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July 6, 2015
A jury has awarded a former Iowa high school baseball player who was struck in the head by a line drive $1 million. The location and design of the school's dugout were critical factors in the decision.
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July 6, 2015
The NCAA has officially changed the name of its latest championship sport from sand volleyball to beach volleyball. As reported at NCAA.org, "sand volleyball" was approved as a championship sport in January. The change to “beach volleyball” will align the college programs with the sport at all other levels.
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July 6, 2015
With fierce competition for athletic scholarships, parents of promising athletes will do anything to give their children an edge—including holding them back a grade in school. 
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July 1, 2015
Female basketball players weigh in on the idea of lowering the basket in the women's game.
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July 1, 2015
A high school swimming coach has filed a lawsuit against his school district, alleging officials asked him to resign for taking paternity leave. Isaac Grombacher, a math teacher and former swimming coach at West Lake (Texas) High School, has had his suit backed by a letter from the U.S. Department of Labor.
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June 26, 2015
A transgender swimming recruit slated to attend Harvard University will compete on the Crimson's men’s team next season, with the support of both the women’s and men’s head coaches.
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June 26, 2015
A Wisconsin high school is being criticized for designing a logo too similar to the Milwaukee Bucks’. Elk Mound High School printed the logo on its gym floor and received criticism after posting photos online.
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June 29, 2015
As the controversy surrounding the flying of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse continues to swirl, members of the University of South Carolina athletic department have made their opinions on it known.
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June 25, 2015
Monitoring the classroom attendance of student-athletes is common at major colleges and universities. But according to some in academics, the practice does more harm than good.
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June 25, 2015
Massive gender gaps in participation still plague high school sports, as evidenced by recently analyzed data.
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June 24, 2015
The Pac-12 is the first NCAA Division I conference to declare that its student-athletes will have athletics-related healthcare costs covered for four years after leaving school.
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June 24, 2015
The players on the Mamaroneck (N.Y.) High School baseball team missed their senior prom in order to travel for a state semifinal matchup. To keep the team's spirits up, Head Coach Mike Chiapparelli, with an assist from the New York Yankees, organized a prom just for his players and their dates.
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June 22, 2015
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Conference Commissioners tabled a proposal last week that would have introduced an early signing period for football. The commissioners hope that proposal will be examined in the future by the NCAA's new football oversight committee.
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June 22, 2015
The June 8 death of 16-year-old Taylor Thomas Gaes, a two-sport athlete at Poudre High School in Colorado, has been attributed to septicemic plague.
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June 22, 2015
Kansas State University is asking fans to wear school colors to their football home opener, in honor of head coach Bill Snyder’s induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. To “stripe out” the stadium, fans will be assigned white or purple according to their section.  
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June 18, 2015
Next season, the Air Force Academy is slated to play five football games that will be aired on the ESPN family of networks. However, those games haven't yet had a start time assigned. This, and a history of late kickoff times dictated by the network, has Falcons' Head Coach Troy Calhoun scratching his head.
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June 18, 2015
Recently, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) sanctioned a rule that allows middle school and high school soccer players to practice together for three weeks in the preseason. Several schools are taking advantage of the new rule to give middle school players added experience.
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June 17, 2015
A former Mirimar (Fla.) High School football coach has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Broward County Public Schools last week claiming he was fired after reporting the program's rules violations.  
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June 17, 2015
Since moving to the Pac-12 Conference, the University of Colorado athletic department has had a massive uptick in donations, raising $13,278,298 from donors in California, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
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June 15, 2015
In response to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, football players at the University of Toledo who choose to participate in pregame prayers will do so individually from now on.
Sports Medicine
June 15, 2015
A new program in St. Louis is uniting recently certified athletic trainers in pursuit of their master's degrees with secondary schools in need of sports medicine care.
Web Exclusives
June 11, 2015
Katherine Mowat, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Ball State University and one of few openly gay college coaches, made her sexual orientation public by including her partner in her profile on the school's website.  
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June 11, 2015
A California boys' high school basketball coach's $1 million libel suit against a parent was dismissed last week. A judge ruled that the repeated e-mails and letters sent out by a critical parent were protected, and granted a motion to strike, claiming they were “absolutely privileged,” “intimately connected to plaintiff’s coaching,” and “concerned a matter of public interest.”
