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Nebraska, a member of the Big Ten conference, won’t be playing football this fall. AP Photo/Nati Harnik

Is NCAA football too big to fail?

Football forms the financial backbone of many athletic programs, with some schools deriving over 80% of their department revenue from the sport.
Mikey Williams dribbles through a crowd during the Pangos All-American Camp on June 2, 2019 at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Star player who expressed interest in going to an HBCU may shake up how athletes select a college

When Mikey Williams, one of the nation's top high school basketball players, announced that he was thinking about going to a historically black college, the college basketball world paid attention.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list in 2014. Hannah Foslein/Getty Images

The Kobe legacy: Should the NBA let high school players skip college?

Unlike when Kobe Bryant went straight from high school to the NBA, future superstars must now spend at least one year in college or overseas. A sports scholar explains how that could soon change.
California lawmakers have approved a bill that would enable college athletes to get paid endorsements. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

What if college athletes got paid? 3 questions answered

California's legislature has approved a bill that would let college athletes get paid endorsements. A sociologist explains what the measure would mean for the players.
Former Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph looks on during an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in February 2019. AP Photo/Robert Franklin

The war on women coaches

Why do female college coaches seem to be held to a different standard than their male counterparts?
While most college football players believe they have a good shot at going pro, very few do. David J. Phillip/AP

Let’s get real with college athletes about their chances of going pro

While most college football players believe they have a good shot at going pro, statistics – and the upcoming NFL draft – show most are sadly mistaken and would be well served to earn their degrees.
Fresno State Bulldogs head coach Jeff Tedford and running back Ronnie Rivers hoist the Las Vegas Bowl trophy after the Bull Dogs defeated Arizona State on Dec. 15. Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

How big bonuses for winning coaches became a tradition in college football

While college football coaches who make it to the widely televised bowl games stand to collect major bonuses, history shows that bonuses for top coaches predate the days of TV and radio.
The demands of college sports often take precedence over education. Don Feria/AP

It’s naive to think college athletes have time for school

Research shows student-athletes spend triple the amount of time on sports as on academics, raising questions about whether they actually benefit from a college education, a sociology professor argues.
Brains vs. brawn: Does big-time college sports value black student-athletes? Brynn Anderson/AP

Dangerous stereotypes stalk black college athletes

Although University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair died from heatstroke during practice, his death also resulted from a culture that exploits black players, says a professor who studies race and sports.
North Carolina fans react while watching the Tar Heels play in the 2009 Final Four. Gerry Broome/AP

Winners and boozers: Binge drinking soars at March Madness schools as male students party

Binge drinking rises during March Madness among male college students who attend schools that made it to the men's basketball tournament. Researchers take a deeper look at the reasons why.
The former president, seen here with the highest paid basketball coach in the NCAA, was known for getting into March Madness. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

What is March Madness – and the nonprofit that manages the mayhem?

Every March, millions of Americans watch the NCAA's annual college basketball tournament, while millions more fill in brackets to win their office pool.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game agaist Notre Dame. AP Photo/Robert Franklin

In scandal after scandal, NCAA takes fall for complicit colleges

If we think about universities as corporations and their sports teams as marketing tools, everything about the UNC academic scandal – and the nonresponse – makes perfect sense.
Youngsters leave a football field in 2015 after playing at halftime at a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers. AP Photo/Bill Wippert

Concussions and CTE: More complicated than even the experts know

A recent study that showed that 110 of 111 brains of deceased NFL players had a serious brain disease raised concerns once again about concussions. But there's a lot we still need to know.

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