January 11, 2000 |
The room was in dire need of a jolt--at least those people not adequately caffeinated--and Roy Kramer, having heard enough rhetoric, provided that jump-start Monday at the NCAA convention. His impassioned speech drew loud applause at the forum on the proposals from the Division I working group to study basketball issues. Kramer, the Southeastern Conference commissioner, wanted decisive action and didn't seem to like what he was hearing.
February 5, 1995 |
The outspoken John Singleton, who became the youngest person nominated for an Academy Award as best director for his debut film, "Boyz N the Hood," has turned his camera toward college athletics in his latest movie. In "Higher Learning," Malik (Omar Epps), an African American freshman track star at a fictional, predominantly white Southern California university, is torn between the advice he receives from a political science professor and a fellow student.
June 10, 1999 |
Nevada was accepted Wednesday into the Western Athletic Conference, landing another blow to the Big West Conference. WAC officials voted in favor of adding Nevada, creating a nine-team conference. The conference had 16 teams last season, but eight teams, including BYU, Utah and Wyoming, left to form the Mountain West Conference. Nevada, which will join the WAC for the 2000-01 season, has been lobbying the conference for the last year.
June 7, 1987 |
Coach John Thompson has won a national basketball championship. His Georgetown team is a perennial power in the Big East Conference, which many consider the nation's best. He has one of the highest winning percentages of any active or retired college coach. He was recently president of the basketball coaches' association. On top of that, Georgetown is considered an outstanding program in a country plagued by academic and athletic recruiting scandals.
January 25, 1993 |
Constance Hurlbut shattered the glass ceiling in athletic administration last month when she was named executive director of the Patriot League, becoming the first woman to head an NCAA Division I combined men's and women's conference. When Hurlbut steps into the Bethlehem, Pa., office on July 1, she hopes she will be blazing a trail into the upper echelons of athletic administration for other women to follow.
July 13, 1995 |
Cal State Northridge is considering an organizational overhaul in the school's athletic program, Ronald R. Kopita, vice president of student affairs, confirmed Wednesday. Debby De Angelis, an associate athletic director who handles business matters, was asked to resign by Kopita last week, administrative and coaching sources said. That mandate was retracted early this week, the sources said, because top-level administrators on campus had not completed their restructuring plan.
April 24, 1998 |
Trying to end questions surrounding a lengthy internal investigation of its Student Athlete Academic Services program, USC announced Thursday it found no evidence of systematic academic fraud and fired Christopher Cairney, the administrator who made the initial charges of impropriety. Cairney was dismissed for allegedly using racial slurs at work and committing academic fraud himself by helping write an athlete's paper, said interim university counsel Todd Dickey. Cairney denies those charges.
December 27, 1995 |
In cavernous Cook Pavilion, the indoor practice facility for the top-ranked Nebraska football team, Coach Tom Osborne shifts his weight as he reflects upon a season of 11 victories, no defeats and more questions about dubious behavior than a Whitewater hearing. "I don't know," Osborne says slowly, looking away. "Maybe I'm so far out of step with society that I don't belong in coaching." After 23 years as one of college football's most exemplary coaches, it has come to this.
December 17, 1994 |
They line the walls of Jeff Duva's Woodland Hills office like so many trophies, dozens of framed resumes. Each contains a picture of a young athlete in the upper right corner. The name of a college has been inked over the page in block letters. These are Duva's success stories. Duva's business, National College Recruiting Assn., helps high school athletes get into college athletic programs by compiling profiles of his clients and mailing them to hundreds of college programs.
December 30, 1990 |
On Jan. 1, 1965, I watched on television as Tommy Nobis and the Texas Longhorn defense "screwed their navels to the ground," as their colorful down-home coach, Darrell Royal, would say later, in a fourth-quarter goal-line stand that preserved a 21-17 victory over Joe Namath and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl. The 'Horns had hooked me. Although I was not yet out of junior high school in a small East Texas town, I decided that night that I someday would attend the University of Texas and share the collegiate experience of those young men who represented our state so valiantly.