March 9, 2017
New rules on blindside blocking are the most recent steps taken by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee in minimizing the risks associated with the sport. The establishment of a new definition of a blindside block in Rule 2-3-10 and the addition of Rule 9-4-3n prohibiting a blindside block were two of 11 rules changes recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its January 20-22 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were... more
March 9, 2017
The Armstrong State University/Georgia Southern University Athletics Operational Working Group announced that it will recommend to the Consolidation Implementation Committee (CIC) that intercollegiate competition end at Armstrong State University following the current 2016-17 athletic year. Several factors have led to the recommendation; most important, the health and safety of student athletes. Due to changes in athletics rosters that have already occurred, most sports will no longer have... more
March 9, 2017
CMU President George E. Ross has named former CMU executive associate athletics director Marcy Weston interim associate vice president and director of athletics. Weston will replace Dave Heeke, who recently announced his resignation from CMU to become vice president for athletics at the University of Arizona. Weston's position is effective April 3.  Weston's 42-year career at CMU began as a physical education instructor and field hockey coach in 1972. Throughout her career, she also coached two... more
Legal Issues
March 8, 2017
In the Hartford (Conn.) School District, Bulkeley High School Athletic Director Diane Callis was suspended for 10 days for not reporting alleged abuse by former Head Football Coach Pablo Ortiz, Jr. On Jan. 27, Ortiz was fired for rough treatment of a student, following a report that he slammed a student to the ground. Earlier this week, seven employees of the school were disciplined for negligence in response to Ortiz's misconduct. According to the Hartford Courant, Leslie Torres-Rodriguez,... more
Strategic Planning
March 7, 2017
Alvernia University has announced that it will change its university nickname, which has been “Crusaders” since the 1970s. “The decision to choose a new institutional nickname and athletic mascot is the result of thorough reflection, guided by our Franciscan core values,” said Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D. “We are excited about the opportunity ahead, especially since there is such widespread support for making this change.” In preparing for this decision, President Flynn coordinated... more
High School News
March 6, 2017
After getting banned from attending his son’s wrestling competitions at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., Kevin Fenstermacher sued the school district. As noted in an Athletic Management blog, on Feb. 6, Harrison Bailey III, principal of Liberty High School, wrote a letter to Fenstermacher, informing him that because of his "offensive behavior" during a match on Feb. 2, Fenstermacher was “no longer welcome” at Liberty High School. In its update on the situation, The Morning Call explains... more