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The organization that grants academic accreditation to Penn State has warned the school that it is in danger of losing that crucial status in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the university announced this week.

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Penn State's plan for Sandusky costsupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 12:32:00

Penn State says it won't use philanthropic money, taxes or student tuition to pay the NCAA penalties. Peter King: Don't rush to judgment with just one week of preseason down; mailupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 13:58:00

Moral of the preseason: Don't take it too seriously.

Paterno family wants to appeal Penn State sanctionsupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 10:40:00

Joe Paterno's family said Friday it intends to appeal the National Collegiate Athletic Association's sanctions against Penn State University in the aftermath of the child sexual abuse scandal.

Former senator to be integrity monitor for Penn State athleticsupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 19:36:00

Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell is the new, independent athletics integrity monitor at Penn State, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Penn State football faces first post-Paterno season updated: Tue Jul 31 2012 04:40:00

Penn State's football team returns for a preseason workout Tuesday as it heads into its first season in decades without iconic head coach Joe Paterno, who passed away in January during the tempest of a sex abuse scandal.

Paterno's marred legacy raises age-old sports 'heroes' question updated: Fri Jul 27 2012 15:27:00

Built into the by-laws of most sports Halls of Fame is something called a "character clause."

"Mike & Mike" on Penn State's sanctionsupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 10:18:00

ESPN talk show hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg of "Mike & Mike" weigh in on Penn State's new sanctions from the NCAA.

Penn State alum: We deserved NCAA penaltyupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 10:18:00

When my phone rang just a few seconds after the NCAA sanctions were handed down Monday, I knew it was someone from Penn State calling, likely outraged that our beloved university was being punished so harshly. I've received these calls all week. Peter King: Tying up loose ends before heading out on my annual training camp tourupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 10:21:00

So we're off with the 16th season of Monday morning quarterback. Pro football is the sport that never sleeps, and I was fortunate on my vacation to have union czar DeMaurice Smith, Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener, Washington GM Bruce Allen and inspirational Tampa Bay defensive tackle Eric LeGrand writing, allowing me to sleep peacefully every Sunday night -- boy, I already miss that -- knowing the column was in good hands.

Penn State insurer seeks to deny coverage updated: Wed Jul 25 2012 22:45:00

Penn State's legal battles continued Wednesday with the university's primary general liability insurer filing a motion claiming coverage should be denied because the administration failed to disclose what it knew about former coach Jerry Sandusky's behavior, according to legal documents.

Penn State slapped with $60 million fineupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 22:45:00

Penn State's football future is hanging in the balance after the NCAA slapped the program with devastating penalties.

Was the NCAA too quick to punish Penn State?updated: Tue Jul 24 2012 11:38:00

The National Collegiate Athletic Association's sanctions will devastate Penn State football for years to come. They will also harm the university as a whole, with consequences felt not only in the athletic and budget departments, but probably in the development and admissions offices, too.

Paterno loyalists call NCAA sanctions excessiveupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 07:38:00

Within 24 hours, Joe Paterno's statue at Penn State University came down and his record as the winningest coach at the top level of college football disappeared.

NCAA president: PSU fine goes to victimsupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 07:38:00

The NCAA president says Penn State's fines will help fund programs that serve the victims of child sexual abuse.

Penn State removing Paterno statueupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 12:26:00

Penn State is removing the statue of Joe Paterno from outside the stadium.

Source: Penn State to be hit with 'significant, unprecendented' penaltiesupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 12:26:00

The NCAA will not levy the so-called "death penalty" against Penn State, a source familiar with the case tells CNN, but there will be "significant, unprecedented penalties" that are "well beyond what has been done in the past."

NCAA not ruling out tough sanctions on Penn State footballupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 09:06:00

It's still not clear what the future holds for Nittany Lions football after a child sex abuse scandal implicated top Penn State officials and placed a former assistant coach behind bars.

Jay Paterno: Freeh report is not the endupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 11:10:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to the son of Joe Paterno about the latest investigation into the Sandusky sex scandal.

