Athletics

College football playoff could mean philosophical, practical shift from BCS

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A college football playoff looks more likely than ever. As details develop, exactly what that will mean -- for athletes, sports finances, universities and their presidents, and the NCAA -- remains to be seen.

The 2012 NCAA March Madness Academic Performance Tournament

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Who would win the NCAA men's basketball tournament if it were based on classroom performance? It's not who you might think.

Is NCAA governance on the brink of reform?

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Fights over financial aid rules have revealed longstanding tension over governance of NCAA's top division -- and prompted a review of the structure. But will all get the representation they want?

NCAA adopts, tables rules at convention

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Division I board takes action -- sort of -- on its controversial scholarship rules, and Divisions II and III ease recruiting restrictions.

At NCAA convention, educators question academic reform measures

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Educators want higher NCAA academic standards -- but they're not so sure the association has gone about it in the best way.

NCAA to consider legislation at annual convention

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It's been a wild year for the NCAA. At this week's national convention, Division I will be forced to modify or eliminate some of its reform initiatives, while Divisions II and III will look to ease recruiting regulations.

Calls for major reform of college sports unlikely to produce meaningful change

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From The Atlantic to sports radio, talk of a "crisis" in big-time college athletics is rampant. If you pay attention to history, the likelihood of transformative change is tiny. Unless ...

For athletes, a different kind of helicopter parent

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Athletes' parents can be especially influential on their kids' career aspirations, and not necessarily in a good way, one study suggests.

Gap in academic spending for athletes begs for more support for low-performing teams at low-resource colleges

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A significant escalation in the gap in academic support spending for athletes at the wealthiest institutions has left low-resource programs further behind than ever, new research shows.

Northwestern union organizers mobilize on the Hill

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Northwestern union organizers keep up their momentum by spreading their message to lawmakers, some of whom have already criticized the NLRB ruling in favor of collective bargaining.

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