College Football Returns After Pandemic Delays

The Football Championship Subdivision season will begin in earnest this weekend after a long delay because of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities

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E.A. Sports Will Resurrect College Football Video Game

The planned return of a game beloved by fans was announced amid a protracted national debate over whether players should be paid for their images.

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Football Practices Pose More Concussion Risk Than Games, Study Suggests

The report will fuel the longstanding debate about safety in college football, but changes do not appear to be imminent.

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Tennessee Fires Football Coach Amid Investigation

Coach Jeremy Pruitt and nine members of his football program’s staff were fired after ongoing investigations into the team’s recruitment practices showed violations of N.C.A.A. rules.

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Jordan McNair’s Family Reaches $3.5 Million Settlement With University of Maryland

Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland offensive lineman, collapsed from heatstroke during a practice in 2018 and died two weeks later.

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Pandemic Victories for College Sports Have All Come With Caveats

And the problems made clear in staging a football season now shift to a basketball season that is looking toward a complicated March.

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Alabama Fans and Ohio State Fans, and Reveling During a Pandemic

The immediate winner of college football’s national championship was easy to discern by the crowds after the game. The health consequences are yet to be seen.

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Alabama Coach Nick Saban Proves to Be Bear Bryant’s Equal

Nick Saban was skeptical he wanted to be a coach. Under contract at Alabama through 2025, he might already be the greatest one in college football history.

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Alabama Ends Pandemic Season by Overpowering Ohio State for Title

Ohio State could not keep up with Alabama’s offensive combination of DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones and Najee Harris.

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Nick Saban Was Famous for Defense. Alabama’s Offense Is the Star Now.

The top-ranked team in college football will play for a championship on Monday with a dazzling offense. It wasn’t always that way for the team from Tuscaloosa.

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With Injury, Justin Fields Is Taking a Big Risk for Ohio State

The dynamics of college football mean that the quarterback will shoulder all of the downsides of playing in the title game after his painful injury in the semifinals.

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What to Watch as Alabama Plays Ohio State for the College Football Playoff Title

The Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes will face off for the national championship in a season that scuttled to the finish line amid relentless coronavirus throes.

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N.C.A.A. President Seeks Delay on Vote to Let Students Profit From Fame

Facing pressure from the Justice Department, the N.C.A.A. president “strongly recommended” postponing a crucial decision, almost certainly extending a protracted debate.

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‘Hateful’ Tweet About Stacey Abrams Costs University Football Coach His Job

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga said that it had parted ways with Chris Malone, an offensive line coach, over a now-deleted social media post.

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Alabama Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith Wins the Heisman Trophy

Smith, a senior, is the first wide receiver to win college football’s top individual award since 1991.

#football-college, #heisman-trophy, #lawrence-trevor-1999, #smith-devonta-1998

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Virus Cases at Ohio State Loom Ahead of National Championship Game

Ohio State’s problems have prompted discussions about whether the game against Alabama should be postponed from Jan. 11.

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The Heisman Trophy Has a Surprise Favorite: a Wide Receiver

Quarterbacks have claimed the award 17 times in the past 20 years. That may not happen on Tuesday night.

#clemson-university, #downtown-athletic-club, #football-college, #harris-najee, #heisman-trophy, #lawrence-trevor-1999, #smith-devonta-1998, #university-of-alabama

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The College Football Champion Not in the Title Game

The University of Connecticut led the way in shutting down its program in deference to coronavirus precautions. Most of the Huskies’ peers lacked the courage to do the same.

#college-athletics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #edsall-randy, #football-college, #shutdowns-institutional, #university-of-connecticut

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A Season of Chaos Will End With a Powerhouse Matchup College Football Wanted

Alabama and Ohio State took different paths to the national championship game, with twists that showed how much college football wanted its biggest stage to feel familiar.

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Alabama and Ohio State Reach the National Title Game With Runaway Wins

Notre Dame never really threatened the Crimson Tide in their College Football Playoff semifinal, and then Ohio State rolled over Clemson.

