Athletics

Defending the Shards of Amateurism

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Sports reform group criticizes NCAA’s lack of leadership in fight against use of athletes’ names in fantasy games and other commercialization.

'Egregious' Failure to Control Athletics

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The University of the District of Columbia has entered a pantheon, but not of the sort that any institution strives for.

Backsliding for Women's Sports

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Most of the major changes in the status of women's intercollegiate sports came a decade or two ago when, through a combination of tough federal enforcement, court challenges, and enlightened decisions by college leaders, many institutions began to lavish more money and attention in an attempt to give equitable treatment to their women's teams and female athletes.

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.

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