• Indiana administration expects athletes to behave better

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University President Michael McRobbie sent a tough message to the athletic department this week: It's time for Hoosiers athletes to shape up or they may be on their way out. On Wednesday, athletic director Fred Glass' annual football kickoff luncheon was upended by growing consternation over an 18-month series of legal issues involving football and men's basketball players. The most recent chapter occurred over the weekend when two basketball players were arrested for illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage, raising the ire of fans, administrators and McRobbie. "I want to see the world-class accomplishments of our faculty and students celebrated, as well as the accomplishments of our stu

  • Washington State President Memorial

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Carmento Floyd, right, speaks with Washington State football head coach Mike Leach, center, as basketball head coach Ernie Kent , left in red shirt, looks on, after a memorial service for Floyd's late husband and Washington State University President Elson Floyd, who passed away in June at Beasley Coliseum on the school's campus in Pullman, Wash., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

  • HCC women's basketball regains postseason eligibility

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Hutchinson Community College women's basketball is now eligible for postseason play for the upcoming season after part of its appeal was granted by the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. An investigation into the program that began in May found that two players from the 2014-15 Blue Dragon team received grants-in-aid that exceeded permissible amounts. That led to several sanctions placed on the program in July - scholarship reductions, vacating victories from the 2014-15 season and a postseason ban for the upcoming season. The college appealed, and the KJCCC Executive Committee re-established Hutchinson's postseason eligibility for the upcoming season, as well as having victories counted in the conference standings.

  • Colleges dedicate women's tipoff game to Lauren Hill

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The schools that helped Lauren Hill realize her dream of scoring a basket in a college game will honor her with a season-opening event in November. Xavier will host the "Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic" on the court where she scored her first basket a year ago. The Mount St. Joseph University freshman died from brain cancer in April. Her public memorial also was held at Xavier's Cintas Center. Hill used her last months to raise money for cancer research and to remind people that life is precious. She played her first game against Hiram College on Nov. 2. Hiram will visit again as part of a Nov. 14 doubleheader, with proceeds going to cancer research. Xavier's women's team will play Evansville. ___ Follow Joe Kay

  • Thunder guard D.J. Augustin remembers living through Hurricane Katrina

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    On the week of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Thunder guard and New Orleans native D.J. Augustin shared his memories of living through that devastating disaster in a first-person account on theplayerstribune.com. In this must-read essay, Augustin, who was three months shy of his 18th birthday when Katrina made landfall, begins his account painting the picture of how evacuations were commonplace for New Orleans residents. Everyone in his family knew the drill and everyone had specific items of significance they made sure to pack. Augustin’s were the orange Nike shoeboxes he kept under his bed. “My mom used to record all my basketball games since I was 4 years old, all the way through high school. Never missed a

  • Cleveland State to play some games in Cavaliers' arena

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland State has partnered with Quicken Loans Arena and will have its basketball teams play some home games on the Cavaliers' court next season. The university's men's team will play five games next season at the Q against schools with large alumni bases in the area. Those dates are to be announced, but Cleveland State's goal in aligning with the arena is to heighten the program's profile and bring more fans to games at Wolstein Center on campus. As part of the multiyear agreement, Quicken Loans will handle the booking of concerts and events at Wolstein Center. The Vikings averaged just over 2,200 fans last season at Wolstein, which has a capacity of 13,600.

  • Oberlin College president a finalist for top U. of Iowa job

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The president of a private liberal arts college in Ohio is a finalist to be the next University of Iowa president. The Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday announced that Marvin Krislov, the president of Oberlin College since 2007, will visit campus Thursday for interviews. Krislov is the first out of four finalists who are expected to visit the university in the coming days. The regents are expected to choose a successor for retired president Sally Mason next week. At Oberlin, Krislov leads a selective, four-year college of 2,900 students that also includes a prominent music conservatory.

  • Hutchinson women's basketball team regains eligibility

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Hutchinson Community College women's basketball has regained eligibility for postseason play for the upcoming season. The school said in a statement Tuesday that part of an appeal it had filed with the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference had been approved. The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/1UcUHqg ) the school was sanctioned in July after an investigation found two players from last season's team received more aid than permitted. The sanctions included scholarship reductions, vacating victories from the 2014-15 season and a postseason ban for this season. After the appeal, the conference re-established Hutchinson's postseason eligibility for the upcoming season, and allowed vic

  • Smart sizing up recruiting landscape with an eye toward Texas' future

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    When basketball season begins, expect to see a smorgasbord of stories about Texas’ depth and experience. Bring a pillow on senior night. It might take a while. Coach Shaka Smart and his assistants are dialed into this year’s team, but they also have an eye on the future. Six seniors are leaving — make it seven if junior guard Isaiah Taylor jumps into the NBA draft. Essentially, Smart will have to rebuild half the roster after his first season. Thus, an intriguing question: What does Smart want the Texas roster to look like in the years ahead? “Obviously, you can’t have a team full of guys that are my height,” the 5-foot, 10 1/2-inch coach said. “There are some great players that were quote, unq

  • Minnesota gives Pitino $400K annual raise, 2-year extension

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has finalized a two-year contract extension for coach Richard Pitino through the 2020-21 season, including a $400,000 raise. The university released the details Tuesday, months after the terms were agreed to while Norwood Teague was the athletic director. Pitino, who finished his second year as coach of the Gophers, will now make $1.6 million annually. His $500,000 base salary stayed the same; his supplemental compensation was bumped up from $700,000 to $1.1 million. Pitino is still well within in the bottom half of the Big Ten, in terms of money being made by the men's basketball coaches in the conference. Pitino has a 43-28 record at Minnesota. The Gophers won the NIT in 2014 but missed

  • Minnesota Pitino Raise

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    FILE - In this Sunday, March 8, 2015, file photo, Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino watches his team play against Penn State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, Minnesota finalized a two-year contract extension for Pitino through the 2020-21 season, including a $400,000 raise.

