February 23, 2009 - Issue 396

A True Shining Moment  Among a lot of news about poor behavior in basketball last week, this story shows that sportsmanship and compassion are still alive among high school teams. Read the full story...

Along With Some Bad Ones  Unfortunately, athletic administrators need to deal with the negative situations, too. This roundup of high school basketball news includes an update on the brawl in Alabama, responding to racially charged taunts in Colorado, and a new behavior contract at a Vermont high school. Read the full story...

Talking Ticket Prices  Oklahoma State University has the most expensive student season tickets for men’s basketball in the country, at $242 per seat. By comparison, nine of the 12 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference either let students in for free or have ticket costs covered by student fees. Read the full story...

Colleges Failing In Minority Hiring  Richard Lapchick of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport is calling this year’s diversity report card, which was revealed Thursday, the worst he’s seen in years. Read the full story...

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NFHS Disallows A-11 Offense  The NFHS Board of Directors has approved a number of rules changes in a variety of sports for the 2009-10 school year. One will likely lead to the demise of the controversial A-11 offense, while cheer has four new rules aimed at improving safety. Read the full story...

Reviewing Oliver vs. NCAA  Oklahoma State University pitcher Andrew Oliver recently scored a major legal victory over the NCAA regarding its eligibility rules. Here’s a close look at the case and what it means for both high school and college athletic directors. Read the full story...

The Right Relationship  Men coaching high school girls’ teams isn’t uncommon, but it does present a unique challenge. Male coaches want to be there for their athletes both on and off the court, but are wary of the watchful eyes of parents and administrators. Read the full story...

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Something In The Water  Vitaminwater and its parent company, Coca-Cola, made headlines recently after a report surfaced alleging that six of the brand’s flavors could result in a positive banned-substances test under NCAA rules. After that initial report, however, the NCAA quickly issued a correction. But confusion remains. Read the full story...

Emotional Distress Lawsuit Filed  This past football season, two North Carolina high school players had an altercation at practice that led to one of them being dismissed from the team. The student-athlete is now suing the school district because of the way administrators handled his dismissal. Read the full story...

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Title IX Tactics  The Women’s Sports Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union are targeting Washington state, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia as part of a new program to increase gender equity in sports. Read the full story...

One More Year?  An upstart post-grad school in North Carolina that promises to help high school football players with their academics and on-field skills so they can land a spot on a college roster has raised more than a few eyebrows. Read the full story...

Brand Keeps Going  USA Today checks in with NCAA President Myles Brand, who was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in December. Brand says he’ll continue in his role at the NCAA as long as he can. Read the full story...

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