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April 16, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Michael Murphy, a senior forward at Roanoke (Va.) College, died of a heart problem after collapsing during an intramural basketball game.
April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
May 17, 1987 | THOMAS FERRARO, United Press International
Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office at Penn State University and makes a confession about his holier-than-thou image. "It scares the heck out of me," booms the hallowed football coach. "Because I know I'm not that clean. Nobody is that clean." "I don't want to appear to be any more than I am," says Paterno, now speaking in a near whisper. "And that's a good, hard-working coach who is a decent guy, a family guy, who doesn't want to cheat." "I lose my temper sometimes.
February 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Electronic Arts Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Co. wanted to use the names and likenesses of college athletes in video games, according to an NCAA document unsealed in federal court Wednesday. The report was among hundreds of pages of documents that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ordered to be made fully or partially public in the long-running antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA fronted by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. The case is scheduled for trial in June and, in the interim, the document dump provides another window into the often contentious issues of amateurism and compensation raised by the case.
December 11, 1990
Charles Yesalis said that an average of 14.7% of the males and 5.9% of the female athletes in all sports surveyed reported steroid use. A 1989 NCAA study based on self-reporting estimated steroid use at less than 5%. "This represents an upper bound, and for the first time there are boundaries and somewhere in between is reality," Yesalis said.
January 28, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The news Tuesday that college athletes are seeking representation by a labor union brought a knowing smile to academics who operate far from the field house. The move by Northwestern football players to join the United Steelworkers union is unprecedented by college athletes, but old news among University of California system graduate student instructors. "We've been there, done that, and it works," UC Berkeley professor Harley Shaiken said. Shaiken teaches an undergraduate labor relations course called "The Southern Border," a class that contains 400 students and eight graduate student instructors.
September 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
For the better part of four years, former college athletes have been fighting in court to be compensated for the popular video games that bear their likenesses and jersey numbers. Now they have won a partial victory. On Thursday, attorneys for the players announced a settlement that will pay tens of thousands of former athletes -- if not more -- for games that included their likenesses dating to 2003. Even before the agreement, Electronic Arts had announced the discontinuation of its “NCAA Football” series. The amount it will now pay -- which was not disclosed -- must be approved by a judge.
July 31, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A video game maker has no 1st Amendment right to use the likenesses of former college athletes without their permission or compensation, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Ruling on a lawsuit by former college football star Samuel Keller, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 1 that game maker Electronic Arts Inc. was not protected by free speech rights because the video games "literally re-created Keller in the very setting in which he had achieved renown.
June 21, 2013 | By Jon Healey
If you stop someone in the street and ask whether college athletes should be paid to play, the answer is likely to be "no. " Witness a recent Marist poll , which found that only 27% of the respondents felt that athletes deserved more than the scholarships and stipends they already receive. But the lawsuits brought by former UCLA hoops star Ed O'Bannon Jr. and other former college athletes raise a different question and may elicit a different answer. Should athletes receive a share of the money colleges make by selling their performances and likenesses to the media?
May 30, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Portland University basketball Coach Eric Reveno couldn't believe it when he heard it at West Coast Conference meetings Wednesday: A women's golfer for a WCC school was hit with an NCAA violation for washing her car on campus. Just heard about two NCAA violations in WCC. 1) athlete using Univ. water to wash car, 2) coach text recruit "who is this?". #stopinsanity - Eric Reveno (@CoachReveno) May 29, 2013   Apparently, the problem was that the unidentified golfer was penalized because the water and hose used wasn't available to regular students on campus.  According to Yahoo Sports , the NCAA asked the golfer to pay the school $20, which they said was the value of the water and the hose.
May 8, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Former USC football player Khaled Holmes is a finalist for Sports Illustrated's award for college athlete of the year. Holmes, profiled last October in The Times, earned an undergraduate degree in classics and a masters in communication management. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound center was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of last month's NFL draft. Sports Illustrated will choose two athletes -- one female and one male -- as winners May 22 and feature them in the magazine's May 27 issue.
July 24, 2012
As severe as they may be, the penalties that the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. imposed on Penn State University's football program Monday aren't likely to have as profound an impact on the school as the scandal that caused revered coach Joe Paterno to be ousted in disgrace last year. The larger purpose of the sanctions - including a four-year ban on bowl games, 40 fewer scholarships, 111 wins revoked and a $60-million fine - is to tell universities across the country that there's a considerable price to pay for letting their mission become subservient to their athletics programs.
November 16, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
If we are going to rant about educational shortcomings in big-time college sports, then we also need to pump up the positives. Which brings us to Ben Howland. UCLA's basketball coach is not in a good spot right now. His team, picked to win its Pacific 12 Conference division this season, has started 0-2. Its first loss was to Loyola Marymount, which hadn't beaten the Bruins since 1941. Next came Tuesday night's 20-point loss to Middle Tennessee, a very good team, likely an NCAA tournament team, but with no history of big-time excellence.
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