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Heisman Winner Plans to Turn Pro—in Different Sport

Kyler Murray will be at spring training for the Oakland A's

(Newser) - Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy Saturday after a stellar year: 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns, a 12-1 record, and a playoff berth for the Sooners. But maybe the most remarkable nugget of all: He was drafted by baseball's Oakland A's earlier this year—he went... More »

Marching Band Delivers Big Game's Most Touching Moment

Washington State plays University of Washington's fight song after UW bus accident

(Newser) - The Washington State University Cougars faced off Friday against the University of Washington's Huskies during their annual Apple Cup football matchup, but it was the Cougars' marching band that ended up generating the most buzz. That's because they played "Bow Down to Washington," the opposing team'... More »

Player's Gesture Costs Harvard a TD

Running back appeared to flip off defender, though that may not have been what he actually did

(Newser) - It looked like Harvard had scored a touchdown to take a 34-27 lead early in the fourth quarter of its game against Yale Saturday ... and that would indeed have been the case, had running back Devin Darrington not wagged a finger at the Yale defender who was chasing him as... More »

University of Maryland Fires Coach After Player's Death

Durkin was accused of presiding over 'toxic culture'

(Newser) - The University of Maryland has fired a football coach accused of presiding over a "toxic" culture that may have caused a player's death. Jordan McNair, 19, died in June, two weeks after he collapsed with heatstroke during a team practice. Coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave... More »

Rutgers Linebacker Charged in Double-Murder Plot

Izaia Bullock allegedly schemed to kill 2 relatives of acquaintance

(Newser) - Izaia Bullock's dismissal Tuesday from the Rutgers University football team is surely the least of the linebacker's concerns. It came hours after the 22-year-old junior from Linden, NJ, was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, making him... More »

Police Helicopter Causes Havoc at Tailgate Party

It sent tents flying before Penn State game

(Newser) - State police in Pennsylvania are defending their use of a low-flying helicopter to bring a rowdy Penn State tailgate party under control Saturday. Video shared on social media shows the helicopter sending tents and grills flying as it hovers over the gathering outside Beaver Stadium before the game against Ohio... More »

Students Support College Chief in Beer Bong Controversy

Southeast Missouri State President Carlos Vargas went viral for chugging while tailgating

(Newser) - Having the president of your college actively involved in student life is desirable. Having one who takes pulls on a beer bong with you at a football game—that's up for debate. Dr. Carlos Vargas, head of Southeast Missouri State University, says he now realizes his actions before a... More »

Washington State QB Dead in Apparent Suicide

Tyler Hilinski was 21

(Newser) - After backup Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski missed practice, police went to his Pullman apartment Tuesday to do a welfare check. They emerged with grim news: The 21-year-old was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, and USA Today reports a suicide note was found at the scene.... More »

College Football Loses Its Voice

Famed sports broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

(Newser) - "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," ESPN quotes Disney CEO Bob Iger as saying. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game." Jackson, who retired from a 54-year broadcasting career in 2006, died Friday night in Los Angeles... More »

Player Shouts Against Trump Before College Football Game

Critics say president mangled national anthem

(Newser) - President Trump was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos when he took to the field in Atlanta before the College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Georgia Monday night—and one Alabama player did more than boo. The players were kept in the locker room, as is... More »

The Game Went Into Overtime. Then, an 'Unbelievable' End

Alabama Crimson Tide beats Georgia Bulldogs 26-23

(Newser) - Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship in Atlanta Monday night. Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes,... More »

Alabama Win Sets Up All-SEC Final

They shut down Clemson for 24-6 win

(Newser) - Alabama and Georgia won their College Football Playoff semifinals on Monday and will meet in the national championship next week in Atlanta, the home of the Southeastern Conference title game. "Couldn't have scripted it better in some ways," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. "It will be... More »

Georgia Beats Oklahoma in Classic Rose Bowl

Bulldogs prevailed in double-overtime thriller

(Newser) - Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory Monday night against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game. Michel, who had a fumble in the fourth... More »

A Walk-on Wins the Heisman

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield wins one of more lopsided votes

(Newser) - Baker Mayfield took a unique road to the Heisman Trophy, a long and winding climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players to ever play college football. The brash, flag-planting Oklahoma quarterback became the sixth Sooner to the win Heisman on Saturday night in one of the most... More »

College Playoff Set After Toughest Decision Yet

Ohio State fans will not be happy

(Newser) - Alabama is in. The Crimson Tide got the nod over Ohio State and will play Clemson in the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl, per the AP . Oklahoma and Georgia will meet in the Rose Bowl on the same day. Tide or Buckeyes was the question... More »

ESPN Analyst Dumps Football Over 'Carnage' on the Field

Ed Cunningham walks away from long career, saying the game is 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - An ESPN and ABC sports analyst is ditching his job because he finds the sport he's analyzing to be "unacceptable." That sport is college football, Ed Cunningham tells the New York Times , and he's leaving a two-decade career of offering his commentary on it because of... More »

ESPN Pulls Announcer From UVa Game Due to His Name

Commentator Robert Lee's moniker too similar to Confederate general's: network

(Newser) - ESPN may have been trying to nip a future hubbub in the bud, but, as CNN notes, it just created a whole new controversy. Asian-American announcer Robert Lee was slated to call the University of Virginia's home-opening football game against William and Mary on Sept. 2, but the ESPN... More »

Ole Miss Coach Quits After School Checks Phone Records

Hugh Freeze placed at least one call to an escort service

(Newser) - Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's five years with the team ended abruptly Thursday after he faced a choice: Resign, or be fired for "moral turpitude." Freeze resigned from the Rebels effective immediately after the University of Mississippi discovered that he had used his school-issued phone to... More »

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 »

Hard-Core Workouts Send 3 Oregon Players to Hospital

One Ducks football lineman has come down with rare, potentially life-threatening condition

(Newser) - Three University of Oregon players on the Ducks football team are recuperating at a local hospital after a series of intense workouts last week that left one of the players with a rare, serious condition, the Oregonian reports. Offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick... More »

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