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  • Spartan Secrets

    ESPN’s investigation of sexual assault and abuse claims involving young women and athletes broke through the oft-held defense that the problem was just one bad actor. Our original reporting on sexual abuse claims against former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, and how the university dealt with sex assault claims against student athletes, revealed systems that enabled abuse, and involved reports of widespread mishandling – and silencing – of women who said they suffered for years after reporting their assaults. The investigation went well beyond the actions of Nassar, and unveiled a widespread pattern of denial, inaction and information suppression. Michigan State in particular did not want this information out, but through requests for data, documents and a lengthy court battle, along with securing valuable sources, ESPN prevailed in getting much of what it had requested. At the height of the #MeToo movement, ESPN’s reporting gave a voice to the women who had been silenced, and exposed the failures of the people and institutions tasked with protecting them.
  • Protecting the Players: How safe are your school’s helmets?

    Gannett Broadcast stations nationwide launched an unprecedented project sending FOIA requests to more than thousand school districts across the country in an effort to educate parents and schools about which student athletes are using lower-rated football helmets that could make those who wear them more susceptible to concussions.
  • Inside the Locker Room: Shooting Away the Pain

    An exclusive ABC News investigation in a partnership with ESPN discovered that tucked away in college training rooms, underneath the stadium, is a closely-held secret of team doctors using powerful prescription painkillers to get student athletes on the field, despite painful injuries, regardless of the price to their health. Painkiller shots given in college sports locker rooms, often called “The Magic Shot” by players, have long been rumored but kept hush-hush in the sporting world. The collaboration between the ABC News Brian Ross Investigative Team and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” was a groundbreaking effort by major news organizations to document and expose the dangerous practice.
  • Peter Gray

    The Press-Citizen obtained confidential documents outlining how a University of Iowa Athletics Department official was found guilty of violating the university's sexual harassment policy, including that he made unwanted and inappropriate advances toward UI students and student athletes and offered to trade athletics tickets and money for sexual favors. After breaking the story on our website and morning edition the next day, the Press-Citizen embarked on nearly daily coverage of this story, which also included numerous FOIA requests. Because of the Press-Citizen's coverage, the university restructured the athletics department and implemented other policy changes. The state Board of Regents has called for a full report of the incident and has criticized the university of being lax in its handling of sexual harassment reports and sexual harassment training. Additional changes or fallout may be forthcoming. Especially illuminating were UI President Sally Mason's remarks in an interview with the Press-Citizen that this incident never would have been made public had the newspaper not obtained the confidential documents, which highlights the importance of watchdog work.
  • U W Drugs

    A team physician at the University of Washington was accused of dispensing drugs in the form of painkillers and other steroids which were mainly muscle relaxants. All these drugs were given to the student athletes without any valid prescriptions and often without any physical examination as well. Once this came out in the open the state suspended the doctor's licence.
  • Baylor Investigation

    This series of reports has been triggered by the disappearance of a high profile Baylor University basketball player. Soon a murder investigation was underway with teammates being the primary suspects. The follow up articles are about the improper tuition payments that were made to basketball players which led to the resignation of the athletics director.
  • A Delicate balancing act

    This story looks at how student athletes cope with their academic work while fulfilling their commitment to college sports.
  • A Whole New Game

    The Columbus Dispatch explores the Ohio High School Athletic Association's "power and priorities, driven by its increasing wealth and influence." The four-day series reveals that "the nonprofit organization, known for its by-the book enforcement of rules, operates without scrutiny." as its spends the money collected through "big-money sports tournaments and exclusive ball contracts." The investigation details how the association "has taken a hands-off approach to monitoring expenses, student transfers and academic standards affecting 225, 000 athletes throughout Ohio." The report uncovers an internal audit warning of "potentially unethical and illegal activity" and showing that "the association could be jeopardizing its tax-exempt status."
  • Memos uncover alleged UT violations

    Farrey uncovered information about years of academic abuse at the University of Tennessee. Using confidential memos from athletic department officials, email correspondence form the officials, etc. he found many complaints of possible plagiarism and other dishonest academic issues among the student athletes.
  • A Push to Punish Unscrupulous Agents

    When sports agents give money illegally to student athletes the student loses their eligibility while the agent often goes unpunished. Bart Gorden, a congressman from Tennessee, wants to remedy that problem with the College Athletic Integrity Act. This proposal will allow unscrupulous agents to be fined or imprisoned.