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Coaches Offer Unfiltered Views of NCAA Scholarship Limits

Many believe the association’s aid system is flawed — but not in the way you might think.

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The Myth of the Sports Scholarship

Allison Goldblatt and her family believed that her elite status as a swimmer would pay her way at the college of her choice. But they found out the truth.

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Sonny Vaccaro Plans One Last Push Against the NCAA

The former shoe marketer, now an influential advocate for college athletes, looks to enlist new plaintiffs to challenge NCAA restrictions.

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As Sports Spending Soars, Programs Scramble to Keep Up

Declines in tuition revenue and cutbacks in state budgets have led more colleges to question the sustainability of athletics spending. But will anyone really pull back?

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Court’s Refusal to Hear O’Bannon Case Leaves Player-Pay Issue Unsettled

The Supreme Court's action lets stand lower-court rulings that allow college athletes to be compensated up to their full cost of attendance.

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Sports Programs Draw Up a New Playbook for Student Activism

Few college athletes have emulated Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem demonstrations. Athletic directors say it’s because they’re doing a better job of listening to players.

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A Star Quarterback’s Unfiltered Posts Set Off Debate About Athletes’ Speech Rights

On social media, Josh Rosen insulted Donald Trump and questioned a lucrative apparel deal. Some observers say his coach’s reproach is evidence that athletes face undue pressure not to rock the boat.

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‘We Write the Violence Out Completely’: A Journalist Says Rape Culture Is Systemic in College Football

A new book details how stories about sexual assaults by players extend far beyond each perpetrator. Coaches, administrators, and to some extent the news media all run the same plays when a new case breaks.

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A ‘Sports University' Gives Student-Athletes a Chance to Play but Outsources Their Education

Forest Trail Sports University has no faculty members, is not accredited, and isn’t offering any of its own courses. Experts say it exists in a gray area of regulation, raising questions about who oversees it.

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NCAA Eases Scholarship Restrictions, Raising Concerns Over Competitive Equity

A new rule allows more players to get full scholarships in the summer. Critics worry that the change could put many programs at a recruiting disadvantage.

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More Semesters for Athletes, Fewer Academic Problems?

A new proposal would allow players to take a reduced schedule during their competitive playing season, letting them focus on their studies when they have more time.

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Coaches Support Athletes' Desire for More Time Away From Sports

Players want more downtime following road trips, at least two weeks off after the season, and more chances to participate in internships and study-abroad programs, an NCAA survey finds.

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Cheating Incidents Blemish NCAA’s Marquee Event

The association faces criticism for inconsistencies in disciplining programs.

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Coaches Must Now ‘Step the Heck Out’ of Sex-Assault Investigations of Players

A recent expulsion highlights questions about how colleges handle such allegations and whether the process is impartial.

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Disparities in Coaches' Academic Incentives Raise Concerns Over Gender Equity

At dozens of colleges, men’s basketball coaches are eligible for bigger academic bonuses than are their counterparts in women’s basketball. Legal experts say the discrepancies could expose colleges to discrimination claims.

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The Hottest Hire in Athletics? Learning Specialists

An influx of students with learning disabilities has led to greater academic support for players. But some medical officials question why diagnoses are higher among athletes than other students.

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Colleges Raised $1.2 Billion in Donations for Sports in 2015

A push for new facilities and increased aid for athletes has fueled a boom in gifts. But some donors are growing weary of the appeals.

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As Sports Programs Get Richer, Few Give Much for Academics

Athletic departments cover millions of dollars in scholarships for players, but set aside a tiny share of their revenue for academic programs.

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NCAA Considers Easing Demands on Athletes’ Time

As pressures on players increase, elite conferences weigh new limits on practice hours and allowing more time off between seasons.

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10 Revealing Tidbits We Found in Football Coaches' Contracts

Hint: Rewarding academics isn’t one of them. Coaches have negotiated for new facilities, bigger budgets, and increasingly generous perks.

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The $10-Billion Sports Tab

In the past five years, public universities pumped more than $10.3 billion in mandatory student fees and other subsidies into their sports programs, according to an examination by The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post.

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Upheaval in Missouri Highlights Football Players’ Power

The question now for many is whether the Missouri players' example will inspire athletes at other colleges to start protests on their own campuses.

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The Long, Strange Demise of North Dakota’s 'Fighting Sioux'

The controversy surrounding the university’s Native American mascot has raged for decades. Now it’s coming to an end. Maybe.