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The NCAA's "predator pipeline"

Nowhere in its 440-page rule book does it cite penalties for sexual violence.

Jan 23, 2020 - Sports
College basketball is losing its allure for top NBA prospects

Many are choosing to play overseas.

Dec 20, 2019 - Sports
California forces the NCAA's hand

The NCAA is beginning to back down on its original threat.

Oct 29, 2019 - Sports
College coaches in lower-profile sports are richer than ever

Meanwhile, student-athletes haven't seen a dime.

Aug 13, 2019 - Sports
The NCAA's "Decade of Realignment," revisited

In 2010, TV money was exploding, and universities were suddenly willing to abandon traditions in the name of revenue.

Jul 29, 2019 - Sports

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NCAA president appears before Congress

NCAA president Mark Emmert at Tuesday's hearing. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

NCAA president Mark Emmert and four other witnesses testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee yesterday, as the issue of student-athletes profiting off their name, image and likeness (NIL) took center stage in the nation's capital.

"Sports is something that cuts across party lines, it cuts across geography and it's so ingrained in our culture. Everyone wants to see that if nothing else in our country works, they want to see our sports work."
Sen. Jon Thune (R-S.D.)
Go deeperArrowFeb 12, 2020 - Sports

Blue-chip football recruits are concentrated in the South, California

Data: 247 Sports; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Today is National Signing Day. What was once a day filled with frenetic activity is now much quieter due to the "early signing period" scooping up most FBS signees, but it still signifies the end of the college football recruiting cycle.

Why it matters: Elite football prospects spring up all over the country, but they're heavily concentrated in the South and California, plus notable hotspots near Houston and Dallas.

Go deeperArrowFeb 5, 2020 - Sports

Joe Burrow leads LSU to national college football title

LSU Tigers Head coach Ed Orgeron, Joe Burrow and Grant Delpit after beating the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in New Orleans Monday. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Louisiana State University's Joe Burrow led his team to a 42-25 victory over defending champions the Clemson Tigers in the college football national championship clash in New Orleans Monday.

Why it matters: Burrow set the single-season record for most touchdown passes with 60, becoming the first major college quarterback to do so, AP notes. "This is so special," Burrow said afterward. "I’m kind of speechless right now." Both teams were undefeated before the game.

Watch videoArrowJan 14, 2020

Tigers vs. Tigers for the national championship

Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Both teams in tonight's college football national championship (8pm ET, ESPN) are from the South, they're both undefeated, they share the same mascot (Tigers) and stadium name (Death Valley), and their QBs are both projected No. 1 picks.

The state of play: Only LSU has a Heisman Trophy winner leading one of the most dangerous offenses in college football history. And only Clemson has the defensive firepower and championship game experience necessary to stop it.

Go deeperArrowJan 13, 2020

Officials investigating alleged "white power" hand signs at Army-Navy game

Stadium view of storm clouds during the Army-Navy game, Dec. 14. Photo: Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Service-academy officials are trying to determine the motives of students at the Army-Navy game who flashed hand signs on ESPN that are associated with "white power," the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Both West Point cadets and Annapolis midshipmen flashed the "OK" hand sign, which is also used for what's known as the "circle game," while ESPN was filming the student section. The sign took on another meaning around 2017 when it was co-opted by online trolls and later white supremacists, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Keep ReadingArrowDec 15, 2019

Duquesne's men's basketball team is off to an undefeated start without a home gym

Duquesne Dukes guard Sincere Carry (35) during the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Photo: John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Only five D-I men's college basketball teams remain undefeated: No. 3 Ohio State (9-0), No. 12 Auburn (8-0), No. 25 San Diego State (10-0), unranked Liberty (11-0) and unranked Duquesne (8-0).

What's happening: The Pittsburgh-based program is off to its best start in nearly half a century, and while the schedule hasn't been all that difficult, the Dukes have overcome a rather unique challenge: no home gym.

Go deeperArrowDec 13, 2019

Schedule: Full college football bowl game slate

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The argument against bowl games is that they are relatively meaningless exhibition games designed to make money — mostly for Disney, which not only broadcasts but actually owns many of them.

Yes, but: "There's something nostalgic and fun about sitting down around the holidays and binge-watching football games between obscure teams you wouldn't have watched otherwise," writes FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine.

Go deeperArrowDec 9, 2019

Championship weekend clarifies football's final four

Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

After three-plus months of chaos, championship weekend brought clarity to the top of college football, and delivered two semifinal matchups that are, at least stylistically, about as good as it gets.

The playoffs: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (+9.5): The Tigers and Sooners have the top two offenses in the country. No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson (-2.5): The Buckeyes and Tigers have the top two defenses in the country.

Go deeperArrowDec 9, 2019
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