Athletics

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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