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NCAA Cites U. of Louisville for 4 Major Rules Violations

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has cited the University of Louisville for four major rules violations after a yearlong investigation into allegations that a top athletics official had paid strippers and prostitutes to provide sexual services to recruits for the men’s basketball team, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Andre McGee, a former director of basketball operations, was that athletics official, according to the NCAA’s notice of allegations, released on Thursday. The NC…


In Memo, NLRB Told Northwestern Its Restrictions on Football Players Were ‘Unlawful’

Northwestern University has softened rules that policed its football players’ social-media accounts and media appearances and prohibited athletes from talking about their health. But before it did so, the National Labor Relations Board had advised the university that those policies were unlawful, ESPN reported.

An associate general counsel for the NLRB wrote in an advice memorandum, which was obtained by ESPN through a Freedom of Information Act request, that some of Northwestern’s team rules we…


U. of Arkansas Professor Arrested After Yelling Obscenities at Football Coach

[Updated (10/10/2016, 9:33 p.m.) with apology from Mr. Nalley.]

Lawton Nalley, an associate professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors on Saturday night, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Nalley allegedly screamed obscenities at Bret Bielema, the Arkansas football coach, after the Razorbacks lost to Alabama, 49-30.

According to the website SEC Country, when yelling at Mr. Bielema, Mr. Nalley t…


Machete-Wielding Man Is Killed by Police at U. of Colorado at Boulder

Police officers shot and killed a man who was said to be armed with a machete at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Wednesday morning, the Daily Camera reports. No one else was injured, and classes continued as scheduled.

It was unclear if the suspect was affiliated with the university, the police and university officials said in a news conference. They said they would release more information as the investigation went on.

The incident occurred at the campus athletics facility. Scott Pribb…


Baylor’s Former Title IX Coordinator Says She Was Set Up to Fail

Patty Crawford, the former Title IX coordinator at Baylor University, accused senior leaders of the university of protecting the brand instead of the students in her appearance Wednesday on CBS This Morning. She resigned from her post earlier this week.

Ms. Crawford told the hosts that she had been set up to fail from the start of her tenure, in 2014.

“I continued to work hard, and the I harder I worked, the more resistance I received from senior leadership,” she said. “I increased reports by 70…


Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty for Role in U. of Hawaii’s ‘Wonder Blunder’

A concert promoter who had no concert to promote but was paid $200,000 by the University of Hawaii-Manoa to set up a performance by the pop star Stevie Wonder pleaded guilty on Tuesday to wire fraud, the Associated Press reported.

As The Chronicle’s Jack Stripling put it in his account of the bizarre scandal, “The deal was signed and sealed, but Stevie Wonder was not delivered.”

In his guilty plea, in federal court in Honolulu, Marc Hubbard admitted he had lied about organizing the concert. Afte…


Supreme Court Won’t Hear O’Bannon Fight Over NCAA’s Amateurism Model

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear two related cases in a legal fight over the NCAA’s amateurism model and compensation for college athletes.

Last year a federal appeals court upheld a judge’s finding that the National Collegiate Athletic Association had violated antitrust law, but rejected the portion of the ruling that said colleges should be allowed to pay players up to $5,000 a year for the use of their names and likenesses.

The plaintiff in the case was Edward C. O’Bannon J…


Penn State Police Receive Threat Against Stadium, but Game Goes On

As tens of thousands of fans prepared to attend a home football game at Pennsylvania State University on Saturday, university officials issued an unusual warning: The campus police had learned of an anonymous threat against the stadium. After the police spent the morning sweeping the stadium for anything suspicious, they issued an “all clear” and allowed the game to be played as planned.

“Out of an abundance of caution we are notifying fans and the public of the threat that was received, so th…


Jury Orders San Diego State to Pay Fired Women’s Coach $3.35 Million

A former women’s basketball coach at San Diego State University won a wrongful-termination lawsuit on Wednesday, and a jury awarded her $3.35 million in damages, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The coach, Beth Burns, said in her lawsuit that the university had fired her after she complained of violations of Title IX, the federal gender-equity law, in the basketball program. Ms. Burns, the winningest coach in the university’s history, was dismissed in 2013 shortly after her team won more games in…


Chapel Hill Football Player Denies Sexual-Assault Accusation

Allen Artis, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was publicly accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, says he is innocent, The News & Observer reports. His encounter with Delaney Robinson, who said she had been raped, was consensual, he told reporters in an interview on Wednesday.

Ms. Robinson, who said the attack took place in February, recently went public with her allegations to express her dismay with the university’s handling of the case. Ms. Robinson says…