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What to Watch in the College Football Playoff Semifinals

Alabama will play Notre Dame and Clemson will meet Ohio State in College Football Playoff semifinals on Friday as a chaotic season nears its end.

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In Pasadena, Moving the Rose Bowl Makes For Unusual Rancor

The Rose Bowl moved to Texas from California to accommodate fans. But in Pasadena, city officials worried the maneuver could threaten its long-held ties to the game.

#bowl-games, #college-football-playoff-national-championship, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #pasadena-calif, #playoff-games, #rose-bowl-football-game, #rose-bowl-stadium, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television, #tournament-of-roses-association, #trademarks-and-trade-names

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Virus Disrupts College Football Playoffs Even Before Kickoff

Both semifinals are being played in abnormal circumstances: The Rose Bowl will be in Texas, and the Sugar Bowl will feature teams hit hard by the coronavirus.

#bowl-games, #college-athletics, #college-football-playoff-national-championship, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #rose-bowl-football-game, #sugar-bowl

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Don’t Let the Games Begin

College athletics can teach the right lesson by insisting that public health is more important than sports.

#basketball-college, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn

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Was the College Football Season Worth It?

It brought joy — and revenue. But the full cost will never be tallied.

#big-ten-conference, #college-athletics, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #football-college, #lawrence-trevor-1999, #ohio-state-university, #warren-kevin-1963

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Alabama Leads Rankings as College Football Playoff Field Is Set

The semifinals will be played on Jan. 1 in Louisiana and Texas, with the national championship scheduled for the Miami area on Jan. 11.

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College Football Playoff Faces Tricky Call After Messy Year

An unconvincing win by Ohio State and several odd circumstances during the pandemic have left the College Football Playoff with a jumble to consider.

#clemson-university, #college-football-playoff-national-championship, #day-ryan-1979, #football-college, #lawrence-trevor-1999, #ohio-state-university, #university-of-alabama, #university-of-notre-dame

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A First for Sarah Fuller, but That Wasn’t the Last of It

Women broke through glass ceilings to gain roles in men’s sports this year. But the celebration of their place in history, and sometimes the pushback, can overshadow their work.

#football-college, #fuller-sarah-athlete, #vanderbilt-university, #women-and-girls

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For Cameron Kinley and Navy, the Army Game Can Give 2020 a Highlight

The rivalry is being played at West Point, the first time the game has not been at a neutral site in 77 years.

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College Sports Has Reported at Least 6,629 Virus Cases

The N.C.A.A. does not track coronavirus cases, but a New York Times analysis shows the pandemic’s toll across college athletics. Many universities have kept their case counts from the public.

#atlantic-coast-conference, #big-ten-conference, #clemson-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football-college, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #pacific-12-conference, #southeastern-conference, #university-of-north-carolina, #university-of-notre-dame, #university-of-wisconsin, #western-kentucky-university

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SEC Reaches $3 Billion Deal With Disney, Drawing CBS Ties Toward an End

The Southeastern Conference is poised to become the richest conference in college football after it struck a television deal with Disney, which owns ABC and ESPN.

#abc-inc, #cbs-corporation, #college-athletics, #espn, #football-college, #southeastern-conference, #television, #walt-disney-company

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Michigan Cancels Ohio State Game Because of Virus Cases

The cancellation raised the possibility that Ohio State might not qualify to play in the Big Ten championship game later this month.

#big-ten-conference, #college-athletics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #ohio-state-university, #university-of-michigan

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And Play Like a Girl She Did

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller is the first woman to play Power 5 football. She’s been a long time coming.

#football-college, #fuller-sarah-athlete, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #vanderbilt-university

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Reopening Whiplash in New York City

Schools will reopen as abruptly as they closed — but only for some.

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A Season of Footnotes Limps to Its Conclusion

The wheezing college football show goes on without some star players and highly paid coaches and with, in one case, a female kicker.

