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Chapel Hill Is Spared Penalties in NCAA Investigation of Academic-Athletic Scandal

Last updated (10/13/2017, 1:15 p.m.) with a response from the university.

The NCAA stopped short on Friday of handing down penalties that many at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had feared would result from the association’s investigation of the academic and athletic scandal that has rocked the campus for years. The NCAA announced in a report that it “could not conclude that the University of North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules.” Some observers had feared the association…


Albright College Athlete Is Dismissed From Team for Kneeling During National Anthem

A backup quarterback at Albright College, a liberal-arts institution in Reading, Pa., has been dismissed from the football team after kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a game last weekend.

Gyree Durante, a freshman, knelt during the performance of the national anthem before a game against Delaware Valley University and was subsequently cut from the team. “At some point in life, there’s going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” Mr. Durante told NBC 10.


College of the Ozarks Won’t Play Opponents Who Kneel During National Anthem

A small Christian college has added its voice to a national debate on kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The College of the Ozarks said in a news release on Friday that it would boycott any game if it detected that “disrespect is exhibited toward the American flag or national anthem.”

The announcement followed the recent controversy over the decision by National Football League players and others to kneel as a form of protest during the performance of the national anthem …


U. of Louisville Puts Basketball Coach and Athletic Director on Leave Amid Scandal

Updated (9/27/2017, 2:21 p.m.) with details from a university news conference.

The University of Louisville on Wednesday put its athletic director and its head men’s basketball coach on administrative leave after federal prosecutors charged 10 people on Tuesday following a sweeping investigation of corruption in college basketball, the Associated Press reports. The charges included bribery, fraud, and corruption.

At a news conference, Greg Postel, Louisville’s acting president, said that Tom Ju…


3 Juicy Details From the FBI’s College-Basketball Fraud Investigation

Federal officials on Tuesday announced criminal charges against 10 people, including four college-basketball assistant coaches, in a corruption investigation. The charges include bribery, corruption, and fraud. The coaches are accused of receiving kickbacks for arranging for players to select certain professionals for management and financial services once they made it into the National Basketball Association.

In the criminal complaints, the Federal Bureau of Investigation outlined recorded conv…


Federal Officials Charge 10 in College-Basketball Corruption Scandal

Updated (9/26/2017, 6:48 p.m.) with comments from Richard M. Southall, director of the University of South Carolina’s College Sport Research Institute.

Federal officials on Tuesday announced criminal charges against 10 people, including four college-basketball coaches, in a corruption investigation. The charges include bribery, corruption, and fraud.

Chuck Person, an associate head coach at Auburn University, and Lamont Evans, an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University, are among the coache…


After Faculty Outcry, UNC Will Allow Athletics Course to Be Taught Again

Updated (9/19/2017, 8:01 p.m.) with more information about the university’s response to the claim that the course was canceled.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the history course “Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956 to the Present,” will once again be offered, in the spring semester of 2018. Jay Smith, the professor behind the course and a prominent critic of the administration, was informed last November that the course would be canceled for the fall of 2…


Florida State U. President Disputes ‘New York Times’ Article on Favoritism for Athletes

John E. Thrasher, president of Florida State University, on Wednesday issued a statement disputing a New York Times report that the institution had showed academic favoritism to football players, saying the article “misrepresents the university’s actions,” the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Last week the Times quoted a teaching assistant as saying she felt pressure to cut athletes slack in an online hospitality course when they ignored quizzes and homework assignments and even turned in plagiariz…


Cincinnati State Suspends All Sports Except Soccer

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will field only two varsity sports this year — men’s and women’s soccer — as the institution looks for financial efficiencies, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

“We aren’t dropping sports teams or eliminating athletics,” the college’s president, Monica Posey, said. “We’re going through a transition.”

Last year, Cincinnati State fielded teams in six varsity sports. The four that will be suspended for the 2017-18 season are men’s and women’s basketb…


NFL Player, an MIT Grad Student, Will Leave Football After Widely Reported Brain-Trauma Study

Updated (7/27/2017, 10:04 p.m.) with additional information about the study.

John Urschel, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens who is pursuing a doctorate in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will leave the National Football League, his team announced on Thursday.

ESPN reported the decision stemmed from a recent high-profile study that found a high percentage of more than 100 brains of deceased football players showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, …