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Bilquis Abdul Qaadir, Faith, Faith and Sports, FIBA, Hijab, Indiana State University, Muslim, NCAA, University of Memphis -

A look at the intersection of sports, faith and religion College basketball star Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir was faced with a choice: faith or sports. Faith won. Abdul-Qaadir, now 28, played her entire high school and college career in a hijab. She wore tights under her shorts and a long-sleeved shirt under her jersey. Her face and […]

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Commentary, Kevin Ollie, NCAA, UConn Huskies -

Seven years ago, a major college basketball coach whose program was the target of an NCAA investigation signed a five-year, $13 million contract. That investigation led to a three-game suspension for the coach, who was cited for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance, and three years of probation for the program. When the coach […]

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C. Vivian Stringer, dFree, Don Imus, Faith and Sports, Financial independence, NCAA, Reverend DeForest Soaries, Rutgers -

A look at the intersection of sports, faith and religion When the Rev. DeForest Soaries heard that radio personality Don Imus had called the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos,” he knew he had to act. Soaries was the pastor to Hall of Fame Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer, the sixth-winningest women’s coach in […]

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@AP, Basketball, Corruption, NCAA, News, Sports -

An Adidas executive and two other insiders from the high-stakes world of college basketball recruiting were convicted Wednesday in a corruption case.

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@AP, Brian Bowen II, bssketball, Louisville, NCAA, News, Rick Pitino, Sports -

In a trial that begins Monday, federal prosecutors will argue that a high school basketball player's decision to go to Louisville was the result of a payoff.

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Allen Greene, Damon Evans, David Williams II, NCAA, Vanderbilt Commodores -

David Williams II, the first black athletic director in Southeastern Conference (SEC) history, announced on Tuesday that he is leaving his position at Vanderbilt. Williams, who was also the first African-American vice chancellor in school history, took over the Commodores program in 2003 after three years as a faculty member and was officially designated athletic […]

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N, NCAA, Ole Miss, Ole Miss Rebels, The University of Mississippi, Yolett McPhee-McCuin -

Yolett McPhee-McCuin set a goal in her mind. She wanted to become a Final Four coach. “And I meant it,” she said. “I gave myself 15 years … to get this thing done.” Her new role as head women’s basketball coach at the University of Mississippi just may be the place where she sees that […]

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D-Free, NCAA, Scholarships, Soccer, Youth Sports -

It was time to have “the talk.” We both knew it. Max’s sunken shoulders said everything his quivering lips couldn’t. We’d just gotten home from a fourth night of training, and our drive on this rainy and cold night was a bad one. They were all bad, actually. The practice fields are 35 miles from […]

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HBCU Track And Field, Lincoln Lions, NCAA, St. Augustine's Falcons -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Lincoln University women’s track and field team and coach Victor “Poppy” Thomas had grown sick and tired of near misses in NCAA Division II national championships. Thomas said the team has missed out on at least three national outdoor and indoor titles by a total of five points. Thomas and the […]

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George Williams, NCAA, St. Augustine's Falcons -

St. Augustine’s University’s highly decorated track and field coach might well be King T’Challa of his sport. Now in his mid-70s, George Williams is in his 47th year at St. Augustine’s, including 41 as its track coach, and is one of the favorites again to lead his teams to titles when the Division II Outdoor […]

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Deon Taylor, NCAA, San Diego State Aztecs -

When filmmaker and director Deon Taylor stopped playing professional basketball to pursue film, a lot of doors were slammed in his face. “I have become who I am today simply because I was told no everywhere I went. I’m the product of no.” Now he boasts a 15-year independent film career and is releasing his […]

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Arike Ogunbowale, Jackie Young, Kobe Bryant, Mississippi State, NCAA, News, Notre Dame, Sports -

With a measly .1 seconds left in the game, junior Arike Ogunbowale landed a three-point shot, carrying Notre Dame women's basketball to a second basketball title and a comeback win over Mississippi State.

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Commentary, NCAA -

Like many of you, I love the frenzied pace of the NCAA men’s Final Four: the desperate shots, the euphoria when the underdog comes out on top. Student-athletes will take to the court, and some will become legends while others taste defeat. But sadly, they all must play under the specter of exploitation that pervades […]

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Buffalo Bulls, Mark Alnutt, Memphis Tigers, NCAA, Penny Hardaway -

The University at Buffalo announced on Wednesday that Mark Alnutt, the deputy athletic director at the University of Memphis, will be the school’s next director of athletics, replacing the recently departed Allen Greene. Alnutt, 45, spent almost three years at Memphis, where he helped raise more than $40 million for the athletic department and was […]

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Black Coaches Association, Commentary, John Chaney, John Thompson, NCAA, Nolan Richardson -

Whatever happened to the Black Coaches Association? After a splendid run from the 1980s through much of the 1990s, when it made good things happen for minorities around college basketball with either a shout or a whisper, it morphed into something else. Then it became something else after that. Then it vanished. Nowadays, it’s been […]

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Commentary, Ed O'Bannon, Locker Room Talk, NCAA -

In April 1995, Ed O’Bannon’s UCLA Bruins defeated Arkansas to win the men’s NCAA Division I national championship. He scored 30 points, grabbed 17 rebounds that evening, living the dream that many college players never realize. Then he awoke. Twenty years after leading UCLA over Arkansas, O’Bannon handed the NCAA an even greater defeat. In […]

