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Becca Longo Makes College Football History

She's 1st woman to get scholarship to play at Division II level or higher

(Newser) - An 18-year-old from Arizona made history Wednesday—without even realizing it, ESPN reports. Becca Longo signed a letter of intent to play football for Colorado's Adams State next season, making her the first woman to get a scholarship to play college football at the Division II level or higher.... More »

Football Team Ends Protest of Suspensions for Sexual Assault

University of Minn. was boycotting football after 10 players suspended

(Newser) - The University of Minnesota football team has ended its boycott of all football activities—meaning the team will compete in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. NBC News reports the team announced the boycott Thursday after 10 players were suspended for an alleged sexual assault. Players were upset they weren'... More »

Yale Students Strip Down During Win Over Harvard

'Behold, the bare asses of the brightest young minds in America'

(Newser) - The Yale football team beat Harvard for the first time in a decade Saturday, leading to a display of naked emotion by Bulldog fans—emphasis on naked. With Yale leading 14-7 in the second half, a section of fans stripped completely nude and mooned the field. "Behold, the bare... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Florida State Coach Bowden Plans to Retire

34-year tenure turned Seminoles into national football powerhouse

(Newser) - Bobby Bowden will announce his retirement tomorrow as Florida State University’s football coach, ending a 34-year tenure during which he built the Seminoles into a national powerhouse. The 80-year-old Bowden met with school officials today, sources tell the Tallahassee Democrat , and was given the option of staying in a... More »

Good-Guy Hancock Tasked With Defending Bad BCS

Fighting the rising cry for playoffs is one of sport's worst jobs

(Newser) - Bill Hancock is one of the best-liked people in the sporting world, but he's been tasked with defending one of its most-hated systems, writes Sean Gregory. Hancock, a former director of the Final Four, has been appointed as the first permanent director of the Bowl Championship Series. That makes him... More »

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