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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

Doctors Enter College Football’s Politics Amid Covid Pandemic, but Maybe Just for Show

Universities have had mixed messages, competing agendas and a lack of transparency as they consider whether to hold college football in the fall, with billions of dollars at stake. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Doctors Say Football Is a Bad Idea. But They Aren’t Deciding.

The conferences, not the N.C.A.A., will make the decisions about whether to play a season in the fall. → Read More

Democratic Senators Suggest Bill of Rights for College Athletes

The framework, unlikely to be taken up before the election, proposes protections for athletes who have asserted themselves during the pandemic and sought more ways to earn money. → 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

Pac-12 Players Say Commissioner Was Dismissive of Their Virus Concerns

The players, who have pushed for more-frequent virus testing and stronger protection of their status with the team, said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott offered no concrete mandates for the league’s universities. → Read More

Ivy League Places All Sports on Hold Until January

The league’s decision could be influential for other university presidents as they consider how to handle the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Division I conference to suspend football for the fall. → Read More

Oklahoma State Punished by N.C.A.A. for Role in Basketball Recruiting Scandal

The university was handed a ban of one year from the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament, as well as fines and a loss of scholarships. → Read More

Without Fans, Some College Football Games Won’t Make Financial Sense

There are nearly 30 games scheduled for neutral sites in the coming season. Financially, they become somewhat untenable if the coronavirus forces them to go without fans. → Read More

Classes Canceled at Cal State Colleges, but Football May Not Follow

College officials have long maintained that athletes won’t play if students are kept off campus this fall because of the coronavirus. Now some sports leaders are hedging about the status of football. → Read More

Ohio State Pays $41 Million to Settle Claims From Doctor’s Abuse

The university said it had reached settlements with 162 people who were sexually assaulted when they were sent to the team doctor Richard H. Strauss. → Read More

Will New N.C.A.A. Rules Really Keep Agents and Boosters at Bay?

If college athletes are permitted to cash in on their fame, how can the N.C.A.A. forbid guidance from people who have long worked in the shadows? → Read More

N.C.A.A. Outlines Plan to Let Athletes Make Endorsement Deals

The changes, with some big restrictions, would go into effect at the start of the 2021-22 academic year, after consideration and adoption by the three divisions of college sports. → Read More

For Joe Burrow, the N.F.L. Draft Offers a Path Home

L.S.U.’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback grew up near Athens, Ohio, which gives fans of the Cincinnati Bengals more reason to take heart that their team has the No. 1 pick. → Read More

Who Is Austin Jackson? He Doesn’t Just Protect the Blind Side

The U.S.C. left tackle donated bone marrow for his sister’s operation, then had a season worthy of Pac-12 first team honors. → Read More

In a Crisis, Even a Gift From the N.C.A.A. Begets Turmoil

Baseball players face particularly tough choices after a decision to allow an extra year of eligibility for spring athletes whose seasons were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Allows Extra Year of Eligibility for Athletes in Curtailed Spring Sports

The decision did not cover winter sports, like basketball and gymnastics, which had postseason events disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

With No Basketball Tournament, N.C.A.A Slashes Payments to Universities

The annual payment to conferences was cut to a total of $225 million, down from the $600 million that was budgeted before the coronavirus led to widespread cancellations in sports. → Read More

Michigan Says It Is Investigating if Team Doctor Abused Students

The announcement by Michigan came months after a former student told the university that Dr. Robert E. Anderson had engaged in sexual misconduct. → Read More

The Best College Basketball Rivalry Right Now Is in Oregon

Separated by less than 50 miles, Oregon and Oregon State have vastly different weapons in their chase for a Final Four. And with the Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu at the forefront, the fans have responded. → Read More