Report: Penn State Football Was Almost Given The Death Penalty

Another day, another embarrassing set of e-mails made public by the ongoing lawsuit by Pennsylvania state officials against the NCAA over the 2012 sanctions imposed upon Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky case, and this time it's a big one. According to the Associated Press, a 2012 e-mail from NCAA attorney David Remy… » 11/13/14 8:28pm 11/13/14 8:28pm

The Future Of College Football Is ... The University Of The South?

Larry Majors saunters toward Hardee-McGee Field—the oldest on-campus football stadium in the South—from the brick house his family has owned for nearly 50 years, the one so close that a rusty tackling sled practically sits in the front yard. He passes a flagpole behind the east end zone that stands in tribute to great… » 11/10/14 3:17pm 11/10/14 3:17pm

UConn Suspends Player For Flipping Off ESPN Camera

Earlier today, we brought you the image above, of UConn freshman Noriana Radwan flipping off an ESPN camera after the Huskies won their conference championship game yesterday. Forty-five minutes later, we got the following sternly worded release from UConn, along with a request to add it to our coverage: » 11/10/14 12:06pm 11/10/14 12:06pm

NCAA Punishes Todd Gurley, Still Thinks It's An Actual Court Of Law

Georgia star running back Todd Gurley was suspended by his school earlier this month after a bitter memorabilia dealer snitched on Gurley because he wasn't making enough money off the player's autographs. It was some extremely dumb shit. Now, the NCAA has swooped in and hit Gurley with its own set of punishments, and… » 10/29/14 10:14am 10/29/14 10:14am

Lawsuit: NCAA Athletics Violate Labor Laws

Add this to the growing number of legal shots fired at the NCAA: A lawsuit filed in federal court says the current setup violates federal labor laws and athletes should be paid. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Indianapolis. The crux of the lawsuit's argument is this: Students in work-study programs—including those… » 10/24/14 7:26pm 10/24/14 7:26pm

Even The NCAA Says SI's Oklahoma State Story Was Pointless Horsecrap

Hard to believe it was 13 months ago that Sports Illustrated released a five-part behemoth on alleged misdeeds at Oklahoma State and everyone responded with a collective, nationwide "meh." Today, the NCAA and an independent investigator hired by OK State released a joint statement following their own probe, and they… » 10/21/14 5:02pm 10/21/14 5:02pm

The Todd Gurley Snitch Was A Spiteful Memorabilia Dealer

Georgia on Thursday suspended superstar tailback Todd Gurley indefinitely, pending, in its own words, "an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules." By multiple accounts, Gurley is alleged to have received money from at least one memorabilia dealer for signing autographs. A series of emails… » 10/10/14 1:17pm 10/10/14 1:17pm

University Of Alabama Relents, Daisha Simmons Will Play At Seton Hall

The saga of former Alabama basketball player Daisha Simmons looks like it is finally coming to an end. The University of Alabama announced Tuesday night that they had changed course and were supporting Simmons's waiver request to be able to play basketball at Seton Hall this upcoming season. If you're unfamiliar with… » 10/07/14 10:00pm 10/07/14 10:00pm

NCAA Relaxes Penn State Sanctions, Continues Power-Mongering

Today, the NCAA announced significant reductions in its punishments for Penn State stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Specifically, the school's four-year bowl ban has been lifted immediately, and starting next season, it will have all 85 of its scholarships restored. This, like all power moves by governing… » 9/08/14 5:12pm 9/08/14 5:12pm

Penn State To Alums: Please Stop Being Crazy Truthers

Most of the country has moved on from talking about the Penn State scandal, accepting that university administrators and former head coach Joe Paterno made grievous errors in judgment upon becoming aware of Jerry Sandusky's crimes. According to a letter that was sent today by the university to a massive listserv of… » 9/05/14 1:42pm 9/05/14 1:42pm

NCAA: Geno Auriemma's Phone Call To Mo'ne Davis Was A Violation

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma called little league pitcher Mo'ne Davis last month to congratulate her success with the Taney Dragons. Someone anonymously reported the call to the NCAA as a recruiting violation, because Davis, who is 13 years old, also plays basketball. The NCAA actually took the report… » 9/04/14 11:28pm 9/04/14 11:28pm

Texas Athletic Director Channels Donald Sterling

The millionaire administrators who prop up the NCAA often say deeply, deeply stupid things when defending their right to make millions of dollars off of the unpaid labor of athletes, but what University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said in this month's issue of Texas Monthly deserves special recognition. » 8/19/14 11:28am 8/19/14 11:28am

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You The O’Bannon Ruling Conflicts With Title IX

I'm already starting to see rumblings out there that the recent ruling by Judge Claudia Wilken (of which I present a broader, preliminary analysis here) is somehow incompatible with the existing obligation of universities to comply with Title IX. That's simply false, and it's important to understand why before that… » 8/13/14 4:46pm 8/13/14 4:46pm