Football

Council extends family travel expense pilot program

The NCAA will pay for travel expenses for families traveling to the semifinal and final rounds of the men’s and women’s basketball championships for an additional year, the Division I Council decided Wednesday.

NBA draft proposal would provide flexibility to student-athletes

Division I members will consider a variety of weighty proposals in the first full legislative cycle in the new governance structure, including a measure that would change the deadline for student-athletes wanting to declare for the NBA draft and another that would allow a conference to determine the criteria for its own football championship.

To a degree

Few can match the achievements that former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms can check off from his football career. He owns a Super Bowl ring. He appeared in two Pro Bowls during his 14-year NFL career. He holds the record for highest percentage of completed passes in the championship game. And after he retired – and the Giants retired his jersey – Simms moved on to a successful second career in broadcasting.

What took so long?

Michael Sam answered many questions in February, when the Missouri lineman chose to own his story and announce two months before the NFL Draft that he was gay. They were tinged with the inevitable sensationalism: Was the NFL ready for an openly gay player? How would his teammates react? Would it impact Sam’s draft status?

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