Category Archives: Athletics

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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 …


Calling Alleged Rape Victim’s Lawsuit ‘Frivolous,’ U. of Oregon Seeks Dismissal

The University of Oregon has answered a lawsuit by a student who said she had been sexually assaulted by three basketball players with a document calling it “frivolous” and “unreasonable,” The Oregonian reports. In the document, dated earlier this month, the university and its basketball coach, Dana Altman, ask that the complaint be dismissed and that their legal fees be paid, among other things.

The lawsuit against the university and the coach was filed in January by a female student identified…


Dean Smith, Coaching Legend at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dies at 83

Dean Smith, the longtime former men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died on Saturday, the university announced. He was 83.

Smith led the Tar Heels to two national championships and 13 conference titles in his 36 seasons as head coach, and he was the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history at the time he retired, in 1997. Yet he is remembered as much for his qualities off the court as for his basketball success, obituaries in The New York Times and The N…


California U. of Pa. Plans Reforms for Its Troubled Football Program

California University of Pennsylvania will require student-athletes to report when they are arrested outside the local community, among other reforms, following the release of an independent report on the institution’s troubled football program, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The university said it would take a series of actions including re-examining its drug-testing policies and convening a panel to review “high-risk” transfers and other football recruits.

Last fall the university asked…


Academics vs. ‘Ballghazi,’ Round 2

News outlets are no longer the only ones asking academics about the science of deflated footballs. Investigators for the National Football League have approached physics professors at Columbia University to help them understand how footballs supplied by the New England Patriots might have lost two pounds of air pressure during the first half of a conference championship game last week.

After first calling the university’s physics department, a representative of the law firm hired by the league…