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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 »

'Let's Be Legendary:' Clemson Wins With 1 Second

Takes title in 'one of the greatest games of all time'

(Newser) - Deshaun Watson took the snap, rolled right, and with one of the easiest throws he had to make all night, completed Clemson's journey to the top of college football. A frantic fourth quarter and a championship rematch between Clemson and Alabama was decided with one second left on a... More »

Team Loses Celebration Bowl Due to Excessive Celebration

You can't make this stuff up

(Newser) - Grambling State won the Celebration Bowl when it blocked an extra point set back 15 yards by an excessive celebration with just over two minutes left, holding off North Carolina Central 10-9 Saturday, the AP reports. Down 10-3, North Carolina Central had a chance to pull even after Quentin Atkinson... 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 »

A Sophomore QB Wins the Heisman, Easily

Lousiville's Lamar Jackson gets the honors

(Newser) - Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him. The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of... 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 »

College Football Player Says He Was Bullied, Forced to Fight

Former University of Virginia player Aidan Howard has sued

(Newser) - A former University of Virginia football player was bullied and harassed by teammates because of his learning disability and seriously injured after being forced to fight another athlete in order to prove his "manliness," according to a federal lawsuit filed against the school this month. Aidan Howard said... More »

College Marching Band Takes a Knee, Station Won't Air Game

ESPN radio affiliate says it won't air East Carolina U's game because of anthem protest

(Newser) - In what its parent company's CEO is calling a "protest to a protest," ESPN affiliate radio station 101.1 FM (WFAY) is turning its back on broadcasting East Carolina University's football game Saturday against South Florida after members of the ECU marching band took a knee... More »

Navy Brings Student Out of Stands to Play QB

OK, so he's technically on the team...

(Newser) - When starter Tago Smith went out with an injury in the first half of Navy's game Saturday against Fordham, the team literally pulled a student out of the stands to play quarterback, USA Today reports. Granted that student, Malcolm Perry, is technically the team's fourth-string quarterback, but still.... More »

Tide Beat Clemson for National Title

Bold Saban call turns game for Alabama

(Newser) - Alabama needed it all to win the toughest national title game it had ever played during the Nick Saban dynasty. All of its power. All of its speed. Even one gutsy trick. Derrick Henry, OJ Howard, and Kenyan Drake hit No. 1 Clemson with long touchdowns, and Alabama outlasted the... More »

Study Finds Rapes Go Up on College Football Days

A 28% increase on game days at Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools

(Newser) - Researchers have found a correlation between Division I football games and increased reports of rape—and they frame the evidence of that link as "robust." The December working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research used local-area crime data from the FBI to estimate that football games... More »

A Heisman Shift: Running Back Wins It

Alabama's Derrick Henry takes honor, busting string of QBs

(Newser) - Derrick Henry has won the Heisman Trophy, becoming just the third running back to take college football's top honor in the past 16 years. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry broke Herschel Walker's Southeastern Conference record with 1,986 yards rushing and matched an SEC mark with 23 touchdowns, leading... More »

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 »

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