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Kentucky Issues Drake Cease-And-Desist Letter For Illegal Contact With Recruits

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 23 / 15

The Univ. of Kentucky has "issued DRAKE  a cease-and-desist letter" after the entertainer's appearance at the school's Big Blue Madness event "because he took photos with some recruits," according to Kami Mattioli of SPORTING NEWS. Kentucky's compliance office "self-reported the impe...

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Army Rebrands, Unveils New Logo

Army has rebranded its athletic program and will now be "known as Army West Point," according to the Middletown TIMES HERALD-RECORD. The military academy "will continue to be nicknamed the Black Knights with its former nickname of Cadets being used as a secondary reference." Army and Nike "collabora ...

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Arizona State Gets Credibility With Hurley

Arizona State on Friday introduced new men's basketball coach Bobby Hurley, and "in the span of 30 minutes," the program "became relevant," according to Doug Haller of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. The hire is "important," as ASU has made just five NCAA Tournaments in 33 years. Hurley signed a five-year dea ...

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NCAA's Luck Discusses Issues With Vaccaro

Former footwear exec Sonny Vaccaro said that NCAA Exec VP/Regulatory Affairs Oliver Luck "reached out in January and they have spoken 'several' times about what the future of college sports might look like as they get to know each other personally," according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. Vaccaro ...

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Oregon Men's Basketball Dropping Ticket Prices

Univ. of Oregon men's basketball had its "worst home attendance in more than 20 years and the Ducks are looking to change that" by reducing ticket prices for the '15-16 season by an average of 34%, according to Tyson Alger of the Portland OREGONIAN. UO went 26-10 this year and made the Round of ...

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Nebraska-Omaha Hockey Gains Momentum

Just as the Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha is "in the midst of marketing hockey tickets" for next fall's grand opening of the school's new $82M arena, its hockey team "has skated its way to the school's first Frozen Four " since the establishment of the program in '97, according to a front-page piece by H ...

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CFB Conference Title Rules To Be Relaxed

NCAA legislation allowing for the deregulation of college football conference championship games is "expected to be passed" by '16, according to Dennis Dodd of CBSSPORTS.com. The move would "directly impact the Big 12 and ACC, which developed the legislation." The Big 12, which is the only Power Fiv ...

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SEC Brings On Big-Name Hoops Coaches

SEC basketball programs in the past two weeks have "added some serious coaching star power," according to John Talty of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. Mississippi State "was first out of the gate when it nabbed former UCLA head coach Ben Howland," who took his previous program to three Final Fours.  ...

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Role Of Student-Athlete "Needs Rebalancing"

Last night’s edition of PBS’ “NewsHour” featured a discussion on the issue of the student-athlete in NCAA athletics, with PBS’ Jeffrey Brown noting there is “serious pressure” on the NCAA to compensate the athletes in some form. Univ. of Texas-San Antonio as ...

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Emmert: NCAA Could Move HQ Due To Law

NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday said the potential consequences of Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law are "more important" than this weekend's Final Four, adding he would recommend the association move its HQ from any area "that didn't prohibit discrimination," according to Paul ...

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College Hoops Coaches Forming Minority Group

A group of prominent black college basketball coaches headlined by Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and new Texas coach Shaka Smart are "forming an organization to address the dwindling numbers of minority head coaches in college basketball," according to John Krawczynski of the AP. The National Association ...

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