#big-ten-conference, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #day-ryan-1979, #football-college, #fuller-sarah-athlete, #hancock-william-r-jr-1950, #ohio-state-university, #southeastern-conference

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Sarah Fuller, With a Kickoff, Is the First Woman to Play Football in a Power 5 Game

Fuller, a goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s women’s soccer team, was asked to play because the football team’s kicking unit could not practice because of the coronavirus.

#football-college, #goss-april-1993, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #sankey-greg, #tennessee, #vanderbilt-university, #women-and-girls

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College Football Changes Thanksgiving Traditions Amid Pandemic

Some of the shifts come as universities deal with the prospect of students traveling as a coronavirus surge.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #thanksgiving-day

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Nick Saban, Alabama’s Coach, Tests Positive for Virus

The coach of the top-ranked Crimson Tide tested positive in October, but that finding was later deemed inaccurate. Now he’ll miss the Iron Bowl.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #saban-nick, #university-of-alabama

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Alabama Tops First College Football Playoff Rankings of a Chaotic Season

The final rankings will not come until at least Dec. 20. But on Tuesday night, the Playoff’s selection committee gave an early look at how it’s approaching the pandemic-upended year.

#college-athletics, #football-college, #hancock-william-r-jr-1950, #playoff-games

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Jake Scott, Super Bowl M.V.P. for the Dolphins, Dies at 75

A fearless defender, he had 35 interceptions in six seasons in Miami and was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls in the 1970s.

#deaths-obituaries, #football, #football-college, #miami-dolphins, #scott-jake-1945-2020

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A Quarterback With N.F.L. Potential Pledges to an H.B.C.U., Joining a Trend

“I want to be a trendsetter,” said Noah Bodden, who has announced he will play for Grambling State instead of for one of the wealthier, higher-profile teams at predominantly white colleges.

#bodden-noah, #colleges-and-universities, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football-college, #grambling-state-university, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities

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A Cal Football Player Opted Out Because of the Virus. Then Came the Tuition Bill.

A committee found that the athletic department broke an N.C.A.A. rule by revoking Henry Bazakas’s summer scholarship. His fight to get it back showed the cutthroat side of college football.

#coaches-and-managers, #colleges-and-universities, #financial-aid-education, #football-college, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #pacific-12-conference

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Paul Hornung, Midcentury Football’s ‘Golden Boy,’ Is Dead at 84

His dazzling play at Notre Dame, a Hall of Fame Career with the Green Bay Packers, matinee-idol looks and a playboy image made him a national celebrity in the ’50s and ’60s.

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L.S.U. Player’s Accusations of Police Assault Prompt Investigation

Koy Moore said on Twitter that police officers “violated” him “numerous times” Saturday night, leading the Baton Rouge Police Department to place three officers on paid leave amid an investigation.

#baton-rouge-la, #broome-sharon-weston, #football-college, #louisiana-state-university, #orgeron-ed, #police-department-baton-rouge-la

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Trading Blame and Worry, Notre Dame Grapples With Celebration’s Fallout

The university’s president promised strict punishments for students who break virus protocols. But his credibility on campus is wearing thin.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football-college, #south-bend-ind, #stadiums-and-arenas, #university-of-notre-dame

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Days From Its Delayed Football Opener, Cal Is Stalled Again by the Virus

As the Pac-12 Conference prepared to begin its football season this weekend, later than any other major league, Cal had to cancel its game against Washington because a player’s positive test for coronavirus left the team without enough eligible athletes.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #football-college, #pacific-12-conference, #university-of-california, #university-of-california-berkeley

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Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

The star quarterback, who will miss this weekend’s game against Boston College, said he had “relatively mild” symptoms.

#clemson-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #lawrence-trevor-1999, #swinney-dabo-1969

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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.

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #football-college, #palmview-high-school-texas, #rio-grande-valley-tex

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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.

#alabama, #coaches-and-managers, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #saban-nick, #southeastern-conference, #tests-medical, #university-of-alabama

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