Joe Paterno was a cowardupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 11:10:00

After years and years of over-the-top stories attesting to the character, honor, integrity and moral fiber of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, we now know, after reading the 267-page Penn State internal report on child predator Jerry Sandusky, that Paterno was nothing more than a narcissistic, arrogant coward.

The end of 'Joe Paterno University'updated: Fri Jul 13 2012 05:45:00

I remember attending a speech by Bob Woodward when I was a senior at Penn State. Woodward, then completing "Bush at War," his first of four inside-the-room books about the Bush administration, opened his lecture by thanking the audience for welcoming him to "Joe Paterno University."

Sex abuse report rips Paterno, Penn St.updated: Fri Jul 13 2012 05:45:00

Former FBI chief Louis Freeh finds that officials at Penn State failed to protect the victims of ex-coach Jerry Sandusky.

Key passages from Penn State internal review reportupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 14:08:00

Here are some key passages from a report on an internal Penn State review into how the school handled allegations of child sex abuse by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky:

BCS panel approves college football playoff planupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 20:55:00

For the first time in the history of NCAA Division I college football, there will be a playoff system, starting with the 2014-2015 football season. Stewart Mandel: WVU's Holgorsen getting love for his scheming skills; more Mailbagupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 12:59:00

The ongoing playoff talks have dominated the Mailbag thus far this offseason, and now they're about to affect the publishing schedule. In an attempt to keep these columns from becoming outdated six hours later, you'll notice this one went up a day earlier than usual (Tuesday), in advance of Wednesday's BCS meeting in Chicago. Next week's (yes, we're going weekly now) will be pushed to Thursday in order to include any possible outcome of the June 26 presidential meeting. And the following week, we'll go back to Tuesday (July 3), albeit to beat the holiday.

3 dead, 3 wounded in shooting near Auburn Universityupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 06:46:00

Three people, including two former Auburn University football players, were killed late Saturday and three others were wounded in a shooting in an off-campus apartment complex in Auburn, Alabama, police said Sunday. Albert Chen: Prep star Byron Buxton the most talented, intriguing draft prospectupdated: Tue May 22 2012 15:13:00

There's a story about Byron Buxton --- you can call him Buck --- that has nothing to do with baseball. It has nothing to do with how fast he runs (he might be the fastest prospect since Bo Jackson). It has nothing to do with how hard he can throw a baseball (his fastball has been clocked at 99 miles per hour). It has nothing to do with how far he hits a baseball (he once hit a ball, in an exhibition, that landed on the top row of the leftfield bleachers at Wrigley Field). Don Banks: Plenty of position battles to keep an eye on as minicamps progressupdated: Tue May 08 2012 13:47:00

With the draft and free agency having reordered depth charts around the league, it's time to take stock of the positional battles that will be worth watching unfold once training camps open. Here are 10 intriguing depth-chart competitions that warrant our attention this summer: Tony Pauline: Top 32 2013 NFL Draft prospectsupdated: Tue May 01 2012 15:39:00

The book is barely closed on the 2012 NFL Draft, but it's never too early to start thinking ahead. Information is already being processed for next April's event, and it looks as though the early portion of the draft will be well represented by the senior class, with a number of versatile, complete linebackers available in the first round. So as we begin preparation for the 2013 NFL Draft, here's a list of 32 prospects expected to impact the early selections. Don Banks: Rams begin recovery on bountiful second day of draft; more Snapsupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 00:43:00

NEW YORK -- Musings, observations, and the occasional insight as we review the doings of day two, and rounds two and three, of the NFL Draft Friday night in Radio City Music Hall....

Get Real! $30,000 trophy shatteredupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 05:36:00

An Alabama football player's father accidentally knocking over the $30,000 crystal BCS trophy and shattering it. Don Banks: Who will be this year's Victor Cruz or Wes Welker -- the NFL's diamond in the roughupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 11:40:00

The dramatic, out-of-nowhere rise of Victor Cruz last season is only the latest glaring reminder. When it comes to talent evaluation, the NFL can miss on a grand scale. Not only did the New York Giants' dance-happy, second-year receiver go undrafted as a rookie in 2010, but he also wasn't even thought highly enough to warrant an invite to the league's scouting combine in Indianapolis, a cattle call of an event that annually draws more than 300 NFL prospects to the Midwest. Greg Rosenstein: Whitfield making a name for himself as a quarterback guruupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 13:54:00

George Whitfield didn't expect to be in this position -- the go-to-coach for such big-name quarterbacks as Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and now Andrew Luck. Dennis Dillon: Little-known QB Harnish doing whatever it takes to get noticedupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 13:53:00

As Chandler Harnish stood in the lobby of his Indianapolis hotel one day during the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, someone bumped him in the shoulder. Harnish's first thought was how rude. His reaction changed quickly when he turned around.

