Female Athletes’ Concussion Symptoms May Be Overlooked

Researchers have suggested for years that male and female athletes may experience sport-related concussions in different ways. A new study now offers evidence that symptoms of concussion may vary based on an athlete’s sex—making the evaluation of head injuries, already a complex task, even more difficult.

The report, which will appear in the January issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, shows that female athletes who suffer concussions often experience symptoms that can be more easily misse…


As TCU Joins the Big East, the Conference Shuffle Continues

With Texas Christian University’s announcement today that it will leave the Mountain West to join the Big East—a league where its closest opponent in football, Louisville, would be a mere 868 miles away—the Horned Frogs become the latest athletic program to enter a game of musical chairs that has altered the Division I-A conference landscape over the past six months.

A quick recap: The reshuffling first kicked up dust among the Big Six conferences in the spring. But despite nervous chatter about…


9 Athletes Are Among Newly Named Rhodes Scholars

Of all the criteria the late Cecil Rhodes set forth for determining the winners of the prestigious scholarship that bears his name—academic achievement, integrity, leadership potential, and so on—there is one for which college athletes appear to be particularly well-prepared: physical vigor.

The Rhodes Trust this week named 32 scholars from the United States. Nine are athletes, including one from Ursinus College and one from the University of California at Irvine, who are the first students from…


NCAA Will Not Rush to Judgment on Cam Newton, Emmert Says

Washington—As allegations of academic fraud and other NCAA rules violations swirl around Cam Newton, the standout quarterback at No. 2 Auburn, the NCAA has remained tight-lipped about whether he will remain eligible this season. The media frenzy has been intense, and speculation about the Heisman front-runner’s eligibility has been rampant.

But the NCAA’s new president, Mark Emmert, said during a taping of a television program here on Friday that the association has an obligation to move more …


Southeastern Conference Coaches Travel in Style

TV exposure gives the Southeastern Conference a big lift in recruiting, but my colleague Paul Fain found another way that SEC programs keep a leg up on the competition: owning their own airplanes.

SEC universities own at least 22 planes, many of which are used for sports, according to a Chronicle review of Federal Aviation Administration documents. Kentucky and LSU are the only institutions that don’t own one, choosing instead to lease or charter flights.

The coolest ride? Could be Alabama’s twi…


Georgia Athletics Pays for Professorship

The University of Georgia Athletic Association is paying for a professorship in biological sciences at the university, the Associated Press reports today. Rick Tarlton, a longtime scholar at Georgia who was also the founding director of the university’s Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, will hold the position.

Large athletic programs (including Georgia) often donate a portion of their surpluses to academics, but earmarking the funds for specific professorships is uncommon. Earlie…


Mark Emmert on NCAA Rules, Online Courses, and Telling the Division III Story

Baltimore — In his first speech before the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association Thursday afternoon, the NCAA’s new president, Mark Emmert, fielded questions on everything from online courses to his desire to slim down the NCAA’s infamously robust rule book (an idea the faculty reps greeted with applause).

Below are a few snippets from their exchange:

On the enforcement of NCAA rules, particularly those regarding agents:

“We’re going to make sure our enforcement people have the resou…


Leaders in College Sports Remain Largely White and Male

Despite modest gains by women and minorities, the power structure in big-time college sports remains overwhelmingly white, says a new report.

White men account for all but 19 of the 120 athletic directors in Division I-A, hold all 11 of the conference-commissioner positions in the division, and make up roughly two-thirds of all faculty athletic representatives, according to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, which released the report on Thursday…


At Williams-Amherst Matchup, Making History of a Different Sort

For 125 years, Williams and Amherst have competed for bragging rights on the gridiron. This year, the storied annual football game will feature the usual anticipation, but with one key difference: For the first time, “the Biggest Little Game in America,” as the event is known, will feature an African-American head coach on the sidelines.

Aaron Kelton, who coached in the NFL and the Ivy League before coming to Williams this year, is the first African-American head coach in the prestigious Divisio…


NCAA Puts U. of Michigan on Probation for Rules Violations in Football Program

The NCAA has placed the University of Michigan on three years’ probation for major rules violations in its football program.

The Division I Committee on Infractions announced its decision in the closely watched case Thursday afternoon, when it released a 29-page report detailing the allegations—and sanctions—against head coach Rich Rodriguez’s football program. In addition to placing the institution on probation, the committee also upheld Michigan’s self-imposed penalty that would reduce the amo…