Athletics

When Athletics May Influence Alumni Giving

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New study finds a link between sports success and donations -- but not in the way many college officials tend to think.

Progress and More Potent Penalties

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In fourth year of NCAA's new academic regime, academic progress rates rise but 218 teams face scholarship loss or other punishment for shortcomings in athletes' classroom performance.

Not Ready for Prime (or Big-)Time

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Rapid expansion of Florida International U.'s sports program overwhelmed its administrative structures, resulting in major NCAA violations, association finds.

Flocking to Football

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Despite sport's hefty cost, colleges continue to add teams amid economic downturn, citing desire to build enrollments or enhance campus culture.

Crime and Punishment, College Sports Style

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At meeting of athletics reform group, NCAA officials say they strive to balance penalties and encouragement in new academic regime and traditional enforcement process.

When NCAA Penalties Are No Vacation

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The association's rule enforcers increasingly compel colleges to forfeit their past victories and championships, much to their consternation.

Restricting the Madness After March

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NCAA is reconsidering a rule that bars Division I men's basketball recruiters from attending non-scholastic events in April, citing some coaches' concerns that it could raise costs of scouting prospects.

On Recruiting, Gambling and Drinking

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NCAA committees and boards decide on a number of controversial college sports issues.

Another Case of Academic Fraud Involving Athletes

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Ex-coaches at U. of New Mexico arranged for recruited players to get academic credit in courses for which they did no work, NCAA finds. Much finger pointing ensues.

Redefining Division III

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Talk of splitting the NCAA competitive level in two is dead. But philosophical differences among the division's members remain, prompting a reevaluation of some of their bedrock principles.

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