Web Exclusives
June 10, 2015
Men's and women's college basketball will look significantly different next season, thanks to a series of sweeping rules changes approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The most significant changes will reduce the men's shot clock to from 35 to 30 seconds and divide the women's game up into four 10-minute quarters. 
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June 10, 2015
Boys' and girls' lacrosse will become the next sanctioned high school sport in Ohio after the OHSAA Board of Directors voted 8-0 last week to approve it as an emerging sport, effective for the 2016-17 school year.
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June 8, 2015
An investigation is underway at Wayland (Mass.) High School following allegations from the school's athletic director, whose contract was not renewed for next year. 
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June 8, 2015
The University of Michigan has begun "Project Swag" to determine which apparel company it will sign a contract with. The deal is expected to be the most lucrative of its kind in the country.   
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June 8, 2015
A 19-year-old was charged with impersonating a police officer after displaying a badge and gun while telling a coach he needed to address the lacrosse team at his former high school about sexting. 
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June 4, 2015
In Michigan, a high school superintendent, principal, athletic director, and coach are being sued for failing to stop alleged bullying, which a tennis player claims came from her teammates and led to breathalyzer tests and unauthorized searches.
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June 4, 2015
In his first year as Head Swimming Coach at Arizona State University, Bob Bowman has brought in a series of high-profile names to join his staff. The team's most recent hire is Misty Hyman, who won the 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Web Exclusives
June 3, 2015
Mike Sherman, the former Head Coach for the Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M University, recently accepted a head coaching job at the high school level.
Sports Medicine
June 3, 2015
While there has been much debate over how much work is too much for baseball pitchers, softball pitchers routinely throw hundreds of pitches a week without anyone blinking an eye. Although the softball pitching motion is far less stressful on the body than baseball’s, this doesn’t mean softball players are immune to injury.
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June 2, 2015
At Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, the school's regional champion softball and baseball teams were forced off their home fields due to fallout from the Baltimore riots.
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June 1, 2015
The Big 12 Conference has passed a sportsmanship policy aimed at improving fans behavior by imposing penalties for rushing the court or field and limiting how often "controversial" replays can be shown in stadiums.
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May 28, 2015
The Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Stockton University has sued the school, claiming sex discrimination.
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May 28, 2015
Susan Gremillion was recently named the Head Football Coach at Louisiana School for the Deaf, making her the state's first female high school head football coach.
Web Exclusives
May 27, 2015
After finding out their new high school didn't offer their sport of choice, soccer, two foreign exchange students at New Lexington (Ohio) High School became three-sport athletes. One went on to be a standout kicker on the football team. 
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May 27, 2015
For the Syracuse University football program, the decision to unretire the number-44 jersey after a decade in the rafters met with a mixture of approval and disbelief.
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May 26, 2015
In Wisconsin, the state's budget committee passed a motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled, and online charter school students the chance to participate in public school athletics, but the move has some people upset.
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May 26, 2015
Today's student-athletes face a lot of pressure to excel, and the presence of Twitter is making it easier for fans to criticize athletes when they come up short.
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May 18, 2015
Following an investigation of its women's basketball coach for misconduct, Kennesaw State University is implementing several new procedures, including one for parent complaints.
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May 26, 2015
Parents and players of the Indian Hills (N.J.) High School girls’ soccer team went to their regional Board of Education last week with complaints about the head coach's leadership skills.
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May 20, 2015
Rutgers University Head Men's Basketball Coach Eddie Jordan earned his degree last week, two years after a minor controversy surfaced when it was revealed he did not have one.
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May 21, 2015
The riots that devastated Baltimore also had a significant effect on the local college teams, with Coppin State losing three basketball recruits over safety concerns.
Web Exclusives
May 21, 2015
In an effort to minimize risk of injury in high school ice hockey, the NFHS has revised its penalty structure to provide options for more stringent penalties when situations warrant.
Web Exclusives
May 20, 2015
A proposed law in Georgia would require fully enclosed dugouts at all high school and public ball fields. The bill is a response to the death of 14-year-old Colton Shaw, who was struck by an errant throw between innings of a game in March.
