Athletics

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 ...

Despite long odds, universities start or resume big-time football programs

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Starting -- or reviving -- a Division I football team is an expensive and complicated process, with little obvious return on the investment. So why do colleges keep doing it?

More than a dozen athletic programs have committed academic fraud in last decade, with more likely to come

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NCAA finds two staff members at Georgia Southern committed academic fraud, completing assignments for three football players. The university joins more than a dozen others that have also committed fraud in the last decade.

NCAA rules allow boosters to help athletes accused of sexual assault

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Many universities provide lists of friendly lawyers to athletes accused of sexual assault and other crimes but don't provide the same help to victims or nonathletes with legal troubles. U of Tennessee settlement raises questions about the practice, which the NCAA permits.

Baruch College gave players more than $250,000 in impermissible aid

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College -- with a vice president playing a key role -- awarded thousands in financial aid based on athletic criteria, violating Division III's core principle. Such violations seem to be spreading.

Petition demands that NCAA ban athletes with violent pasts

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USA Swimming recently banned a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault. A petition signed by 130,000 people urges the National Collegiate Athletic Association to adopt a similar stance.

Ivy League adopts new rules limiting time demands on athletes

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The Ivy League adopts new rules limiting time demands on athletes after growing impatient with National Collegiate Athletic Association attempts to address the issue.

Baylor administrator discusses sexual assaults, impact on university

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Amid scandal over mishandling of sexual assault cases involving football players, new senior administrator discusses how the university plans to move forward.

Breaking NCAA rules hurts -- and sometimes helps -- institutions' fund-raising efforts

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Study finds that high-reputation institutions stand to lose the most when breaking NCAA rules. But some loyal alumni are still there to help even in times of crisis.

More than half of athletes in study say they engaged in sexual coercion

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More than half of intercollegiate and recreational athletes in a new study say they have pressured women into having sex.

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