The Big Ten’s Rocky Road Back to Football

In response to the coronavirus, the conference first said no to fall football on its campuses. Then, after being pulled in different directions by players, politicians and others, the league reversed course.

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Alabama Says Nick Saban Does Not Have Coronavirus, Can Coach Saturday

The university said an earlier positive test result was false, after a series of negative tests. He is expected to take the field against Georgia.

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Southeastern Conference’s Crises Show How College Football Teeters Day by Day

The biggest league in college football has postponed two games this week and seen the sport’s most famous coach enter isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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L.S.U. at Florida Football Game Postponed as Gators Face Virus Outbreak

The decision came days after Florida’s coach described the football program as “a model of safety” during the pandemic.

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Why Cutting College Varsity Sports Could Be a Good Thing

Few of the cut programs will perish, instead transitioning to club teams that allow athletes to continue playing more on their terms, without the strain of the N.C.A.A. rule book.

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Football’s Return Is Fodder for Mask Debates and an Enforcement Dilemma

Leaders in the N.F.L. and in college sports have mandated masks for most people on the sidelines. What happens when the rules are not followed?

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Few Games, but Very Little FOMO, in College Football’s Less Glamorous Tier

The lower profile arm of Division I football is mostly sitting out the fall. So far, at least, second thoughts aren’t widely spreading through the ranks.

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Cal Athletic Director Says Football Will Help School Balance Sports Budget

California has been considering how to adjust with a $55 million budget shortfall. An influx of TV money by staging a football season will help.

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Oregon’s President Says Money Wasn’t Discussed in Pac-12 Return. It Didn’t Need to Be.

Universities in the Pac-12 were clearly struggling financially even before the pandemic, which magnified the importance of football once it hit.

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Pac-12 Will Play Football in 2020, Joining Other Top Leagues During the Pandemic

The decision clears a path for programs like Oregon and Southern California, and means every Power 5 league intends to compete this fall.

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The Death That Speaks to College Football’s Worst Virus Fear

Jamain Stephens was known as a big man on campus. His death raised questions about how his university is handling the coronavirus and prompted athletes to think about their own risks.

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Covid-19 May Have a Hidden Impact on the Heart

Should that change how we think about its risks? This is what the research tells us.

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A College Football Conference Can Choose Players Over Profits for a Change

The Big Ten’s reversal on playing college football this fall puts young players at risk for our entertainment. The Pac-12 should resist pressure and continue to stand down.

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Trump and Biden Make Politics Out of College Football Shutdowns

College sports leaders aren’t thrilled to see football assume a role in the presidential campaign, but they’re not surprised.

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A New Front in America’s Pandemic: College Towns

The coronavirus is spiking around campuses from Texas to Iowa to North Carolina as students return.

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College Football During Covid-19 Teaches the Wrong Lessons

Why are some schools pressuring student-athletes to play a game that could expose them to the coronavirus?

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As Stanford Cuts Teams, Olympic Hopefuls All Over the U.S. Feel a Chill

If Stanford, which has deep resources and a reputation as a factory for Olympians, can’t maintain its sports programs amid the pandemic, athletes fear that no one can.

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Day by Day, College Football Sees More Signs of a Season in Jeopardy

Many players thought to be the best in the sport won’t play in the fall because of the pandemic. And some teams expecting to play soon can’t practice because of emerging cases of the coronavirus.

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Buzz Bissinger: College Football Players Should Threaten to Boycott

The pandemic gives them an opportunity to demand what they deserve.

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Doctors Enter College Football’s Politics, but Maybe Just for Show

Universities have had mixed messages, competing agendas and a lack of transparency as they consider whether to hold college football in the fall, with billions of dollars at stake.

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U.N.C. Moved Classes Online. The Football Games Are Still On, for Now.

The University of North Carolina is a test case for whether the country will tolerate sports at colleges where administrators believe it’s too dangerous to go to class.

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Who Should Compete in Women’s Sports? There Are ‘Two Almost Irreconcilable Positions’

Some experts say inclusion and competitive fairness conflict as leaders consider how to regulate the athletic participation of transgender women.

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Ohio State Football Is Canceled. Will Trump Take the Hit?

The Big Ten Conference’s decision to cancel its football season reverberated across Ohio, where the Buckeyes’ football program looms large. Some voters blamed President Trump’s handling of the virus.

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College Football Season Teeters on the Brink

Bit by bit, workouts, programs or seasons are canceled by conferences, throwing into question if it is worth having a season at all in a pandemic.

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Big Ten Will Play Fall Sports Only Within Conference, if at All

The league’s football teams had been scheduled to participate in some of the most highly anticipated nonconference games of the 2020 season.

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Will New N.C.A.A. Rules Really Keep Agents and Boosters at Bay?

If college athletes are permitted to cash in on their fame, how can the N.C.A.A. forbid guidance from people who have long worked in the shadows?

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