Mar 25

Baylor AD Rhoades says school has been transparent with NCAA (Yahoo Sports)

Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades says the school will continue to be transparent with the NCAA as the association investigates whether any of its rules were broken while former coach Art Briles was running the football program. Rhoades was at Mad…

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Mar 25

UNC amasses $5.6M in costs for academic scandal from 2015-17 (Yahoo Sports)

North Carolina estimates it has amassed more than $5.6 million in attorneys’ fees and other costs between mid-2015 and January tied to its multi-year academic scandal. The total included an array of related issues, from the ongoing NCAA case that has …

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Mar 24

Ex-Michigan tight end Jake Butt believes college players should be paid

Michigan tight end Jake Butt was considered a potential first round pick until he injured his knee in the Orange Bowl. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Jake Butt believes college athletes should be paid.

That’s not exactly a revelation. The former Michigan tight end, now preparing for the NFL draft, has spoken out about the issue before — on Twitter, especially. But now that his collegiate eligibility has expired and he’s approaching the start of his professional career, Butt spoke at length at Michigan’s pro day on Friday, saying specifically he should be able to profit off the use of his own name.

“Something needs to change,” Butt told reporters. “I don’t want a check from the NCAA. I don’t know that that’s something that’s likely, but the big thing is, they say you can’t use your name to benefit.”

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According to ESPN, this was something Butt began thinking about when he moved to an off-campus apartment as a sophomore.

“We’re getting $900 a month (for cost-of-attendance) and my rent was 700 bucks. And I had to call my dad (for help),” Butt said. “Thankfully I’m lucky my dad was able to help me out a little bit but there’s plenty of people that don’t have families that can send them a couple bucks to help cover everything else.”

Butt was asked about the first time he asked his dad for some financial help, despite having a full scholarship.

“He said, ‘Wait, aren’t you on scholarship?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Well how much are you getting?’ I said, ‘$900.’ He said, ‘That’s all you’re getting?’ That’s kind of how the conversation went, and that’s when I realized that there’s plenty of kids out there (who can’t ask a family member),” Butt said.

“We can’t get a job. How are we going to get a job? We can’t get a job. We have class. We have workouts. You can’t say we could get a job to pay the extra. Some people can’t call their parents. Some people are sending their money home to their parents. You take that 900 and then you subtract. I see my name being used to profit somebody and I’ve got $200 for food, gas, cable, water.”

Butt, who injured his knee in Michigan’s bowl game and did not participate in workouts in front of NFL teams Friday, is certainly not the first athlete to speak out. But his comments coincidentally come the same day a new poll showed that more people than ever believe college athletes should be paid.

In the latest Seton Hall Sports Poll, which was first shared with our friends at Yahoo Finance, 60 percent of people surveyed believe a four-year scholarship is adequate compensation for a college athlete. That number is down from 71 percent in 2013. On top of that, the number of folks who feel college athletes are “exploited” is on the rise.

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From Yahoo Finance:

In addition, 40 percent of people surveyed say the college athletes are exploited by not sharing in the NCAA’s revenue pie. That is the highest the figure has been in the 10 years that Seton Hall has been conducting the poll, though they do not ask the question every year. Men are more likely than women to believe the students are being exploited, and people age 18 to 44 are much more likely to believe it than those over 45.

“The public seems to be more sympathetic” to the rising costs of being a student athlete that aren’t covered by a scholarship, says Rick Gentile, director of the poll, about the results.

Butt thinks the conversation is headed in the “right direction.” The Seton Hall poll is evidence of that.

From ESPN:

Butt reiterated multiple times he doesn’t have a solution yet, but he believes more conversations about college athletes, endorsements and being paid should continue to happen.

“Everybody has different opinions,” Butt said. “I think the NCAA does a good job, you don’t let people unionize. You don’t let people truly have a voice to make a change and then they get to the NFL or start their careers and then no one speaks for the college athletes anymore. But I think it’s moving in the right direction. I think eventually, hopefully something will happen.”

Butt finished his career with 138 catches for 1,646 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was considered a possible first-round pick until he tore his ACL for the second time in Michigan’s Orange Bowl loss to Florida State. He told reporters he hopes to be ready for training camp.

