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?

Assessing the Faculty Role in Sports Oversight

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In wake of report on professors' aloofness from issues facing their colleges' athletics programs, panelists at a Knight Commission summit explore the reasons why.


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