Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.
"You're going to hate it going forward," Bowlsby said. "There's a lot of change coming."
During his opening address at Big 12 football media days in Dallas, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints athletic programs face and the "strange environment" that exists with class-action lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools.
Bowlsby said he's doesn't think there is a real understanding of how much lawsuits -- which he numbered as seven and "growing all the time" -- could radically alter things.
"I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you'll see men's Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike," he said.
While acknowledging the outcomes are unknown, the former Stanford athletic director expressed concern about fewer opportunities for some athletes to go college in the future.
"I fear that we will get past the change and then we'll realize that all the gymnastics programs went away, or that we have agents on campus all the time negotiating playing time for student athletes," he said. "There's all kind of Armageddon scenarios you could come up with. ... You wouldn't have to be a very good fiction writer to come up with some scenarios that would be pretty scary."
Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team. He will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said.
The 58-year-old coach is expected to miss about two weeks, with assistant coach Karleen Thompson filling in. "I'm fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection," Cooper said.
Cooper won five NBA titles as a shooting guard with the Los Angeles Lakers during the "Showtime" era from 1978-90. As a coach, he won two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Ray McCallum scored 29 points and helped key a big Sacramento rally in the final minutes, as the Kings topped the Houston Rockets 77-68 to win the NBA Summer League championship game in Las Vegas.
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed, his attorney said. Dareus, who is from Alabama and played for the Crimson Tide, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by a state trooper on May 5.
Kim Jin-sun, the head of the organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, resigned, saying new leadership and a "stronger system" is needed to complete preparations for the games.
England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from the national team Monday to focus on playing for Liverpool. The 34-year-old midfielder made 114 appearances for England over 14 years.