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Rutgers Will Pay $300,000 to Settle Lawsuit by Former Basketball Player

Rutgers University has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former men’s basketball player who said he had been mistreated, the Asbury Park Press reported on Thursday.

The former athlete, Derrick Randall, sued in 2013 after Rutgers fired the men’s basketball coach, Mike Rice, for mistreating his players. He was dismissed after the disclosure of videos that showed him throwing basketballs and shouting at members of his team.

Mr. Randall, who has a learning disability, sought damages fo…


Police Records Reveal Further Assault Allegations Against Baylor Football Players

A trove of police records, obtained by ESPN, reveal new allegations of criminal behavior — including sexual assault — against football players at Baylor University. The news report, just the latest in an investigative series by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, came out as Baylor officials were reviewing an outside report into the university’s response to alleged sexual assaults.

According to the ESPN report, many players were involved in incidents from 2011 to 2015, few were disciplined by the universi…


Harvard Will Bar Members of Single-Gender Clubs From Official Leadership Roles

Members of single-gender social clubs at Harvard University will be banned from holding leadership positions in official campus organizations or on sports teams beginning in the fall of 2017, the university announced Friday.

Harvard’s president, Drew Gilpin Faust, the first woman to hold the position, wrote a letter to the university describing the changes:

“Culture change is not easy, and members of our community will inevitably disagree about how to move forward. … But we have as our touchst…


Minnesota College System Drops Ban on Travel to North Carolina

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has dropped its ban on travel by athletic teams to North Carolina, now that the federal government is taking action against that state’s controversial new bathroom-access law widely criticized as discriminatory against transgender people, the Associated Press reported.

The system’s presidents decided on Monday that a recent order by the Minnesota governor barring travel to North Carolina by state employees also applied to athletic teams. That …


Minnesota College System Bars Teams From Tournaments in North Carolina

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has barred athletic teams from traveling to North Carolina in one of the latest protests against that state’s controversial new ban on anti-bias ordinances, reports the Star Tribune.

North Carolina is the site of the NCAA Division II national baseball tournament and the NJCAA Division III World Series this spring. Century College, in White Bear Lake, Minn., has already qualified for its NJCAA regional tournament, the newspaper reports.

The dec…


Budget Cuts Prompt U. of North Dakota to Eliminate More Than 100 Positions

The University of North Dakota will cut 138 positions, including 51 on the faculty, in response to state budget retrenchment, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

The institution’s interim president, Ed Schafer, announced the cuts at Thursday’s meeting of the state’s Board of Higher Education. The university, in Grand Forks, faces a $21.5-million reduction, the AP reported.

Earlier this month the university announced it would eliminate its men’s golf and baseball programs because of the bu…


Who’s Going to Be Punished for the Worst Academic Scandal Anyone Can Remember?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s fake-classes scandal is one of the worst athletic-impropriety-meets-academic-fraud dramas that anybody can remember. Following the release in 2014 of an expansive and damning report by a former federal prosecutor, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Chapel Hill watchers were quick to ask: What’s the NCAA going to do about it?

They got their first major signal on Monday, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association released its amended Notice of Allegation…


NCAA Blocks 23 Teams From Postseason Play for Poor Academic Performance

Twenty-three Division I teams will be banned from postseason play in 2016-17, two more than the year before, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual report on Academic Progress Rates.

The scoring system measures athletes’ academic progress and retention on a 1,000-point scale. Teams must attain an annual score of 930 to remain eligible for pre- and postseason competitions.

A total of 31 teams will be penalized this year, the association said. Many of the teams facing p…


Berkeley Will Pay $4.75 Million in Settlement Over Football Player’s Death

The University of California at Berkeley has agreed to pay $4.75 million in a settlement with the family of a deceased football player, Ted Agu, who died after an off-season conditioning session in 2014, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The player’s family sued the university after his death, alleging that coaches had failed to assist Mr. Agu during a vigorous workout and also had failed to disclose to the coroner’s office that Mr. Agu had sickle-cell trait, a blood condition that leaves tho…


As Controversy Swirls, Former Baylor Football Player Is Charged With Rape

The police in Waco, Tex., have charged a former Baylor University football player with raping a student, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports. Shawn Oakman, who played defensive end and graduated in December, had previously declined to comment when the newspaper reported that he was being investigated.

The alleged rape occurred in early April. The student alleges that Mr. Oakman forced her onto his bed and raped her after they met at a bar. According to an affidavit quoted by the newspaper, Mr. Oakma…