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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 »

Man Nabbed Over Prank Calls to Pro Coaches

Kenneth Tarr allegedly presented fake job offers

(Newser) - Famous last words: "I'm like the world's most safe criminal." A Los Angeles man has been arrested after allegedly making prank calls to at least a dozen NFL, NBA, and college football coaches offering them new jobs. Kenneth Tarr, 32, allegedly called the likes of ex-Tampa... More »

Ala. Fan Killed After Woman 'Went Crazy' Over Loss

'She said we weren't real Alabama fans'

(Newser) - A senseless killing in Alabama: The sister of a woman shot dead after last week's Iron Bowl game says she was killed by a fellow fan enraged that her group didn't seem upset enough by the Crimson Tide's loss to archrivals Auburn, reports the Clarion-Ledger . Michelle Shepherd,... More »

Northwestern: No, Our Special Uniforms Aren't Blood-Stained

It's supposed to look like an old flag, but some see it differently

(Newser) - Northwestern football players will don flag-inspired uniforms for their Nov. 16 game to honor wounded vets—but they're already apologizing for the gear. That's because it appears to be bloodstained, the AP reports via the Washington Post . In fact, it's a "distressed pattern on both the... More »

ESPN Analyst: No Women on College Football Panel

David Pollack catching flak for comments on new playoff committee

(Newser) - Big-time fan Condoleezza Rice is expected to be one of nine people named to college football's new playoff committee next year, reports USA Today . But that nugget has gotten ESPN analyst David Pollack into some hot water for suggesting that women have no place on the panel, reports Sports ... More »

New Kind of Football Injury: T-Shirt Gun Explosion

Intern carried off on stretcher after device malfunctions

(Newser) - A man was carried off the field on a stretcher during a college football game yesterday. Pretty standard stuff—except the guy was an intern for the University of Arkansas' athletics marketing department, not a player, and his injury was caused by ... an exploding T-shirt gun. The loud boom could... More »

UF Coach May Have Helped Cover Drive-By for Hernandez

Urban Meyer also eyed in failed drug tests

(Newser) - A new investigative report in Rolling Stone reveals that while Urban Meyer was head coach at the University of Florida, Meyer may have helped to cover up a drive-by shooting, an assault, and failed drug tests for Aaron Hernandez . Meyer has long denied that he enabled Hernandez's misbehavior, Fox... More »

How ESPN Controls College Football

Big bucks and big exposure means the network can make or break college teams

(Newser) - How did college football go from regional amateur games to one of the biggest sporting competitions in the country? Four letters, says the New York Times : E, S, P, and N. By pumping billions of dollars into the game through purchasing TV rights, ESPN (and others, but overwhelmingly ESPN) has... More »

Hoaxster's Friend: Manti Te'o 'Was a Victim'

But questions far from answered about football star's role

(Newser) - Factor this into the Manti Te'o riddle: A friend of the man thought to have engineered the hoax says Te'o had nothing to do with it. "He told me that Manti was not involved at all, he was a victim," the unidentified young woman tells ESPN... More »

Why Wasn't Notre Dame This Concerned About a Real Girl?

School's handling of sex-assault cases comes under fire

(Newser) - Notre Dame is sticking by Manti Te'o, taking him at his word that he was a victim and not a perpetrator of the non-existent girlfriend hoax . The school promises its own investigation into this "cruel game." But where was this outrage, this determination to get to the... More »

Notre Dame Star's Uplifting Story Was a Hoax

Late girlfriend of Manti Te'o never existed, says Deadspin

(Newser) - Sports website Deadspin has uncovered a doozy of a scoop in the world of college football: This year's inspirational tale of woe about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o looks to be an elaborate hoax. All season, fans heard how Te'o drew inspiration from girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who... More »

Alabama Crushes Notre Dame to Win BCS Title

Crimson Tide has 3 championships in 4 years

(Newser) - Alabama rolled to its second consecutive BCS championship, and third in four seasons, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in a BCS championship game that was no classic after all. AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards and scored twice for the second-ranked Crimson... More »

Heisman History: First Freshman Wins Top Honor

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel takes trophy

(Newser) - Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first freshman to win college football's most prized individual award. The redshirt freshman beat out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. A few days after turning 20, Manziel became the... More »

Freshman Heisman Winner? Maybe Tonight

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel might make history

(Newser) - A little history might be made at tonight's Heisman Trophy presentation, with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the running to be the first freshman to get college football's top honor. There's a reason the 20-year-old is called "Johnny Football," as his stats prove:... More »

How College Bands Cope With Faster Game

Start by tossing out the old songbook

(Newser) - College football teams, just like the pros, play faster games these days. But unlike the pros, college teams typically have bands that play between downs. So what's a band leader to do in the era of the no-huddle offense? Caleb Hannan at Grantland takes an interesting look, with Oregon... 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 »

Louisiana Tech Mascot Dies of Heat Stroke

Worker who left dog outside, covered up death, fired

(Newser) - Louisiana Tech fans suffered anxiety and then heartbreak because of a negligent animal care worker who left their beloved mascot outside in 100-degree heat. The English bulldog, Tech XX, died of heat stroke, but the worker covered up the death, telling people that the dog had gone missing, reports the... More »

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