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QB Doug Flutie's Parents Die an Hour Apart

'They say you can die of a broken heart,' he says

(Newser) - "They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it," football great Doug Flutie said in a Facebook post on Wednesday after his mother and father died within an hour of each other after 56 years of marriage. The 53-year-old Heisman Trophy winner says his... More »

Notre Dame Tutor Made Students Have Sex With Daughter: Suit

Black plaintiff says sex trysts were 'racially motivated,' 'demeaning'

(Newser) - A black University of Notre Dame student says he was the victim of a "manipulative and predatory scheme" in which a white school employee coerced him into a sexual relationship with her daughter, the South Bend Tribune reports. A lawsuit filed against the school and the employee also alleges... More »

Ohio State Quarterback Arrested, Suspended

He was allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated

(Newser) - The quarterback for the number-one college football team in the country will miss his next game after he was arrested while allegedly trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint early Saturday, ESPN reports. Ohio State's JT Barrett was cited for misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated near campus and received... More »

Michigan Athletic Director: No More Death Threats Against Punter

Blake O'Neill is vilified online after botched play

(Newser) - The athletic director at the University of Michigan had to take the unusual step Sunday of writing an open letter to fans asking them to stop the "vicious" online attacks on the school's punter. The move follows a stunning botched punt by Blake O'Neill on the final... More »

Blind Football Player Takes Practice Field for USC

'He's out here working his butt off'

(Newser) - Eighteen-year-old Jake Olson may be blind, but that's not stopping him from seeing his dream of taking the football field for the USC Trojans come true. Olson, who was born with cancer of the retina, lost his left eye at 10 months old and his right eye when he... More »

Kent State's Female Kicker Makes Her Point

April Goss becomes the second woman in NCAA history to score

(Newser) - Her kick wasn't perfect, but that hardly mattered to April Goss. When she finally got her big chance, Goss made her point—and history. A four-year member of Kent State's team, Goss kicked an extra point in the first half yesterday in a 45-13 win over Delaware State,... More »

Another FSU Player Charged With Punching a Woman

Dalvin Cook suspended from the team amid investigation

(Newser) - This is unfortunately not a repeat of an earlier story : A football player for Florida State University faces charges of punching a woman in the face at a bar. This time it's Dalvin Cook, a 19-year-old sophomore running back, reports the Tallahassee Democrat . Police say he punched the woman... More »

College Football Recruiting Site Eyes 6th-Graders says 105-pound QB is 'incredibly composed' and 'very polished'

(Newser) - College football recruiting site is watching Tyson Thornton and Daron Bryden . Tyson, it said in a recent talent report , has "great explosiveness and surprisingly good body control for a kid his size and age," while Daron (who once beat NFL QB Matt Hasselbeck in an accuracy... More »

89 Fires Reported After Buckeyes' Big Win

Ohio State opens post-BCS era with 42-20 win

(Newser) - "This will go down as one of the great stories in college football history," coach Urban Meyer said after the Ohio State Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff National Championship last night, beating the Oregon Ducks 42-20 in Arlington, Texas. The Buckeyes overcame two injured Heisman contenders... More »

Auburn Football Player Shot Dead

Jakell Mitchell killed in early morning apartment shooting

(Newser) - Alabama police are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of Auburn University freshman football player Jakell Mitchell, who was shot early today at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex, reports . After police responded at 12:25am to the shooting, Mitchell was taken to the emergency room, where he... More »

Oregon's Mariota Wins Heisman

Junior QB Marcus Mariota was pretty much a foregone conclusion

(Newser) - Oregon State quarterback Marcus Mariota collected the Heisman Trophy last night in something of both a landslide and a foregone conclusion: The junior, who ESPN describes as "a pinpoint passer with wide receiver speed," racked up the second-highest percentage of votes ever with nearly 91%—obliterating runner-up Melvin... More »

NCAA Lifts Penn State Sex-Abuse Sanctions

George Mitchell's report says school is making progress

(Newser) - The NCAA today lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban and restoring scholarships. Penn State was halfway through a 4-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA rescinded some of the... More »

USC Footballer Quits, Calls Coach Racist

Steve Sarkisian calls claim 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Steve Sarkisian has yet to coach a single football game at USC, but the new head coach is having a seriously awful preseason. Just after a star player fabricated a hero tale about himself, Trojans senior Anthony Brown has quit the team and taken to social media to call Sarkisian... More »

USC: Player Lied About Rescuing Drowning Nephew

Trojans captain Josh Shaw suspended indefinitely

(Newser) - Luckless USC cornerback Josh Shaw not only has two sprained ankles, his pants are on fire: The Trojans captain has been suspended indefinitely after admitting that he made up a story about suffering ankle injuries while rescuing his 7-year-old nephew from a pool on Saturday, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Astronaut Can Watch College Football in Space

Barry Wilmore gets NASA to offer games

(Newser) - Barry Wilmore blasts off for the International Space Station on Sept. 25 for a six-month mission, which is great for him as an astronaut but lousy for him as a college football fan. Solution: NASA has agreed to provide the new SEC network on the ISS so Wilmore can get... 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 »

Sports Bombshell: Northwestern Players Can Unionize

But school will appeal preliminary ruling to NLRB in Washington

(Newser) - Northwestern football players aren't just student-athletes—they're employees of the university who have the right to form a union, a federal official ruled today. How big of a deal is today's ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board? "The stunning decision has... More »

Florida State Stuns Auburn for BCS Title

Seminoles snatch victory in final seconds

(Newser) - Florida State fans shouted and danced in raucous celebration after their top-ranked team roared back in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to beat Auburn in the BCS championship game. Many pumped fists gleefully, hugged, and slapped high fives in Tallahassee, after Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass... More »

ESPN Broadcaster Saves Partner With Heimlich

Chris Fowler: I was choking on a chicken sandwich

(Newser) - At times the losing team is accused of choking. This time ESPN announcer Chris Fowler admits he choked, literally, during yesterday's Pinstripe Bowl, the AP reports. Fowler tweeted that he was choking on a chicken sandwich at halftime when fellow broadcaster Jesse Palmer gave him the Heimlich maneuver. "... More »

Jameis Winston Is Youngest Ever Heisman Winner

19-year-old Florida State freshman gets honor

(Newser) - It's another freshman, and it wasn't even close: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has won the Heisman Trophy as college football's best player. Winston became the second straight player to win the award in his first year of college, following Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel last... More »

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