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July 28, 1989 | Jim Murray
It was one of the most salubrious things I had read in a paper in a long time. I felt like cheering. There, on the sports page, the headline read: "Ex-Player Sues." Beneath it, the story read: "A former Creighton University basketball player who says he was functionally illiterate when he left the Omaha school in 1982 has filed a lawsuit, charging that the educators there failed to teach him adequately.
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April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Loyola Marymount: The Seaver School of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount is not for the faint of academic heart. But it's where a fair share of Loyola Marymount athletes - 27 of 395 to be exact - focus their studies.
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June 3, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The Pac-12 on Monday announced an initiative to help improve the health and safety of its more than 7,000 athletes. Here's the full press release . The elements of the initiative include  "Head Trauma Task Force" and "Football Contact Reduction. " The Pac-12 will establish a task force to study head trauma and "find ways to limit damage and exposure to  student-athletes. " The football contact initiative will look to study and monitor contact at practice. A final policy will be released at the Pac-12 Football Media Day on July 26. "Pac-12 institutions house the leading medical trainers, doctors, and scientists working to enhance student-athlete health and well-being,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release.
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March 27, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
Yet another nail went into the coffin of the NCAA on Wednesday. And for those who genuinely care about the well-being of college athletes, that couldn't be better news. Peter Sung Ohr, a regional National Labor Relations Board official, ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern University aren't student-athletes, as the NCAA likes to designate them, but rather employees of the school who generate vast sums of money for the institution. Players are compensated for their work via scholarships, and are therefore entitled to unionize.
MAGAZINE
December 9, 2001
While USC was winning at the Coliseum, UCLA was winning the Men's Fertility Bowl . . . again ("Of Male Immortality and Man's Ultimate Mission," Metropolis, by James Ricci, Nov. 18). California Cryobank, the country's largest bank for storage of male sperm, has sites close to UCLA, Stanford University, Harvard and MIT. These are places, says cryobank co-founder Dr. Cappy Rothman, "where there are a lot of bright, young healthy men who can use the money." En veritas! Manny Gutierrez Studio City
NEWS
May 19, 1988
The CIF Southern Section has recognized several Southeast/Long Beach area high school teams and athletes in the third annual California Angels/Ford Motor Co. Academic Awards Program. The Whitney High girls tennis team had the highest combined grade point average, 3.71, followed by the Whitney girls track and field team (3.57), the Whitney boys swimming team (3.55), the Wilson water polo team (3.49), the Whitney softball team (3.42), the Whitney boys basketball team (3.
SPORTS
April 28, 1994
High school student-athletes will be honored at the ninth CIF-Southern Section Academic Awards ceremonies before tonight's Angels-Baltimore Orioles game at Anaheim Stadium. Each school could nominate one boy and one girl "Student-Athlete of the Year" winner. Recipients are seniors who have maintained a minimum 3.5 grade-point average in college-prep courses for the past three years, in addition to earning at least one varsity letter and participating in additional extracurricular activities.
MAGAZINE
September 28, 2003
Please help me understand the spoiled-brat, gift-horse attitudes expressed in the article on student athletes ("Welcome to Plantation Football," by Irvin Muchnick, Aug. 31). Athletes are offered free rides to institutions they admit they otherwise could not have attended based on their grades, and then they complain about the requirements. When they get a real job, do they think their employer will change the rules to accommodate them? The answer is no. If you don't like the stipulations of this gift, then don't take it or shut up. No job for compensation (paycheck or scholarship)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
The gruesome leg injury to University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware has one California lawmaker calling for better financial protections for student athletes nationwide. In a letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) said the group should at least adopt standards in a new California law. The measure, which took effect Jan. 1, requires universities that make a certain amount of money from television deals to provide the equivalent of academic scholarships to athletes whose injuries result in them losing their athletic scholarships.
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July 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If anyone is the perfect example of being a true student-athlete, it's Westchester senior Nick Hamilton. This summer, he's participating in the UCLA VIPS program that prepares high school students for college. He had a summer reading assignment this weekend, but he's also playing for his travel basketball team. Coming back from a dislocated thumb suffered last month in the Watts Summer Games, the All-City player scored 15 points in his game. He gets all As on his report card, is a team leader for the defending City Section Division I champions, and Coach Ed Azzam would probably rank Hamilton has one of the most competitive, hard-working players he's ever coached.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Feliciano Arnold, guest blogger
The NCAA basketball tournament field is set, and this week an estimated 50 million people will fill out their brackets in a fit of March Madness. Yet almost a year after fans witnessed one of the worst in-game injuries in a generation, college athletes are still fighting for basic healthcare guarantees from the institutions that profit from their sweat and blood. Broken bones come with the territory at high levels of competition, but you know an injury is uniquely awful when the player receives consolatory phone calls from Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Michelle Obama.
