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Smaller schools hope they don't get left behind

Boise State has proven that it can compete with the elite of college football. Schools like Butler and VCU have shown they can beat teams from the biggest conferences during March Madness. Officials at such schools are worried that we'll never see those underdog stories again.<p>They worry that …

College Sports

Auburn releases contracts for Malzahn, Pearl

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gus Malzahn isn't the only Auburn coach reaping rewards from the Tigers' run to the national championship game.<p>The school released details of Malzahn's six-year, $26.85 million contract Friday in response to open-records requests and disclosed that his assistants will get …

College Football

Big 5 autonomy a game-changer in college sports

The word is autonomy and its introduction into big-time college sports is a game-changer, even if it doesn't immediately change the games.<p>The NCAA is in the midst of a radical restructuring that will likely result in the five wealthiest football conferences, comprising 65 schools, being allowed to …

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Giving Aquatic Competition Venues Star Treatment

The University of Southern California Trojans have won 11 national championships in football. Pretty impressive. But you might not know that the …

Architecture

Ed O'Bannon plaintiffs want Mark Emmert to testify at trial

Witness lists are revealed for June 9 trial. Plaintiffs want to include "factual findings" from the NLRB's decision that Northwestern football …

UCLA football assistants get pay raise

UCLA has given two-year contract extensions with pay raises to coordinators Noel Mazzone and Jeff Ulbrich, and hiked the salaries of other members of the football staff.<p>UCLA football assistants will earn $4.059 million next season, including signing and retention bonuses. The athletic program funds …

John Clay: Rupp renovation unpopular because it's unnecessary

Let's get to the bottom line: There is simply not enough support for the Rupp Arena renovation project, and with good reason.<p>A $350 million …

Northwestern Football Union Decision Should Mark The End Of The Student-Athlete

Football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships are employees, according to a Decision and Direction of Election filed today by a regional section of the National Labor Relations Board. The determination will be appealed by Northwestern University, the claimed employer in the matter, and it …

Should College Athletic Directors Be Paid Bonus Money When Teams, Individuals Win Titles?

The hottest topic in collegiate sports these days is whether athletes should be paid on top of the scholarships they receive.<p>But what isn’t widely known is that the top-tier athletic directors are compensated for how their players perform. When Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith received a …

Northwestern Football Union Vote Is A Winner, Even If It Fails

Northwestern football players may not obtain the requisite support to create a union when they vote on April 25 concerning whether or not it is in their best interests to unionize. It does not matter. The fact that a vote to unionize will be conducted at some point on April 25 is a win in …

Delany reminds that conference breakaway 'is not off the table'

Remember that talk about the five biggest conferences forming their own subdivision? Well, that 'is not off the table.' Big Ten commissioner Jim …

NCAA has net assets of $627 million, say records

The NCAA recorded a nearly $61 million surplus for its 2013 fiscal year, according to an audited financial statement the association released Thursday.<p>While the surplus is smaller than those the association had in each of its two previous years, this is third consecutive year in which the annual …

Governance Reform Will Cause Division I to Shrink, Not Split

While this week’s Board of Director’s meeting is not the main event and there is still plenty of time for it to change, in all likelihood what is …

The High Costs Of Being An NCAA Tournament Cinderella

Last night the Dayton Flyers punched their ticket to the Elite Eight with a 82-72 victory over Stanford. A No. 11 seed that took down Ohio State in the opening round, Dayton is this year’s biggest Cinderella story. But that sort of tournament success doesn’t come cheap.<p>As we’ve previously noted, …

Just doing it: Ohio State, Nike extend $46 million, brand-building agreements

Nike is dotting the “i” in Ohio State.<p>OSU holds a three-part agreement with Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore., set to gross the university almost $46 …

Mark Emmert maintained his stance against paying student-athletes on the Dan Patrick Show (Video)

Fun tournament, cloudy future for NCAA<p>Fresh off his well-publicized appearance on ESPN radio on Friday, NCAA president Mark Emmert called into the …

Missouri reports athletic surplus for first time since 2009 fiscal year

Missouri’s athletics department reported a 50 percent jump in operating revenue for the 2013 fiscal year, raking in $76.3 million compared to $50.7 …

College football’s most valuable programs

The Wall Street Journal revealed their annual list of the top 50 most valuable programs in college football earlier this year.<p><b>RELATED: Nick Saban</b> …

Why is SEC basketball so bad, especially compared to SEC football?

The nation's best conference in college sports' premier revenue-generator is far from the best at the No. 2 sport. How does that happen?<p>Southerners can be a prickly bunch about certain subjects. Attack our various forms of barbecue, and you're liable to get an earful. Insult the honor or …

Athletics says it contributes more than $8.2M a year to the rest of UW

Justin Doherty, associate athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says he wants to set the record straight on the question of how …

Madison

North Carolina's Turnaround Could Net Coach Roy Williams Over $27,000

The North Carolina Tar Heels got off to a shaky start this season, but a mid-year turnaround has the team on track for postseason success. That’s great news for North Carolina, which has missed just a single NCAA Tournament in the last decade. It’s even better news for head coach Roy Williams, who …

Judge orders settlement talks for NCAA in Ed O'Bannon and Sam Keller cases

The Ed O'Bannon lawsuit over the use of college athletes names, images and likenesses is headed to settlement talks.<p>U.S. District Judge Claudia …

Rutgers Athletics Subsidy Up 68% Since Joining B1G

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Indiana University

Has college football peaked? Ripples on surface bear watching

Balancing academics and a for-profit business model is just one of the big issues facing college football as it heads into playoff era.<p>There is a …

Finance professor: Rice or Duke may be next unionization target

Notre Dame professor Richard Sheehan says Rice or Duke would be targeted because those players in general wouldn't be worried about draft status.<p>If …

The new pay-for-play: CFB union could get slammed with tax bill

As Northwestern players, led by Kain Colter, fight for union certification, some college football officials say players as employees would have …

Kain Colter gives testimony for college football union to labor board

Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter began the process of arguing for a players union at a National Labor Relations Board hearing in …