Official: Penn State paid Paterno's estate $5.76 million after his deathupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 05:34:00

Penn State University has paid out $5.76 million to the estate of Joe Paterno, its heralded head football coach who lost his job as part of a spiraling sex abuse scandal involving one of his former assistants, a school athletic official said Thursday.

Penn State pays tribute to Joe Paternoupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 05:34:00

Friends, family and football players pay their respects to former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno. Ben Glicksman: Penn State, O'Brien have begun healing process with recruitingupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 11:56:00

Several weeks ago, Cedar Cliff (Pa.) High junior Adam Breneman received an email from a fan. Breneman was coming off a season in which he corralled 72 receptions for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns, and such messages came with the territory: Like it or not, Breneman had become a quasi celebrity. He was the nation's top-ranked tight end (and No. 22 overall prospect, according to, a premier pass-catcher in an imposing 6-foot-5 frame. His every move was tracked by legions of college football diehards. Don Banks: What's in a name? For Baylor's other Robert Griffin, quite a bitupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 13:36:00

By now, the name is so familiar, bordering on ubiquitous. Everybody knows the Robert Griffin story. We've scarcely been able to get enough of it in the months-long buildup to the 2012 NFL Draft.

Arkansas fires Bobby Petrinoupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 12:41:00

University of Arkansas terminated coach Bobby Petrino as football coach over "reckless and unacceptable behavior".

Bobby Petrino and social media prove a bad mixupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 12:41:00

Where have you gone Walter Cronkite, and why have you been replaced by the likes of

South Alabama football assistant coach found deadupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 14:05:00

An assistant football coach at the University of South Alabama in Mobile was found dead at his home, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a coroner said. Tony Pauline: Tannehill among players whose stock has risen since pro dayupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 17:23:00

After an exhaustive four-week schedule, the pro day workouts are over. NFL scouts, coaches and general managers crisscrossed the country throughout March as prospects tried to improve their draft grade. As always, the workouts have caused some players to rise in the eyes of NFL decision-makers, while others have fallen. One thing's for sure -- a lot has changed since the pro day slate began. Here are 15 players who saw their fortunes change. Stewart Mandel: Pac-12 commissioner Scott solicits student input in playoff discussionsupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 19:52:00

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott met with recent Stanford players Andrew Luck, Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro on Thursday to get their feedback on various proposals currently being discussed to overhaul college football's postseason. Last week Scott met with current USC players Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, T.J. McDonald and Devon Kennard, and he will do the same with a group of Utah players prior to their April 21 spring game. Brett Smiley: Regional combines offer the overlooked a chance to get noticedupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 12:41:00

For most of the players here, it's probably the first and only time they will step inside an NFL facility. Steve Megargee: Sanctions aren't deterring recruits from scandal-ridden programsupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 08:17:00

Conventional wisdom would suggest that last week's announcement of NCAA sanctions against North Carolina, including a one-year postseason bowl ban, would cause several 2013 Tar Heels' commits to rethink their decisions. In theory, it would seem to serve as a deterrent of sorts -- a reason to consider the possibility of playing for another interested program. Andy Staples: Proposal to allow athletes to receive loans from agents makes senseupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 11:32:00

At a regional site during the 2008 NCAA tournament, I sat at a table with an assistant basketball coach at a school in a BCS conference. The assistant had been in on some high-profile recruitments, so he understood what goes on at the top of the recruiting food chain. Stewart Mandel: After Michigan upset, Ohio relying on defense for deep March runupdated: Sat Mar 17 2012 00:55:00

