The weight of an NCAA investigation was lifted from the collective shoulders of UNC athletes, faculty, staff and fans on Oct. 13, 2017. But the media, and the collective college sports community, had few kind words in the wake of the ruling.
Time and time again, from coast to coast, conference to conference, sport to sport, NCAA members have proven they’ll countenance subversion of academic integrity in pursuit of revenues, victories and popular acclaim. The Committee on Infractions ruling absolving the University of North Carolina of punishable wrongdoing was another example of this.
UNC Tar Heels basketball commit and Miami and Arizona recruit Nassir Little and his father denied in sworn affidavits FBI allegations that his recruitment included discussions of payments. Hurricanes’ coach Jim Larrañaga was interviewed by the FBI for two hours and has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
An AP survey finds that more than two dozen universities and conferences with major basketball programs responded to news of the sport's bribery scandal by conducting internal reviews of their compliance operations.
Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products from concussion-related lawsuits like one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in Massachusetts against it and the NFL.
Forward Tobin Heath and defender Taylor Smith are sidelined with injuries that will keep them out of the U.S. women's national team training camp in Louisiana ahead of two upcoming matches against South Korea.
A social media campaign to persuade former star midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika to come out of retirement to join Egypt's World Cup squad has stirred a storm in a country where politics and football often mix, and often with explosive results.