Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle has read and heard a lot about schools or conferneces around the nation recently choosing to offer four-year scholsrhips to recruits instead of one-year scholarships which have been the norm for decades.
Boyle said he's happy more schools are moving to the four-year model but he questions why so much attention is suddenly being paid to something that has been allowed for several years.
The NCAA changed the rules in 2011 allowing schools to offer four-year scholarships and Boyle said his program made that standard practice at that point. Boyle said every scholarship player added to his program over the past two cycles has received a four-year scholarship.
"If I'm a student athlete, would I rather sign a one-year scholarship agreement or a four-year scholarship agreement?" Boyle said. "I think everybody in their right mind would ask for a four-year scholarship agreement.
Some of the biggest names in women's college basketball as well as other notable figures from the sports world are voluntarily having buckets of ice water dumped over their heads.
The #Chillin4Charity cold water challenge inspired by legendary North Carolina State coach Kay Yow, who died in 2009 from breast cancer, benefits the Kay Yow Fund.
- Kyle Ringo at Dr. Saturday4 mths ago
Mike MacIntyre endured a difficult first season as head coach at Colorado last fall and turning things around on the football field, at times, was the least of his worries.
MacIntyre traveled to Nashville in the middle of the season to help his brother move their aging parents into a nursing home. MacIntyre's father, George, a former national coach of the year at Vanderbilt, is suffering from multiple sclerosis.
MacIntyre went back to Tennessee to visit his parents after the season around the holidays and he admits he was depressed when he came home from the trip. Seeing his parents aging and struggling at times led MacIntyre to realize he needed to take better care of himself. It reached a tipping point when he found himself looking in his bathroom mirror one night at 3 a.m. and he didn't like the overweight, stressed out version of himself in that reflection.
"Oh my gosh, what have I done to myself?" MacIntyre recalled saying to himself when he shared the story this week during an early college football kickoff luncheon in Colorado Springs.
- Kyle Ringo at Dirty Tackle4 mths ago
Aaron Matas generally handles the high school sports reports and weekend shifts for KUSA channel 9 in Denver, but he's getting a lot of bonus air time thanks to the World Cup and his sense of humor.
Matas is appearing regularly during the station's sports segements covered from head to toe in red, white and blue as his alter ego Nil Nil. Sadly, Nil Nil had only 117 Twitter followers as of early Saturday morning. That is bound to increase with three weeks remaining in the World Cup.
Nil Nil is a soccer super fan and obviously loves Team USA above all. He was already prepared for the U.S. to play its next game in the group stage early Saturday morning even though the game against Portugal doesn't happen until Sunday afternoon.
Up early. Probably won't sleep again until after the #USAvsPOR game.
The Kansas men's basketball team will represent the United States in the World University Games in 2015 instead of an all-star team made up of players around the country from various college programs.
The WUG will take place July 3-15 (2015) in Gwangju, South Korea, and the Jayhawks and coach Bill Self will be the second full college team to represent the U.S. at the event. Northern Iowa represented the U.S. at the 2007 games and placed ninth.
Kansas officials told the paper USA Basketball made the decision to allow one college team to represent the nation recenly and decided on one of the sport's blue blood programs. The trip will be the equivalent of a summer foreign tour, which have been commonplace for years in college basketball.
However, Self told the Lawrence Journal-World that the trip would not count as the Jayhawks' one allowable foreign tour each four years.
The victim of an alleged sexual assault at Oregon in March involving three men's basketball players broke her silence this week by issuingan open letter to her fellow Ducks through her Colorado-based attorney, John Clune.
The woman credited the Dean of Students office at the school for helping her navigate a difficult few months and questioned the culture in the athletic department that ' prioritizes winning over safety of our students.'
The alleged assault took place March 9, according to police reports, but was not reported until five days later on March 14. The victim alleged she was assaulted by Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin who were allowed to play in postseason basketball games even when school officials knew they were part of an ongoing police investigation. That led to protests and outrage on campus.
Two members of the Texas A&M-Commerce women's basketball team were killed and two others were seriously injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident in Paris, Texas.
Aubree Butts, a 20-year-old sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, and Devin Oliver, a 21-year-old junior from Rowlett, Texas, died when the 2007 Nissan Maxima the four women were in was hit in the intersection of Loop 286 and FM 1497 by a tractor trailer. The two women who lost their lives were passengers in the car, FoxDFW.com reported.
When Marist hired Jeff Bower in April 2013, school administrators believed they were getting a talented basketball coach with roots at the school making it unlikely they would have to go looking for another coach any time soon.
A little more than a year later when programs around the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the rest of the nation are fine-tuning their summer workouts and recruiting plans, Marist is looking for the 11th coach in its history.
Bower is reportedly on the verge of becoming the next general manager of the Detroit Pistons, returning to the NBA where he spent much of the past 20 years as a coach, scout, general manager and working in the league office. He was an assistant and associate head coach at Marist during a nine-year span in the late-1980s and early 1990s.
Losing Bower is a tough blow for a program that is fighting to claw its way to the top of the MAAC standings. The Red Foxes went 12-19 overall and 9-11 in MAAC play last year under Bower. This is the fourth coaching change at Marist since Dave Magarity left after the 2003-04 season following nearly 20 years at the school.
- Kyle Ringo at Dr. Saturday5 mths ago
When you're new conference of schools who were left behind in the recent football-driven realignment in college sports and you're now facing being further marginalized by the power five conferences' reach for autonomy, the only way forward is clinging to those coattails.
That's just what American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco seems to have in mind.
Aresco said this week at the conference's spring meetings the AAC will adopt whatever reforms the power five decide on in the coming year, assuming the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC are granted more autonomy when a vote on the matter comes in August.
"We're aligned with them," Aresco told USAToday. "We want to be like them. We think we're very close to them in terms of the issues. The issues they face are the issues we face."
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger5 mths ago
The Pac-12 Conference presidents and chancellors put forth a cockamamie idea last week in an attempt to curtail the number of 'one-and-done' players in college basketball.
In a letter sent to their peers in the other Big Five conferences listing 10 'core objectives' the Pac-12 believes are the most important changes to be made if the five power conferences are given more autonomy later this year, the presidents suggested making freshmen ineligible in men's basketball. Here is how they framed it as the seventh item on their list:
7. Address the "one and done" phenomenon in men's basketball. If the National Basketball Association and its Players Association are unable to agree on raising the age limit for players, consider restoring the freshman ineligibility rule in men's basketball.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar had the good sense to honestly assess the ignorance of the approach the presidents are advocating when he was asked about it during an interview with KJR Radio in Seattle on Thursday.