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Player Who Missed Huge Kick Writes Letter to Fans

Alabama's Joseph Bulovas says no one was more disappointed than he was

(Newser) - The Alabama Crimson Tide was down by three points late in the second half of Saturday's Iron Bowl, which pitted the team against rival Auburn, when Alabama's Joseph Bulovas missed a 30-yard field goal that would have tied the score. Instead, it remained 48-45 in favor of the... More »

Beloved College Football Figure Is Gone

Pat Sullivan 'died peacefully at home' at age 69

(Newser) - Pat Sullivan, a revered figure in Alabama sports, died Sunday at age 69. The Heisman Trophy winner had a varied career but was best known for his years as a college football quarterback and coach—and his optimism in the face of cancer, 247 Sports recalls. "I was blessed,... More »

At 'The Game,' Protesters Chant 'OK, Boomer'

Crowd of mostly students disrupts annual Yale-Harvard showdown, 20-30 arrested

(Newser) - Protesters in the colors of both Harvard and Yale staged a sit-in at midfield of Yale Bowl during halftime of the 136th edition of the annual football rivalry known as The Game. Most walked off after about an hour, reports the AP , and 20-30 who remained were arrested. A few... More »

He Was Reffing a Game. Then a Blast, and a Fall to the Ground

Cannon blast injures referee at college football game in Maine

(Newser) - At Maine Maritime Academy, enthusiastic fans at the school's college football games partake in a loud tradition: They shoot blank shells out of cannons whenever the home team scores a touchdown. That tradition went terribly awry, though, last weekend after an alumnus fired off his device and struck a... More »

Coach Taken to Hospital Seemed in Distress During Game

Family says New Mexico's Bob Davie is recovering

(Newser) - Bob Davie, football coach at the University of New Mexico, was taken to a hospital in an ambulance after his team's game Saturday night in Albuquerque. Davie, 64, was thought to be dealing with chest pain, the Journal reports, in what the athletic director said "appeared to be... More »

Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Football 'Legend'

Cedric Benson and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene

(Newser) - A former NFL running back and Texas Longhorn "legend" lost his life in a Saturday night motorcycle crash, CNN reports. Cedric Benson was only 36. He had posted an image of his BMW motorcycle on Instagram just hours before the west Austin accident, adding heart emojis and the words,... More »

Eighth-Grade Cornerback Gets 2 Incredible Offers

It probably helps having a coach for a dad

(Newser) - At 5'9" and 160 pounds, Cole Martin has two offers to play Division I football, though "I have a long time before I have to make that decision where I'm going to go to college." That's because the Arizona teenager is—get this—still in... More »

Georgia Tech Football Player 'Big B' Dead at 21

Brandon Adams died days before start of spring practices

(Newser) - On Saturday, Brandon Adams, a Georgia Tech defensive tackle, was named a player to watch this spring . Hours after that article was published, the 21-year-old was dead. The school announced Adams' death and offered condolences in various statements from officials, reports WSB-TV , which rounds up reactions to Adams' death from... More »

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 »

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