CORAL GABLES, Fla. — One of the investigators who worked the NCAA's inquiry of Miami athletics wrote a letter on former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro's behalf just days before he was sentenced two years ago.
In the same letter, dated June 3, 2011, Ameen Najjar even suggested that the NCAA could eventually hire Shapiro.
Najjar, who is no longer with the NCAA, told U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton that college sports' governing body could have utilized Shapiro "in the future as a consultant and/or speaker to educate our membership.
NEW YORK -- In dismissing a motion by the NCAA to prevent football and men's
basketball players from legally pursuing a cut of live broadcast
revenues, a federal court judge Tuesday raised the stakes for the
governing body of college sports as it defends its economic model.
Judge Claudia Wilken issued her ruling Tuesday, rejecting the NCAA's
motion that players in the antitrust suit led by former UCLA star Ed
O'Bannon should be precluded from advancing their lawsuit on procedural
Inside Clarett’s vehicle, officers found a hatchet, a loaded AK-47 variant rifle and three other loaded pistols along with an open bottle of Grey Goose vodka.
Just four years earlier, Clarett was a huge college star leading the Buckeyes to aFiesta Bowl and national championship at age 19.
A feeling of invincibility – no doubt influenced by tremendous media hype – and personal demons led Clarett to multiple arrests, dropping out of school, losing an NFL career and doing a bid.
DELAWARE -- On Tuesday, an ESPN.com report surfaced detailing that non-football playing members of the Big East could potentially join non-football members of the Atlantic-10 to form a super basketball conference.
After all, it was the latest in a spat of financially-based decisions that promises to forever alter the landscape of major college sports. With schools moving from one conference to another almost weekly, there’s plenty for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to learn from.
NEW YORK -- The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (UPGSE) just released a report based on its study of graduation rates for black male athletes in the NCAA.
The study’s findings concluded that black male athletes have considerably lower graduation rates in comparison to the overall rate of student athletes.
According to the Associated Press, The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at UPGSE produced data collected over a four-year time frame.
The data tracked the study of athletes from the NCAA school conferences, including the Big 10, ACC, Big East, Pac 12, Big 12, and the SEC.
Pa. -- Penn State President Rodney Erickson received a subpoena last
week to testify regarding the investigation into former assistant
football coach Jerry Sandusky, the university said Monday.
The subject or subjects of Erickson's future testimony was not
immediately clear, and university spokeswoman Lisa Powers declined to
provide a copy of the subpoena, which was first disclosed by the
Erickson's ''attorney is discussing with the attorney general's
office various aspects of the subpoena, including the actual date of
testimony,'' Powers said.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The
Black Coaches and Administrators with the support of the Indiana
University (IUPUI Campus) School of Journalism/National Sports
Journalism Center (NSJC) will announce in the fall of 2012 its findings
via the release of a “Hiring Report Card” (HRC) that will address the
current trends relevant to the search processes and hiring practices in
NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)/Division I institution’s men’s
2012 BCA Men’s Basketball Hiring Report Card will serve as a
significant component in the evaluation of FBS/Division I institution’s
search and hiring practices for head men’s basketball coaching positions
for the 2012 hiring cycle.
NEW YORK -- Unfortunately, the numbers don’t lie. One in six
men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, making
prostate cancer more prevalent than breast cancer.
African American men
are at even greater risk, as one in five will be diagnosed with prostate
African American men are also more likely to develop prostate
cancer than other ethnic groups and are more likely to die from the
Black History Month in February, ON THE LINE, a national prostate
cancer education and awareness campaign, is teaming up with the Black
Coaches & Administrators (BCA), the organization that represents and
supports African American collegiate basketball and football coaches,
to encourage African American men to not only learn the risk factors of
prostate cancer, but also how to communicate with loved ones and
physicians about their health.
NCAA denies UConn waiver request
By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press
STORRS, Conn. (AP)—The NCAA on Friday turned down the University ofConnecticut
’s request for a waiver that would allow its men’s basketball team to play in the 2013 national championship tournament.UConn doesn’t qualify for the tournament because of below-standard academic results, but it requested a waiver last month.The school proposed alternate penalties, including playing a shorter schedule next season, forfeiting the revenue awarded to the Big East for participating in the 2013 tournament, and barring coach Jim Calhoun from meeting off-campus with prospective recruits during the fall 2012 contact period.
MADISON, Wis. -- A University of Wisconsin student alleged that an athletic department official grabbed his crotch at an alcohol-fueled party during the football team's trip to the Rose Bowl, according to an independent report released by the school on Tuesday night.
The report says the student alleges former senior associate athletic director John Chadima put his hand down the student's pants at the end of a party in Chadima's suite at a Los Angeles hotel on Dec. 31.
BOISE, Idaho -- A slew of mostly minor allegations in multiple sports add up to a major institutional problem at Boise State, the NCAA alleges.
The NCAA found 22 violations with the most severe ones in women's
tennis. Infractions also were found in football, men's tennis, and track
and field/cross country so the athletic organization chose to bundle
them up into a single major violation.
Boise State officials must attend a June 10 hearing before the NCAA
infractions committee. A final report isn't expected for months.
NORTH CAROLINA --The Pac-10 Conference has agreed to a media rights deal with ESPN and
Fox that is worth $3B over 12 years, according to multiple sources.
formal announcement will come Wednesday.
The deal, which averages out to
$250M per year, includes football, basketball and Olympic sports
rights. It is more than quadruple the conference's current deals with
ESPN and Fox. The conference is holding some rights back that it still
hopes to use for a dedicated channel.
The deal is a blow to
Comcast/NBC, which was vying to pick up the rights for Versus but
pulled out last week.
By Grant Hill
“The Fab Five,” an ESPN film about the Michigan basketball careers of Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson from 1991 to 1993, was broadcast for the first time Sunday night. In the show, Rose, the show’s executive producer, stated that Duke recruited only black players he considered to be “Uncle Toms.” Grant Hill, a player on the Duke team that beat Michigan in the 1992 Final Four, reflected on Rose’s comments.
I am a fan, friend and longtime competitor of the Fab Five.
sport increased its grade for racial hiring practices from a C+ to a B
in the 2010 College Sport Racial and Gender Report Card while
maintaining a strong B for gender hiring practices. The combined grade was a solid B.
sport received the B for racial hiring practices by earning 81.9
points, up from 76.2 points in the 2008 College RGRC, the last report
where a grade was issued. College sport received the B for gender
hiring practices by earning 82.3 points, up from 80.