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NCAA, Power 5 Agree to Deal That Could Bring 'New Era'

It would see college athletes paid directly for the first time

(Newser) - The National Collegiate Athletics Association and all of the "Power Five" conferences have agreed to a deal that would allow schools to pay players directly—a move being called "groundbreaking" and a "landmark," as such payments have never before been allowed in the century-plus that college...

Swimming Champ Loses Title Over 'Dumbest Rule'
Swimming Champ Loses Title
Over 'Dumbest Rule'
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Swimming Champ Loses Title Over 'Dumbest Rule'

Owen Lloyd crossed into next lane to celebrate with teammate at college championship

(Newser) - North Carolina State University swimmer Owen Lloyd scored a huge win at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships—and was immediately stripped of his title. Lloyd climbed into the next lane to celebrate the 1,650-yard freestyle title with teammate Ross Dant, who finished in second place two seconds behind him,...

Dartmouth's Basketball Vote May Change College Athletics

Team voted to a form a union, posing an 'existential crisis' to NCAA model

(Newser) - The Dartmouth men's basketball team voted to unionize Tuesday in an unprecedented step toward forming the first labor union for college athletes, per the AP . The Wall Street Journal calls it a "seismic move for college sports and its century-old insistence that athletes are playing, not working when...

There's Been an 'Exponential Rise' in College Football Stadiums Selling Alcohol

80% of major stadiums now sell beer, wine on game days

(Newser) - College football tailgates are as synonymous with the game as blocking and tackling. Burgers, brats, and beer go along with the cornhole and camaraderie for tens of thousands of people every Saturday, a beloved tradition seen outside stadiums big and small. "My dad almost gets more excited for football...

Northwestern Rips T-Shirts Backing Fired Coach

Pat Fitzgerald was dismissed after accusations of hazing

(Newser) - Northwestern University's athletic director criticized football team staff members on Wednesday for wearing T-shirts to practice with a message he condemned as inappropriate and offensive after the firing of head coach Pat Fitzgerald. A few of the employees at practice wore shirts reading, "Cats against the world" with...

In One Day, Pac-12 Goes From 9 Schools to 4

Big Ten, Big 12 add members in major realignment

(Newser) - Dealing a crushing combination to the Pac-12, the Big Ten has announced that Oregon and Washington will be joining the conference next August, and the Big 12 completed its raid of the beleaguered league by adding Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah. The Pac-12 began Friday with hope and nine members....

College Team Weighs Penalties After Locker Room Rap Video

Florida A&M suspends football activities as it investigates video with 'graphic language'

(Newser) - Florida A&M has suspended all football-related activities and banned its players from the team's facilities after a rap video featuring some Rattlers was shot in their locker room without permission. The "graphic language" in the video "is not consistent with Florida A&M's core values,...

Northwestern Accusations Include Other Sports

Former quarterback says head coach enabled culture of racism

(Newser) - Allegations of hazing that first surfaced in Northwestern University's football program broadened Wednesday, with private attorneys saying male and female athletes in two other sports reported misconduct. The athletes also suggested that sexual abuse and racial discrimination in the football team were so rampant that coaches had to know...

Texas Governor Signs Bill on Transgender College Athletes

ACLU calls it 'unfair,' 'cruel'

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Thursday that was denounced by the ACLU of Texas as "unfair, unconstitutional, and just plain cruel." SB 15 requires college athletes to play on teams that correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth, meaning transgender men will...

College Hit With Suit by Notable Football Player

First person with Down syndrome to score in NCAA college football game sues for discrimination

(Newser) - An Ohio man who was the first person with Down syndrome to play and score a point in a college football game is now suing the school, its president, and several staffers. Caden Cox alleges he was the target of disability discrimination, retaliation, and assault during his time at Hocking...

After Home Run, College Pitcher Attacks
After Viral On-Field
Confrontation, 2 Suspensions
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After Viral On-Field Confrontation, 2 Suspensions

Owen Woodward of Texas' Weatherford College tackled Josh Phillips after home run

(Newser) - Update: A college pitcher has been suspended four games for acting more like a football player than a baseball player during a game. Owen Woodward of Weatherford College in Texas tackled an opposing player on the base path after the player hit a home run off him, reports Yahoo Sports...

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...

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