NASHVILLE -- When it became a certainty in the waning seconds that their 13th-seeded team was going to pull off an upset, the green-clad fans of Bridgestone Arena began a loud and proud chant: "WE ... ARE ... OHIO!" Andy Staples: UNC case shows how reward still outweighs risk for cheatingupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 18:57:00

On page two of the NCAA Committee on Infractions public report in the case of the North Carolina football program, committee members offer some helpful advice to other programs. "This case," committee members wrote, "should serve as a cautionary tale to all institutions to vigilantly monitor the activities of those student-athletes who possess the potential to be top professional prospects." Stewart Mandel: Long-suffering Northwesterners anxiously wait for Selection Sundayupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 12:20:00

My alma mater, Northwestern, is on the bubble. You already know this, just as you already know that Northwestern has never been to the NCAA tournament, largely because every sports media outlet seems to be overflowing with Northwestern alums like myself who can't stop talking about it. Tony Pauline: Small school prospects stand out amongst combine's DBsupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 15:34:00

Defensive backs took the field Tuesday for the final day of combine workouts. More than a half-dozen NFL prospects cracked the 4.4-second markin the 40 on a day that saw several small school and lesser-known players stand out. Here's the final edition of risers and sliders from the 2012 combine. Olin Buchanan: For FSU and Notre Dame, recruiting success hasn't produced winsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 11:45:00

National Signing Day has been a time for celebration in Tallahassee, South Bend and Westwood. Game day, however, has not. Michael Rosenberg: Tebow comparisons not fair to Jeremy Lin; he's a much better storyupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 11:44:00

I suppose it was inevitable that some people would compare Jeremy Lin to Tim Tebow. This is partly because every sports story these days must be compared to Tebow, as well as every non-sports story, and retroactively, every previous sports story. But it is also because Linsanity has temporarily replaced Tebowmania as the can-you-believe-that story that your mother who doesn't watch sports might bring up in casual conversation. And because Lin appeals to an unusual demographic for an NBA player (Asian-Americans) just as Tebow appeals to an unusual demographic for an NFL player (evangelical Christians). Andy Staples: Miami signee Duke Johnson has been perfect ambassador for 'Canesupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 14:58:00

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Every recruiting class needs a true believer, a prospect so sold on the program to which he has committed that he turns into the best advertisement a coaching staff has to offer. Even in the bleakest of times, the true believer can deliver a coach's message in a manner his fellow recruits understand. And because he believes so fervently, others follow. Future stars, dawn of replay among college baseball storylinesupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 13:43:00

Five things to watch for this season in college baseball: Seth Davis: Will new AD guide UConn into bright future, more Hoop Thoughtsupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 13:35:00

Today is a landmark day at the University of Connecticut, where the school's president, Susan Herbst, announced that she has hired a new athletic director. He is Warde Manuel, a 43-year-old former football player at the University of Michigan who spent the last six years serving as the AD at the University of Buffalo. Manuel replaces not only Jeff Hathaway, who was forced out of the position last summer, but also Paul Pendergast, who had served as an interim AD while Herbst conducted her search. Maryland lands coveted 5-star wideout Diggsupdated: Sat Feb 11 2012 01:18:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The recruiting saga for Olney (Md.) Good Counsel wide receiver Stefon Diggs is finally over as he announced his decision on Friday evening in front of media and a raucous crowd at a local pub in College Park on the campus of the University of Maryland. Adam Gorney: Ranking the top 2012 recruiting classes by offensive positionupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 14:29:00

Now that the dust has settled from Signing Day, the winners of the 2012 recruiting cycle have emerged. And the top classes are deeper than just the big names. Here's a look at which teams fared best, on a position-by-position basis, on offense. Seth Davis: Kansas-Missouri demonstrates pitfalls of conference realignmentupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 14:25:00

Kansas-Missouri, the so-called "Border War," has been one of the truly special rivalries in college basketball. That's why the Tigers' 74-71 victory on Saturday night felt so bittersweet. Beginning next season, Missouri will compete in the SEC, meaning that Saturday's game was the last scheduled meeting to take place in Columbia. They will play again in Lawrence on Feb. 25, and possibly a third time in the Big 12 tournament. Beyond that, however, the future is uncertain. Luke Winn: FSU commit Menelik Watson trades in the hardwood for the gridironupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 17:54:00

