Athletics

EA settlement with athletes portrayed in video games bodes poorly for NCAA

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Tens of thousands of athletes will be paid for use of their image in video games, and while the NCAA refuses to settle its portion of the lawsuit, experts say this hurts its case.

Colleges benefit financially but take hits to pride and bodies in overmatched football games

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Smaller football programs have long scheduled top-25 teams to gain money and national exposure, but at the expense of the educational mission and athletes' well-being, critics say.

Communications consultants say athletics controversies are more difficult to manage

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Gordon Gee's retirement in wake of a controversy that got major attention from sports media raises this question: Are athletics issues at universities fundamentally different from others that presidents face?

Rutgers president faces controversy on multiple fronts, including athletics

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Even before athletics scandals, Rutgers president faced criticism on several fronts. Given his limited background in athletics, observers said it’s no surprise sports got away from him, and some worry about the cumulative impact of events in the last year.

String of unseemly revelations about Rutgers athletic staff calls vetting process into question

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New Jersey's flagship university comes under fire for its screening and hiring process yet again, following abuse and discrimination allegations against its new athletics director.

Baylor's gag order on athletes' sexuality reveals homophobia still prevalent in women's sports

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Female college athlete comes out as gay and no one bats an eye -- until it's learned her coach told her not to. The case of Brittney Griner at Baylor is indicative of the culture of women's sports.

Nixed rule for athletic eligibility could have hurt athletes, presidents say

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The decision by college presidents who run the NCAA's Division I to axe a new academic standard for athletic eligibility is irking some faculty members, but presidents say its effects could have been more negative than positive.

New Mexico students protest continual athletic fee increase

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Students at the University of New Mexico, again asked to shoulder a larger financial burden to support athletics, feel their protests are being ignored. Their experience is common.

Experts weigh possible outcomes, effects of NCAA likeness lawsuit

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Lawyers, university presidents and former NCAA officials say that the lawsuit against the NCAA has the potential to go far, but disagree on whether it will be transformative for college sports.

Video shows Rutgers basketball coach assaulting players and using slurs

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Video obtained by ESPN shows basketball coach kicking players, hurling balls at their heads and using anti-gay slurs. University briefly suspended coach in December, but didn't take further action until the video became public

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