Alan Blinder, The New York Times

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The New York Times

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With Football Returning, Big Ten Cities Brace for More Covid Outbreaks

Although the games will be played without spectators in the stadiums, some officials are concerned they will lead to more off-campus gatherings that could spread the virus. → Read More

Trump and Biden Seek an Electoral Edge From an Unlikely Source: College Football

College sports leaders aren’t thrilled to see football assume a role in the presidential campaign, but they’re not surprised. → Read More

College Football Rule Changes: Quicker Replays, Zeros on Jerseys and Social Distancing

Officials will use electronic whistles this year, and we read the updated rules so you don’t have to decipher what they’re enforcing. → Read More

College Football’s Pandemic Playbook: Fewer Fans, No Tailgating, No Bands

About two dozen states plan to host college football games this season. With thousands of fans expected for many of them, organizers are trying to balance public health with tradition. → Read More

N.C. State at Virginia Tech Is Postponed Because of a Coronavirus Cluster

Cases at N.C. State led officials to delay an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Blacksburg, Va., by two weeks. → Read More

Day by Day, College Football Sees More Signs of a Season in Jeopardy

Many players thought to be the best in the sport won’t play in the fall because of the pandemic. And some teams expecting to play soon can’t practice because of emerging cases of the coronavirus. → Read More

Will Coronavirus Join the Rush at Fraternities and Sororities?

Universities are struggling with how to prevent tightly packed sorority and fraternity houses from turning into virus clusters. → Read More

What to Know About the Pac-12 in the Fall

Monday: California is influencing pandemic plans for conferences nationwide. Also: A heat wave hits the state. → Read More

Big 12 Says It Will Try for Football, Giving a Season a Lifeline

The decision came after the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, citing coronavirus concerns, said they would not play this fall. → Read More

Big Ten and Pac-12 Are First Marquee Conferences to Postpone Football

The conferences plan to not play football or other sports this fall, and might attempt to hold seasons in the spring instead. → Read More

What We Know About the 2020 College Football Schedule

This is what we know at the moment. But everything could change — repeatedly. → Read More

College Football Stars Press an Urgent Case: ‘We Want to Play’

College administrators are mulling whether there will be a football season this fall. Some of the sport’s biggest names say there should be. → Read More

How College Sports Spurred Mississippi to Seriously Reconsider Its Flag

Time and again, debate over the state’s flag and its Confederate battle imagery faded away. Then college sports leaders threatened to take away some of the biggest games. → Read More

NASCAR’s Confederate Flag Ban Faces a Test in Alabama

Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway will come after a black, Alabama-born driver took on a stubborn ritual of racing and Southern culture. → Read More

The Big Ten’s New Boss Wants Players Talking About Big Issues

Kevin Warren, one of the most influential executives in sports, on policing, the pandemic and his prayer life. → Read More

College Football Season Could Be Shortened, N.C.A.A. Chief Tells Congress

Mark Emmert, the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, said that some conference championships could be played by Thanksgiving. → Read More

Pat Dye, Football Coach Who Elevated Auburn, Dies at 80

He reshaped the very architecture and culture of the Iron Bowl rivalry and led Auburn to four conference titles. → Read More

A School Is Training Its New Team Mascot. It’s a Puppy.

Butler, a powerhouse of Big East basketball, is getting a new bulldog. By the time Blue takes over in May, the process will have stretched more than a year. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Basketball Tournaments Canceled Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The association’s initial response to the crisis called for tournament games to be played without fans in the arenas. Then college sports officials decided to shut down the tournament games. → Read More

Coronavirus Leads N.C.A.A. to Bar Fans From National Basketball Tournaments

Faced with an epidemic, college sports leaders spent weeks debating whether or how to move forward with one of the country’s biggest athletic events. → Read More