• USC Player Admits Making Up Drowning Rescue Story

    by Tess Quinlan, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw said he sprained both ankles while rescuing his 7-year-old nephew from a pool Saturday, admitted Wednesday that he made up the entire story.

  • Ex-Coach's Suit: Stadium Debut Questions Caused Firing

    by Eric Heisig August 2014

    A former baseball coach for the University of Wisconsin-Oskhosh is suing the school for allegedly retaliating against him after he accused officials of mishandling money earmarked for stadium renovations. Tom Lechnir coached at the university for 25 years. His contract was terminated in May 2013. In his lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, Lechnir claims he was denied due process and was the subject of retaliation for speaking his mind about the school taking on debt to build the baseball stadium.

  • USC Investigating Injured Football Player's Heroic Story

    by Nicole Auerbach, Josh Peter and Tess Quinlan August 2014

    Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday that he has received several calls questioning the validity of cornerback Josh Shaw's story describing how he suffered two high ankle sprains last weekend.

  • 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.

  • PSU President: Post-Sandusky Changes Deserve Reward

    by Angela Couloumbis August 2014

    HARRISBURG - The new president of Pennsylvania State University said Monday that the school should be "rewarded" for establishing what he said was the best compliance and sports ethics program nationwide following the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, but stopped short of calling for a reduction of NCAA penalties.

  • 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.