NCAA

College Athlete Unionization
11:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate'

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, in Arlington, Texas.
David J. Phillip AP Photo

The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.

Mark Emmert, a former president of the University of Washington, said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with moneymaking teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

College Athlete Unionization Effort Gains Steam, Threatens NCAA

In this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter wears APU for "All Players United" on wrist tape. Colter is the face of the union movement.
Nam Y. Huh AP File Photo

A recent ruling has opened the door to unionizing scholarship athletes at major universities. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it could have a dramatic impact on the future of college sports.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

NCAA let Oregon Ducks off easy

In this 2012 file photo, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly walks out of the tunnel with his team before their game against Fresno State in Eugene, Ore.
Don Ryan, File AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

It should’ve been tougher. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about the punishment that the NCAA has issued to the Oregon Ducks football program for recruiting violations.

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Courtney Vandersloot
11:27 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Kent native rewrites NCAA basketball record book

Update Wed., March 23, 12:00 p.m.

Gonzaga will play Louisville in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament. Saturday's game in Spokane begins at 6 p.m.

The first college basketball player to score 2,000 career points and rack up 1,000 assists is a 5'8" Gonzaga guard who last night helped lead her team into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's championships. Courtney Vandersloot led the Bulldogs upset of UCLA in Spokane, 89-75.

Gonzaga's victory ensured their next tournament game would be in front of a hometown crowd in the NCAA's Spokane regional. They will face the winner of tonight's Xavier-Louisville contest on March 26th. 

Vandersloot scored 29 points against the Bruins, 21 of them in the second half, and tallied 17 assists. Teammate Kayla Standish scored 30, and Gonzaga won it's 20th consecutive game. 

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College Basketball Championships
9:12 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Gonzaga aces first NCAA test; Huskies play tonight

Gonzaga continued its late season win streak, roaring through its first game in the NCAA men's basketball tournament with a solid win over St. John's last night, 86-71. The Zags dominated in rebounding, and just about every other category, against their favored Big East conference opponent, writes The Seattle Times' Bud Withers:

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:46 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Art Thiel: Give Romar benefit of the doubt in Overton case

Too much, too little or just right? Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers to the question of whether University of Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar went far enough in his punishment of senior guard Venoy Overton.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:45 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Huskies bounce back after controversy - NCAA tourney bound?

After a mid-season controversy and losing a shot at the Pac-10 title, the Washington Huskies appear poised to end the regular season on a high note. And they might just make it to the NCAA tournament.

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NCAA College Football
11:37 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Eastern Washington wins Div. 1 football title

Eastern Washington's Eagles staged a thrilling comeback against the University of Delaware to win the NCAA Division 1 football title, the first for the school. 

After trailing much of the game, Eastern rallied for a 20-19 victory in Frisco, Texas, before a crowd that included enthusiastic Delaware alum Joe Biden. The Vice President and Mrs. Biden. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:37 am
Fri December 24, 2010

UW 'excited but serious' about Holiday Bowl

The Washington Huskies are working hard to prepare for their first bowl appearance in eight years.  They play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl next Thursday, December 30th, in San Diego. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel shared with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick the many reasons why this game is such a big deal for Washington and not for Nebraska. 

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