Martina Navratilova signs letter supporting Idaho law that limits transgender student athletes
Martina Navratilova has joined more than 300 athletes in a letter expressing support to an Idaho law that bans transgender female student athletes from competing in women’s and girls sports.Navratilova, one of the most successful tennis players of all time, was one of 309 signatures in a letter expressing opposition to the inclusion of transgender women in sports.The initiative was headed by a group called Save Women’s Sports, who sent a letter to the board of governors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association “urging it to reject the call to boycott Idaho for protecting the integrity o...
New York Daily News
Mark Zeigler: It's time for college sports to tell athletes take it or leave it
Eventually, and that moment draws nearer by the day, college athletic administrators need to make a choice:Are they going to continue backpedaling, or are they going to make a tackle?Are they going to stand up and stand by their product?Is enough ever going to be enough?Because apparently college athletes – or at least college football players – aren’t going to stop asking for more even as they receive concession after concession. The latest group with its hand out is Pac-12 football players, who issued a lengthy list of “demands” Sunday with the threat of boycotting the season.Here’s a sugges...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mark Bradley: The ACC wanted plus-one. The SEC said, 'No thanks'
ATLANTA — For a sport that technically isn’t yet in season, college football is making news on a daily — heck, an hourly — basis. This time Wednesday, we were agog over word that the 2020 ACC football champ might just be … Notre Dame! Thursday, we’re reeling at the reality of a football season in which toe won’t meet leather in the annual — well, no longer so annual — installment of Clean Old-Fashioned Hate.Georgia Tech will not play Georgia. Florida State will not play Florida. South Carolina will not play Clemson. Kentucky will not play Louisville.For one day, the ACC gave us plus-one. Twent...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lawsuit: Ex-coach Bo Schembechler knew about Dr. Robert Anderson sexual assaults at Michigan
DETROIT — Legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler was told by a student in 1982 about sexual assaults being carried out by then-football team doctor Robert Anderson, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.The suit alleges the student — who is filing as an unnamed “John Doe” — told Schembechler he was digitally penetrated by Anderson during an exam for migraines.“The revelations involving the failure to act on the part of Bo Schembechler are troubling but should not be surprising,” attorney Jamie White said. “We have seen this trend play out with institutions all over the country, incl...
Detroit Free Press
Florida AD Scott Stricklin tests positive for COVID-19, recovers
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said he tested positive last week for COVID-19, experiencing “mild symptoms” before making a relatively quick recovery.Stricklin said he began to experience a runny nose, congestion and headache, leading him to get tested the next day.“Woke up the next morning, didn’t feel much better — slight chills,” he recalled. “And it just, the first thing in this day and age that goes through your head is, ‘I wonder if this is it?’ ”Stricklin soon found out he had contracted the illness caused by the novel coronavirus that has set the nation into a tailspin and p...
Mark Bradley: How might a spring football season work?
The Big Ten canceled non-conference games. The Pac-12 did likewise. Forty percent of the Power 5 has declared that at least some scheduled football games cannot be played.SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told ESPN Radio on Saturday his concern about the 2020 season is “high to very high.” In case anyone missed the point, he took to Twitter: “Yep, that’s exactly what I said … The direct reality is not good.” This came two days after Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told the ol’ AJC: “Things are trending in the wrong direction.”Everyone involved with college sports would like to play football...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mike Bianchi: Former Florida AD Jeremy Foley: 'Colleges have cash reserves for a rainy day, but this is a hurricane'
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeremy Foley, the iconic former athletics director at the University of Florida, is retired now and spending a few weeks this summer in his second home in Vermont.He began his career at UF more than 40 years ago as a lowly intern stuffing envelopes, parking cars and cleaning bathrooms. He sat in the AD’s chair for 25 years — a span in which the Gators won 24 SEC All-Sports trophies, 130 conference championships and 27 national titles.Foley still has an office and a title (athletics director emeritus) at UF and serves as an occasional sounding board for current Gators AD Scott S...
Shannon Ryan: Let's face it — our break from sports needs to last longer
Look, it’s just not working out.It’s clear now that we tried to get back together too soon. Although it would be easy to continue in denial — after all, love is blind — the timing just isn’t right.Sports, I say this with love: We need another break. Not a breakup. Just a break.The evidence is obvious and abundant, and it needs to be confronted, especially when it comes to college athletics where safety plans appear especially precarious.At the start of the pandemic in March, sports leagues were willing to shut down play as a precaution. Without a single positive COVID-19 case following one pos...
Miami AD Blake James urges college athlete endorsement laws to be extended nationally
The Miami Hurricanes are one of the Florida programs that could figure to see the immediate benefits of the state’s recent bill to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements beginning in July of 2021.While Florida schools could see a recruiting advantage come from such a law that has not yet been passed in most other states, UM athletic director Blake James feels this is legislation that needs to be extended nationwide.“I think we need to create opportunities for kids to legitimately capitalize on name, image and likeness,” said James on ACC Network this week. “In the state of Florida,...
The new challenges facing college athletes on campus — including legal and ethical questions about COVID-19 guidelines
CHICAGO — When Illinois athletes prepared to return to campus for voluntary workouts earlier this month, they were asked to sign a form if they wanted to rejoin teammates.The document asked athletes to responsibly follow guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus — such as completing a virtual screening, reporting to sports medicine staff any known exposure to COVID-19 or any symptoms, wearing a mask in public places and sanitizing hands frequently — and to agree to testing.Several other Big Ten schools — but not all — asked their athletes to sign similar documents, as have many progra...