whose heart stopped and liver failed after he collapsed during football practice cannot be barred from rejoining the team, a judge ruled on Friday. The Baltimore Sun reports that a U.S. district judge ruled in favor of Gavin Class, whom the college prohibited from rejoining the team because of his earlier injuries.

Mr. Class collapsed during a practice in 2013, and his body reached a temperature of 108 degrees. He barely survived the incident, needing a liver transpla…


Fayetteville State Agrees to Examine if It Treats Women’s Teams Unequally

Fayetteville State University has agreed to investigate whether its women’s athletic programs are given fewer resources than its men’s ones are, The Fayetteville Observer reports.

The agreement, between the North Carolina university and the U.S. Department of Education, was prompted by a complaint from the mother of a female athlete. The mother alleged that female teams have received less financial support from the university, in violation of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

As p…


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…