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Following athletes, NCAA takes aim at Confederate flag

Jun. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

Emboldened by the athletes it serves, the NCAA is taking another stand on a social issue. The NCAA on Friday expanded its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its sponsored events, one day after the Southeastern Conference made a similar declaration aimed at the Mississippi state...

NCAA says it will review Idaho's transgender law in August

Jun. 11, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — NCAA officials will discuss Idaho’s law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports amid calls for the organization to move men’s basketball tournament games scheduled to be played in the state next March. In a statement Thursday, the NCAA said it...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move the first and second rounds of the 2021 men’s basketball tournament out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. A letter sent and signed by a list of professional athletes including Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins and Sue Bird calls for the NCAA to move the games set to be held March 2021 at Boise State University. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rights groups, athletes ask NCAA to move tourney from Idaho

Jun. 10, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move 2021 men’s basketball tournament games out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. A letter...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs iis shown during a press conference n Piscataway, N.J. Sheltered at home like most of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs has spent the past two months working on a puzzle with moving parts. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs trying to stretch dollars in pandemic

May. 21, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

Sheltered at home like most of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs has spent the past two months working on a puzzle with moving parts. Think it's done one day? It changes the next. And the next, and the next. It's the Scarlet Knights' 2020-21 budget for more than 600...

FILE - In this March 10, 2018, file photo, Stephen F. Austin head coach Kyle Keller reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southeastern Louisiana in the Southland Conference's men's basketball tournament championship game in Houston. Stephen F. Austin had three teams on a list released Tuesday that could have faced bans because they posted a four-year score below 930. Stephen F. Austin avoided postseason bans because of low scores on the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, by agreeing to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins. Stephen F. Austin's men's basketball team had the lowest score of any team in Division I. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Stephen F. Austin gets postseason bans, forfeits wins

May. 20, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen F. Austin received postseason bans for having low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate and agreed Wednesday to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins for the improper certification of 82 student-athletes. The football...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, Incarnate Word head coach Ken Burmeister directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. Burmeister, a college basketball coach for 21 seasons who took Texas-San Antonio to the NCAA Tournament and later guided Loyola of Chicago, died Tuesday, May 19, 2020. He was 72. Loyola said Burmeister died following a bout with cancer. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

Burmeister, who coached UTSA to NCAA tourney, dies at 72

May. 19, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Ken Burmeister, a college basketball coach for 21 seasons who took Texas-San Antonio to the NCAA Tournament and later guided Loyola of Chicago, died Tuesday. He was 72. Loyola said Burmeister died following a fight with cancer. Burmeister posted 72 wins at Texas-San Antonio from 1986-90. He...

Seton Hall gets commitment from 6-foot-9 center Jeff Ngandu

May. 19, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Center Jeff Ngandu, a native of the Congo who played scholastically in Canada, has signed a letter of intent to play at Seton Hall. Coach Kevin Willard announced the 6-foot-9 big man joined the Big East Conference basketball program on Tuesday. Ngandu attended Orangeville Prep,...

San Diego State adds Tomaić as transfer from Maryland

May. 18, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State has signed forward Joshua Tomaić as a grad transfer from Maryland. Coach Brian Dutcher said Tomaić will be eligible to play next season. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Tomaić can play multiple positions but is most comfortable at the stretch four, preferring...

Former Celtics, Canisius guard Johnny McCarthy dies at 86

May. 13, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John McCarthy, who won an NBA title with 1964 Boston Celtics and helped the Canisius Golden Griffins to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in the 1950s, has died. He was 86. Canisius announced that McCarthy died Saturday of natural causes in the Buffalo suburbs, where he grew up and...

NCAA streamlines NET rankings for tournament selection

May. 11, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is streamlining its evaluation tool for selecting NCAA Tournament teams. The five components of the NCAA Evaluation Tool will be trimmed to two for the 2020-21 season, according to a news release Monday. The remaining factors include the Team Value Index, a result-based feature...