Category Archives: Athletics

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Nebraska Athlete Describes Bitter Online Reaction to Kneeling for National Anthem

Michael Rose-Ivey and a few of his football teammates at the University of Nebraska took a knee on Saturday during the playing of the national anthem. For that, some fans said they should be hanged before the next game, he said on Monday at a press conference.

“People want athletes like DaiShon [Neal], Mohamed [Barry], and myself to remain silent and just play football,” said Mr. Rose-Ivey, a linebacker who is a senior. “However, we cannot ignore what we’ve lived. We, as black athletes, cannot…


Rutgers Athletic Director Apologizes for Chugging a Beer While Fans Cheered

Pat Hobbs, the athletic director of Rutgers University at New Brunswick, has apologized after a video of him chugging a beer on an outdoor stage surfaced this week, The Star-Ledger reports. In the video, Mr. Hobbs is shown downing the beer, handed to him by a member of the crowd, at a tailgate at last Saturday’s home football game against the University of New Mexico.

Mr. Hobbs said he had appeared on stage to try to calm the crowd. As to whether he succeeded, judge for yourself:

“I regret that…


Athlete Accused by Chapel Hill Student Faces Sexual-Assault Charges

A football player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was publicly accused of rape this week by a female student at the university turned himself in on Wednesday to face misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and assault, The News & Observer reported.

A lawyer made an initial court appearance on behalf of the player, Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior, and he was released. Neither Mr. Artis nor his lawyer, Sam Coleman, commented to reporters.

The student who accused Mr. Artis of…


UMass-Lowell Will Hand Out Mini-Harambes at Soccer Game

Students at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell are trading their River Hawk pride for a renowned gorilla, if only for a night.

The men’s soccer team’s Wednesday-night game against Brown University is Harambe Night, and the first 100 students to arrive at the game will receive plush mini-gorilla dolls.

Harambe, the gorilla who was shot at the Cincinnati Zoo in May after a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure, turned into an internet meme sensation over the summer.

His legacy seems to be …


ACC Moves Some Championships Out of North Carolina

The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving all of its championship games scheduled to be played at neutral locations out of North Carolina.

In a news release on Wednesday the ACC said that the state’s House Bill 2, which requires that people use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificates, contradicts its values of nondiscrimination. The legislation was enacted into law in March.

The ACC, which is based in Greensboro, N.C., released its decision two days afte…


Chapel Hill Student Says University Botched Investigation of Her Rape by a Football Player

[Updated (9/13/2016, 4:30 p.m.) with a statement from the university.]

A female student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says that she was raped by a football player there, and that the institution has failed in its handling of her case, The News and Observer reports.

The student, Delaney Robinson, said in a public statement on Tuesday that she was raped the night of February 14; that the campus police peppered her with insensitive questions; that investigators, while questioni…


Citing Civil-Rights Concerns, NCAA Pulls 7 Championship Events Out of North Carolina

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Monday that it was moving seven previously scheduled championship events out of North Carolina “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”

North Carolina has been accused of discriminating against transgender people with the passage of House Bill 2, which requires that people use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificates. The University of North Carolin…


U. of Texas Chancellor Says Athletes Should Stand for National Anthem

William H. McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas system, wrote in a memorandum that all UT athletes should stand up straight and face the flag during the playing of the national anthem, The Texas Tribune reports.

The August 29 memo, addressed to presidents and athletic directors in the eight-campus system, was sent three days after the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand while the national anthem was played before a football game. Mr. Kaepernick told…


U. of Vermont Cancels Game at Chapel Hill Over ‘Bathroom Bill’

Citing concerns about North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” the University of Vermont has canceled a scheduled women’s basketball game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Burlington Free Press reports.

“We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued,” the university’s athletic director, Jeff Schulman, said in a written statement. “It would be hard to fulfill these obligations …


U. of Iowa Professor Wants Athletics Mascot to Show More Smile, Less Scowl

Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, wants images of Herky the Hawk, the Hawkeyes’ mascot, to display a wider range of facial expressions beyond his well-known grimace, to better exemplify the university’s welcoming atmosphere, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported on Wednesday.

Ms. Oral recently wrote an email to athletic-department officials and Faculty Senate members saying that incoming students should be met with calm, nurtu…