  • Rison, Bell to enter Michigan State University hall of fame

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Andre Rison and Charlie Bell are among the six new members who will be inducted into Michigan State's athletics hall of fame next month. The inductions will take place Sept. 17. Mary Kay Itnyre, Pat Milkovich, Doug Weaver and Mike York are also going in. Rison led the Spartans in receptions for three straight seasons before going on to a fine career in the NFL, and Bell played for Michigan State's national title-winning basketball team in 2000. Itnyre is the women's basketball team's career leader in double-doubles. Milkovich won wrestling national titles at 126 pounds in 1972 and 1974. Weaver played football at Michigan State from 1950-52 and was the athletic director from 1980-90.

  • Villanova names USC's Mark Jackson athletic director

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova has hired USC's Mark Jackson to succeed Vince Nicastro as the program's athletic director. Jackson was senior associate AD and chief innovation officer at USC. Nicastro left after 15 years to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova's law school. Jackson also served as the director of football development with the Oakland Raiders. He was the vice president of athletic development at A2P Holdings, a sports marketing company. He was the executive senior associate director of athletics at Syracuse University from 2005-06.

  • East Tennessee State adds transfers Deuce Bello, Tevin Glass

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State has added a pair of transfers by bringing in Deuce Bello from Missouri and Tevin Glass from Wichita State. The school announced both additions Tuesday. Bello will be eligible to play for ETSU this season as a graduate transfer. Glass must sit out the 2015-16 season because of NCAA transfer rules. Bello began his career at Baylor, where he played two seasons. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 1.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 10.9 minutes for Missouri last season. Glass averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 19 games last season for Wichita State, where current ETSU head coach Steve Forbes was working as an assistant. Glass, a 6-8 forward, also played for Forbes at Northwest Florid

  • THE HEAT INDEX: USC's Steve Sarkisian not the first coach to be disgraced by the bottle

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Many coaches have went down for many different things — extra-marital affairs, abusing their players, paying players and other NCAA violations. But none is more sad than those who allow their demons to show in a public forum — like recently when USC football coach Steve Sarkisian got up on stage at a “Salute to Troy” rally, slurring his words, dropping F-bombs, and basically making a fool of himself while intoxicated. He also made insulting remarks toward the other Pac 12 schools. All this happened in front of his staff, school officials, donors and alumni at an event which was supposed to officially kick off the season.

  • College Beginners

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Somer Gaines, a first generation college student, plays basketball on the courts after her classes on the first day of school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln outside of Smith Hall Dormitory on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Lincoln, Neb. Somer participated in a new orientation program for first generation student prior to the star of school.

  • Madison Jones dismissed from Wake men's basketball team

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has dismissed guard Madison Jones from the men's basketball team for violating an undisclosed athletic department policy. Coach Danny Manning announced Jones' dismissal Tuesday. Jones was suspended from all basketball-related activities on March 24, though Manning didn't give a reason for it and said Jones "needs to make better decisions and earn his way back." That suspension was lifted May 20. Jones is a 6-foot-1 guard from Raleigh who averaged 4.7 points, 3.0 assists and 21 minutes. He started six games as a junior last season.

  • UTEP Miners revive Thanksgiving tournament

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The UTEP women's basketball team is staying home for Thanksgiving. After several years of overseas holiday trips, the Miners are reviving their home tournament, last played in the 2010-11 season. Cal-Riverside, Idaho State and Southeast Missouri are the teams coming to El Paso as revealed in the UTEP schedule, which was announced Monday. "It worked out, we were able to do it," coach Keitha Adams said of the Fifth-Annual Thanksgiving Classic. "We're excited about having it back in El Paso. Our fans enjoyed catching good basketball over the Thanksgiving break." Adams indicated there is room for one more game on the schedule and one could be added soon.

  • Athletics Mariners Baseball

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Spencer Hawes, a forward for the Charlotte Hornets NBA basketball team, throws out the first pitch of a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Seattle. Hawes is a former NCAA college basketball player for Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S.

  • The Sanchize connecting UNLV football to Las Vegas

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Sanchez carved out a corner of celebrity in a town full of high rollers and high-wire acts as a high school football coach. Think about that for a second. A man coaching a high school football team squeezed his name onto the marquee with some of the biggest names in the entertainment world. No wonder he's been called The Sanchize. But he is no Vegas veneer. The new UNLV coach has some substance to him. He knows the game of football, how to build a winning program. He's a communicator, connects with players, coaches, community leaders, boosters, fans — whoever, whenever. And he knows details. Sanchez filled a book with his philosophies, ideas and quotes gleaned from other coaches, ta