Athletics

Attendance monitoring programs common in college athletics

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Many colleges pay people to make sure athletes show up at each scheduled class. Critics say the programs drive another academic wedge between players and the rest of the student body.

U of Alabama at Birmingham learns how difficult it is to sack college football

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U of Alabama at Birmingham's flip-flop on ending football illustrates how difficult it is to shut down a program, even a money-losing one with a so-so record.
 

 

Wary of concussions, college athletes choose early retirement

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College athletes in football and other sports are turning to early retirement, choosing to end their athletic careers to avoid the long-term effects of concussions.

Some presidents face steep learning curve with athletics

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When universities that are sports powerhouses appoint presidents with little experience in intercollegiate athletics, new leaders face a steep learning curve.

University Senate report calls on Rutgers athletics to become self-sustaining

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After years of having one of the most highly subsidized athletics departments, a universitywide panel at Rutgers pushes reforms that would end contributions from student fees and the university.

Athletes take easier courses to fit in with teammates, study asserts

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College athletes say they care about doing well academically, but they study less and take easier courses to try to align with stereotypes, researchers say in a new paper.

College athletes greatly overestimate their chances of playing professionally

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More than three-quarters of men's Division I basketball players think they will play professionally, but less than 2 percent make it to the NBA.

'Power Five' leagues expand athletic scholarships to cover full cost of attendence

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In a debate-filled session involving athletes for the first time, the 'Power Five' conferences vote to increase financial aid, adopt a new concussion policy, and bar colleges from reducing aid for athletic reasons.

Are selective colleges with big-time sports at greater risk for compromising academics?

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At academically competitive institutions with big-time college sports, a large gap exists between athletes and the average student -- leaving plenty of room for colleges to compromise their academic mission.

Colleges turn to athletics directors with business backgrounds, but results vary

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Big-time colleges were rushing to hire executives as athletics directors a few years ago -- but the results have some questioning the trend.

 

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