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Billy Witz

The New York Times

Long Beach, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Billy:

In the Gilded Big Ten, Rutgers Is Still a Have-Not

Its athletic program was criticized as unprepared to enter the Big Ten and it seems to encounter a crisis a day. With Rutgers, it always comes back to money. → Read More

Tua Tagovailoa’s Return From Injury for Alabama-L.S.U. Comes With Risk

The Alabama quarterback, who is managing an ankle sprain, could be the top pick in the N.F.L. draft next April — and get a $25 million signing bonus. → Read More

L.S.U. Survives Alabama’s Second-Half Push for a Big Win

The No. 2 Tigers took a 20-point lead into halftime, but the No. 3 Crimson Tide charged back in the fourth quarter, ultimately coming up short. → Read More

College Football Playoff Rankings Put Penn State Over Clemson

The critical top four spots did not include Clemson, the defending national champion, which is at No. 4 in The Associated Press poll. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Is Sued for Not Paying Athletes as Employees

In the latest effort to undo the N.C.A.A. business model, a former Villanova football player filed a class-action suit arguing that the organization and its member schools had violated minimum wage laws. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Considers Loosening Rules for Athletes Seeking Outside Deals

The governing body for college sports appeared to soften its long-held stance that athletes should not profit from their fame. But it gave no details and said any rule changes required much more discussion. → Read More

A National Title Is Hard. Is an SEC Title Harder?

After beating Auburn, the Tigers took over the top spot in the A.P. Top 25 poll and will next play No. 2 Alabama in two weeks. → Read More

Columbia Reinstates Marching Band in Time for Homecoming

The reversal comes amid an outpouring of support from alumni band members. The university largely got what it wanted — more control over the band’s performances. → Read More

Ohio State vs. Michigan State Brings an Uncomfortable Undercurrent

For some, the matchup on Saturday brought to mind the massive sexual assault scandals at the two universities, and their problematic responses to them. → Read More

Orwellabama? Crimson Tide Track Locations to Keep Students at Games

Coach Nick Saban gets peeved at students leaving routs early. An app ties sticking around to playoff tickets, but also prompts concern from students and privacy watchdogs. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Reverses ‘Rich Paul Rule’ After Backlash

A new requirement that agents have a bachelor’s degree had been criticized publicly by Paul and his client, LeBron James. → Read More

Senators Call on M.L.B. for More Transparency on Foul Ball Injuries

Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth wrote a letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred urging him to release data on which seats at ballparks are most vulnerable to dangerous line drives. → Read More

LeBron James Jr. Is 14. He Already Draws Curious Crowds.

Fans packed a youth basketball tournament in South Carolina to catch a glimpse of LeBron James’s eldest child, who goes by Bronny. → Read More

Texas Tech’s Perfect Storm Started on a West Texas Ranch

Coach Chris Beard, a veteran of junior college and semipro basketball teams, knew he needed to work fast if he was going to build a winner. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Final Four: Texas Tech Upsets Michigan State

Texas Tech’s visit to its first Final Four will continue after a victory over Michigan State sent it to the final against Virginia. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Clock May Be Running Out on Graduate Transfers

In two weeks, the N.C.A.A.’s primary legislative body, the Division I Council, will vote on a measure that could severely restrict graduate transfers. → Read More

No. 3 Texas Tech Upsets No. 1 Gonzaga for First Trip to Final Four

The Red Raiders’ stifling defense in the second half kept the game just out of reach for the Zags until it was too late. → Read More

Gonzaga Resists Florida State’s Rugged Play to Get N.C.A.A. Tournament Revenge

The No. 1-seeded Zags, who lost to the Seminoles in last year’s round of 16, allowed a lead to shrink to 4 points before winning to advance to the West Region final. → Read More

The Luckiest Team in the Country Needs a Little More

U.N.C. Greensboro is the luckiest college men’s basketball team in the country, at least according to one metric. But it isn’t in the N.C.A.A. field just yet. → Read More

How the Troy Tulowitzki Signing Affects the Yankees’ Pursuit of Manny Machado

General Manager Brian Cashman said that the team’s plan would be for Tulowitzki to play shortstop until Didi Gregorius’s return and that the Yankees were still interested in Machado. → Read More