Connecticut banned from NCAA men’s basketball tournament
- The NCAA’s new academic requirements could give new meaning to the madness of March. On Wednesday, three-time national champion Connecticut and nine other men’s basketball teams were banned from the NCAA tournament because of poor Academic Progress Rate scores.
How and why the APR can and will damage college basketball
- Men’s college basketball had some egg to wipe off its face Wednesday, when the NCAA released in totality the aggregate Academic Progress Rate scores from 2008 to 2011. In all of D-I sports, 15 programs fell below the score floor of 900, meaning those teams who put out a four-year median in the 800s aren’t eligible to compete in any postseason format for the 2012-13 school year. Ten of those programs — most notably UConn, who is the first BCS school to earn a postseason ban via APR-instituted protocol — are from men’s D-I hoops.
BCS commissioners settle on college football playoff plan
- The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams. The plan will be presented to university presidents next week for approval.
Title IX in today’s high schools
- “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. “Forty years have passed since President Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law. To mark its anniversary, we talked to high school students, teachers, coaches and administrators to find out how the landmark legislation is still being felt today.
Imagine life without Title IX
- One of the best ways to celebrate what Title IX has meant in the 40 years since it was passed is to try to imagine what a drearier place sports would be without it. You can do it if you try. Imagine tennis without Martina Navratilova or Serena Williams, soccer without Mia Hamm and Brazil’s Marta tearing down the flank, golf without Annika Sorenstam leaving Sweden for a golf scholarship at the University of Arizona and coming closer to perfect than anyone else had while dominating women’s pro golf like no one had before, even if she never actually achieved her ideal round of 59.
Time hasn’t ended legal furor over Title IX
- Forty years ago, Congress debated legislation to ban discrimination against women in education while Marissa Pollick fought for the right to play on her Michigan high school tennis team despite a state law barring girls from varsity sports.