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Mar 24

University of Minnesota to review handling of assault case (Yahoo Sports)

The University of Minnesota has ordered a review of how it handled allegations of sexual assault involving football players last fall. Board of Regents chairman Dean Johnson announced at the board’s meeting in Duluth on Friday that the university’s ch…

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Mar 24

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier found guilty of child endangerment

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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was found guilty of felony child endangerment Friday in the trial related to his handling of the 2001 child sexual abuse report made against former PSU assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Spanier did not take the stand in the trial and his lawyer, Sam Silver, rested the defense’s case without calling a single witness to the stand. Per PennLive.com, the defense said the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the 68-year-old Spanier knowingly put children in danger or conspired to avoid reporting Sandusky to child protective services.

A jury of seven women and five men ruled otherwise after more than 12 hours of deliberations, finding him guilty on one charge of child endangerment for knowingly violating the duty of caring for a child he was responsible for. However, Spanier was found not guilty on two other charges — another child endangerment charge (preventing a report) and conspiracy.

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The 2001 incident was reported by former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary, who was then serving as a graduate assistant after playing quarterback for the Nittany Lions. McQueary has testified on multiple occasions, and again in Spanier’s trial, that he saw Sandusky, then two years removed his final game as a PSU assistant, abusing a boy in a shower at the football team’s facility. McQueary said he told then-PSU head coach Joe Paterno, who is said to have passed the information up the chain of command to athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz. Spanier was informed thereafter.

Curley and Schultz were also charged in the case but each struck plea deals for a reduced (from felony to misdemeanor) child endangerment charge earlier in the month. Spanier opted not to strike a deal. Both Curley and Schultz testified for the prosecution Wednesday. Schultz said he recalled “kind of being informed that everything was handled” by a person he “thinks” was Spanier. He also testified that Spanier was aware of a 1998 investigation into Sandusky that led to no charges against the coach, who was then PSU’s defensive coordinator.

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From PennLive.com:

Schultz looked exhausted as Ditka quizzed him on the 2001 incident and on a 1998 report about Sandusky being naked and “bear-hugging” another boy in a Penn State shower. No criminal charges were filed after a probe of the 1998 case.

Emails concerning updates on the 1998 investigation by university police, the state Department of Public Welfare and the Centre County District Attorney’s Office were copied to Spanier, Schultz said. He said he kept Spanier informed of its progress.

“As a rule, I tried to keep the president well informed,” he said. “Something of this magnitude he should know about.”

Even though no charges were filed in 1998, Schultz said the hope was that Sandusky would “learn his lesson” and stop bringing boys to the Penn State showers, Schultz said. “I was unhappy about (Sandusky’s) behavior,” he said.

Curley admitted Wednesday he could have done more (Schultz also expressed regret) after learning what McQueary saw. That, he testified, is why he agreed to a plea deal. He also said he, Schultz and Spanier kept the allegations in-house because he did not think what McQueary relayed to Paterno was sexual in nature or that Sandusky was assaulting boys.

Deputy attorney general Laura Ditka, arguing for the state, suggested otherwise. From Philly.com:

And she suggested that Curley, Schultz and Spanier wouldn’t have been calling weekend meetings and consulting with the university’s lawyer if they truly believed that he was only engaged in “horseplay” with boys in the shower.

“Use your common sense. They knew exactly what it was,” she said.

Sandusky was not arrested until November 2011, a decade after the men were informed of McQueary’s concerns. Sandusky’s arrest led to the firing of Paterno, who testified in winter 2011 that McQueary told him he had seen Sandusky “fondling a young boy” and that it was “of a sexual nature” without getting into specifics. Paterno, the winningest coach in FBS history, died in January 2012 of lung cancer.

Both Curley and Schultz await sentencing.

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Mar 24

Arkansas governor supports excluding stadiums from concealed-carry law

Arkansas politicians are already changing a concealed carry law. (Getty)

The governor of Arkansas has had an apparent change of heart regarding a concealed-carry bill he signed into law Wednesday.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) made a law official that would allow Arkansas residents who undergo additional training to bring concealed handguns into many previously barred locations — including sporting events — in the state. After many objected to events like Arkansas Razorbacks football games being open to concealed weapons, Hutchinson said Thursday he’ll support a change to the law that exempts college sporting events from the law.

