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Can the NCAA Be Saved? A Former Pentagon Chief Will Try

Can the NCAA Be Saved? A Former Pentagon Chief Will Try

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“I think that if we do not succeed in this effort to bring significant change to the association, that it will spell real trouble for the organization because it would demonstrate what a lot of people think, which is that it is incapable of reforming and changing itself,” Gates said.The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the N.C.A.A. in an antitrust case this summer, a signal event for many college sports officials, but Gates worried about the association’s future long before that decision. When he was president of Texas A&M, he considered the N.C.A.A. proficient at organizing championship events and maintaining national eligibility standards for athletes, but he also saw a rule book that he likened to the tax code, “a stultifying bureaucracy and an organization that found it very...
A Lifeline to Let College Teams Play On

A Lifeline to Let College Teams Play On

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On Aug. 19, the university announced it would eliminate the gymnastics, hockey and ski teams to save about $2.5 million a year. Cathy Sandeen, who was then the chancellor, said the decision was “devastating.”Sparky Anderson, the ski coach, was on a father-daughter camping trip when he learned about the proposal to cut teams.“It’s not going to work,” he thought to himself. “But it’s going to be a lot of work for me.”‘Athletes set goals.’One of the surest ways for college administrators to provoke an outcry is to eliminate sports. Iowa and Michigan State wound up in court. Brown became the target of a well-coordinated campaign that political strategists might have envied. Stanford, one of the most revered programs in all of college athletics, faced months of public and private pressure befor...
College Athletes Cash In as Generations of Rules Fade Under Pressure

College Athletes Cash In as Generations of Rules Fade Under Pressure

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Still, Miami, which hosted the signing ceremony for Florida’s law last year, has been among the most aggressive schools to champion name, image and likeness changes publicly. In December, the school said it had signed a deal with INFLCR, which works with many schools, to help students understand the opportunities ahead. At the time, Manny Diaz, the football coach, lauded the deal as a way for players to “build your brand in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities.”Before this week’s opening, King attended personal finance classes offered by the university on Wednesdays to sort through myriad issues. He enlisted his mother and brother to help him assess whatever offers may arrive, sketched out ambitions for a podcast and considered the kinds of activities that held the most inte...
College Players May Make Money Off Their Fame, NCAA Panel Recommends

College Players May Make Money Off Their Fame, NCAA Panel Recommends

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As in the past, universities will not be allowed to pay salaries to players, and athletes will not be permitted to accept money from anyone in exchange for enrolling at a particular school.The proposed policy is intended as a temporary fix until permanent rules are written or Congress intervenes. It would apply only to universities in Division I, which has more than 170,000 student-athletes and features the richest and most famous leagues in college sports, including the Power 5: the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences. Officials in Divisions II and III, which together include about 750 schools and more than 320,000 players, are expected to vote on similar plans this week.“It’s a recognition that we have to adjust our business practices as it relates to stu...
In N.C.A.A. Case, Supreme Court Backs Payments to Student-Athletes

In N.C.A.A. Case, Supreme Court Backs Payments to Student-Athletes

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In April, Mark Emmert, the N.C.A.A. president, said he was looking for “clarity about what the law is, clarity about who has responsibility for what, clarity about how these issues will be decided, whether through congressional processes, through legal processes or through N.C.A.A. decision-making processes.”In Monday’s decision, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, writing for the court, took a measured approach, saying his task was merely to assess a limited injunction entered by a trial judge, one that allowed payments for things like musical instruments, scientific equipment, postgraduate scholarships, tutoring, study abroad, academic awards and internships. It did not permit the outright payment of salaries.“Some will think the district court did not go far enough,” Justice Gorsuch wrote. “By per...
N.C.A.A. Chief, Pressured by State Laws, Pushes to Let Athletes Cash In

