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Hurricane Matthew Kills 3, Can't Stop Football Game

NC State hosts Notre Dame in 'torrential downpour'

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew killed at least three people when it hit North Carolina on Saturday, the Weather Channel reports. And according to the Chicago Tribune , multiple flood warnings were issued for Raleigh, which was expecting 7 inches of rain. But that didn't stop NC State from hosting its scheduled football... More »

Marching Band Fined for 'Obscene' Formation

Band claims what many saw as a phallus was actually the USS Enterprise

(Newser) - Kansas State University will pay a $5,000 fine after its marching band's halftime show on Saturday was "misinterpreted" as showing the mascot of the rival University of Kansas Jayhawks performing oral sex. According to KCTV5 , the band defended itself from charges that its formation was "obscene,... More »

College Team Boots 5 Players After Arrests

Rutgers teammates charged with home-invasion robbery and assault

(Newser) - Coach Kyle Flood kicked five players—three of them projected starters—off the Rutgers University football team minutes before its season opener today, the AP reports. This week, players Nadir Barnwell, Razohnn Gross, Ruhann Peele, and Delon Stephenson were charged with assault stemming from a fight in April that left... More »

Police: Arrest in Shooting Death of Auburn Player

14 hours later, arrest made in killing of Jakell Lenard Mitchell

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man has been arrested on a felony warrant charging him with murder in today's fatal shooting of Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell, police say. The shooting took place at the same off-campus apartment complex where two former football players and a third man were slain in 2012.... More »

NCAA Reaches $70M Settlement Over Head Injuries

Organization will pay for athletes' health testing

(Newser) - The NCAA has reached a deal in a lawsuit brought by former players: The organization will pay to test athletes for brain trauma on the field. Though it admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, the NCAA will establish a $70 million fund to cover the tests, the AP reports. The... More »

Miami Dodges Bowl Ban, but NCAA Yanks Scholarships

Fallout from crazy booster scandal

(Newser) - The University of Miami's football program will lose nine scholarships—three for each of the next three years—in retribution for the gifts that rogue booster and Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro showered on prospective players , the NCAA announced today. But it won't be banned from playing in bowl... More »

OSU Football Players Handed Envelopes of Cash

Club bent rules, gave players bonuses up to 25K: Sports Illustrated

(Newser) - Oklahoma State University is in hot water, and the temperature may only rise. Sports Illustrated today ran part one of a five-part series on the Cowboys and "the measures that a program will take to become elite." The magazine's 10-month investigation saw it talk to 64 former... More »

Penn State Plays 1st Game Since Sex Scandal

New coach Bill O'Brien gets strong support from fans

(Newser) - Penn State fans ushered in a new era in the football program with a raucous ovation as the team stormed the field for the first game under coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien, the former offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, led the charge in the first home opener... More »

The NCAA Can't Erase History

Penn State's voided victories should count, Gary Alan Fine argues

(Newser) - Penn State surely deserved to be punished for the Jerry Sandusky coverup, but one part of the NCAA's decision was a bit disturbing, author Gary Alan Fine writes in the New York Times . The NCAA "vacated" Penn State's victories from 1998 to 2011—and with them Joe... More »

Penn State Sanctions Not Nearly Enough

NCAA football needs to learn a lesson: Joe Nocera

(Newser) - The sanctions handed down to Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal were harsher than Joe Nocera thought they would be—but not harsh enough. The NCAA should have imposed the so-called "death penalty," a move that would have been reminiscent of University... More »

NCAA Fines Penn State $60M, Bans It From Bowls

All wins since 1998 voided, but no death penalty

(Newser) - Penn State didn't get the so-called "death penalty," but the NCAA brought down the hammer pretty hard nonetheless, fining the university $60 million—or about what the football program grosses in one year—and banning it from bowl games for four years. NCAA President Mark Emmert said... More »

NCAA Prez: 'Death Penalty' on Table for Penn State

'It was more than a football scandal,' Mark Emmert tells Tavis Smiley

(Newser) - NCAA President Mark Emmert strongly hinted that the NCAA would take action against Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal—and that the so-called "death penalty" was a possibility. "I've never seen anything as egregious," Emmert told Tavis Smiley,... More »

Pats Coach to Replace Paterno at Penn State

Offensive Coordinator Bill O'Brien will still finish playoffs with Pats

(Newser) - Penn State has at last found its replacement for Joe Paterno: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will take the job, sources tell Chris Mortensen of ESPN , with another league source saying O'Brien will finish out the playoffs with the Pats before starting his new gig. Penn... More »

Oregon Wins 1st Rose Bowl in 95 Years

Beats Wisconsin 45-38

(Newser) - Oregon's incredible offense busted up Wisconsin and the record books on the way to the Ducks' first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years. Darron Thomas passed for three touchdowns, De'Anthony Thomas scored on runs of 91 and 64 yards, and the No. 6 Ducks earned their first bowl... More »

Ohio State Gets One-Year Bowl Ban

NCAA punishes next year's team after players took cash

(Newser) - Ohio State players broke the rules and got to play in the Sugar Bowl anyway. Jim Tressel knew about the infractions and let it all happen. Now the Buckeyes and new coach Urban Meyer will pay for it next season. The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban... More »

Sex Abuse Scandal Rocks Penn State

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing boys

(Newser) - Penn State's storied football program is reeling from a sex scandal that touches its top ranks: Longtime former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was yesterday charged with sexually molesting up to eight boys, and the school's athletic director and a vice president are expected to surrender tomorrow on perjury... More »

8 Miami Players Suspended After Booster Scandal

They, plus 4 others, must repay value of illicit benefits

(Newser) - In the wake of the University of Miami booster scandal , eight football players have been suspended by the NCAA for accepting illicit benefits from Nevin Shapiro. All of them must also repay the value of those benefits, ranging from $140 for quarterback Jacory Harris to $1,200 for defensive starter... More »

USC Football Stripped of 2004 Title

No champion in the 2004 season after Reggie Bush ineligibility

(Newser) - The Heisman trophies have been returned , and now USC has lost something else: The Bowl Championship Series stripped Southern California of its 2004 title yesterday, leaving that season without a BCS champion. The announcement was not a surprise—BCS officials had said USC was in danger of having its championship... More »

Rutgers Player Paralyzed After Collision

Eric LeGrand undergoes emergency surgery after collision

(Newser) - A Rutgers defensive tackle was paralyzed below the neck following a collision with an Army player last night. Eric LeGrand, a junior from New Jersey, underwent emergency surgery and was in intensive care after the top of his helmet slammed into the other player’s left shoulder on Saturday, the... More »

Belichick Ties Strong in Florida-Bama Tilt

Coaches Meyer, Saban have deep ties to Patriots guru

(Newser) - Though he won’t be on the sidelines again until tomorrow, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick holds the common thread in today’s matchup between college football’s top-ranked. Urban Meyer and No. 1 Florida meet Nick Saban and No. 2 Alabama—both unbeaten—for the Southeastern Conference title... More »

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