IRVINGTON, N.J. -- The Canarias Basketball Academy, a prep school team from Spain's Gran Canaria Island, had many curiosities on display during its tour of the United States this week. A 7-foot-3 center from Slovakia; lesser giants from across the European Union and Great Britain; an Israeli point guard who just committed to Seton Hall; a few Americans studying hoops abroad; and a former U.S. college coach of Peruvian heritage whose shouting on the sideline alternated between English and Spanish. But when the tour stopped at Irvington's Chris Gatling Recreation Center on Tuesday for a game against the postgraduate Robinson School that was attended by six current college assistants, the most curious presence was a member of Canarias' entourage. Don Banks: Without Cruz's meteoric rise, Giants wouldn't be on Super stageupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 12:45:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are at least two questions that come to mind when beholding the out-of-nowhere monster season turned in by salsa-dancing second-year Giants receiver Victor Cruz: Ranking the recruiting classes in every BCS leagueupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 00:15:00 offers a quick glance at the BCS leagues as of late afternoon Wednesday. Check back at on Thursday for an in-depth look at each league. Tom Bergeron: Greg Schiano's exit could be devastating to Rutgers recruitingupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 13:27:00

Greg Schiano almost single-handedly lifted Rutgers from the basement of the college football world to a respected program in his 11-year tenure as head coach. His departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday -- less than a week from National Signing Day -- could have a devastating impact on the program that he built. Andy Staples: The All-Name Team: Monikers made for the national spotlightupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 13:24:00

Since I don't watch anything besides Chuggington, it took nearly a month of the NBA season before I caught a SportsCenter highlight that showed the words WORLD PEACE emblazoned on the back of the former Ron Artest's jersey. One thought immediately came to mind. Andy Staples: The Commitment Project: College Football Editionupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 13:22:00

During a visit to Clemson in August 2008, I asked then-coach Tommy Bowden why basketball coaches got so much more offended when recruits broke commitments than football coaches did. Bowden laughed, and he explained that most college football coaches understand that a verbal commitment is essentially meaningless until the player signs the National Letter of Intent that forbids other schools from recruiting him. Stewart Mandel: Talent-rich SEC states are thin on elite quarterback prospectsupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 13:19:00

A year ago this time, with the SEC coming off its fifth straight national championship, my colleague Andy Staples compiled some interesting data that confirmed one of the primary reasons behind the league's recent dominance: The wealth of elite defensive prospects in its backyard. Andy noted that a staggering 43 percent of NFL defensive linemen hailed from a cluster of 10 Southeastern states representing just 22 percent of the general population. Colts hire Ravens' Pagano as new head coachupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 21:32:00

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The next chapter in the Peyton Manning saga could take a decidedly defensive turn.

State College bids farewell to Paternoupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 20:09:00

The funeral procession carrying the remains of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno traveled Wednesday past Beaver Stadium, where he paced the sidelines for more than five decades. Kerry J. Byrne: Coughlin's Giants yet again play the role of Super anomalyupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 17:05:00

Tom Coughlin, the crusty, often vilified, old coach of the New York Giants, is the team's secret weapon -- a coach with a remarkable ability to win unwinnable games against superior foes, and often on the road.

Mourners pay respects to Joe Paternoupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 17:39:00

Penn State students, alumni, players and supporters filed past the casket of Joe Paterno on Tuesday, paying their respects to the school's late legendary football coach. Jack McCallum: Joe Paterno wasn't perfect, but legacy more than final chapterupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 16:56:00

For so long, even as his hair turned from black to salt and pepper, even as several of his limbs were broken and battered when he stepped in the path of fully-geared gladiators nearly seven decades his junior, Joe Paterno seemed indestructible, more icon than man, as immutable as the Nittany Mountains near State College where he made his home for the better part of six decades. But when the end came, it came with such breathtaking suddenness that even non-believers must pause for moment to wonder if it wasn't part of some cosmic script. For the bare bones of Paterno's obituary read thusly:

Remembering Joe Paternoupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 23:49:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti reports on the sad farewell to a heralded football coach with a tarnished legacy.

