Athletics

UVA students speak out against new board member

The new board member at the University of Virginia is an appointee of the Republican governor and the latest example of the increasing political polarization of higher education in the state.

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USC, UCLA sports leaving Pacific-12 for Big Ten Conference

Sports powers will abandon longtime West Coast home, the latest move in a conference reshuffling that has prioritized dollars over tradition and geography.

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The logos of UCLA and USC, both with the Big Ten logo, B1G.

What the success of trans swimmer Lia Thomas means for NCAA

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The dominance of Penn’s Lia Thomas has many decrying her success, though definitive research that might guide the conversation is lacking. Now the NCAA is making up the rules as it goes along.

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Huge coaching contracts—unjustifiable or business as usual?

Massive contracts for college football coaches have prompted criticism from some administrators and elected officials, but economists note such paydays have been building to this level for years.

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NLRB decision paves way for college athlete rights

A new memo from the National Labor Relations Board’s top attorney classifies college athletes as employees with the right to unionize.

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Annual Inside Higher Ed bracket shows who would win NCAA championship based on academic performance

Our annual bracket shows who would win the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship based on academic performance. And the winner is …

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Big Ten and Pac-12 postpone 2020 fall sports

Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences call off 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. Other Power 5 leagues seem disinclined to follow, leaving potential split in big-time football.

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U.S. congressman to propose college athlete payment bill

Days after California enacted a law allowing college athletes to sign endorsement deals, lawmakers in other states and in Congress threaten legislation to advance player compensation.

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University of St. Thomas kicked out of sports league after winning too many games

University of St. Thomas's separation from its conference -- for too much success -- has reinforced the disparities in wealth and size among Division III institutions.

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UC Irvine coach under fire for antigay slur

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In much of higher education, using a slur against a student in a televised event might result in more than just a slap on the wrist. Why is it different if the slur is a way to mock gay people and takes place during March Madness?

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