Alan Blinder, The New York Times

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The New York Times

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Past articles by Alan:

Oregon Upsets Ohio State, Keeping Pac-12 in Playoff Mix

Playing before a home crowd for the first time since 2019, Ohio State lost in Columbus for the first time in more than four years. → Read More

This Season’s Vital College Football Statistic: Vaccination Rates

With forfeits possible this year, teams see vaccinations as competitive advantages, prompting locker room campaigns to drive rates higher. → Read More

College Football Looks to Fundamentals to Combat a 2020 Hangover

More than one-third of Power 5 teams played eight games or fewer last season. Now coaches are preaching the basics more than usual. → Read More

College Football Changes: More 2-Point Tries and a Crackdown on Stadium Gamesmanship

Officials made some tweaks to the rule book for 2021. Next year, though, could bring much more rewriting. → Read More

A.C.C., Big Ten and Pac-12 Form Coalition to Counter SEC’s Might

The move was far short of a merger and came less than a month after Oklahoma and Texas said they would leave the Big 12 for the SEC. → Read More

A Hole in One Pushes Corey Conners Up the Masters Leaderboard

The shot by the Canadian golfer was the sixth hole in one on No. 6 in tournament history. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Acknowledges $13.5 Million Budget Gap Between Men’s and Women’s Tournaments

Financial details revealed publicly for the first time show that the N.C.A.A.’s budget for the men’s tournament was nearly double that of the women’s tournament in 2019. → Read More

N.C.A.A.’s Fear of a Canceled Tournament Game Arrives

Virginia Commonwealth was bounced from the men’s basketball tournament after what its coach described as “multiple positive tests.” → Read More

Virginia Commonwealth was forced out of the tournament by the coronavirus.

Oregon will move on to the second round of the tournament. → Read More

Anger Erupts Over Disparities at N.C.A.A. Tournaments

Officials apologized for providing inadequate facilities for the women’s basketball players, but later acknowledged they were also receiving cheaper, less sensitive coronavirus tests. → Read More

All Your NCAA Tournament Questions Answered: Full Guide

Here’s what you need to know about filling out your brackets, how the tournament will operate in the pandemic, where to watch the games, and more. → Read More

Football Practices Pose More Concussion Risk Than Games, Study Suggests

The report will fuel the longstanding debate about safety in college football, but changes do not appear to be imminent. → Read More

N.C.A.A. President Seeks Delay on Vote to Let Students Profit From Fame

Facing pressure from the Justice Department, the N.C.A.A. president “strongly recommended” postponing a crucial decision, almost certainly extending a protracted debate. → Read More

College Football Changes Thanksgiving Traditions Amid Pandemic

Some of the shifts come as universities deal with the prospect of students traveling as a coronavirus surge. → Read More

The Masters Round 3 Live Updates: Dustin Johnson Rebounds from Covid-19 to Lead

The world No. 1 Dustin Johnson leads the Masters field with Justin Thomas giving chase early in Saturday’s third round. → Read More

Nick Saban, Alabama’s Football Coach, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The renowned Alabama coach is the most prominent figure in college sports known to have tested positive during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

L.S.U. at Florida Football Game Postponed as Gators Face Virus Outbreak

The decision came days after Florida’s coach described the football program as “a model of safety” during the pandemic. → Read More

Few Games, but Very Little FOMO, in College Football’s Less Glamorous Tier

The lower profile arm of Division I football is mostly sitting out the fall. So far, at least, second thoughts aren’t widely spreading through the ranks. → Read More

Pac-12 Will Play Football in 2020, Joining Other Top Leagues During the Pandemic

The decision clears a path for programs like Oregon and Southern California, and means every Power 5 league intends to compete this fall. → Read More

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