February 27, 2015
IT'S AN INTERESTING proposal. Last week, The Diamondback - the University of Maryland student newspaper of which I am proud alum - broke a story that the Big Ten Conference was going to discuss making football and men's basketball players spend a year in college before they would be eligible to compete. Certainly, a lot of ground must be covered between discussing a "Year of Readiness" proposal to something concrete actually happening, but I would ask, "Why not?" I understand the concerns, and if I were a men's basketball or football coach in the Big Ten, I'd be just like Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo in saying, "I'm not sure I'd do that.
February 14, 2015 |
Another provision of the sanctions assessed against Penn State as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal has been reversed with the announcement Thursday that the university once again will receive its full share of bowl revenues from the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season. In a statement, the Big Ten said its council of presidents and chancellors decided at a meeting Wednesday to restore the bowl revenue, saying that "the original bowl fine was based on NCAA actions, most of which have been rescinded over the past six months.
October 1, 2014 |
As part of its effort to improve the student-athlete experience, Temple unveiled the newly renovated Nancy and Donald Resnick Academic Support Center on Monday. The university began renovating the center in August. Located on the ground floor at McGonigle Hall, the area houses six private student services rooms for tutoring, peer mentoring and private study; 10 new offices for advisers and learning specialists; an expanded computer lab with 36 computers; and a seating capacity that has gone from 34 to approximately 100. "This is very important for our student-athletes," athletic director Kevin Clark said.
August 23, 2014 |
Cheyney University was placed on probation for five years by the NCAA on Thursday for multiple infractions regarding the university's lack of control over its certification process. From 2007 through 2011, Cheyney, the nation's oldest African American university, was found to have allowed 109 student-athletes to practice, compete, and receive travel expenses and athletically related financial aid before receiving their amateur certification from the NCAA. The Division II Committee on Infractions, which rendered the decision, also concluded that a former university compliance director did not follow proper procedures in the certification of student-athletes' eligibility.
May 20, 2014 |
She had so many true and heartfelt things to say about her school, and Emily Moran's greatest worry, as she prepared to deliver the commencement address Sunday at La Salle University, was that the words would pour out of her into a shapeless pile, like jelly beans from a bag. She has always talked fast, especially among those she knows best and loves most. "They keep telling me, 'You have to slow down,' " she said. It's no wonder why. She has five siblings. Her father is one of 15, and from those 14 aunts and uncles Emily Moran has 86 cousins.
May 16, 2014 |
The NCAA released its 10th annual report on Academic Progress Rates on Wednesday, and Philadelphia-area universities scored well. "Across the board, we are trending pretty positively," said Justin Miller, director of Temple's Academic Advising and Support Center for student-athletes. "We have come a long way in all of our sports across the board. " The APR is based on a points system that rewards athletes for staying academically eligible and remaining in school. The report is a four-year compilation of data beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.
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.