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Past articles by Billy:

After Record-Setting Run With St. Peter’s, Shaheen Holloway Leaves for Seton Hall

Just days after his team became the first No. 15 seed to play in the round of 8, Holloway is returning to the university where he once starred in the backcourt. → Read More

N.C.A.A. to Review U.S.A. Swimming’s New Policy for Transgender Athletes

The new policy requires that transgender women show lowered testosterone levels for 36 months. It is not clear whether it will be used during the N.C.A.A. swimming championships in March. → Read More

Virus Outbreaks Rattle N.F.L. and College Sports as Big Games Approach

The N.F.L. has very little wiggle room in its regular season and playoffs. And universities are reshuffling their college basketball teams as the College Football Playoff and bowl games near. → Read More

Since a National Title, Some Very Difficult Days at L.S.U.

Louisiana State, which won the College Football Playoff in the 2019 season, followed a 5-5 season by dropping its 2021 opener to U.C.L.A. after evacuating because of Hurricane Ida. → Read More

Gonzaga Was Finally, Truly Tested. It Passed With a Buzzer-Beater Over U.C.L.A.

The Bulldogs will play Baylor for the N.C.A.A. men’s tournament championship on Monday night. → 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

Alabama Ends Pandemic Season by Overpowering Ohio State for Title

Ohio State could not keep up with Alabama’s offensive combination of DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones and Najee Harris. → Read More

Oregon’s President Says Money Wasn’t Discussed in Pac-12 Return. It Didn’t Need to Be.

Universities in the Pac-12 were clearly struggling financially even before the pandemic, which magnified the importance of football once it hit. → 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

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