Legendary Penn State coach Paterno dead at 85updated: Sun Jan 22 2012 23:49:00

Joe Paterno, whose tenure as the most successful coach in major college football history ended abruptly in November amid allegations that he failed to respond forcefully enough to a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant, died Sunday, his family said. He was 85.

Coaches, former president issue Paterno condolences updated: Sun Jan 22 2012 16:49:00

Current and former members of the Penn State football program were among those offering condolences Sunday following the death of legendary ex-head coach Joe Paterno.

A timeline of the Penn State child sex abuse scandalupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 13:56:00

The Penn State child sex abuse scandal, centering on allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, includes alleged abuse dating as far back as the 1990s. Sandusky and his attorneys insist he is innocent. Tony Pauline: East-West Shrine Game practice report: Wednesdayupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 18:12:00

The pace picked up on Wednesday, the final day of practice in pads at the East-West Shrine Game. More of the game plan was implemented for Saturday's contest, as the college players on hand in St Petersburg were put through the rigors of an NFL-type practice regiment. After Tuesday's practice produced some standouts, here are nine more players who put scouts on notice with outstanding performances. Stewart Mandel: Assessing the best and worst of the new coaching hiresupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 12:29:00

From late November through early January, while most of the college football world was busy debating/analyzing/ruing the LSU-Alabama national title game, 25 FBS schools that came nowhere near contending for that or any other championship last season went about hiring new coaches. Andy Staples: USC wins, Stanford loses after NFL Draft declaration deadlineupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 16:12:00

The NFL Draft early-entry list featured one big surprise (Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas) and a big group of juniors who entered the 2011 season as near-locks to leave (Andrew Luck, Justin Blackmon, Trent Richardson). For the next three months, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Mike Mayock will examine their every conceivable strength and shortcoming -- right down to what a player's Starbucks order says about his ability to read NFL defenses.

Penn State president blames scandal on Sanduskyupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 05:31:00

Penn State University President Rodney Erickson tried to distance the school from the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the campus as he spoke to angry alumni Thursday night.

Penn State: Paterno paid through full seasonupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 22:22:00

Penn State is paying long-time coach Joe Paterno as if he retired at the end of the season, even though the university relieved him of his coaching duties on November 9, officials announced Thursday. Stewart Mandel: Real changes in store for BCS; more season-ending Mailbagupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 14:58:00

Like most of you who live and breathe college football, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling sleep-deprived and a little bit depressed. As I wrote Monday night, Alabama's title-game performance was incredibly impressive, but the end-result made for an utterly unsatisfying season. Meanwhile, TV ratings were down for four of the five BCS bowls. Attendance was down across the board. And worst of all, after covering eight quarters and an overtime of Alabama-LSU field-goals, I was stuck in a crowded Superdome tunnel waiting to get on to the field when Trent Richardson finally scored a touchdown. Andrew Perloff: 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Post-BCS Championship Game versionupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 15:30:00

Now that Alabama and LSU have officially put an end to the college football season, all attention will start turning toward the prospects who are leaving school behind for a chance to play in the NFL and how the draft's first round might go. Andy Glockner: Big wins hoarded by elite programs this season, more Bubble Watchupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 13:12:00

As a remarkable number of at-large candidates continue to have "None" as their best win of the season, the big bubble question of the week is ... where have all the good wins gone?

Tuscaloosa tornado survivor plays in BCSupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 01:23:00

Player whose girlfriend was ripped from his arms and killed during Tuscaloosa tornado, takes the field in BCS Championship.

Alabama beats LSU, wins college football championshipupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 01:23:00

Alabama exacted revenge and clinched the Bowl Championship Series title on Monday night, besting Louisiana State University 21-0. Lars Anderson: Three SEC assistants break down first LSU-Alabama gameupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 11:32:00

The film study is about to begin. The instructor, an SEC assistant coach with a graduate degree in Alabama and LSU football, is sitting at a desk in the back of a dark, windowless room in his school's football offices, his eyes locked onto a projection screen that stretches from floor to ceiling. Holding a laser pointer in one hand and a remote control in the other, he pushes the play button and suddenly it appears: the coach's spliced video from the LSU-Alabama game on Nov. 5, a matchup that will be reprised on Monday night at the Superdome in New Orleans in the BCS national title game.

