Latest School athletics News

Samford hires longtime prep basketball coach Bucky McMillan

Apr. 6, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Samford has hired veteran high school coach Bucky McMillan to lead its basketball program. Athletic director Martin Newton announced McMillan’s hiring on Monday, saying he “quickly became the obvious choice” to replace Scott Padgett. McMillan led Mountain Brook...

Marquette hires Justin Gainey as associate head coach

Apr. 3, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Marquette director of operations Justin Gainey is returning to the Golden Eagles’ staff as associate head coach. Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski announced the move Friday. Gainey worked for Wojciechowski at Marquette from 2014-17 before spending one year as an assistant...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, the New England Patriots customized Boeing 767 jet rests on the tarmac at T.F. Green Airport, in Warwick, R.I. The Patriots private team plane is expected to land in Boston on Thursday, April 2, 2020, returning from China with more than one million masks to help control the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The Latest: MLS extends training moratorium through April 24

Apr. 2, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be...

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo gives instructions against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 80-69. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan State AD defends Izzo after witness report

Apr. 2, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman defended basketball coach Tom Izzo on Thursday after Izzo was accused in an ESPN report of contacting a witness who was part of a 2017 criminal sexual conduct investigation involving one of his players. According to a police report...

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson runs over Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

Apr. 2, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

Athletic directors at the nation's biggest sports schools are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey released Thursday by LEAD1, an association of athletic directors from 130 major college football schools, 63% forecast a worst-case scenario in which...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri watches his players practice before an NCAA college baseball game against Indiana, in Baton Rouge, La. The widely praised NCAA decision to extend the eligibility of spring sports athletes who had their seasons abruptly end because of the coronavirus pandemic creates headaches for baseball and softball coaches who have to manage rosters that could become unwieldy. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, Fle)

NCAA throws baseball coaches a curve with added eligibility

Mar. 31, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

Widely hailed as the right thing to do for student-athlete welfare, the NCAA's decision to extend spring sports athletes' eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches. Ohio State's Greg Beals said Tuesday he isn't worried about 2021, when the 35-man roster...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, The national office of the NCAA in Indianapolis is viewed. The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes _ such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players _ who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday, March 30, 2020, to give spring sport athletes regardless of their year in school a way to get back the season they lost, but did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

Mar. 30, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

The NCAA will permit Division I spring-sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes regardless of their...

Idaho governor signs into law anti-transgender legislation

Mar. 30, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed into law two anti-transgender bills, making Idaho the first among states that introduced some 40 such bills this year to enact them. The Republican governor approved legislation that prohibits transgender people from changing the sex listed on...

Report: MSU basketball player accused of sexual assault

Mar. 30, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a Michigan State basketball player is asking the Michigan attorney general's office to investigate, according to a published report. ESPN, citing a police report and emails obtained through a public records request, reported that...

WMU promotes assistant Bates to head basketball coach

Mar. 28, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan promoted Clayton Bates to be its basketball coach Saturday, with its athletic director saying the coronavirus crisis impacted the school's search. Bates was previously an associate head coach for WMU. He replaces Steve Hawkins, whose tenure ended this month after 17...