April 13, 2009 - Issue 403

Senior Slump  New NCAA rules no longer allow men’s college basketball coaches to watch prospects in April tournaments. That’s making it difficult for uncommitted high school seniors to land a scholarship. Read the full story...

When Athletes Pray  Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a New Jersey high school football coach who was suing his school for the right to bow his head during team prayer. This article looks at why the court ruled as it did, and what the decision means for other coaches. Read the full story...

Broken Records  A Michigan high school has been stripped of its state boys’ basketball title for using an illegible player—a transfer who was in his fifth year of high school. The school said all of its records reported that he started school in 2005-06 and was eligible. Read the full story...

End Of The Arms Race?  The economic arms race in big-time college athletics has been heating up for the past decade. But will the current economic downturn grind it to a halt? Two athletic administrators weigh in. Read the full story...

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Filling Olson’s Shoes  The University of Arizona men’s head basketball coaching position would appear to be very attractive. Here’s a look at why it was hard to fill. Read the full story...

Athletics In Limbo  The Newark (Ohio) City School District’s athletic department could be on the chopping block if a proposed levy fails a May 5 vote. Read the full story...

District Hire Or AD Decision?  When Redondo (Calif.) High School Athletic Director Les Congelliere chose a faculty member in a neighboring district as his new varsity baseball coach, a candidate from his own district sued, and it looks like he will now get the job. Read the full story...

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Scott’s Perspective  Larry Scott, the newly named Pacific 10 Conference Commissioner, talks about his hiring process, producing revenue, dealing with sensitive issues, and a football playoff system. Read the full story...

Go For It  In Florida, Orange County has removed fundraising restrictions to help its high school athletic teams raise more money. In response, booster clubs are busy brainstorming ideas. Read the full story...

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Snagged By Snake Accusation  A baseball coach was recently suspended as his school investigates allegations that he was involved in killing a snake and burying its head in the pitching mound. Read the full story...

State Association News  Two states vote down proposals to reduce their number of games played next year … Minnesota considers a ban on out-of-state competition … Indiana’s Blake Ress is interviewed on several difficult topics … North Carolina’s Charlie Adams announces his retirement. Read the full story...

Severe Injury Trends For Prep Sports  The Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examines rates and patterns of severe injuries in nine high school sports: football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, baseball, and softball. Read the full story...

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