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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Covid-19 Dims the Friday Night Lights of Texas Football

The Friday night lights of high school football have dimmed or been shut down through much of the Rio Grande Valley.

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How Nick Saban Made It to Alabama’s Kickoff on Saturday

Alabama’s immense resources and a newly developed Southeastern Conference policy paved the way for Saban to return to the field only days after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

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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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Nick Saban Is Being Tested for the Virus. The Runaway Train of College Football Keeps Rolling.

As games are postponed and coronavirus outbreaks spike on campuses, nothing seems capable of stopping the juggernaut, regardless of the consequences.

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At Cal, a Covid Survivor Keeps Watch Over Football’s Return

Every college team in America is trying to keep the coronavirus away. But not all of them are being guided by a staff member who has lived through it.

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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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Nick Saban, Alabama’s Football Coach, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The renowned Alabama coach is the most prominent figure in college sports known to have tested positive during the coronavirus pandemic.

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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 Students Can’t Get Laptops

A surge in worldwide demand for low-cost laptops has created shipment delays and pitted desperate schools against one another.

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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.

#college-athletics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #north-dakota-state-university

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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.

#athletics-and-sports, #budgets-and-budgeting, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #pacific-12-conference, #university-of-california-berkeley

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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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At Cal, Every Sport but Football Feels Like Second String

As the Pac-12 tries to formulate a plan for its most prominent sport, dozens of other sports are awaiting news on their seasons. But how do you prepare for a schedule that doesn’t exist?

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football-college, #pacific-12-conference, #track-and-field, #university-of-california-berkeley, #volleyball

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Gale Sayers, Elusive Hall of Fame Running Back, Is Dead at 77

Though his career was cut short by knee injuries, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest running backs in National Football League history.

#brians-song-movie, #chicago-bears, #deaths-obituaries, #football, #football-college, #national-football-league, #sayers-gale

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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.

#athletics-and-sports, #california-pa, #california-university-of-pennsylvania, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college

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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.

#athletics-and-sports, #college-athletics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #football-college, #heart, #research

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With Football Returning, Big Ten Cities Brace for More Outbreaks

Although the games will be played without spectators in the stadiums, some officials are concerned they will lead to more off-campus gatherings that could spread the virus.

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Big Ten Reverses Field, Ignoring Reality on Its Campuses

In reversing their call to postpone the season, the Big Ten’s presidents ignored the realities of life on their campuses in the pandemic. Athletes may pay the price.

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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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Big Ten Will Play Football in 2020, Reversing Decision

Leaders of Big Ten universities have faced pressure from coaches, players, parents and fans since announcing on Aug. 11 that the conference would not compete until 2021.

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How China Brought Almost 200 Million Students Back

We’re also rounding up thought-provoking ideas about Covid-era education, and bringing you the latest local updates for K-12 and college.

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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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The Town Defined by Penn State Football Becomes a Void

September Saturdays in State College, Pa., are usually the apex of a week of hype. Now, as at other college football destinations, the approach of autumn has been unusually quiet there.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #paterno-jay, #pennsylvania-state-university

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Can ‘Athletic Intelligence’ Be Measured?

Teams in the N.F.L. and other leagues believe performance on a tablet can predict success in a real game.

#draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #football-college, #national-football-league, #psychology-and-psychologists

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How a Power 5 Conference University Is Struggling to Have Sports in a Pandemic

At the University of California, Berkeley, athletes, coaches and administrators face the most complicated puzzle in sports: the return of college athletics. They are allowing The Times an inside look at their journey’s ups and downs.

#athletics-and-sports, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football-college, #pacific-12-conference, #university-of-california-berkeley

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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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College Football’s Pandemic Playbook: Fewer Fans, No Tailgating, No Bands

About two dozen states plan to host college football games this season. With thousands of fans expected for many of them, organizers are trying to balance public health with tradition.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football, #football-college, #stadiums-and-arenas

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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.

#atlantic-coast-conference, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #football-college, #university-of-north-carolina

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What to Know About the Pac-12 in the Fall

Monday: California is influencing pandemic plans for conferences nationwide. Also: A heat wave hits the state.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #pacific-12-conference

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N.C.A.A. Doctors Say Football Is a Bad Idea. But They Aren’t Deciding.

The conferences, not the N.C.A.A., will make the decisions about whether to play a season in the fall.

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Postponed College Football Games Could Disrupt $1 Billion in TV Ads

Fox and Disney, which owns ESPN and ABC, prepare to take another hit from a pandemic that has already affected them with shutdowns and delays.

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Big 12 Says It Will Try for Football, Giving a Season a Lifeline

The decision came after the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, citing coronavirus concerns, said they would not play this fall.

#atlantic-coast-conference, #big-12-conference, #football-college, #sankey-greg, #southeastern-conference

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Big Ten Is First Power 5 Conference to Postpone Football

The conference said it would not play football or other sports this fall and would attempt to hold a season in the spring instead.

#big-ten-conference, #football-college, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #warren-kevin-1963

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College Football Stars Press an Urgent Case: ‘We Want to Play’

College administrators are mulling whether there will be a football season this fall. Some of the sport’s biggest names say there should be.

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Players to UConn Coach: ‘There’s No Way That We Can Play’

For Connecticut, the call to pull the plug on the college football season was clear. The Power 5 schools have been far less decisive.

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Pac-12 Players Say Commissioner Was Dismissive of Their Virus Concerns

The players, who have pushed for more-frequent virus testing and stronger protection of their status with the team, said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott offered no concrete mandates for the league’s universities.

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Cancellations, Opt-Outs and Virus Cases Put Heat on College Football

The University of Connecticut canceled its football season. Divisions II and III scrapped all of their fall championships. And fans were reminded that a college football season is anything but certain.

#athletics-and-sports, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #university-of-connecticut

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A College Athlete Calls His Coach to Opt Out. And Ends Up on the Outs.

Kassidy Woods, a redshirt sophomore receiver at Washington State, was concerned about the pandemic. The coach was sympathetic until he learned he was joining a players’ rights initiative.

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Gambling on College Football Almost Fixed My Dysfunctional Family

If Covid takes the football season away from us, we’re in danger of losing the bond we’ve taken so many years to build.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #football, #football-college, #gambling, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #parenting

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‘Last Chance U’ Travels to Oakland, Just Like the Players

For its final season about junior college football, the Netflix series looks at a commuter college in a gentrifying city where many of the players can’t afford to live.

#black-people, #community-colleges, #documentary-films-and-programs, #football-college, #last-chance-u-tv-program, #men-and-boys, #netflix-inc, #television

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Black Lives Matter Protests Spawn Push for Athletes to Attend H.B.C.U.s

Makur Maker, a star basketball recruit, chose Howard University over offers from U.C.L.A. and Kentucky, and said he hoped other athletes would consider programs at historically Black institutions.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball-college, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football-college, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #howard-university, #race-and-ethnicity

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A Stadium at Iowa State Says His Name: Jack Trice

Iowa State is the only major college football team to have named its stadium after a Black man, a player named Jack Trice who died from injuries sustained in a game in 1923 and whose story resonates amid today’s social justice movement.

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N.C.A.A. Updates Guidelines and Says Return of Sports Depends on Spread

The coronavirus needs to be better contained for fall sports to happen, Mark Emmert, the association’s president, said. “Today, sadly,” he said, “the data point in the wrong direction.”

#athletics-and-sports, #big-east-conference, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #patriot-league

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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.

#atlantic-coast-conference, #big-sky-conference, #big-ten-conference, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football-college, #ivy-league, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ohio-state-university, #stanford-university, #teevens-buddy

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