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Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Despite years of prodding from officials at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to bolster athletes' performance in the classroom, nearly 10 percent of all athletics teams in the NCAA's top division failed to meet the association's annual benchmark for academic progress, new data show. Of the 6,300 or so teams in Division I, the…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Athletes, College Students, Academic Achievement
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For five decades, the University of Louisville men's basketball team has played its home games at the state's fairgrounds, in a modest arena originally built for horse shows. And for just as many seasons, the team's toughest competition for scheduling has come from the livestock--and the flea markets and tractor pulls that also vie for the space.…
Descriptors: Team Sports, College Athletics, Business, Profiles
Sander, Libby; Fain, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Billy Gillispie, like many college basketball coaches, was hired--and fired--in a hurry. But the contract negotiations that dragged on for nearly two years while he coached the University of Kentucky's men's basketball team showed little of the same urgency that defined his entrance and exit. Mr. Gillispie worked for Kentucky under a memorandum of…
Descriptors: Team Sports, College Athletics, Employment Practices, Tenure
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Despite tough economic times, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte hopes to win trustees' approval to raise funds to field a Division I-AA football team. Athletics officials and supporters at Charlotte are hopeful that they will raise the more than $45-million in capital expenses necessary to get the program up and running. However, the…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Team Sports, State Universities, College Athletics
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
According to a report by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), scholarship athletes at Division I institutions continue to graduate at a rate higher than students over all. Among white male students, athletes graduated at a lower rate than their peers in the student body at large. In a handful of the biggest programs, athletes completed…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Graduation Rate, Athletes, College Graduates
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The number of minority coaches leading the nation's largest collegiate football programs remains low, with 13 of the 241 head-coaching positions in Divisions I-A and I-AA held by members of minority racial or ethnic groups, a report on hiring practices released last week by the organization Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) says. Only two…
Descriptors: Team Sports, College Athletics, Ethnic Groups, Personnel Selection