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January 29, 2014 | By Chris Foster
What happened with Mike Moser in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. What happened was, after a freshman season spent languishing near the end of UCLA's basketball bench, Moser transferred to Nevada Las Vegas and had a breakout first season. The forward averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels as a sophomore in 2011-12, and even though he was slowed by elbow and hip injuries last season, he was a productive reserve, averaging 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. But then he decided to move again - this time closer to his family in Portland.
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July 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If anyone is the perfect example of being a true student-athlete, it's Westchester senior Nick Hamilton. This summer, he's participating in the UCLA VIPS program that prepares high school students for college. He had a summer reading assignment this weekend, but he's also playing for his travel basketball team. Coming back from a dislocated thumb suffered last month in the Watts Summer Games, the All-City player scored 15 points in his game. He gets all As on his report card, is a team leader for the defending City Section Division I champions, and Coach Ed Azzam would probably rank Hamilton has one of the most competitive, hard-working players he's ever coached.
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June 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
For the last few years, the powers that be in college sports have watched nervously as an antitrust lawsuit wends its way through federal court. O'Bannon vs. NCAA is challenging traditional notions of amateurism, arguing that young athletes should receive more than just scholarships for their role in what has become a multibillion-dollar enterprise. On Thursday, the case arrives at a crucial fork in the road. A Northern California judge must decide if thousands of current and former college players can join as plaintiffs in what would become a class-action suit.
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June 3, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The Pac-12 on Monday announced an initiative to help improve the health and safety of its more than 7,000 athletes. Here's the full press release . The elements of the initiative include  "Head Trauma Task Force" and "Football Contact Reduction. " The Pac-12 will establish a task force to study head trauma and "find ways to limit damage and exposure to  student-athletes. " The football contact initiative will look to study and monitor contact at practice. A final policy will be released at the Pac-12 Football Media Day on July 26. "Pac-12 institutions house the leading medical trainers, doctors, and scientists working to enhance student-athlete health and well-being,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
The gruesome leg injury to University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware has one California lawmaker calling for better financial protections for student athletes nationwide. In a letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) said the group should at least adopt standards in a new California law. The measure, which took effect Jan. 1, requires universities that make a certain amount of money from television deals to provide the equivalent of academic scholarships to athletes whose injuries result in them losing their athletic scholarships.
NEWS
January 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Concussions among student athletes are on the rise, as are concerns that repeated injuries could have serious long-term effects. But less clear are the steps schools and communities should take in protecting children who play sports from such injuries. Chicago, for example, is weighing a new rule. This Chicago Tribune story explains: "Student athletes at Chicago schools who show symptoms of a concussion wouldn't be able to return to their sports without permission from a medical professional under a measure approved Wednesday by two City Council committees.
SPORTS
September 15, 2005 | J.A. Adande
The strangest of topics worked its way into the college football discussion this week: class. Not the social status or taxonomy or division definitions of the word. We're talking professor, room, students. Class. Imagine that.
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November 28, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
There is one word you've been hearing a lot lately to describe the best college football teams in the country. It is a strange word for a sport of violence. It is an odd way to describe our modern gladiators. That word is "smart. " After Notre Dame's victory over USC last weekend, Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin said, "That's a really smart team over there. " Before Stanford's win over UCLA, Bruins Coach Jim Mora said, "They've got some smart kids, and they can handle a lot. " Smart will be leading the Fighting Irish into the national championship game.
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September 19, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
A lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and Santa Ana Mater Dei against the CIF Southern Section lives on, and attorney fees for the CIF have exceeded $109,000, CIF Executive Director Roger Blake said Monday. A status conference is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Orange County Superior Court. No trial date has been scheduled after a previous date last February was vacated. The status conference will come just days after a scheduled Oct. 29 vote at the CIF State Federated Council, where Mater Dei and the Trinity League are supporting a proposal that would remove the wording "athletically motivated transfer" from all CIF rules.
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