Category Archives: Athletics

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How NCAA’s Concussion Deal Affects Current, Former, and Future Athletes

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Tuesday it had reached a tentative agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit over concussions in college sports. Rather than pay damages, the association has laid out terms that will have implications for current, former, and future college athletes. Here’s a breakdown:

If you used to play college sports, you are eligible for a medical evaluation for head injuries at the NCAA’s expense. It doesn’t matter what sport you played or when you…


NCAA Settles Head-Injury Case, With $75-Million for Testing and Research

The National Collegiate Athletic Association will provide $70-million for concussion testing and diagnosis as part of a proposed settlement agreement to resolve a class-action lawsuit over its handling of head injuries, according to news reports and an announcement by the association.

The NCAA has faced a string of lawsuits in recent years alleging that it has failed to protect college athletes from concussions. And this month the NCAA released a set of guidelines for concussion management, thou…


Penn State Names New Athletic Director

Sandy Barbour will become athletic director at Pennsylvania State University next month, the university announced on Saturday.

Ms. Barbour, 54, the first woman to hold the job, was athletic director at the University of California at Berkeley from 2004 until this past June, when she resigned. During her tenure, the intercollegiate athletic program at Berkeley won a variety of national championships, but she came under criticism because of low graduation rates on the football and men’s basketball…


3 Alarming Statistics in a National Report on Campus Sexual Assaults

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat of Missouri, released on Wednesday the results of a national survey on colleges’ handling of cases of sexual assault. Three findings stood out:

  1. Of the surveyed institutions, 41 percent said they had not conducted any investigations into sexual assault during the preceding five years.
  2. Of the same group, 22 percent said they had given their athletics departments oversight of sexual-assault cases involving athletes.
  3. And 43 percent of surveyed institutions said the…

NCAA Issues Guidelines on Concussion Management

The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Monday released a set of guidelines urging colleges to limit contact in football practices and to have independent doctors evaluate players’ injuries. Many of the guidelines were prompted by widespread concern over concussions in football at all levels.

The guidelines are the product of six months of work after a January meeting that focused on safety in college football. Among the suggestions are that football programs limit contact practices to t…


Charge Is Dropped Against Ex-Official in Chapel Hill Academic Scandal

Prosecutors have dropped a felony charge against Julius Nyang’oro, the former department chair at the center of an academic scandal that has rocked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the News & Observer reports.

The Orange County district attorney, Jim Woodall, said the charge had been dismissed because of Mr. Nyang’oro’s cooperation with both a criminal investigation and an independent inquiry set to be completed in the fall.

Mr. Nyang’oro had been charged with obtaining property …


Outside Groups Seek NLRB’s Ear in Appeal on Northwestern Athlete Union

Three prominent groups have filed briefs with the National Labor Relations Board in opposition to Northwestern University athletes’ bid to form a union. The NCAA, the American Council on Education, and a group of Republicans in Congress all urged the board to overturn a ruling, issued by a regional NLRB official, that college athletes can be designated employees.

Meanwhile, reports, the athletes drew supporting briefs from the players’ unions in five major professional sports leagu…


Man Accused of 3 Murders Is Featured in U. of Florida Football Calendar

Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots who has been indicted on three murder charges, is featured in a University of Florida football-themed calendar, according to several reports. The calendar was not produced or distributed by the university, according to the program’s Twitter account, which noted that approval of the calendar probably occurred in the spring of 2013.

That was before Mr. Hernandez, who played football at the university, was indicted—on a homicide cha…


Embattled Former Literacy Specialist Sues U. of North Carolina

Mary C. Willingham, a former learning specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill whose research called into question the literacy of athletes there, has sued the university, WRAL-TV reports.

Ms. Willingham, who resigned at the end of the spring semester, told the station that she had asked the UNC system’s Board of Governors to reinstate her. The university said in April that an external review had found that her claims about athletes’ literacy were unsupported. She did not o…


3 Years Later, NCAA Will Resume Academic Investigation at Chapel Hill

The NCAA will resume its 2011 investigation into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the university announced on Monday. According to the university, the NCAA’s decision was prompted by new information and the willingness of individuals “who were previously uncooperative” to talk to its staff.

In early June the News & Observer reported that Julius Nyang’oro, a former department chairman accused of overseeing fake classes that enrolled athletes in dispropor…