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Column | College athletes should take ownership of the business they sustain

Kain Colter, a quarterback and receiver who completed his college football career in 2013, announced that several Northwestern football players wished to join a labor union during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on Jan. 28, 2014.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

August 31, 2020

The risks the COVID-19 pandemic poses have exacerbated the unfair power disparity that exists in college sports. From waivers meant to free individual schools of liability should a player die or suffer long-term health defects after contracting COVID-19 on campus to allegedly lying about safety precautions, college football is doing all it can to push through to a 2020 season.

Lyke talks football scheduling, gambling and campus returns

Pitt Chancellor Pat Gallagher and Athletic Director Heather Lyke stand on the field before the game. (Photo by Wenhao Wu / Assistant Visual Editor)

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 24, 2020

Athletic Director Heather Lyke said she is not encouraged by the way the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation is progressing. As cases continue to rise across the country — particularly in Pitt’s home of Allegheny County — she offered a pessimistic, yet not definitive answer to what she called “the million dollar question” — will college football be played in 2020?

NCAA announces return of voluntary workouts, proposal for transfer rule changes

NCAA announces return of voluntary workouts, proposal for transfer rule changes

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

May 26, 2020

All Division I athletes will be permitted to participate in voluntary workouts beginning June 1, the NCAA Division I Council announced last Wednesday. The move ends the moratorium on such activities that began with the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic in March and was set to expire on May 31.

NCAA takes first steps toward athlete compensation

The NCAA Board of Governors announced support in late April for rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

May 12, 2020

Two weeks ago, the NCAA Board of Governors announced a surprising reversal in policy. At a  late April meeting, the board supported rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements related to their status as college athletes.

Unpacking the silly and the serious in Pitt’s NCAA violations

In reading Pitt’s press release, the NCAA’s public announcement and its full violation document, former Pitt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings’ name is not mentioned.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 21, 2020

Time to take a deep dive into some of the serious, but mostly silly, details surrounding Pitt athletics' recent "scandal."

What are the Odds: Lock in LSU, Los Angeles

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws against Florida at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday, Oct. 12. Host LSU won, 42-28.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

Senior staff writer Ben Bobeck gives his best bets for the coming week in football after a slick showing in Week 7.

Take 5: Colts, Contracts and Corruption

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) reacts after a second-half touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Steelers won, 20-17.

By The Pitt News Staff

August 28, 2019

With football season just around the corner, The Pitt News sports staff tackles everything from Andrew Luck’s retirement to the NCAA’s questionable transfer rules.

Take 5: Contract conversations headline April’s introduction

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws an incomplete pass under pressure from the Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Nov. 15, 2018.

By Staff

April 4, 2019

From NFL contract negotiations to March Madness to the beginning of the MLB regular season: the first week of April provides action from all around the sports world. Russell WIlson demands an extension while Ronald Acuna cashes in. While Carsen Edwards was lighting up the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA made billions off the labor of student athletes. And the AAF collapses after a promising start.

Take 5: March is lacking madness

Duke's Zion Williamson (1) glides to the basket for a dunk in the opening minutes of play against Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 14.

By Staff

March 27, 2019

Even with Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement, the Steelers still seem to be in the spotlight when it comes to drama. According to one of our writers, that may never end, even after losing Bell and Brown.

Penn State tops Pitt Softball 8-3

Senior infielder Alexis Solak scored Pitt’s first run against Penn State on Wednesday, which Pitt lost 8-3. Yesterday’s loss marks five straight for Pitt.

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2019

Pitt Softball still does not have a home win this season. The Panthers lost to rival Penn State 8-3 at home on Wednesday to extend their losing streak to five game.

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