For Sports Scholar, a New Perspective

Northeastern's Peter Roby makes unusual transition from head of sports research center to athletics director.

Big Payday for Title IX Advocate

Jury finds Cal State Fresno retaliated against a former coach for defense of gender equity law -- and awards her $5.85 million.

No Peace in Title IX Land

U.S. report on participation for male and female athletes doesn't resolve data dispute over who has been helped (and hurt).

Star Athlete, You're Admitted. Er, Never Mind

Steve Spurrier is hardly the first coach to blast his college's admissions process; coaches never like it when top recruits get rejected. The University of South Carolina coach’s threat this week to quit if the institution does not alter its policies is unlikely to get Spurrier everything he wants; he says the university should admit any athlete who meets the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s eligibility standards for freshmen, and university officials say they won’t go there.

NCAA Freezes Division I Membership

Association plans study of criteria for joining big-time level; presidents ban text messaging of recruits, and Division III chiefs back restrictions on male practice players.

What's Next For Division I?

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

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

'Confessions of a Spoilsport'

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

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

Who Gets In -- and Why

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.


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