• WSU to End Tradition of Playing Football Game in Seattle

    by Jacob Thorpe, (509) 710-8070 August 2014

    With the exception of 2010, Washington State has played one home game at Seattle's CenturyLink Field every year since 2002, when the venue was known as Seahawks Stadium.

  • Big Ten Membership Has Its Privileges for Rutgers

    by Marc Narducci; Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014

    The expectations from the outside are low as Rutgers begins its first season as a Big Ten football team, but the future financial projections are much better.

  • The Real Reason There's a New College Football Playoff

    by Nicole Auerbach August 2014

    They read the tweets. They heard the calls into talk radio shows. Those in charge of college football's much-criticized Bowl Championship Series eventually got the message loud and clear. Fans wanted a playoff. And finally, in the fall of 2011, that playoff started to come into focus -- thanks in large part to their voices. "That's when we began to consider ways of giving fans what they wanted and trying to decide if we could do that while preserving what we needed," said Bill Hancock, then the executive director of the BCS. "We heard the fans who kept saying they wanted more football and they wanted a bracket. At the same time, our goals were don't erode the regular season and don't erode the bowls.

  • More College Football Teams Making Analytics a Factor

    by Paul Myerberg, @PaulMyerberg, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    Every play in a college football game, whether on offense or defense, is charted in detail and crunched to its essence to reveal basic truths: what one team did wrong and one team did right at its most fundamental level.

  • Don't Expect College Playoff to Eliminate Controversy

    by Todd Jones, The Columbus Dispatch August 2014

    The voice rose up from the state of Florida eight years ago and cut deep into Big Ten country, where there existed a clamor for a historic rematch. The voice rang with outrage against the idea that Ohio State and Michigan should play again in the Bowl Championship Series title game after the No. 1 Buckeyes had defeated the No. 2 Wolverines 42-39 in the regular-season finale in 2006.

  • Columnist: Has College Football Lost the Millennials?

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    From all obvious angles, college football looks healthier than ever. But lurking behind the boom that has seen college football grow into America's second-favorite sport is a trend that could very well be a warning 10, 15 or 20 years down the line.

  • Plenty of Planning Behind Penn State's Trip to Dublin

    by Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014

    There are plenty of difficult jobs in America, but perhaps the most challenging and complicated one - at least for the next 10 days - is the task assigned to Penn State football staffers Jay Takach, Michael Hazel, and Kevin Threlkel.

  • UNM Women's Soccer Opener Nixed Amid Hazing Probe

    by Mark Smith, Assistant Sports Editor August 2014

    The University of New Mexico has canceled its women's soccer season opener and is conducting an investigation into allegations of hazing in an incident that sent two players to the hospital Sunday night and caused two players to quit the team.

  • Maryland First to Guarantee Scholarships in All Sports

    by Kevin Anderson Kluwe Davis August 2014

    Aid will be guaranteed through graduation for athletes who exhaust their eligibility before graduating, and those who are unable to compete because of injury.

  • FBS Dreams Drive Liberty University's $500M Makeover

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    At Liberty University, a private evangelical school suddenly flush with cash and immense athletics ambitions, three are a sparkling set of new athletics facilities that touch nearly all of Liberty's 20 varsity sports. Its baseball stadium, which opened last year, has player and fan amenities that would put most of the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conference schools to shame.