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Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

Flag Removed, SC Can Now Host March Madness

NAACP, NCAA rescind their boycotts on Palmetto State

(Newser) - South Carolina's removal of the Confederate flag down from its capitol on Friday had a couple of unanticipated ripple effects, reports MSNBC : First, the NAACP ended its 15-year-old boycott of the Palmetto State; president Cornell William Brooks had praised the state's move as a denouncement of "an... More »

NCAA Reaches $70M Settlement Over Head Injuries

Organization will pay for athletes' health testing

(Newser) - The NCAA has reached a deal in a lawsuit brought by former players: The organization will pay to test athletes for brain trauma on the field. Though it admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, the NCAA will establish a $70 million fund to cover the tests, the AP reports. The... More »

Here Is the 1st Openly Gay NCAA Division I Player

Derrick Gordon comes out in interview with ESPN

(Newser) - Less than two months after the NBA got its first openly gay active player , NCAA Division I men's college basketball now has its first openly gay player. Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts, came out to his family, coaches, and teammates earlier this month, and... More »

UConn Star: I Go to Bed 'Starving'

Lawmakers take notice of Shabazz Napier comments

(Newser) - Shabazz Napier's star performance in last night's NCAA championship game is drawing attention to comments made last week that further stoke the debate over whether to pay student athletes. Napier was last week asked about the National Labor Relation Board's ruling that Northwestern football players were employees... More »

Lawsuit: College Sports Form Unfair 'Cartel'

Attorney Jeffrey Kessler wants players to get paid

(Newser) - The debate over whether to pay student athletes is about to involve the US legal system, CNN reports. An attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of four plaintiffs—all past and present university football and basketball players—that calls the NCAA and five top athletic conferences a "... More »

Miami Dodges Bowl Ban, but NCAA Yanks Scholarships

Fallout from crazy booster scandal

(Newser) - The University of Miami's football program will lose nine scholarships—three for each of the next three years—in retribution for the gifts that rogue booster and Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro showered on prospective players , the NCAA announced today. But it won't be banned from playing in bowl... More »

The NCAA Can't Erase History

Penn State's voided victories should count, Gary Alan Fine argues

(Newser) - Penn State surely deserved to be punished for the Jerry Sandusky coverup, but one part of the NCAA's decision was a bit disturbing, author Gary Alan Fine writes in the New York Times . The NCAA "vacated" Penn State's victories from 1998 to 2011—and with them Joe... More »

Penn State Sanctions Not Nearly Enough

NCAA football needs to learn a lesson: Joe Nocera

(Newser) - The sanctions handed down to Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal were harsher than Joe Nocera thought they would be—but not harsh enough. The NCAA should have imposed the so-called "death penalty," a move that would have been reminiscent of University... More »

NCAA Fines Penn State $60M, Bans It From Bowls

All wins since 1998 voided, but no death penalty

(Newser) - Penn State didn't get the so-called "death penalty," but the NCAA brought down the hammer pretty hard nonetheless, fining the university $60 million—or about what the football program grosses in one year—and banning it from bowl games for four years. NCAA President Mark Emmert said... More »

NCAA Prez: 'Death Penalty' on Table for Penn State

'It was more than a football scandal,' Mark Emmert tells Tavis Smiley

(Newser) - NCAA President Mark Emmert strongly hinted that the NCAA would take action against Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal—and that the so-called "death penalty" was a possibility. "I've never seen anything as egregious," Emmert told Tavis Smiley,... More »

Why College Sports Are Broke

Greed and need to compete ruin many programs

(Newser) - College athletic programs across the country are slashing sports and running up debts like teenagers with their first credit cards. Of the 227 public universities in Division I, just 22 turned a profit last year. Why? Because the drive to compete in theoretical cash cow sports like football and basketball... More »

North Dakota Votes to Scrap Fighting Sioux Nickname

Supporters plan to keep fighting for Sioux name

(Newser) - Voters have had their say in the long fight over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname, and 60% of them voted in favor of allowing the university to drop the name. The state's Board of Higher Education is now expected to retire the controversial name and... More »

'Fighting Sioux' Backers Fight to Restore Name

North Dakota to hold referendum on team name

(Newser) - Another battle looms in North Dakota's long-running fight over the Fighting Sioux. The University of North Dakota has been trying to retire the nickname and logo deemed offensive to Native Americans, but the name's supporters say they have gathered enough signatures to force a statewide referendum on the... More »

Joe Paterno Has Lung Cancer

Family says it's treatable, and a full recovery is expected

(Newser) - Joe Paterno has lung cancer, his family said today. Son Scott specified that it was treatable and said doctors expected a "full recovery" for his 84-year-old father, reports USA Today . "As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that... More »

ND Senate: Teams Can Drop Fighting Sioux Name

UND now allowed to drop nickname NCAA finds objectionable

(Newser) - The University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux teams can now change their nickname if they want to, the state Senate has decided. A law requiring UND teams to keep their name and logo was adopted in response to the NCAA's decision to put UND under sanctions because it... More »

8 Miami Players Suspended After Booster Scandal

They, plus 4 others, must repay value of illicit benefits

(Newser) - In the wake of the University of Miami booster scandal , eight football players have been suspended by the NCAA for accepting illicit benefits from Nevin Shapiro. All of them must also repay the value of those benefits, ranging from $140 for quarterback Jacory Harris to $1,200 for defensive starter... More »

Booster Says He Gave Cash, Prostitutes to Miami Players

Convicted ponzi schemer's allegations could doom football program

(Newser) - A convicted Ponzi schemer and former University of Miami booster has come forward alleging that he gave millions in illicit benefits to Hurricanes players—including cash, prostitutes, jewelry, trips, and even an abortion. Nevin Shapiro, who is currently in prison for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, detailed... More »

College B-Ball Legend Dies in Bus Crash

Lorenzo Charles remembered for stunning 1983 victory

(Newser) - Lorenzo Emile Charles, the hero of the 1983 NCAA championship game, died yesterday in a bus crash in North Carolina. Charles, who caught and dunked a last-second shot from his NC State Wolfpack teammate to win the title over heavily favored opponents, was alone and driving a charter bus when... More »

Series of Scandals Led to Fall of Ohio State's Tressel

Resigned Jim Tressel been applauded for 'integrity'

(Newser) - Ohio State’s vaunted football coach Jim Tressel resigned suddenly yesterday , and a new Sports Illustrated story may explain why. The piece on Tressel details a “pattern” of broken rules under his coaching, all amid much praise from other football heavyweights for his “steadiness” and “integrity.”... More »

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