Athletics

NCAA puts end to jersey sales on its website

NCAA president Mark Emmert on Thursday said college sports' governing body would stop selling individual jerseys and other team-related memorabilia on its website, calling the practice a "mistake."

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The plot to rule college sports

One of the ideas I’ve come to champion is the establishment of a kind of superleague, consisting of marquee names like Kentucky, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, U.C.L.A. and the like.

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Colleges investing in tablets to help student athletes

After pilot program with basketball teams, University of Akron hopes to give iPads to all 30,000 students in the future

With days spent on buses and planes, it’s easy for student athletes to fall behind in class. That’s why The University of Akron (Ohio) is giving them iPads.

Fully funded by donors, the program was piloted last year, with all members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams receiving tablets at a cost of $500 each. Along with improving academic performance, the tablets are meant to make it easier for coaches to communicate with players.

College sports earns 'B' for race and gender hiring

Twelve and a half percent of Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches in 2012 were African-American, according to the annual Race and Gender Report Card released Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport, but that number may slip in next year's study.

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University of Oregon plans to restrict seat-cushion size at stadium

The University of Oregon is planning to limit the size of seat cushions one can bring to the Autzen Stadium. Cushion size has been restricted to 17 inches after receiving constant discontent from fans who complained about bleachers getting too crowded.

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University of Utah restructures athletic department leadership

Utah athletics director Chris Hill is overseeing a lot of things. Besides extensive expansion of student-athlete services like academic support, sports medicine, strength and conditioning programs and nutrition, there’s new construction and facility improvements taking place — as well as various upgrades in all sports.

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Gary Russi steps down as Oakland University president; wife fired as basketball coach

Longtime Oakland University President Gary Russi will step down before the start of the next school year, the university announced in a news release.

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Weston Field's $22M renovation project to begin this fall at Williams College

A $22 million project to completely revamp William College's Weston Field complex is slated to begin this November, with a majority of the work expected to be done by the end of August 2014.

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Committee's last effort to save University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname fails

In what may well be the final chapter in the long, contentious fight over UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a lower court’s judgment against the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe in its effort to save the nickname.

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Griner interview fuels further discussion of inclusion in college sports

Top WNBA draft pick Brittney Griner said in an interview with ESPN Magazine that, as a standout for Baylor University, she was encouraged not to discuss her sexuality, because it could hurt recruiting.

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