Athletics

What's Next For Division I?

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The announcement last week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association that its Division I Board of Directors had approved a four-year moratorium on accepting new members into the group’s ever-growing top competitive level le

Coach Caught By an E-Mail Trail

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NCAA punishes Purdue University for ex-coach's academic fraud, laid out in a series of electronic messages.

'Confessions of a Spoilsport'

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William C. Dowling is, first and foremost, a professor of English, specializing in 17th and 18th century British and American literature. But like a relatively small number of established faculty members, he has developed another highly visible, non-academic specialty, as a critic of big-time college sports. Dowling was among a band of professors, students and alumni who led an (ultimately failed) effort to get Rutgers University to drop out of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A athletics during the mid-1990s, and like many such campaigns, it exacted a toll on Dowling.

Tracking a Move Away From Division I

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Enrollment and financial giving is up since Birmingham-Southern College moved out of the NCAA's top competitive division.

Who Gets In -- and Why

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What are the roles of race, money and athletic talent? How is merit defined? A sociologist spent 18 months in an admissions office, and shares the tensions and idealism he found.

Appeals Court Reinstates Colorado Sex Assault Case

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Panel requires university to stand trial on charges that its indifference resulted in football players' alleged rape of female students.

Academic Fraud in Collegiate Athletics

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Flurry of cheating cases renews questions about degree of pressure placed on academic support programs since NCAA instituted new rules for sports eligibility.

Supreme Court Potpourri: Free Speech and Sex Harassment

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Justices decline to hear several college cases, letting stand decisions involving a campus preacher's First Amendment rights and a soccer coach's alleged mistreatment of a female player.

Graduation Rates for Athletes Stable

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77 percent of Division I players earned degrees within six years, same as last year. But gains over time show traction for academic reform, NCAA leaders say.

Ignorance or Bliss -- or Both?

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Survey of faculty attitudes on college sports finds disengagement from athletics governance. Is that because professors feel shut out, or don't think things are so bad?

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