Web Exclusives
May 19, 2015
The NFHS has announced new rules for high school basketball, which focus on prohibiting excessive contact. Points of emphasis are: post play, rebounding, protecting the free-throw shooter, and NFHS mechanics and signals.
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May 14, 2015
Chad Morris, the new Head Football Coach at Southern Methodist University, has instituted an open-door policy for high school coaches and invited them to learn from his program.
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May 14, 2015
School officials have suspended a Pennsylvania high school football program pending an internal investigation into the transfer status of two student-athletes. 
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May 13, 2015
Parents of a N.J. high school basketball player have been charged with harassment and fourth-degree stalking, after allegedly sending anonymous, heckling emails to the head basketball coach and school administrators.
May 13, 2015
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY). The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).
Web Exclusives
May 11, 2015
North Carolina has banned the use of drones at all state-sanctioned athletic events, citing safety concerns.
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May 11, 2015
Major changes involving transfer rules and football classification for private schools could be coming to New Jersey high school sports if two proposals are approved by the states's interscholastic athletic association membership.
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May 7, 2015
After a popular athletic director at Three Rivers (Mich.) High School did not have his contract renewed, dozens of students staged a sit-in to protest.
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May 7, 2015
The NCAA Division II Presidents Council has approved a new strategic plan, which includes five strategic "positioning outcome areas" that will help guide the Division's direction over the next six years.
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May 6, 2015
Leonard Jackson, the Commissioner of Interscholastic Athletics for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, is on administrative leave after being charged with assaulting a former coach.
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May 4, 2015
Mack Rhoades took time out of his first week on the job as Director of Athletics at the University of Missouri to update reporters on his plans for the program.
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April 30, 2015
Disabled students in Los Angeles will now be able to compete in track and field in an inclusive sports division under approval from the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).
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April 29, 2015
In Alabama, fewer and fewer high school football coaches are also serving as teachers. In addition, three recently hired football coaches started with salaries north of $120,000—and no classroom responsibilities.
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April 28, 2015
USA Triathlon and USA Triathlon Foundation today announced the first eight collegiate institutions that will benefit from a share of the $2.6 million, multi-year Women's Triathlon Emerging Sport Grant, created to drive the establishment of NCAA women's varsity triathlon programs.
Web Exclusives
April 27, 2015
An investigation into the softball program at Stanford University resulted in a strength coach no longer being employed, the head coach being cleared, and a group of parents calling for the firing of Athletic Director Bernard Muir.
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April 27, 2015
A bill currently sitting in the Florida State Senate could drastically reduce the governing power of the Florida High School Athletic Association. If passed, opponents say the law could lead to state-wide chaos at the prep level--including what would amount to free agency for student-athletes.
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April 27, 2015
In recent weeks, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany's freshmen ineligibility plan for football and men's basketball has received a lot of publicity. Now, the Drake Group has refuted some of the key benefits of his idea, calling it a “simplistic approach” that does not “address the need for a major course correction to restore academic integrity to the conduct of intercollegiate athletic programs.”
Web Exclusives
April 28, 2015
A more standardized pre-match procedure requiring referees to perform skin checks or verify that skin checks had been completed on-site by an appropriate health-care professional was approved by the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis.
Web Exclusives
April 23, 2015
A survey of 409 Pac-12 Conference student-athletes across several sports revealed that many feel the time demands of their sport make it hard to study and sleep, and that physical exhaustion is a "major issue."
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April 23, 2015
Some lawmakers in South Dakota are calling on the state activities association to reverse a recently adopted transgender participation policy and restrict student participation to the gender listed on their birth certificates.
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April 20, 2015
Jim Delany, Big Ten Conference Commissioner, sent media members a lengthy letter detailing reasons why making freshmen ineligible in football and men's basketball would be beneficial for college athletics.
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April 20, 2015
Suspended due to rain, a high school baseball game in Georgia was able to be completed thanks to the field-drying assistance of a helicopter.
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April 16, 2015
Western Kentucky University has suspended its swimming and diving program for five years after uncovering a "pervasive culture of misconduct” that included hazing, sexual assault, and drug use.
