In a message sent Wednesday to ESPN employees, network president John Skipper announced the company was beginning its next round of layoffs, a long-anticipated move that is expected to thin the ranks of ESPN's on-air and online talent. "A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions," Skipper wrote. "Our content strategy — primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand — still needs to go further, faster ... and as always, must be efficient and nimble. Dynamic change demands
Ohio State lost a four-star recruit on Wednesday when in-state Class of 2018 wing Darius Bazley opted to open up his recruitment. As a rising senior who is just finishing his junior season of high school, Bazley’s decommitment isn’t going to immediately hurt the Buckeyes next season. In a story with Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch, Bazley opened up about why he decommitted from Ohio State.
Arne Duncan remembers as a child sitting around the dinner table as his family discussed sports, though not in the way other families talked about them — more in the context of higher education than higher scoring averages. “My dad was on the faculty at the University of Chicago and he was the faculty representative to the NCAA for years,” Duncan tells USA TODAY Sports. “He used to come home and he loved those meetings and we used to have fascinating dinnertime conversations about the proper role of athletics and the student-athlete experience.” Those things are still on Duncan’s mind as he prepares for his first meeting as co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. It will