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March 25, 2011
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to "de-professionalize" college athletes. Nader's League of Fans, a group aimed at reforming sports, proposes that the scholarships be replaced with need-based financial aid. He said that would help restore academic integrity to college sports. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the proposal Thursday, ahead of its official release. Nader argues that his plan also would help reduce the "win-at-all-costs" mentality in high schools by reducing the incentive of college scholarships.
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November 8, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than a month before the high school basketball season tips off, the reigning Catholic League girls' champions are without a coach. Neumann-Goretti's Letty Santarelli resigned on Friday morning, athletic director Charles Szydlik said. He declined to comment when asked why Santarelli resigned. Santarelli could not be reached for comment. Robert Coleman, executive director of PIAA's District 12, said last week that the program was under investigation by the archdiocese, which was looking into the awarding of athletic scholarships.
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June 26, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ROBERT MORRIS University-Illinois has decided to make online video gaming a varsity sport. Beginning this fall, the 7,000-student institution - which is located in Chicago and has no affiliation with its namesake in Pittsburgh - will offer up to 50 athletic scholarships to gamers. The scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of tuition and 50 percent of room and board. Who knew that playing with Trundle the Troll King could be financially rewarding? Robert Morris will compete in the League of Legends League, which has a slew of college teams, including all of Philly's Big 5 schools.
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January 23, 2012 | By Susan Synder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many Penn State alumni, banker Karen Peetz and potato farmer Keith Masser - the new chairwoman and vice chairman of the university board of trustees - have lives deeply intertwined with their alma mater. Peetz's father is a Pennsylvania State University graduate. She met her future husband, David, a landscape architect, there. His parents went to Penn State, too. And so did her son. "She's a Penn Stater through and through," trustee Joel N. Myers, founder and president of AccuWeather Inc., said when he nominated her at the trustees meeting Friday.
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April 12, 2007 | By Shannon Ryan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - On a chilly afternoon this week, Northampton Community College softball coach Sam Carrodo walked around the field, planting bases and waiting for a few students to arrive for practice from work. Not much has changed as far as glamour for the two-year college surrounded by freeways and farms in Bethlehem, but the school has received more attention since the team surpassed the North Carolina women's soccer team's 1998-99 streak of 92 straight wins. The Spartans reached the 93-0 mark - one of the longest win streaks in college athletics - on April 1 after a three-game sweep of Montgomery College of Rockville, Md. "There's a lot of buzz," Carrodo said.
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January 4, 2013
The politically charged decision by Gov. Corbett to mount a late, rearguard legal attack over collegiate sports' harsh punishment of Pennsylvania State University seems unlikely to help the university - or the state as a whole - move beyond the school's scandalous sheltering of convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky. The antitrust suit Corbett filed Wednesday - which challenges the National Collegiate Athletic Association's $60 million university fine, four-year postseason football ban, cuts to athletic scholarships, and other penalties - sends the wrong message.
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February 22, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE PROSECUTION case against Oscar Pistorius began to unravel Wednesday with revelations of a series of police blunders and the lead investigator's admission that authorities have no evidence challenging the double-amputee Olympian's claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally. Detective Hilton Botha's often confused testimony left prosecutors rubbing their heads in frustration as he misjudged distances and said testosterone - banned for professional athletes in some cases - was found at the scene, only to be later contradicted by the prosecutor's office.
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August 23, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE WIFE of the late Johnny Tapia says the former boxing champion's death was related to heart problems and not because of a drug overdose. Teresa Tapia said Wednesday that an autopsy report showed that Tapia died from heart disease and high blood pressure, and that no traces of illegal drugs were found in his system. Tapia shared the newly released autopsy report with reporters at a press conference at the late boxer's Albuquerque, N.M., gym. Investigators found one Hydrocodone tablet, a painkiller, on the floor beside his body.
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April 18, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
The regular signing period for a number of NCAA sports begins Wednesday, and Jessie Graham will become the first tennis player in Academy of Notre Dame history to complete a letter of intent with a Division I school. It's a neat distinction. It's a distinction that Graham doesn't think she deserves. It's a distinction that needs an asterisk. About 22 years ago, a terrific young tennis player walked the halls of Notre Dame and signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida.
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December 8, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
AT PEARSON Hall last night, students on Temple's men's gymnastics team trained as usual on the horse and rings under the watchful eye of coach Fred Turoff. But the day was far from ordinary. Hours earlier, team members learned that their sport was one of seven varsity sports being cut by the university. "It was devastating to my team," Turoff, head coach for 38 years and assistant coach for another 6, said last night. He also was on the team in the 1960s. The young men, some with muscles bulging as they twisted and rotated on the gym equipment, weren't afraid to say they had cried at the news about the cuts.
