February 13, 2015 |
The NCAA last month gave Joe Paterno his football wins back, but the bronze statue of the coach that for years greeted visitors outside Beaver Stadium remains in seclusion. And a lot of people think that's wrong, a new poll shows. Of 1,023 Pennsylvania residents polled by Quinnipiac University, 59 percent said the statue of Paterno with his finger in the air should be restored to a prominent place on Pennsylvania State University's campus. A quarter of those surveyed said it should not. The poll numbers, released Wednesday, landed on the same morning that the state Senate majority leader repeated his contention that Paterno had been unfairly "scapegoated," criticized the NCAA president, and called for new probes into how the athletic association handled the fallout of the Sandusky sex-abuse case.
September 25, 2012 |
The NCAA president says his organization would have investigated Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal if the university had not commissioned its own investigation, according to a report. CBSSports.com reported that Mark Emmert, speaking at the Division I Faculty Athletics Representatives annual meeting on Monday, said the NCAA's investigation likely would not have begun until the spring and would have lasted a year. Penn State hired a firm run by former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the matter in November.
August 12, 2011 |
LESS THAN 24 hours after NCAA president Mark Emmert called for immediate changes in college sports, the NCAA's board of directors approved a measure that would include postseason bans if teams fall below the new Academic Progress Rate cutline. The new mark for the 4-year rolling average will increase from 900 to 930. In October, NCAA leaders will consider when the new rules will take effect. At this week's 2-day presidential retreat in Indianapolis, Emmert and South Florida president Judy Genshaft , the board's chairwoman, have stressed the need for stronger sanctions for NCAA rule-breakers, a major edit of the massive, 439-page rule book and tougher academic standards for incoming freshmen and junior-college transfers.
December 28, 2011 |
FOR THE SECOND time in less than 2 weeks, schools are objecting to a reform measure sought by university presidents and endorsed by NCAA president Mark Emmert . More than 75 schools are asking to override a plan approved in October to allow multiyear athletic scholarships rather than the 1-year renewable awards schools currently provide. That's the minimum number of dissenters needed for reconsideration by the Division I Board of Directors when it meets next month at the annual NCAA convention.
January 19, 2015
THE LEGAL WORDS have been stacked now with such care. The news releases explaining the legal words have been massaged just so. Nowhere do they say that the NCAA, the pig, has just been slaughtered with its own knife. But that's what happened. The NCAA just wanted to be relevant again, don't you know. The big conferences run everything anymore, and the football behemoth has gone and swallowed the world, and the NCAA is left with its basketball tournament to run - a beloved tournament that, truth be told, isn't a pimple on football's ass. All of which leaves the NCAA with a continuing search to convince people it still needs to exist.
October 25, 2011 |
MORE THAN 300 major college football and men's basketball players are telling the NCAA and college presidents they want a cut of ever-increasing TV sports revenue to fatten scholarships and cover all the costs of getting a degree, with athletes picking up still more grant money when they graduate. The players from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Purdue and UCLA have signed a petition asking the NCAA to "realize its mission to educate and protect us with integrity. " The National College Players Association, an athletes' advocacy group, provided the Associated Press with copies of the document.
February 25, 2013
By Saturday, the stars were gone from the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. But still remaining were Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan , two of the best in match play. Poulter beat Steve Stricker to raise his record in match play over the last four years to 19-3-2. Mahan beat U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson , to put himself in position to join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of this World Golf Championship. Poulter and Mahan meet in one semifinal Sunday morning.
November 11, 2011 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA is watching developments in the Penn State case but will defer to criminal investigators for now. "The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law-enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes," president Mark Emmert said yesterday. "As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly. " Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year period.
January 31, 2012
NCAA president Mark Emmert reiterated his support Monday for a two-round, four-team BCS championship playoff. Emmert said there are ongoing discussions about what he described as a Final Four model, a scenario that this season would've matched LSU against Stanford, and Alabama vs. Oklahoma State, with the winners advancing to the title game. Alabama beat LSU, 21-0, to avenge its lone loss and win the championship in a criticized rematch. Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien named Jim Bernhardt as special assistant and director of player development, and Craig Fitzgerald , a La Salle High School graduate whose most recent coaching job was at South Carolina, as director of strength and conditioning.
December 28, 2011
A U.S. District Judge in Delaware said a bankruptcy judge who freed the Los Angeles Dodgers from provisions of their current Fox Sports TV contract likely improperly relied on a single case in making his decision. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark halted the Dodgers' plans to sell the media rights to future games as part of the team's impending sale. On Tuesday, Stark issued a longer, 33-page ruling explaining his reasoning. Fox currently has the rights to produce, record, and telecast Dodgers games through the 2013 season.