March 29, 2014 |
No more two-a-days. That's one suggestion to help put the student in student-athlete. The NCAA has legislation on the books calling for no more than 20 hours a week involved in any "athletically-related activities. " How about enforcing it? A National Labor Relations Board regional director noted some pretty overwhelming evidence that Northwestern football players were, in fact, employees of the school, causing him to approve an election for a union. Northwestern's response: They're not employees because they're students.
March 21, 2014
The Penn women's basketball team (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade, following this year's Ivy League championship. Senior Courtney Wilson and freshman Sydney Stipanovich are writing a daily diary for the Daily News throughout the team's run in the tournament. Yesterday was a reminder that even though our lives are focused on the game ahead, we are still Ivy League students, and school must come first.
March 2, 2014 |
The most powerful man in college sports was in a basement auditorium Friday at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Sansom Street, talking at a symposium. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, the event's keynote speaker said nothing particularly incendiary. A trial is due to start in June where, among other issues, it could be decided whether athletes should be compensated for their likenesses. Meanwhile, a drive to unionize college athletes has begun, at a Big Ten school, Northwestern.
January 30, 2014 |
KAIN COLTER, the quarterback at Northwestern, joined union leaders yesterday in Chicago to announce the creation of the College Athletes Players Association. He says the NCAA currently dictates conditions and added that athletes need "a seat at the table" to guarantee safeguards against injuries and to ensure adequate financial compensation. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association and a former linebacker at UCLA, filed the petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern, submitting the form at the regional office of the NLRB.
December 19, 2013
THE announcement that Temple University plans to eliminate seven Division I athletic programs on July 1 felt like a punch to the gut. Messages from former teammates, friends, family, coaches, bosses, co-workers, strangers and even former college rivals have flooded my inbox and social accounts with offers of encouragement and support. The news also managed to awaken an array of memories and feelings, most of which still expose pure and overwhelming emotions when I look back on my own experiences as a student athlete at Temple.
November 8, 2013 |
Brandon Austin, a prized recruit from Imhotep Charter, has been suspended indefinitely from the Providence men's basketball team along with a teammate for what the college termed "not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes. " Austin and fellow freshman Rodney Bullock were suspended from game action with the team, the school announced Wednesday. "We hold our student-athletes to very high standards," Providence coach Ed Cooley said in a statement. "We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made.
November 7, 2013 |
MICHAEL Carter-Williams has had quite the busy week. A week ago, he was just gearing up for his first professional basketball game, hoping for the best. His team was not supposed to succeed, or even come close. Fast forward a week, and things have changed drastically. The Sixers are 3-1, including home wins over the Bulls and the defending champion Heat. Carter-Williams averaged 20 points and 7.8 assists in those four games, and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after the first three games.
June 1, 2013 |
Eastern High School announced Thursday that Jamie McGroarty has resigned as varsity softball coach after six years. "Mr. McGroarty was more than a coach to his student athletes, but a role model who showed his students how to succeed," Eastern's vice principal of athletics, Philip Smart, said in a statement. The announcement came a day after Eastern was eliminated in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. "When I took the job, it was supposed to be a one- or two-year job, and it morphed into a six-year thing," McGroarty said.
May 29, 2013 |
Incoming Rutgers University athletic director Julie Hermann, hired in the wake of a player-abuse scandal and then accused of similar actions herself, has said she will not withdraw. "I never considered withdrawing, because I feel very qualified to lead Rutgers into the future and into the transition into the Big Ten," Hermann said Monday during a conference call with reporters. She and university president Robert L. Barchi issued dual statements Monday, addressing a report that Hermann had cruelly badgered and belittled players she coached at the University of Tennessee, calling them "whores, alcoholics, and learning disabled.
May 1, 2013 |
State Rep. Brian K. Sims, a Philadelphia Democrat, was cocaptain of the Bloomsburg University football team in 2000 when he confirmed to his teammates that he was gay. They didn't mind. It was not until 2009 that Sims told that story to the world in an interview with Outsports.com. He already was a gay-rights advocate in Philadelphia, but the football revelation was a sensation. "I still hear from people all over the world every day because of the article," said Sims, who last year became the first openly gay candidate to win a Pennsylvania legislative race.