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2 More Conferences Reverse Course on College Football

Pac-12, Mountain West are back in the game

(Newser) - A major college football season that was in peril six weeks ago as conferences succumbed to concerns about COVID-19 is reconstituting. The West Coast got back in the game Thursday night, with the Pac-12 set to start a seven-game season Nov. 6, joining the Big Ten in overturning August decisions...

The Big Ten Changes Its Mind on Football

Season will start weekend of Oct. 23

(Newser) - The president is pleased, and he's not alone: The Big Ten on Wednesday announced that rather than wait till spring, the football season will kick off the weekend of Oct. 23-24 despite the pandemic. Each team will have an eight-game schedule. "Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK....

Big Ten, Pac-12 Make 'Extremely Painful' Decision

Conferences are pulling the plug on fall fooball

(Newser) - The Big Ten and Pac-12 called off their fall football seasons on Tuesday because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season. Five months after the first spikes in coronavirus cases in the US led to the cancellation of the...

'Play College Football,' Trump Demands

He weighs in after reports Big Ten Conference has called off fall season

(Newser) - President Trump was quick to weigh in following reports Monday that the Big Ten Conference has voted to cancel the fall season . "Play College Football!" the president tweeted . He also retweeted a post from Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who said "we all want to play football"...

Report: Big Ten Football Has Been Called Off

School presidents voted 12-2 against playing

(Newser) - The 14 teams of the Big Ten conference have voted overwhelmingly in favor of scrapping this fall's college football season, sources tell the Detroit Free Press . On Sunday, university presidents voted 12-2 in favor of ending fall sports in the conference, with only Nebraska and Iowa voting to play,...

Don't Buy Big East Hoop Hype
 Don't Buy Big East Hoop Hype 
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Don't Buy Big East Hoop Hype

Conference hasn't lived up to its reputation in recent years

(Newser) - With March Madness upon us, the hype machine is cranking up again about the Big East, with powers like Louisville, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh. Mike Celizic covered the conference’s period of dominance in the 1980s, but he’s no longer convinced, he writes for NBC Sports. The league has won...

Penn St. Heads to Rose Bowl; Paterno Not Retiring

(Newser) - After securing a trip to the Rose Bowl with a decisive 49-18 win today over No. 17 Michigan State, Penn State coach Joe Paterno gave his fans another reason to smile. "I'm planning on coming back, yeah," said the 81-year-old Paterno. "I never planned otherwise." Rumors...

Obama Takes Big Leads in Big Ten Country: Polls

Crucial Midwestern battlegrounds show sizable advantages for Democrat

(Newser) - Barack Obama enjoys sizable leads in crucial Midwestern states, a Big Ten Battleground poll shows. Across Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota—home to the universities in the Big Ten Conference and key battlegrounds in previous elections—Obama leads John McCain by margins of at least 10%.

Political Ads Target Sports Fans

Candidates buy time on regional sports networks to reach men, swing voters

(Newser) - John McCain and Barack Obama are betting on the Minnesota-Ohio State football game this weekend—but they’d rather score points with fans than on the field, the Wall Street Journal reports. The candidates are advertising on regional sports networks to reach swing voters, and hard-to-reach men, in seven states....

Neitzel Shoots MSU Past Pitt
Neitzel Shoots MSU Past Pitt
March Madness

Neitzel Shoots MSU Past Pitt

Spartans punch ticket for Izzo's seventh Sweet 16

(Newser) - Drew Neitzel helped carry fifth-seeded Michigan State into the Sweet 16, keying the run that opened the game up for the Spartans, reports the Detroit News. Neitzel scored 21 points, including eight in a 2:10 seconds in the waning minutes, to lift Michigan State to a 65-54 win over...

No Collapse This Year: Xavier Advances
No Collapse This Year: Xavier Advances
March Madness

No Collapse This Year: Xavier Advances

Musketeers blow 10-point lead, but pull away down stretch

(Newser) - Purdue made its run today, but third-seeded Xavier refused to wilt in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, like it did last season. The Musketeers blew a 10-point second-half lead, but answered with seven straight points for an 85-78 win over the Boilermakers, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Last season,...

