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A ‘Sports University' Gives Student-Athletes a Chance to Play but Outsources Their Education

Forest Trail Sports University has no faculty members, is not accredited, and isn’t offering any of its own courses. Experts say it exists in a gray area of regulation, raising questions about who oversees it.

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NCAA Eases Scholarship Restrictions, Raising Concerns Over Competitive Equity

A new rule allows more players to get full scholarships in the summer. Critics worry that the change could put many programs at a recruiting disadvantage.

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More Semesters for Athletes, Fewer Academic Problems?

A new proposal would allow players to take a reduced schedule during their competitive playing season, letting them focus on their studies when they have more time.

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Coaches Support Athletes' Desire for More Time Away From Sports

Players want more downtime following road trips, at least two weeks off after the season, and more chances to participate in internships and study-abroad programs, an NCAA survey finds.

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Cheating Incidents Blemish NCAA’s Marquee Event

The association faces criticism for inconsistencies in disciplining programs.

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Coaches Must Now ‘Step the Heck Out’ of Sex-Assault Investigations of Players

A recent expulsion highlights questions about how colleges handle such allegations and whether the process is impartial.

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Disparities in Coaches' Academic Incentives Raise Concerns Over Gender Equity

At dozens of colleges, men’s basketball coaches are eligible for bigger academic bonuses than are their counterparts in women’s basketball. Legal experts say the discrepancies could expose colleges to discrimination claims.

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The Hottest Hire in Athletics? Learning Specialists

An influx of students with learning disabilities has led to greater academic support for players. But some medical officials question why diagnoses are higher among athletes than other students.

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Colleges Raised $1.2 Billion in Donations for Sports in 2015

A push for new facilities and increased aid for athletes has fueled a boom in gifts. But some donors are growing weary of the appeals.

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As Sports Programs Get Richer, Few Give Much for Academics

Athletic departments cover millions of dollars in scholarships for players, but set aside a tiny share of their revenue for academic programs.

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NCAA Considers Easing Demands on Athletes’ Time

As pressures on players increase, elite conferences weigh new limits on practice hours and allowing more time off between seasons.

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10 Revealing Tidbits We Found in Football Coaches' Contracts

Hint: Rewarding academics isn’t one of them. Coaches have negotiated for new facilities, bigger budgets, and increasingly generous perks.

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The $10-Billion Sports Tab

How college students are funding the athletics arms race.

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Upheaval in Missouri Highlights Football Players’ Power

The question now for many is whether the Missouri players' example will inspire athletes at other colleges to start protests on their own campuses.

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The Long, Strange Demise of North Dakota’s 'Fighting Sioux'

The controversy surrounding the university’s Native American mascot has raged for decades. Now it’s coming to an end. Maybe.

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Missed Classes, a Changed Grade, and One Disillusioned Adviser

Two years ago, Will Collier landed his dream job, overseeing academic services for one of the country's premier programs. His experience illustrates the challenge of protecting academic integrity in big-time college sports.

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O’Bannon Ruling Heightens Debate Over Pay for College Players

A federal appeals court finds the NCAA violated antitrust laws, but strikes down a prior ruling that would allow for annual $5,000 payments to athletes.

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Electronic Checking on Athletes in Class Sparks Debate About Their Privacy

Allegations of academic misconduct lead to new ideas for safeguarding integrity.

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How Athletics and Academics Collided at One University

Cheating allegations involving former Texas athletes raise questions about the Longhorns’ enforcement of academic-misconduct policy.

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‘End of the World’? Knight Commission Hears 3 Visions for Stabilizing College Sports

The group convened a panel of experts to discuss how some of the looming challenges for intercollegiate athletics could be resolved.

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How One Athletic Dept. Looks to Resolve Its Cost-of-Attendance Quandary

North Carolina State University weighs reallocating money from the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to stay competitive in recruiting.

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Fluctuations in Aid Allowances Raise Questions of Fairness in Athletics

Recent increases in cost-of-attendance estimates prompt calls for standardization of new aid for athletes.

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As Their Numbers Dwindle, Black Coaches Seek Ways to Gain Ground

Two new groups aim to increase opportunities for minority coaches and help solve systemic hiring problems.

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At Least 15 Athletics Programs to Offer More Than $4,000 in Extra Aid to Athletes

The University of Tennessee is tops among the 65 wealthiest programs, offering players an extra $5,666 each to cover their expenses.

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A Year After Shabazz Napier Controversy, NCAA Finds More Ways to Placate Players

The association still faces questions about academic problems, but at this year’s Final Four the focus is on the game, not on whether athletes go to bed hungry.