March 2, 2009 - Issue 397

Coaches In Prayer  A federal appeals court already agreed with a New Jersey high school’s policy that its football coach, Marcus Borden, cannot join his team in prayer. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal of that case. This article takes a close look at the issue. Read the full story...

Already On Board  Inside Higher Ed looks at the trend of many NCAA institutions grooming their assistants—and in some cases even offering guarantees—to one day take over head coaching duties of a program. Read the full story...

In The Community  With tough economic times upon us, getting the support of your local community has never been more critical. Here, athletic directors share a few strategies for furthering community relations efforts. Read the full story...

The Master  Kenyon College’s Head Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach Jim Steen has won an amazing 47 NCAA Division III titles. The New York Times profiles the secrets behind his success. Read the full story...

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Coach vs. Boosters  What happens when a booster club asks its school to investigate a coach and the principal then disbands the club? That’s what Pioneer (Mich.) High School is working through these days. Read the full story...

Cardinal Cuts 21 Jobs  The Stanford University athletic department has announced it is eliminating 21 staff positions in response to an expected $5.4 million budget shortfall over the next three years. Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby calls the cuts “excruciating.” Read the full story...

H.S. Hoops Going Too Far?  There are numerous high school basketball teams who will travel two and three times as far as some top-notch NCAA programs this season—all in the name of finding better competition and making it onto a national television broadcast. Read the full story...

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Hires & Fires  There was a lot of movement in athletic departments over the past two weeks, including Rutgers’ and Georgia State’s announcements of new athletic directors. And find out why Southwest Baptist fired its “survivor” soccer coach. Read the full story...

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Coach Faces Sex Charges  This Oregon youth basketball coach’s resume is pretty impressive, which is why area parents hired him to privately coach their children. But he now faces rape and sexual abuse charges. Read the full story...

SAMMY Nominations Due Next Week  Student-athletes have the opportunity to receive a $7,500 college scholarship through the 12th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) 2009 award program. Judging will be based on five criteria: academic performance, athletic experience, leadership, community service, and milk experience. Read the full story...

Team Manager Gets Playing Time  Indiana University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Crean promoted his team’s student manager to reserve point guard last week. On Wednesday night, he actually got into the game for the Hoosiers. Read the full story...

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