NCAA

photo of Infocision Stadium
ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

California recently passed a law that will allow college athletes to be compensated through endorsement deals beginning in 2023. Some state lawmakers want to pass a similar bill in Ohio.

Democratic Rep Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) says she and some other lawmakers are discussing elements they’d like to see in a bill to allow compensation of college players.

“Even some high profile collegiate coaches are talking about how the system is unfair to players,” Howse says.

Gaming Floor of JACK Casino in Cleveland
Karen Kasler

Ohio lawmakers have introduced bills to legalize sports betting. But Ohio’s universities don’t want to be dealt in on those bills or any others that involve expanded gambling.

The President of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, Bruce Johnson, says leaders of state universities want college sports excluded from sports betting. 

“People who run athletics departments across the state feel very strongly that student athletes don’t need to be confronted with additional challenge of having gambling right down the street on their athletic events.”

photo of the Q
BANDON DAVIS

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, June 13: 

A photo of Wooster baseball coach Tim Pettorini
/ THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER

The baseball coach at The College of Wooster is retiring after nearly 40 years. Tim Pettorini leaves as the fifth-winningest coach in Division III history, guiding his teams to the NCAA tournament more than two dozen times. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Pettorini’s legacy is remarkable.

A photo of basketball player Adonis
DAVID DERMER / KENT STATE ATHLETICS

The Final Four is this weekend, and a lot of people will be watching the court. But off the court, there's a scramble underway that could dramatically change how teams look next season. Last fall, the NCAA launched the Transfer Portal, a website that’s a one-stop shop for athletes who want to play for a new team, and for the coaches who want to recruit them. 

Sherrod Brown at Ohio military installation
SHERROD BROWN STAFF / FACEBOOK

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, March 8:

A photo of John Kasich
ALLEGRA BOVERMAN / NHPR

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Jan. 15:

Picture of men's basketball
David Dermer / Kent State University

Kent State University men’s basketball coach Rob Senderoff is in the record books -- at least as far as the school is concerned.  He's recorded 150 wins, the most in school history. Sports commentator Terry Pluto joined WKSU’s Andrew Meyer to talk about what this means to the coach, the school and Division I basketball.


Keith Dambrot
The University of Akron

The University of Akron men’s basketball team’s season is over after a first-round loss to Ohio State in the National Invitation Tournament. Still, commentator Terry Pluto argues Akron deserved a bid to play on a much bigger stage: March Madness.