Category Archives: Athletics

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Jury Awards $1.4 Million to Former Senior Female Athletics Official at U. of Iowa

A state-court jury awarded $1.43 million in damages on Thursday to Jane Meyer, a former senior associate athletics director at the University of Iowa, ruling in her favor on all five claims in her discrimination lawsuit against the university, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.

Ms. Meyer — whose partner, the fired field-hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, is also suing the university — had been the highest-ranking woman in the athletics department and second in command over all before she was …

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Baylor U.’s Pick as New President Will Be First Woman at Its Helm

Linda A. Livingstone, dean and professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business, will be the new president of Baylor University, it announced on Tuesday in a news release.

She will be the first woman to serve as president of the Texas institution, the world’s largest Baptist university, and will take office on June 1.

Ms. Livingstone’s appointment will serve as a clean slate for Baylor after an investigation last year revealed that the university had failed to take …

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Cheerleaders at Coastal Carolina U. Were in ‘Escort Service,’ Police Say

Updated (4/7/2017, 3:27 p.m.) with comment from the university.

Coastal Carolina University’s police department investigated members of the recently suspended cheerleading team in March and found that some members had gone on dates for pay, newly released documents show.

It’s unclear if the university suspended the cheerleaders for using SeekingArrangement, which calls itself a “leading Sugar Daddy dating site.” A spokeswoman for the university, Mona Prufer, wrote in an email to The Chronicle t…

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NCAA Puts North Carolina Back Into Mix After Repeal of ‘Bathroom Bill’

The National Collegiate Athletic Association will once again consider North Carolina as a place to hold tournament events after the repeal and replacement last week of House Bill 2, the NCAA’s Board of Governors has “reluctantly” decided, according to a statement released Tuesday morning.

“This new law has minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment,” the statement said. The governors expressed caution, however, adding th…

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Penn State Trustee Apologizes for Comment About Sandusky’s ‘So-Called Victims’

A Pennsylvania State University trustee, who recently said he was “running out of sympathy” for Jerry Sandusky’s sexual-abuse victims, gave a parsing and defiant apology on Monday.

Albert L. Lord’s comments about victims, which he made in an email to The Chronicle, provoked national outrage. In a statement provided to The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student newspaper, Mr. Lord said, “I apologize for any pain the comment may have caused actual victims.”

Mr. Lord’s statement draws a distinctio…

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Louis Freeh Savages Penn State’s Leaders and Calls for Its President to Resign

Louis J. Freeh, who five years ago produced a scathing report on the culpability of Pennsylvania State University administrators in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal, released a two-page statement on Friday that tore into the university’s leaders and called for the resignation of President Eric J. Barron.

The statement, reported by Penn Live, appeared hours after a jury in Dauphin County Court convicted Graham B. Spanier, Penn State’s former president, on one misdemeanor count of enda…

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2 Former Penn State Officials Plead Guilty in Sandusky Case

Two former administrators at Pennsylvania State University pleaded guilty on Monday to child endangerment, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, after years of maintaining their innocence for failing to report the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Charges of conspiracy against the two men, Timothy M. Curley, a former athletic director, and Gary C. Schultz, formerly a vice president, were dropped in exchange for their pleas.

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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…

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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…

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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…