Category Archives: Athletics

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Keuka College to Change ‘Wolfpack’ Nickname After Pressure From N.C. State

Keuka College, a small liberal-arts institution in upstate New York, is changing its nickname under legal pressure from North Carolina State University, according to a news release from the college. Keuka’s sports teams, now known as the Wolfpack, will compete as the Wolves after the 2015-16 academic year concludes.

N.C. State, whose teams are also known as the Wolfpack, said Keuka’s nickname was infringing on its trademark and demanded several months ago that the college stop using it. Some co…


Iowa State Senator Wants Public Colleges to Cut Ties With Stanford Over Halftime Show

bill in the Iowa Senate would ban the state’s three public universities from collaborating with Stanford University, except in athletics, until Stanford apologizes for its marching band’s halftime performance when Stanford and the University of Iowa faced off in the Rose Bowl.

Introduced on Wednesday by Mark Chelgren, a Republican, the bill asks Stanford to ”publicly apologize to Iowa’s citizens and to the University of Iowa for the unsporting behavior of the Leland Stanford Junior Universit…


Announcement via Sky-Dive? Athletes’ Signing-Day Stunts Reach New Heights

National signing day, the designated date when high-school football prospects announce their commitments to college programs, has long been an occasion of ceremony for the athletes. They’ve hosted news conferences and gleefully broadcast their decisions on Twitter.

But, as the Los Angeles Times reports, the athletes’ announcements are poised to reach a new level of madness this year. The press conference is out. The elaborate video is in.

Enter Bleacher Report, the online sports publication, whi…


ESPN Investigation Alleges Mishandling of Campus Rape at Baylor U.

An ESPN investigation chronicles several instances in which female former students at Baylor University say it failed to offer them support after they were sexually assaulted, between 2009 and 2012.

“They didn’t just not respond; they responded by turning me away and telling me that it was not possible for me to receive help from them,” one woman told ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

Baylor, which is not among the more than 100 campuses under federal Title IX investigation, did not make administrators …


UC-Berkeley Admits Liability in Death of Football Player During 2014 Practice

The University of California at Berkeley has admitted that the institution’s negligence substantially contributed to the death of a football player, Ted Agu, during an off-season conditioning session in 2014, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The player’s family sued the university for wrongful death, alleging that coaches and other personnel did not properly assist the player when he struggled during a vigorous workout, which involved groups of players holding a heavy rope…


Nearly One-Quarter of College Athletes Report Signs of Depression

A new study of nearly 500 Division I athletes has found that almost one-quarter reported signs of depression over the past three years, with rates higher among women than men.

Female track-and-field athletes had the highest prevalence of depressive symptoms (38 percent), while male lacrosse players had the lowest (12 percent), according to the study, released on Wednesday.

Over all, about 24 percent of athletes across nine sports reported feeling depressed.

The study — by researchers at Drexel…


Arne Duncan Joins Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

Arne Duncan, until recently the U.S. secretary of education, has joined the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the commission announced on Wednesday. The commission, which has worked to reform college sports since its inception, in 1989, welcomed three new members in all.

“I’m delighted to join the Knight Commission, which has done so much to foster and protect athletics and academics,” Mr. Duncan said in a news release. “But we have a lot more to do to protect the integrity of coll…


Florida State to Pay $950,000 to Settle Title IX Suit by Quarterback’s Accuser

[Updated (1/25/2016, 6:39 p.m.) with more on the disposition of the settlement money.]

Florida State University will pay $950,000 to settle a federal Title IX lawsuit filed by a former student who said she had been raped by a star quarterback for the Seminoles, USA Today reports. The university also agreed to make a five-year commitment to prevention and training programs.

The plaintiff, Erica Kinsman, sued the university a year ago, and in August a judge rejected Florida State’s bid to dismiss …


NCAA Delays Moves to Reduce Demands on Athletes’ Time

San Antonio — They seemed like sensible changes: giving big-time college athletes, many of whom spend more than 40 hours a week on their sports, a true day off per week — certain hours when coaches couldn’t make them practice — and more downtime after the season.

But the ideas, part of a package of new rules proposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, did not come up for a vote at the association’s annual convention here on Friday. Instead, leaders of the five most powerful confe…


Investigation Clears U. of Texas Athletics of Academic-Misconduct Allegations

A seven-month investigation into the University of Texas at Austin’s student services for athletes has found no evidence of academic misconduct but offered recommendations for improvement.

The university’s president, Gregory L. Fenves, commissioned the investigation following an investigation by The Chronicle last summer that found the university had appeared to allow academically unprepared players to test the limits of its policy on academic integrity.

Gene Marsh, a lawyer and the lead investi…