Athletics

50-Yard-Line Seats and Faculty Oversight

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U. Michigan professors express concern about practice of giving athletics advisory board members tickets and travel to football bowl games.

Concerns About Clustering

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USA Today report finds athletes on hundreds of Division I teams are overrepresented in one major at their colleges, raising questions about whether NCAA's academic rules are driving choices.

The Easy Way Out

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NCAA panel, charged with bolstering basketball players' academic performance, focuses on making outcomes look better, not on actual improvement, critics say.

Coaching Under a Black Cloud

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NCAA penalizes Indiana U. for recruiting violations by former head coach and an assistant, but brunt of the punishment is directed at the two individuals.

The Newest Trademark? College Colors

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Apparel company's t-shirts that mimicked college teams' colors violated federal law, U.S. appeals court rules.

Going Bowling for the Holidays (and for $$)

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The president-elect has elevated talk of a college football playoff, but for now -- and for the foreseeable future -- this season is about bowl games, with millions of dollars for participating colleges.

The Admissions Gap for Big-Time Athletes

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Investigative report by Atlanta newspaper finds incoming academic credentials of football and basketball players badly lag fellow students.

2009 NCAA Convention Preview

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Legislative bodies to consider proposals on a wide variety of issues affecting eligibility of athletes, the role of coaches and colleges' commitment to athletics.

Paying to Play

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Hoping to meet shrinking travel budgets, some lower division NCAA colleges ask athletes to supplement or entirely cover cost of travel to some away contests.

Hoop Dream or Recruiting Nightmare?

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Among other decisions at its annual convention, NCAA clears way for 7th graders to be considered official prospects for Division I men's basketball.

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