Providence College en No Charges for PC Players Accused of Sexual Assault <p>Rhode Island's Attorney General has concluded an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against two Providence College basketball players. Neither player will face criminal charges.</p><p>The grand jury found insufficient evidence against Rodney Bullock, who remains a student at PC, and Brandon Austin, who has left the school.</p><p>The players were accused of sexually assaulting a female student in November 2013. The allegations resulted in a suspension of play for both players this past season and a campus disciplinary hearing.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:27:44 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36875 at Brown Athletes Named in Sexual Assault Investigation <p>Officials at Brown University tell <em>The</em> <em>Providence Journal</em> they have ordered two football players <a href="">to leave campus</a> amid allegations of sexual assault.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:45:37 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35126 at Brown Athletes Named in Sexual Assault Investigation PC Renews Contract for President Brian Shanley <p>Providence College has offered a new five-year contract to President Brian Shanley, who has led the private Catholic college for the last decade.</p><p>Shanley, a member of the Dominican order, has presided over the construction of a new building to house PC's humanities program, a two-year requirement for all students, and the accreditation of a new business school. He is also credited with shepherding a reorganization of the Big East Athletic Conference.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:54:07 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 34866 at Don't Miss Our Series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt <p></p><p>Recent college graduates in Rhode Island have some of the highest loan burdens in the country, according to a national study called the Project on Student Debt. At the same time, Rhode Island faces consistently high unemployment and a sluggish economy.</p><p></p><p>All that made me wonder what it’s like to finish college with significant debt, so I set out to meet some of the graduates facing this problem and the experts who study it. I’ve been amazed by the response to their stories.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:48:06 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 34522 at Don't Miss Our Series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes <p>Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island &nbsp;for granted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 33945 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes Parsing PC and UNC in NCAA: Underachievers vs. Overachievers <p>The Providence College basketball team hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament in 10 years. The University of North Carolina hoop team has won two national championships in that decade.</p><p>PC coach Ed Cooley has never been to the NCAA’s as a head coach. Roy Williams, the coach of UNC, will be coaching his 84<sup>th</sup> NCAA post-season game. Williams, who coached perennial national power Kansas before moving to UNC, has been to 24 NCAA tourneys as a head coach. His NCAA record is 62-21.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:10:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 30719 at Police Probe Into Sexual Assault Allegations Against PC Players <p>An allegation of sexual assault involving members of the Providence College basketball team is casting a pall over the school’s trip to the NCAA Tournament.</p><p></p><p>A female student has reported that she was allegedly assaulted by two freshmen. <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> first reported that Providence police are now investigating.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:45:27 +0000 Catherine Welch 30713 at Police Probe Into Sexual Assault Allegations Against PC Players PC Responds to Basketball Sexual Assault Claims <p>Providence College officials are urging the public not to rush to judgment after <em>The Wall Street Journal </em>reported a police investigation of two basketball players, as the Friars head to Texas for the first round of NCAA tournament.</p><p>PC Spokesman Steve Maurano says the school conducted its own investigation of the sexual assault allegations when they first surfaced in November.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:59:17 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30696 at It’s March Madness For The PC Friars <p>The Providence College basketball team heads to the March Madness of the NCAA basketball tournament for the first time in 10 years. Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay spoke with PC</p><p></p><p>coach Ed Cooley at Alumni Hall Tuesday as the team practiced for Friday’s first round game in Texas against perennial basketball power, the University of North Carolina. He then joined Dave Fallon in the studio to talk college basketball.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:50:53 +0000 Scott MacKay & Dave Fallon 30670 at It’s March Madness For The PC Friars Five PC Kids back on the floor at Madison Square Garden <p>Since the 1950s, Providence College basketball has been one of the great story lines in all of college sports, a New England version of the cinematic Hoosiers.</p><p>This tale flat-lined for too many years. But make no mistake: the Friars are back to the future, playing a marquee game tonight at Madison Square Garden, where the PC hoop legend really began all those years ago, in the early 1960s, with the National Invitational Tournament, when that post-season playoff at the Garden overshadowed the NCAA’s tournament.</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:09:16 +0000 Scott MacKay 30512 at