Following the law’s creation on Wednesday, the Arkansas Senate got to work and passed an amended bill that would prevent people from carrying concealed weapons into Arkansas football games (and other sporting events). While the measure has to pass the state house, Hutchinson said he supported the change.

From Arkansas Online:

Hutchinson said Thursday that “the unique environment of a teaching hospital makes it reasonable to exempt UAMS, and the other exception for college sporting events addresses the concerns expressed by many Arkansans.

“Because these appear to be reasonable exceptions, I will support these amendments,” the Republican governor said in a written statement.

His written statement on Thursday is in stark opposition to what he said on Wednesday while flanked by an official from the National Rifle Association at the announcement of the law.

“A bad guy could get a gun into Razorback Stadium now,” Hutchinson said Wednesday. “Under this current law, if you have got the enhanced training, then you would be able to go into that facility.”

The NRA said on Thursday it doesn’t support the amendment to exclude sporting events. The change also excludes the Arkansas State Hospital, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Mar 24

2nd former Baylor player arrested this week on sex charge (Yahoo Sports)

WACO, Texas (AP) — A second former Baylor football player has been arrested on charges that include sexual assault.

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Mar 24

Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal (Yahoo Sports)

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved fo…

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Mar 24

Chizik’s Choice: Family over football after 2 years away (Yahoo Sports)

Gene Chizik was walking out to practice last August when he noticed the overstuffed cars being unloaded by wide-eyed teenagers and their parents. The freshmen were moving into the dorms at the University of North Carolina. ”It was tough,” Chizik said.

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Mar 24

Another ex-Baylor player arrested in connection to 2013 incident

Another former Baylor player has been arrested. (Getty)

Another former Baylor player has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

A day after ex-Bears tight end Tre’Von Armstead was taken into custody on recently-filed charges stemming from an alleged April 2013 incident, Shamycheal “Myke” Chatman was taken into custody Thursday in connection with the same incident.

Armstead is facing three second-degree felony sexual assault charges. Per KWTX, Chatman is also facing three sexual assault charges. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Chatman was taken into custody by “Houston-area U.S. Marshals,” but it is unclear where he is being held.

From KWTX:

A Waco grand jury indicted Armstead on the three counts last week, but his indictment was sealed until his arrest.

Chatman was indicted by the same grand jury.

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The two were previously named in a police report after the alleged incident was reported to Waco police, but charges were not filed until this week. Per the Morning News, Waco-area authorities filed the charges based on “newly discovered evidence and continued investigation.” The alleged incident was first brought to light in an April 2016 ESPN Outside the Lines report stemming from the bevy of sexual assault allegations against Baylor football players and the scandal surrounding the football program that cost head coach Art Briles his job.

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Armstead and Chatman’s accuser filed a lawsuit against Baylor in January. The lawsuit alleges the woman “is aware of at least 52 acts or rape by not less than 31 different football players” between 2011 and 2014. In the suit, the woman, who was a hostess for the Baylor football program (known as the “Baylor Bruins”), said she was assaulted by the two players after a party.

In the suit, she alleges the Waco Police “never even attempted to interview” Chatman or Armstead, but did notify campus authorities. Per the Outside The Lines report, the woman had bruises, a bite mark and scratches but initially did not want to press charges. The players were not disciplined at the time. Armstead, who played in 27 games for the Bears, was eventually dismissed for “violating team rules” in September 2015. Chatman transferred to Sam Houston State, where he played linebacker. The 2016 season was his senior year.

Additionally, the lawsuit says Chatman had previously been accused of rape by a female athletic trainer. Baylor, the suit says, reached a non-disclosure agreement with the trainer and did not punish Chatman.

Chatman’s arrest is the latest in the fallout of Baylor’s investigation into its handlings of sexual assault allegations. The investigation, conducted by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, found “specific failings within both the football program and athletics department leadership” and said there were “significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student-athlete misconduct.” It led to the firing of Briles. President Ken Starr was also fired while athletic director Ian McCaw turned in his resignation.

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