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She Broke a Bunch of Swim Records, Now Faces Transphobia

Controversy swirls over U of Penn's Lia Thomas, who moved to women's team after transitioning

(Newser) - The debate on trans athletes participating in college sports has just been kicked up a notch after a University of Pennsylvania swimmer broke three school records and two national ones over the past month. LGBTQ advocates say the ensuing controversy has veered into transphobic waters. NBC News reports on the...

Supreme Court Sides With College Athletes on Benefits

Ruling could make it easier for them to be compensated for non-tuition expenses

(Newser) - In a ruling that could push changes in college athletics, the Supreme Court on Monday unanimously sided with a group of former college athletes over rules limiting certain compensation. The high court ruled that NCAA limits on the education-related benefits that colleges can offer athletes who play Division I basketball...

COVID-19 Sidelines Favorite for Heisman

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence tested positive on Wednesday

(Newser) - The top-ranked Clemson Tigers will have to go without their star quarterback and the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, who's tested positive for COVID-19. Trevor Lawrence tested negative on Sunday but logged a positive test on Wednesday, officials said late Thursday, per CNN . The quarterback will be out...

Ivy League Drops the Hammer on All Sports

Now, what about other Division I conferences?

(Newser) - The Ivy League has scrapped all its sports until at least January—a move that throws Division I college football into question with preseason games only weeks away, CBS Sports reports. Ivy League presidents said Wednesday that due to "the continued spread of the virus," they couldn't...

NCAA to Mississippi: Change State Flag or Else

SEC may nix championship games in state over Confederate symbol

(Newser) - Mississippi is the only state in the nation to still feature the Confederate symbol, which consists of 13 stars and a blue cross, on its flag —and that hasn't escaped the NCAA's eye. Now, the college athletic organization's Southeastern Conference is warning the state that if...

California's Seismic Decision Could Reshape College Sports

State will let college athletes hire agents, make money from endorsements

(Newser) - California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape amateur sports in the US. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he signed the law that would let athletes at California universities make money from...

Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville

Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal

(Newser) - After 28 NCAA tournament wins and three trips to the Final Four, Rick Pitino has been "effectively fired" as the coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, his lawyer tells the AP . Pitino, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was technically put on administrative...

FBI Accuses 4 College Coaches of Taking Bribes

Adidas marketing exec also implicated

(Newser) - The director of global sports marketing for Adidas is among those charged in a bribe-paying scheme that federal authorities say was designed to match agents and advisers to players before they became NBA stars. James Gatto was arrested Tuesday along with nine others, including four assistant basketball coaches from the...

Inside the Big-Money World of College Chess

One coach recently asked for $1M for program

(Newser) - Football and basketball aren't the only college competitions playing with serious cash. Chess may not have the national spotlight athletics does, but these days, the money behind it is nothing to sniff at. In 2011, a four-time women's world chess champion asked Texas Tech for $1 million in...

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...

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 "...

Hazing Gets Whole Cornell Lacrosse Team Suspended

Players in trouble after 'coerced' drinking

(Newser) - It's going to be a quiet autumn for the Cornell men's lacrosse team, which made it to the NCAA semifinals last year. The whole team was suspended temporarily on Sept. 13 over what the university calls alleged "coerced consumption of alcohol by underage freshmen"—"a...

Rutgers Suspends Another Coach Over Verbal Abuse

Lacrosse team's Brian Brecht on the hot seat this time

(Newser) - See if this sounds familiar: Rutgers has suspended a men's coach on allegations of verbal abuse. This time, it's lacrosse coach Brian Brecht, but the university hasn't released any details of the investigation, reports the Star-Ledger of New Jersey. The school has been poring over practice tapes...

Schools Spend Way More on Athletes Than Students

Six times more at Division I colleges

(Newser) - Sorry brainiacs, but if you go to a Division I public school, you can expect your institution to spend more—much more—on athletes than on education. A new analysis picked up by USA Today lays out some key stats:
  • At 97 schools that compete in top-tier football, per-athlete spending
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Pa. Gov to Sue NCAA Over Sandusky Sanctions

Lawmakers don't want Penn State fine spent in other states

(Newser) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The Republican governor plans to hold a news conference today to announce the filing. The suit is an antitrust...

Why College Sports Are Broke
 Why College Sports Are Broke 

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...

College Football, Your Days Are Numbered
College Football, Your
Days Are Numbered
OPINION

College Football, Your Days Are Numbered

And maybe yours, too, NFL: Malcolm Gladwell

(Newser) - Author and columnist Malcolm Gladwell thinks college football—and eventually, the NFL—is headed for years of decline and possibly oblivion as concussion evidence rolls in and the lawsuits pile up . "The factor that I think will be decisive is the head-injury issue," he says in a Slate...

Ralph Nader: Stop Giving Athletes Scholarships

He calls the NCAA tournament a 'pro' competition

(Newser) - Ralph Nader has set his sites on a new target: college sports. Nader's "League of Fans" group is calling for a ban on college athletic scholarships, as a way to "de-professionalize" school athletic programs. "As we near the exciting conclusion of 'March Madness—which would more accurately...

Cam Newton Deserved the Money His Dad Tried to Snag

It's time we actually paid college athletes, writes Buzz Bissinger

(Newser) - Cam Newton's father was conspicuously absent when his son was presented with the Heisman Trophy Saturday. Why? Because the NCAA, "like the Mafia," doesn't actually keep college football clean, writes Buzz Bissinger on the Daily Beast : Rather, it finds "fall guys to protect the multimillion-dollar empire,"...

Quidditch Takes a Cutthroat Turn

Players are battling for the soul of the sport

(Newser) - Harry Potter's favorite game of Quidditch is continuing to sweep US college campuses with techniques and rules making matches more competitive. The real-life game that began at Middlebury has "grown up," and now involves deadly serious faceoffs, new brooms (that don't make players fly), and a 60-team World...

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