Former Division II and Olympic wrestling champion Blatnick dies

Jeff Blatnick, a former two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Division II Springfield College who overcame cancer to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics, died of heart failure Wednesday in Schenectady, N.Y...

Men's basketball, FBS football grad rates highest ever

By Erik Christianson Division I men’s basketball and Bowl Subdivision football student-athletes are finishing their college degrees at their highest rates ever. And for the first time, the graduation rates in both high-profile sports have...

A perfect landing

Champion Digital | By Brian Hendrickson Ashley Priess saw the easy path. But it’s the difficult choice that turned the Alabama gymnast into a leader. She stood on the sidelines of the 2011 NCAA championships, both ankles healing from major...

New kickoff rules producing more touchbacks in FBS

By Greg Johnson New NCAA football kickoff-return rules produced more touchbacks in games played through Oct. 6 than all of the touchbacks that occurred during the entire 2011 season in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Through the first six...

NCAA files motion against latest tactic in likeness case

The NCAA continues to defend itself against claims that it misuses student-athlete likeness. In its latest action, the Association has filed a motion in federal court to strike down a move by opposing lawyers to essentially change the...

DIII schools could get financial help with sickle cell testing

By Gary Brown The Division III Management Council during its meeting Monday and Tuesday supported the concept of a one-time allocation to help Division III schools defray the costs of sickle cell trait testing if a proposal to require such...

DIII Management Council backs one-year trial on combined hockey finals

By Gary Brown The possibility of Division III conducting its men’s ice hockey championship game during the weekend of the Division I Frozen Four – at least on a one-year trial basis – came a step closer to reality when the Division III...

DII Council focuses on international membership, academic issues

By David Pickle An important Division II issue regarding international membership got extra emphasis this week when Presidents Council chair Pat O’Brien made himself available to the Management Council to answer questions about the...

NCAA convenes Think Tank to address campus violence prevention

By Gail Dent Individuals with an interest in the prevention of interpersonal campus violence recently addressed how athletics can further education and better inform student-athletes and administrators on the subject. The participants, who...

Division II academic eligibility recommendations taking shape

By David Pickle New Division II academic requirements are a long way from approval and even further from implementation, but a membership examination of the issue appears to be headed more in the direction of nuanced, rather than radical,...

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