Athletics

Closing Argument

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With her nearly 20-year presidency at the State University of New York at Binghamton besmirched by a basketball scandal in recent months, Lois DeFleur is taking some subtle steps to answer critics and, perhaps, shore up her legacy.

Shifting Focus

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It’s been an interesting year in the life of a capital campaign for the State University of New York at Binghamton, which has seen its share of good and bad news.

Reversing Bush on Title IX (Update)

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WASHINGTON -- Undoing another legacy of its predecessor, the Obama administration today plans to withdraw a 2005 clarification of a federal anti-discrimination law that critics saw as weakening enforcement of gender equity in college athletics.

More Teams and More Money

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Thursday that the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will likely expand from 65 to 68 teams as part of a new 14-year, $10.86-billion broadcasting deal with CBS Sports and the Turner Broadcasting System.

Mark Emmert Is NCAA's New President

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Even if you think the role of college sports in higher education is out of whack, it says something about how much the landscape has changed that when the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced its new leader Tuesday night, it would have been a Butler-almost-winning-the-NCAA-tournament sort of shock if a college president had not been selected.

Seething Over Sports Subsidies

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Faculty leaders at Ohio University are lobbying the administration to significantly reduce the amount of money from the institution’s operating budget used to subsidize its intercollegiate athletics program, arguing that the program’s “unsustainable expenditures” jeopardize the university’s ability to “prioritize academics."

The Athletics Tax

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The gap between the haves and have-nots in big-time college athletics has widened dramatically, according to a new report from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity analyzing institutional subsidy of sports programs.

The Great Conference Confusion

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The landscape of college athletics could shift dramatically in the coming weeks, as the Big Ten and Pacific-10 Conferences consider expanding their membership. While the exact shape of the realignment is unclear, it will likely make geography even less meaningful as an organizing principle than it has been since previous rounds of conference expansion in the 1990s and 2000s, and further consolidate power in a small number of conferences. Watchdogs of college sports caution that this is a losing prospect for higher education, both athletically and academically.

NCAA Levies Academic Penalties

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For the second year in a row, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has temporarily banned at least one team from postseason play because of its athletes’ poor academic performance.

Trojans Trashed by NCAA

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It may take a while for the Men of Troy to “fight on” after the crushing blow they received Thursday.

In a long-awaited decision, the National Collegiate Athletic Association severely punished the high-profile football and men’s basketball teams at the University of Southern California for improper commercial dealings involving Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush and basketball standout O.J. Mayo.

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