Athletics

Power Five to vote on time requirements for athletes, new concussion policy

At NCAA convention, Division I will vote on giving medical staff "unchallengeable authority" in injury decisions and on lessening time commitments for athletics. Division II will weigh longer preseason for basketball, and Division III will debate more communication with recruits.

96 Division I colleges violated major NCAA rules in last decade

NCAA punished more than half of Power Five conference members and more than a quarter of all Division I colleges for major violations in last decade.

Football and faith: the temptation of Baylor

Baylor University has one of the top football teams in the country. It's also the world's largest Baptist university. Can the two identities coexist without serious compromise?

For HBCU football teams, playing big teams means big losses, and worse

Are the physical and emotional beatings that come with historically black colleges and universities competing against big-time football powers worth the financial incentive?

NCAA bans SMU basketball from postseason, suspends coach for 9 games

New penalties over academic fraud are only the most recent in Southern Methodist's history of breaking NCAA rules. Among the guilty: the university's renowned basketball coach, and a former official responsible for compliance with the rules.

Rutgers U suspends football coach for contacting professor about player's grades

Rutgers University's football coach faces three-game suspension and $50,000 fine after he emailed an adjunct professor to help improve a player's grade.

Baylor U facing questions over handling of sexual assault involving football player

Baylor's successful football program is in crisis over questions regarding the handling of a sexual assault case involving an athlete -- a controversy that could damage the university's reputation, too.

National Labor Relations Board declines to assert role on Northwestern football union

Board says it won't assert jurisdiction over whether Northwestern University athletes are employees, effectively killing their union drive. The vague decision divides experts on the prospects for athlete unions generally.

Colleges inflate full cost of attendance numbers, increasing stipends for athletes

NCAA rules about "cost of attendance" create a new way for universities to compete for athletes, but these changes in financial aid calculations don't appear to be helping non-athletes.

Brit Kirwan on the 'troubling' transformation of college athletics

Brit Kirwan says athletics have spiraled out of control during his 25 years as a university leader, and that he and other presidents have little power to solve the problem.

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