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Volume 24 No. 179

Colleges

NCAA member schools will be "required to provide sexual-violence-awareness education for all college athletes, coaches and athletics administrators" under a policy announced Thursday by the organization’s BOG, according to Ralph Russo of the AP. Campus leaders such as ADs and school presidents will be "required to attest that athletes, coaches and administrators have been educated on sexual violence each year." School policies on sexual violence and the name and contact information of the Title IX coordinator "must be distributed throughout the athletic department and to all athletes." The NCAA policy "does not delve into bans, restrictions or punishments for athletes who commit sexual violence, deferring to schools to set and follow their own policies" (AP, 8/10). SI.com's Chris Chavez noted the policies were "recommended by the Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, which is comprised of university officials, athletic administrators, coaches, sexual violence experts, advocates and student-athletes" (SI.com, 8/10). CBSSPORTS.com's Barrett Sallee reported schools that "don't attest to the requests will be known to the public." All schools in compliance with the policy will be "included in the NCAA's annual report" to the BOG (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/10). YAHOO SPORTS' Nick Bromberg wrote the changes "come as Baylor has taken steps to rectify its massive shortcomings in dealing with sexual assault." While the problem of sexual assault is one across college campuses "all over the country, Baylor didn’t have a full-time Title IX coordinator" until '14 "among other ways it inappropriately handled accusations of sexual assault at the school" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/10).

EMBRACING THE DECISION: Arizona State football coach Todd Graham said that he "embraced" the NCAA's decision, "stressing the importance of being proactive instead of reactive." Graham "feels like the university and the athletic department already have taken healthy steps in this regard." In Phoenix, Doug Haller notes the ASU football program in the spring "had a guest speaker address the team on sexual violence." In addition, QB Manny Wilkins has been "involved with women-support groups for most of his time on campus." Wilkins said, "Growing up, I was around domestic violence. It's just important to me because I feel that I know what it is to have respect for all women, all ages. It's very important to me because it's personal, and if I can have a voice, it could go a long ways" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/11).

Air Force this season will become the "first service academy to allow the sale of alcohol at football games, though the practice is common in the Mountain West," according to a front-page piece by Brent Briggeman of the Colorado Springs GAZETTE. Beer and wine will be "sold in two sections, with fans allowed to take the drinks back to their seats." The cash-only sales "will open 60 minutes prior to kickoff." There will be "no sales to cadets or anyone in a military uniform." Air Force AD Jim Knowlton said, "We started a fan-engagement committee two years ago, and one of the desired improvements was to offer alcohol in a controlled setting at games. We have worked hard with our teammates on base to ensure we have best practices in place to keep Falcon Stadium a family-friendly environment. We are confident we can do this responsibly and successfully and add to the fan experience." Briggeman notes the academy "permitted alcohol sales at two outdoor concerts last year -- Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley." The school said that "both were successful endeavors." The sales will be "handled by the academy’s 10th Force Support Squadron, which handles sales in other venues on base." An Air Force spokesperson said that "adding alcohol sales for basketball games at Clune Arena is also a possibility." With Air Force joining in, all four FBS programs in the state -- including Colorado, Colorado State and Northern Colorado -- "allow the sale of alcohol at football games." Four schools in the 12-team Mountain West do "not permit alcohol sales in their stadiums." San Jose State and Fresno State have said that they will "add alcohol sales next year, leaving only Boise State and Utah State without it" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 8/11).