New Penn State coach lauds Paterno, vows to earn alumni's trustupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 20:34:00

The new coach of Penn State's embattled football program acknowledged criticism from alumni over his hiring, vowing to work to earn their trust and saluting the team's iconic former head coach Joe Paterno.

New football coach hired at Penn Stateupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 23:07:00

Penn State has hired a new permanent coach to head its embattled football program, with the team's quarterback saying that he and other players are "excited" for a "fresh start." Richard Deitsch: Brent Musburger reflects on his careerupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 13:17:00

Brent Musburger continues to get high-profile gigs at an age when most of his contemporaries have long since ridden off into the sports broadcasting sunset. At 72, in the middle of his sixth American act (take that, F. Scott Fitzgerald), Musburger will call top-ranked LSU against No. 2 Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday night (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET). As he enters his fifth decade on the air, Musburger remains a polarizing figure, revered by supporters and jeered by others. But he has never shunned questions about his work or style. caught up with him this week: Paul Finebaum: Alabama fans feeling uneasy about championship game rematchupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 12:38:00

When Monday night finally arrives -- assuming it ever does -- 44 interminable days will have elapsed since Alabama last played a football game. Which begs the question: Has there ever been a more prickly period for fans of a team about to play for the BCS national championship? Andy Glockner: Harvard, Murray St. poised for high NCAA tourney seeds?updated: Wed Jan 04 2012 17:37:00

How high can they go? That's one of the most frequently asked early bracket questions this year about Murray State and Harvard, both of which are poised to post gaudy records for consideration. George Dohrmann: Filled with scandals and sorrow, 2011 will not be missedupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 11:09:00

Sports scandals age poorly. What seems everlastingly egregious is quickly forgotten as time applies its rosy hue. Victories and spectacular plays endure, while disturbing events get pushed to a distant corner of memory's basement. Andy Staples: Sugar Bowl win means Hoke, Michigan headed in right directionupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 09:02:00

NEW ORLEANS -- Maize and blue confetti littered the Superdome floor Tuesday night when Michigan receiver Junior Hemingway verbalized the prevailing thought within college football's winningest program. "We're back!" Hemingway said. "Michigan's back!" Stewart Mandel: One more second could have altered record-setting Rose Bowlupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 09:27:00

PASADENA, Calif. -- In the highest-scoring game in Rose Bowl history, in a whiplash-inducing thriller in which momentum seemed to shift by the minute and touchdown drives sometimes lasted a few seconds, we needed someone to tell us the game had actually ended. Andy Staples: Fiesta Bowl meant everything to two turnaround programsupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 09:24:00

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In his corner on the far right side of the Stanford sideline, kicker Jordan Williamson ran through the routine at least a half-dozen times in the moments before he took the field. Tony Pauline: Luck, Blackmon headline prospect-heavy Monday bowlsupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 09:35:00

Six bowls take place Monday, headlined by the Fiesta Bowl, featuring Andrew Luck and the Cardinal and Justin Blackmon's Oklahoma State. But there are NFL prospects in each of the day's games. Below, a breakdown of the players to watch, as well as a projection as to where they'll be drafted. (*denotes underclassmen) Tony Pauline: Prospects to watch in Jan. 2 bowl gamesupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 14:06:00

Below, a breakdown of the players to watch Monday, as well as a projection as to where they'll be drafted. (*denotes underclassmen)

CNNMoney: College football gets richerupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 13:09:00

Penn State likely will be playing before more empty seats than full ones when it takes the field for its bowl game on Monday -- just one sign of tougher financial times ahead for one of the nation's richest teams. Stewart Mandel: Rose Bowl could cement legacy of talented but underappreciated duoupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 12:24:00

LOS ANGELES -- It's a fabled venue where stars like O.J. Simpson, Charles White, Ron Dayne and Vince Young delivered the defining performances of their college careers. On Monday, in the 98th Rose Bowl Game, a pair of accomplished running backs, Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Oregon's LaMichael James, will look to do the same.

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