Category Archives: Athletics

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Michigan State Suspends Gymnastics Coach Amid Inquiry Into Former Team Doctor

Michigan State University has suspended Kathie Klages, coach of women’s gymnastics, while the institution investigates alleged sexual assaults involving Larry Nassar, the team’s former doctor, the Lansing State Journal reports.

More than 60 women have reported that Mr. Nassar, who was the team’s physician for nearly 20 years, sexually assaulted them, often during medical appointments. Mr. Nassar has been charged with sexual misconduct as well as charges related to obtaining, possessing, and dest…


Big 12 Conference Withholds Funds From Baylor U. Over Title IX Scandal

The Big 12 Conference will withhold 25 percent of future revenue distributions from Baylor University “until the proper execution of controls” over its scandal-plagued athletics program “is independently verified.”

“The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX,” David L. Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and chair…


U. of Minnesota Fires Its Football Coach

[Updated (1/4/2017, 10:50 a.m.) with a statement from Mark Coyle, the University of Minnesota's athletics director.]

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has fired its head football coach, Tracy Claeys, the Star Tribune reported on Tuesday.

Mr. Claeys had tweeted his support when the Gophers’ football team boycotted all team activities for two days in December to protest the university’s suspension of 10 players after a campus investigation of a sexual-assault complaint.

The day after the pla…


Princeton Cancels Men’s Swimming and Diving Season Over Offensive Emails

Princeton University has suspended its men’s swimming and diving team for the rest of the season after finding “vulgar and offensive” content on the team’s email list, according to a university news release.

Earlier this month, the university discovered emails that were described as “misogynistic and racist” and the team was suspended pending a decision about the meets left in its schedule.

Now the team will not participate in meets scheduled in January and February, and will not attend the Ivy …


NCAA Makes Third Round of Allegations Against Chapel Hill in Fraud Case

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received its third notice of allegations from the NCAA over the academic-fraud case that has shaken the institution in the last few years. The News and Observer reports that UNC acknowledged receipt of the document on Wednesday, and said it would be posted online later.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has sent notices to the university on two other occasions. The first, in 2015, charged the university with giving athletes impermiss…


Fired Rutgers Coach Broke Rules in Talking to Instructor About Grade Change, NCAA Says

The National Collegiate Athletic Association issued a notice of allegations against Rutgers University on Tuesday over a former football coach’s effort to get a player’s grade changed, among other things, The Star-Ledger reports.

The association made seven allegations involving the university, including a “failure to monitor” the football program, according to a letter the president, Robert L. Barchi, wrote to the campus on Tuesday.

Last year Rutgers suspended and later fired the coach, Kyle Flo…


Washington U. in St. Louis Suspends Men’s Soccer Team Over ‘Degrading’ Comments

Washington University in St. Louis on Friday suspended its men’s soccer team for reasons that have become increasingly familiar in recent weeks among elite institutions of higher education: what the university described as “degrading and sexually explicit comments” online by team members about their counterparts on the women’s team.

Friday’s announcement followed a similar move this week against the men’s swimming and diving team at Princeton University; the wrestling team at Columbia University…


Princeton Suspends Men’s Swim Team Over ‘Misogynistic and Racist’ Email

Princeton University has suspended its men’s swimming and diving team after finding on the team’s email list what it described as content that was “vulgar and offensive, as well as misogynistic and racist.”

The university did not spell out the nature of the offensive content.

“We make clear to all of our student-athletes that they represent Princeton University at all times, on and off the playing surface and in and out of season, and we expect appropriate, respectful conduct from them at all ti…


U. of Minnesota Football Team Calls a Boycott to Protest Players’ Suspensions

The University of Minnesota’s football players announced on Thursday that the entire team would boycott practices and other team activities — even a December 27 appearance in the Holiday Bowl, if need be — to protest the university’s suspension of 10 players from the team in connection with a campus investigation of a sexual-assault complaint.

According to the Star Tribune, in Minneapolis, the players met privately on Thursday afternoon, then informed their head coach, Tracy Claeys, of their dec…


Amherst Suspends Men’s Cross-Country Activities Over Sexist Emails

The men’s cross-country team at Amherst College has been suspended from team activities after a student magazine published an email chain among team members that referred to women on the campus with racist and sexist language, according to a statement issued by the Massachusetts college.

The student magazine, The Indicator, published a report on the email chain on Sunday. Written as a “welcome” message for first-year recruits, the emails named and insulted eight women across the campus.

The Indi…