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  • University of Idaho botches sexual assault case

    A former University of Idaho athlete posted an account online of ways the athletic department mishandled her accusation of sexual assault against a football player. We conducted interviews and acquired extensive documentation to show what went wrong -- and that the university had known almost immediately about its mistakes but never told her. The athletic direction was placed on leave and eventually fired after an independent investigation commissioned by the university.
  • Daily Evergreen: Jason Gesser investigation

    This entry details an investigation and follow-up of sexual misconduct claims against the then-assistant assistant director of athletics at the Cougar Athletic Fund at Washington State University, Jason Gesser.
  • Robin Hood in Reverse

    An investigation of Ohio’s eight largest public universities found that with one exception, trustees and administrators imposed hidden fees on thousands of working-class students to subsidize money-losing athletic departments while allowing academic spending to nosedive.
  • Playing in the Red

    Despite years of surging revenue into the top tier of college sports, the NCAA and college sports officials have long said most schools lose money on sports, an argument they use both to argue against having to pay players and to justify the continued need for mandatory student fees to support athletics. This argument is misleading, and ignores an alarming truth about big-time college sports in America: as quickly as extra money flows into a sports department, an athletic director finds something to spend it on.
  • University Presidents Tackle Football's Future

    Medical science, lawsuits and money are changing the landscape for college football. What do university presidents have to say about the future of a sport that causes brain damage? We contacted every Division I university president assuring them their responses would be published in their entirety. Watch University Presidents Tackle Football's Future for an overview and a surprising finding about university presidents being questioned about concussions, the risk of the concussion litigation and the cost of college athletics. http://www.presidentalfootball.com http://www.presidentialfootball.com/
  • Qatar: The Price of Glory 2015

    The Price of Glory is an HBO Real Sports investigation into Qatar’s plan to achieve international recognition through sport and the price it has exacted in fair play, human rights, and even human lives. Our investigation found that the Qatari sports plan is one of unprecedented ambition and ruthlessness, based on the exploitation of foreign labor on and off the field. To build world-class athletic teams, Qatar has crisscrossed the world, paying athletes from the poorest countries on earth to become naturalized Qatari citizens. Real Sports heard it first hand from an entire team of Bulgarian weightlifters paid by Qatar to assume Arabic identities and represent the Gulf state in international competition. Our story detailed the systemic bribery that allowed this stiflingly hot desert sheikhdom without a soccer tradition to improbably win the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Ten months before a series of arrests of FIFA officials suspected of taking bribes, Real Sports spoke with a former FIFA insider about the corrupt bidding process, and detailed how Qatari officials bought their way to the very top of world soccer by plying FIFA officials on five continents. Off the field, Real Sports documented how Qatar’s sports glory is built on the backs of hundreds of thousands of the poorest people in Asia, imported and indentured to create a lavish World Cup city in the desert. Our team watched workers toil in 117-degree heat and followed them into the decrepit labor camps few outsiders have seen in order to expose the brutal conditions in which they are bonded into effective slavery. Viewers will see why thousands of these migrant workers are projected to die on the job by the time the 2022 World Cup games begin. When we first aired the piece the Qatari government told us changes were coming and that we should stand by. We took them up on their offer and revisited the situation a year later, only to find that none of the changes to the bonded labor system—known as Kafala—had taken place. In fact Nepali migrant workers were even prohibited from returning home after a massive earthquake ravaged their country. Worse still—our follow-up investigation found that some of the top people in Qatari sport weren’t just using their money to buy athletes, they were using it to fund terrorist organizations and invite radical jihadi clerics to speak at their elite sports academy. Our project spanned four years of research, four continents, and scores of interviews with athletes, activists, migrant workers, FIFA insiders, and US government officials.
  • The Fight of His Life

    "The Fight of his Life”: Coachella boxer Angel Osuna struggles to rebound from a severe brain injury from his final bout as he deals with $1M in medical bills. “Audit: Athletic commission failed its athletes”: Public records show the California State Athletic Commission, entrusted with the safety of amateur and professional boxers, has mismanaged two key funds for several years.
  • More evidence emerges on Jan Boxill

    This story was published in The Daily Tar Heel after the release of an independent investigation into fake classes at UNC Chapel Hill. These courses were used to keep athletes eligible to play for nearly two decades. As a renown academic and athletic institution, the scandal has tarnished the reputation of the University. The people indicted by the scandal — mostly professors, athletic staff and athletic counselors — have complicated stories that The Daily Tar Heel have aimed to tell this year. This story aimed to feature a key player and a high-up UNC leader, Jan Boxill. A highly accoladed sports ethics professor with a close relationship to UNC athletics, she was the last person anyone expected to be involved in the scandal — "the most ethical person I knew," her colleagues told me. The October 2013 external report found Boxill steered athletes to "independent study" courses that were fake and used to bolster GPAs. The classes were the perfect guise for such impropriety because at the time, there was little oversight of independent studies. Because The Daily Tar Heel found her an interesting character, they scoured over emails and documents, finding that she taught 160 independent study courses. According to her superiors within the philosophy department, that number is highly unusual. This story tried to convey her complicated — and mysterious — legacy at UNC.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: Confessions of a Fixer

    Brad Wolverton's “Confessions of A Fixer” exposes how one former coach perpetuated a widespread cheating scheme that benefited hundreds of college athletes at dozens of institutions. Based on countless interviews conducted since the summer with Mr. White, the “fixer” himself, the startling narrative represents a milestone in the ongoing conversation on academic impropriety in college athletics, and exposes online education’s particular weaknesses to cheating. The piece was published on Dec. 29 and a week after, the University of Texas at Austin launched an internal investigation into the allegations in the story. Shortly thereafter, another central institution in the story, Adams State University (CO), had frozen enrollment in its correspondence courses, started a review of its student-verification process, and cancelled a class mentioned in the article.
  • Coach Misconduct at Rutgers

    After exclusively obtaining hundreds of hours of video of men's basketball practices at Rutgers University, ESPN's “Outside the Lines” ran a series of television and digital media reports that sparked a national conversation and had an almost immediate impact on the future of Rutgers athletics. On Tuesday, April 2, “Outside the Lines” reported across all platforms an initial report about how Rutgers men's head basketball coach Mike Rice for months had engaged in abusive behavior during practices -- hurling balls at players, kicking and shoving them and screaming obscenities, including homophobic slurs at them.