N.C.A.A. Chief, Pressured by State Laws, Pushes to Let Athletes Cash In

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Miami has long been able to make a glossy pitch to the students it hopes will star on its sports teams: an exceptional athletic tradition, respected academics, South Florida’s sun-kissed glamour.For months, though, coaches at Miami — and every other college in Florida — have had a new selling point: Play here and, thanks to a new state law, maybe make some money off your athletic fame.Florida and four other states are poised to allow players to make endorsement deals starting this summer, and with universities in other states anxious about losing recruits, the N.C.A.A. is moving anew toward extending similar rights to college athletes across the country.In an interview with The New York Times on Friday, the N.C.A.A.’s president, Mark Emmert, said he w...
Denied a Season, Some Ivy League Athletes Craft a Baseball Gap Year

Denied a Season, Some Ivy League Athletes Craft a Baseball Gap Year

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Burley, the catcher from Central California, typically wakes up by 9 a.m., checks his email, eats breakfast and makes the 20-minute drive to the workout center. He goes through a catalog of exercises prescribed from an intake examination, using foam rollers, bands, baseballs or mobility balls to help activate his quads, hip flexors, adductors, hamstrings, gluteus, calves, peroneals and virtually every other muscle that might be used to play baseball.Sufficiently warmed up after 60 to 90 minutes, he runs through (depending on the day of the week) a potpourri of exercises like ice skater lunges, bowler squats, high knee skips, box jumps, side shuffles and sprints, and a variety of contortions.“I’ve never felt more athletic in my life,” Burley said. “I want to get on a basketball court and du...
By Extending Emmert’s Deal, N.C.A.A. Shows Distance From College Sports’ Day-to-Day

By Extending Emmert’s Deal, N.C.A.A. Shows Distance From College Sports’ Day-to-Day

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Just over a month ago, when the N.C.A.A. was embroiled in another crisis of its own making, 21 board members joined a hastily called videoconference with Mark Emmert, the persistently embattled president of the governing body of college sports.During the 69-minute session, they heard about disparities between their men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and had, meeting minutes show, “a discussion regarding the timeliness and substance of the response of President Emmert and his staff” to a debacle that had embarrassed the N.C.A.A. amid its signature yearly showcase.Then, on Tuesday night and with a review into deep-rooted gender equity issues still in its opening weeks, the association’s Board of Governors stunned the rest of the college sports world with the announcement that it had ex...
New N.C.A.A. Rule Benefits Athletes Who Transfer Colleges

New N.C.A.A. Rule Benefits Athletes Who Transfer Colleges

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When Tyson Walker, a 6-foot point guard from Westbury, N.Y., transferred to Michigan State from Northeastern this month, he had one goal in mind.After a breakout season in which he averaged 18.8 points per game and was named a finalist for the Lou Henson Award, given to the top men’s basketball player from a mid-major conference, Walker was ready to play for a team with a shot at making the Final Four next year in New Orleans. He made his announcement in late March in a Twitter post portraying him in a Michigan State uniform.“My whole decision was based off just trying to play at the highest level,” Walker said.Walker is in a large group of Division I men’s and women’s basketball players who will benefit from a new rule that allows them to jump to new schools and immediately become eligibl...
Hope Trautwein Discusses Her 21-Strikeout Perfect Game

Hope Trautwein Discusses Her 21-Strikeout Perfect Game

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It is the dream of every pitcher. All the opposing batters retired in order. A perfect game.But is a perfect game really perfect? After all, a few players will have gotten at least some bat on the ball, even if it was just a pop-up or a groundout.Hope Trautwein of the University of North Texas softball team did things a little more perfectly on Sunday. In a seven-inning game against the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff she faced 21 batters and struck all of them out. No one even put a ball in play.And somehow, she didn’t really notice.“I knew it was a perfect game,” she said in an interview on Tuesday. “There’s that thing about you don’t say it’s a perfect game, but I could hear my teammates behind me. They were saying ‘don’t jinx it.’“But I guess I didn’t really register that all of t...