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November 8, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than a month before the high school basketball season tips off, the reigning Catholic League girls' champions are without a coach. Neumann-Goretti's Letty Santarelli resigned on Friday morning, athletic director Charles Szydlik said. He declined to comment when asked why Santarelli resigned. Santarelli could not be reached for comment. Robert Coleman, executive director of PIAA's District 12, said last week that the program was under investigation by the archdiocese, which was looking into the awarding of athletic scholarships.
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June 26, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ROBERT MORRIS University-Illinois has decided to make online video gaming a varsity sport. Beginning this fall, the 7,000-student institution - which is located in Chicago and has no affiliation with its namesake in Pittsburgh - will offer up to 50 athletic scholarships to gamers. The scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of tuition and 50 percent of room and board. Who knew that playing with Trundle the Troll King could be financially rewarding? Robert Morris will compete in the League of Legends League, which has a slew of college teams, including all of Philly's Big 5 schools.
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April 17, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The coaches at West Chester University are not looking to upgrade to Division I or to leave the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. What they are doing as a group is supporting legislation that would take West Chester out of the state's higher education system. The real hope for the coaches is that West Chester gains autonomy in making decisions regarding athletics, and maybe that could result in more resources. Almost every Division II college, and the vast majority of those in Division I, could use more athletic revenues.
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April 11, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oddity is commonplace at Union College. The tiny liberal-arts school in Schenectady, N.Y., has a bizarre motto - "We All Become Brothers Under the Laws of Minerva. " Its campus contains one of the world's only 16-sided buildings. And it has had not one but two presidents with the first name Eliphalet. So no one should be shocked if, odd as it sounds, this college of 2,100 students, with no athletic scholarships and a sports budget comparable to what its three Frozen Four rivals spend on hockey alone, departs Philadelphia this weekend as the 2014 NCAA men's ice hockey champion.
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January 30, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
WHEN ATHLETIC Director Kevin Clark announced the decision to cut seven varsity sports programs at Temple, there was anger, shock and disappointment for the 150 student-athletes and nine coaches who would be affected by the decision. The Dec. 6 announcement of the cuts shortly led to the formation of the "T7 Council," a group formed by parents and alumni hoping to reverse the decision. Via email, the T7 Council invited members of Temple's board of trustees to speak about the decision on Jan. 23. Due to a poor response, the group collected and spent its own money to ship letters to each member of the board via FedEx.
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December 8, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
AT PEARSON Hall last night, students on Temple's men's gymnastics team trained as usual on the horse and rings under the watchful eye of coach Fred Turoff. But the day was far from ordinary. Hours earlier, team members learned that their sport was one of seven varsity sports being cut by the university. "It was devastating to my team," Turoff, head coach for 38 years and assistant coach for another 6, said last night. He also was on the team in the 1960s. The young men, some with muscles bulging as they twisted and rotated on the gym equipment, weren't afraid to say they had cried at the news about the cuts.
SPORTS
April 18, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
The regular signing period for a number of NCAA sports begins Wednesday, and Jessie Graham will become the first tennis player in Academy of Notre Dame history to complete a letter of intent with a Division I school. It's a neat distinction. It's a distinction that Graham doesn't think she deserves. It's a distinction that needs an asterisk. About 22 years ago, a terrific young tennis player walked the halls of Notre Dame and signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida.
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February 22, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE PROSECUTION case against Oscar Pistorius began to unravel Wednesday with revelations of a series of police blunders and the lead investigator's admission that authorities have no evidence challenging the double-amputee Olympian's claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally. Detective Hilton Botha's often confused testimony left prosecutors rubbing their heads in frustration as he misjudged distances and said testosterone - banned for professional athletes in some cases - was found at the scene, only to be later contradicted by the prosecutor's office.
NEWS
January 4, 2013
The politically charged decision by Gov. Corbett to mount a late, rearguard legal attack over collegiate sports' harsh punishment of Pennsylvania State University seems unlikely to help the university - or the state as a whole - move beyond the school's scandalous sheltering of convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky. The antitrust suit Corbett filed Wednesday - which challenges the National Collegiate Athletic Association's $60 million university fine, four-year postseason football ban, cuts to athletic scholarships, and other penalties - sends the wrong message.
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