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April 16, 2015
For athletic directors at mid-major schools, the recent cost-of-attendance increases for athletic scholarships approved by Power 5 conference members are causing some hand-wringing. To remain competitive, many are looking at securing additional funding and face tough decisions on how to equitably disperse scholarship dollars and where to cut from, if necessary.
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April 15, 2015
Five student-athletes on a Kentucky high school baseball team are being investigated for possibly harassing a teammate. The coach allegedly told the players to delete any photos or videos they had of the incident.
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April 15, 2015
With many high schools seeing great results using the program, "Coaching Boys Into Men," one will now implement a new version: "Coaching Girls Into Women."
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April 13, 2015
At the University of Maryland, the Student Government Association is calling on administrators to change the name of Byrd Stadium.  
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April 13, 2015
The Ohio High School Athletic Association is close to adding boys' and girls' lacrosse as official sports, while also considering the addition of archery.  
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April 9, 2015
In an effort to boost scoring and improve the sluggish pace of NCAA Division I men's game, NCAA Rules Committee members are considering several changes, including shortening the shot clock to 30 seconds, reducing the number of timeouts, and instructing referees to call games "tighter" to reduce contact.
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April 9, 2015
A high school lacrosse coach in Maine lost his job after sharing a letter on Facebook. Written by another person, the letter was addressed to President Obama and was critical of Muslims.
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April 8, 2015
Citing budgetary and Title IX concerns, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh announced that it will cut its men's soccer and men's tennis programs.
April 8, 2015
In Connecticut, a high school student is suing his former school, along with its athletic director and head football coach, alleging that they did not act in the face of bullying and assaults against him.
Web Exclusives
April 6, 2015
Following accusations of sexual harassment by three former coaches, Keene State College has made several changes to its athletics operating procedures.  
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April 6, 2015
In recent weeks, the story of Michael Kelley, a high school special-needs student who was told by a teacher to take off his varsity letter jacket, has gained national attention. In response, a minor-league soccer team has taken Kelley under its wings.
Web Exclusives
April 2, 2015
A new law limiting what percentage of an athletic budget can be funded by student fees will require most of Virginia's state school athletic departments to put more emphasis on improving fundraising and ticket sales to fill their coffers.
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April 2, 2015
Marcus Lattimore, the former University of South Carolina running back whose NFL future was extinguised after he suffered a devastating knee injury as a junior, recently spoke to 300 high school student-athletes about the importance of having a backup plan to their professional aspirations.
Web Exclusives
March 30, 2015
A look at how a handful of Sweet Sixteen men's basketball coaches handle the pressures of their job.
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March 30, 2015
St. Olaf College has canceled the remainder of its 2015 baseball season following hazing incidents that took place on and off campus.
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March 26, 2015
For the University of Oklahoma, the fallout from a video showing fraternity members engaging in a racist chant has been difficult. For Head Football Coach Bob Stoops, however, it was an opportunity to make a statement. As detailed in this ESPN.com article, he did something most coaches struggle with: ceding control.
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March 23, 2015
What makes a high school athletic director effective and respected—in the public eye? An athlete-turned-journalist who now covers high school sports in Cape Cod, Mass., took a stab at answering that question based on what he sees from the press box.  Here's what Sean Walsh relayed in “One On One: What Kind of Person Makes a Great Athletic Director” from CapeCod.com: Lauding former longtime Barnstable High School Athletic Director Steve Goveia: 
March 25, 2015
In taking over as Head Softball Coach at Gloucester (N.J.) High School this season, Megan Mason won't have to look far to find support and guidance. That's because the coach she's replacing is her father, Dave Light, who won four state championships during his time at Gloucester's helm.
Web Exclusives
July 2, 2015
More and more schools are removing the moniker “Lady” from their women’s team nicknames, in order to create a sense of uniformity and equality in athletic departments. The University of Tennessee, in one of the most notable examples, has officially expunged the nickname “Lady Vols” and is adopting “Tennessee Volunteers” for all teams, as part of a “One Tennessee” branding campaign.
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June 26, 2015
After proving his worth in the role of Director of Analytics for the University of Kentucky men's basketball team, Joel Justus has been promoted.  
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