Purdue Blows Past Baylor
Purdue Blows
Past Baylor
March Madness

Purdue Blows Past Baylor

Boilermakers crush bears on offense and defense

(Newser) - Purdue's star freshman Robbie Hummel played only four minutes because of foul trouble last night and it didn't matter, as the Boilermakers romped 90-79 over Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, reports the Indianapolis Star. Keaton Grant picked up Hummell with 17 points and E’Twaun Moore...

Michigan State Powers Past Temple
 Michigan State
 Powers Past Temple 
March Madness

Michigan State Powers Past Temple

Spartans shut down Owls' high-scoring Christmas

(Newser) - Michigan State reminded Dionte Christmas he wasn't playing in the Atlantic 10 anymore. The Spartans held Temple's 20.2 a game scorer to three points and beat the Owls 72-61 today in the NCAA Tournament, the Detroit News reports. MSU star Drew Neitzel was shut down the other way, but...

Clemson Shocks No. 7 Duke in ACC Semis

Illinois continues surprise run, Georgia beats Kentucky in OT

(Newser) - Clemson had lost 22 straight to No. 7 Duke and hadn't reached a conference tournament final in 46 years, but none of that matters now, as the Tigers beat the Blue Devils 78-74 in the ACC semifinals today, reports the Associated Press. Clemson, which was led by Trevor Booker's 18...

No. 4 Tennessee Tops Florida
No. 4 Tennessee Tops Florida

No. 4 Tennessee Tops Florida

No. 16 Vandy holds off Mississippi State in OT, No. 10 Wisconsin humiliates Penn State

(Newser) - The 4th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers fell behind by 16 points on the road against a Florida squad fighting to earn an NCAA berth—but roared back to win anyway, 89-86 behind JaJuan Smith's 23 points and Chris Lofton's 21. In the process, the Vols set a school record for victories in...

Rice's 46 Points Not Enough to Beat Tar Heels

No. 14 Butler blows out Detroit, Purdue moves into tie atop Big Ten

(Newser) - Tyrese Rice and Boston College must be trying to figure out what it takes to beat No. 3 North Carolina. Rice scored 46 points and the Eagles led by 18 at home in the second half, only to lose the ACC game 90-80 today, reports the Associated Press. Tyler Hansbrough...

Wisconsin Holds On to Win Over Ohio State

No. 11 Badgers beat Buckeyes to lead the Big Ten

(Newser) - It seemed an even matchup until the final minutes in Columbus, Ohio where No. 11 Wisconsin edged Ohio State, 58-53. Defense proved to be key for the Badgers as they held the Buckeyes scoreless in the final 3:15, reports the AP. Wisconsin, winner of their last four games, now...

IU Survives First Without Sampson
IU Survives First Without Sampson

IU Survives First Without Sampson

Boycotting players come back as Hoosiers edge Northwestern

(Newser) - Jordan Crawford ended his boycott long enough to score 21 points and help No. 15 Indiana hold off Northwestern 85-82 in a Big Ten win last night, reports the Associated Press. Crawford and five other Hoosiers skipped practice yesterday in protest of the buyout of coach Kelvin Sampson, let go...

Michigan State Revenges Loss to Iowa

No. 7 Texas wins 7th straight, No. 6 UCLA comes back to win

(Newser) - Six weeks ago, Iowa sent No. 19 Michigan State reeling with a convincing win. Today, the Spartans made sure that didn't happen again by scoring 20 of the games first 21 points in a 66-52 Big Ten win, reports the Associated Press. The win was the 300th for Tom Izzo...

Sampson's Last Stand?
Sampson's Last Stand?

Sampson's Last Stand?

No. 15 Indiana beats No. 14 Boilermakers 77-68 on eve of Sampson verdict

(Newser) - No. 15 Indiana topped No. 14 Purdue 77-68 in a showdown between Big Ten titans—and on the eve, no less, of the school's verdict on coach Kelvin Sampson, who stands accused of violating NCAA rules by making inappropriate phone calls to recruits. This game was won at the foul...

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