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Bowie State Bulldogs, Claflin Panthers, Clark Atlanta Panthers, Grambling Tigers, Morehouse Tigers, NCAA, NCB, Texas Southern Tigers, Virginia State Trojans, Virginia Union Panthers -

Nine historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) punched their ticket for the NCAA Division II basketball tournaments last weekend. Virginia Union (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) champion), Claflin (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) champion), Virginia State (at-large), Morehouse (at-large) and Clark Atlanta (at-large) were the five teams that played in the first round on the […]

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Aaron Glover, Charlie Brown III, Courtenay Servary, Edward Parker, Gary Hightower, George Kelley, HBCU Lacrosse, HBCU Sports, Jack Emmer, Jerna Jacques, John Workman, Joseph Fowlkes II, Morgan State Bears, NCAA, Oral History, Washington And Lee Generals -

Lacrosse powerhouse Washington and Lee welcomed up-and-comer Morgan State to 3,000-seat Wilson Field in Lexington, Virginia, on March 9, 1975. How did the Division I blue-chip program come to play the Division II team from Baltimore on the rise? Morgan State coach Chip Silverman became professional friends with Washington and Lee coach Jack Emmer, and […]

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Commentary, NCAA, NCB, Pots And Pans -

Next week, the men’s NCAA Division I college basketball tournament will begin. But allegations of corruption will hang over March Madness — the result of an FBI investigation and subsequent reporting from ESPN and others. Big-time, but still amateur, athletes have been accused of being offered and accepting money and other considerations to play at […]

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Commentary, Locker Room Talk, NCAA, NCB, NFL, Troy Vincent -

The imagery is striking — and fitting. In one gigantic, connected space in Indianapolis, you have the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, where for the past few days hundreds of former college football players have been running, jumping, lifting and taking tests to persuade teams to pick them in June when the NFL […]

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Diversity, NCAA, Richard E. Lapchick -

A group at the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration released its annual report on racial and gender diversity in college sports on Wednesday, once again highlighting the lack of African-Americans in prominent positions at universities across the country. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, led by scholar and author Richard […]

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Jalen Rose, NCAA, Podcast, The Oscars, The Plug -

With the NCAA news exploding over the weekend, The Plug crew brought in an expert to discuss the state of collegiate athletics. Fab Five phenom, now NBA analyst, Jalen Rose sheds light on exactly how it feels to be young, dumb, talented and broke. Rose also talks about how he thinks the NBA can stand […]

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Barack Obama, Basketball, Black History Sports, College Sports, NCAA, News, Shareef O'Neal, Sports -

After the NCAA scandal that broke this week everyone is weighing in—including President Barack Obama. An avid basketball ball player, Barack Obama said that the NBA should consider creating a junior division with the NCAA that would foster talented youth well before the big leagues. The junior league could serve as a feeder system into professional basketball […]

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FBI Probe, LaVar Ball, Lavar Ball Pay Basketball Players, NAACP, NCAA, News Video, Sports, Stephen A. Smith, Video -

In wake of the college basketball scandal, an ongoing federal investigation reported by Yahoo Sports, […]

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Allen Greene, Auburn Tigers, NCAA -

Auburn on Friday introduced Allen Greene as the university’s 15th athletic director, making him the first African-American AD in school history and the third ever in the Southeastern Conference. Greene, 40, served in the same role at the University at Buffalo since 2015 and worked in the athletic department at Ole Miss from 2009-12. He […]

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Alabama Coaches Bonuses, Alabama Crimson Tide, College Football Championship, National, NCAA, News, paying college athletes, Sports -

Should college athletes get paid to play? That’s the question on everyone’s mind after the […]

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Commentary, HBCU Basketball, NCAA, NCB, NCF -

The injustices are too stark. The system is too compromised. The hypocrisy is too blatant. The financial figures behind Alabama’s national championship victory over Georgia on Monday night only confirm the obvious: Sooner or later, college athletes will be paid some of the billions of dollars they generate. The only question is how. It took […]

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College Football Playoff, Donald Trump, Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar, Music, NCAA, NCF -

Fifteen-year-old Kendrick Lamar likely never thought he’d be performing at halftime of one of the biggest sporting events of 2018. Certainly not when he, as a teenager, was getting stomped at Compton, California’s, Avalon Swap Meet. But a decade and a half after the fight he references on “ELEMENT.,” from 2017’s Grammy-nominated album DAMN., here […]

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Miami Hurricanes, NCAA, NCF, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Rivalries -

Outside of championship rings, the most famous piece of jewelry in sports this year belongs to the University of Miami Hurricanes. “The U” turnover chain — comically huge, made of 10-karat gold and flooded with sapphires — has since the start of the season been momentarily given to defensive players who cause fumbles, recover fumbles […]

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Baseball, Diversity, Hollywood, NCAA, Race, Shemar Moore, Social Activism, Television -

Shemar Moore is ready to make a statement. The Oakland, California, native is starring in CBS’ new S.W.A.T., which is based on ABC’s original series of the same name (1975-76) and the successful 2003 feature film directed by Clark Johnson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell and LL Cool J. This moment […]

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Carla Williams, NCAA, Power 5, University of Virginia -

Carmen Williams did all she could to hold back tears as she watched her mother, Carla Williams, introduced as the new athletic director at the University of Virginia. “It’s emotional because she’s always been a champion for me and now I get to see her achieve her dreams.” Former athletic director Craig Littlepage did all […]

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