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Junior college athletes work hard to get noticed by big-time schools. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Netflix series ‘Last Chance U’ speaks to the reality of athletes I study

A basketball coach at a small community college in the Midwest reveals the challenges he faces on a regular basis to save his players from the pitfalls of the streets.
Over 5,000 student-athletes were directly affected by a recent wave of shutdowns of intercollegiate sports teams. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Colleges are eliminating sports teams – and runners and golfers are paying more of a price than football or basketball players

Shutting down sports teams can save schools millions of dollars but create longer-term challenges for enrollment, fundraising and campus life.
Over one-third of college athletes in the study who tested positive for COVID-19 had evidence of inflammation around the heart. Miodrag Ignjatovic via Getty Images

Even if you’re asymptomatic, COVID-19 can harm your heart, study shows – here’s what student athletes need to know

Cardiologists say student athletes who test positive for COVID-19 should see their doctors to determine if heart tests are necessary, even if they don’t have symptoms.
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.
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.
College yearbook editors in the 1960s juxtaposed pictures of traditional campus activities, such as Greek Life, alongside images of protests and marches. The Kentuckian, 1968

Beyond blackface: How college yearbooks captured protest and change

Recent blackface scandals that involve college yearbooks have overshadowed how yearbooks also chronicled important turning points in the history of US higher education, a historian argues.
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.
What ethical issues should you consider when watching football? Chris Brooks/flickr.com

Is it immoral to watch football?

Football plays an important role in American culture. Experts point out some ethical questions you might consider asking this season.

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