Athletics

NCAA Grades Coaches

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Hoping increased transparency will encourage head coaches to take seriously their players’ academic performance, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has released a searchable database of the Academic Progress Rates of all teams coached by current and former Division I coaches in six major sports since the NCAA introduced the scoring system in 2003.

Who's on First?

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A sports conference that always scheduled weekday basketball doubleheaders in which women’s teams played the first game — letting the men play in the later time slot — has altered the practice, after an anonymous sex discrimination complaint charged that this made the women’s games appear to be a “warm-up” act for the men’s games.

Now, hoping to avoid possible gender equity suits, other athletic conferences are considering similar scheduling changes.

Up, Up and Away

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Harvard faculty members, to almost no one's surprise, find out that grade inflation prospers.

'Scoreboard, Baby'

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College football is so notorious a breeding ground for controversy that it's difficult even to say what constitutes a scandal anymore. But a series of articles digging into the story behind the University of Washington's 2000 football season — which culminated in a Rose Bowl victory — managed not only to raise eyebrows, but to drop jaws, when they first ran in The Seattle Times in 2008.

New Tactic in Aid Arms Race

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Cornell and Dartmouth match all Ivy aid packages, resulting in some admitted applicants getting more money than others. Has Overlap Group philosophy returned, courtesy in part of athletics?

Any Given Weekday

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Football teams that can get prime billing on Saturday shy away from games during week, citing academic and logistical problems. But the financially vulnerable play them for national attention.

In Rebuke of Old Nassau

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Princeton becomes first Ivy League institution in 36 years to be penalized by NCAA for major athletics infraction.

'Curriculum Review' for Athletics

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When campus budgets are tight and athletics departments are under the microscope, college and university administrators use a variety of methods to determine which teams to cut and which to keep. Some look at downsizing from a purely financial perspective, cutting sports that cost the most to operate, either overall or on a per-athlete basis. Others consider the win-loss records and popularity of their teams, trimming those it seems few on their campus will miss. That all goes to say that there is no tried-and-true method for determining a sport’s value to an institution.

Transgender Athletes, College Teams

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As NCAA studies the issue, advocates call for national standard for when students should have options to play on men's or women's squads.

Running in Place

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For third straight year, graduation rate for Division I college athletes holds steady.

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