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September 1, 2011 | By Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games. MORNING Kent State (0-0) atNo. 2 Alabama (0-0) 9 a.m. KDOC This is the first game at Bryant-Denny since the deadly April 27 tornado that killed 50 people in Tuscaloosa. The twister flirted with wiping out the campus and stadium, so emotions will be heavy.
April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
September 28, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Alabama versus Louisiana State is like Romney and Perry: It's going to get settled. You say LSU has (Coach) Les, I say 'Bama has (A.D.) Moore. And it's OK to have OK at No. 3. Alabama and LSU are headed toward a Nov. 5 Southeastern Conference showdown in Tuscaloosa; broadcasters Lundquist and Danielson, right then and there, might claim a sixth straight national title for CBS/SEC. Florida notches up only one spot this week but lurks ominously with upcoming games against Alabama and LSU. Poll watchers ask: Where's Michigan?
April 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The days are nearing when Koa Farmer of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame will be boarding a plane to head for Penn State and begin his college football days, but this spring, he's trying to get faster. On Thursday in dual meet against Crespi, Farmer won the 100 meters in 10.93 seconds and the 200 in 22.03. Farmer was Notre Dame's standout defensive back-receiver in football. The Knights continue to show good depth in the shot put. Deion Dayao won with an effort of 55-3, and freshman Kylan Wilborn had a mark of 53-2.
October 5, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games. MORNING No. 24 Northwestern (5-0) at Penn State (3-2) 9 a.m., ESPN The Big Ten is down report: Northwestern is the only undefeated team in the conference eligible to compete for this year's Bowl Championship Series title. If Northwestern keeps up the good work and wins the Legends Division, we could be looking at a title-game showdown against Purdue for the Rose Bowl bid. Penn State is to be commended for having a winning record this deep into a season the NCAA had hoped to destroy.
September 5, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1. Penn State Coach Joe Paterno easily notched career victory No. 395 with Saturday's 44-14 home victory over Youngstown State, but getting No. 396 this weekend is going to be a Bear because the Nittany Lions travel to Tuscaloosa to challenge No. 1 Alabama. Paterno was 0-4 against former Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant and says this Alabama team compares favorably to the great squads of yesteryear. 2. No. 13 Miami visits No. 2 Ohio State in rematch of the 2002 season's BCS championship game in the Fiesta Bowl.
October 9, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1. Thursday night in October at San Francisco's AT&T Park must mean the World Series champion Giants are in the midst of defending their title. Either that or USC is playing at California on ESPN in the Bears' temporary venue while Memorial Stadium is being renovated. 2. Arizona State is playing at Oregon. Arizona State is playing at Oregon. We repeated that because Saturday's game might be the first of two meetings this year at Autzen Stadium.
March 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
University officials and the NCAA have been reluctant to acknowledge that top-tier college football programs are run these days less as athletic programs than as businesses. But a labor administrator's decision Wednesday that Northwestern University's scholarship football players are, in fact, employees with the right to unionize should get their attention. This issue has been bubbling for decades as major sports programs evolved from important but ancillary parts of a college's mission into powerful businesses enriched by multimillion-dollar TV contracts and merchandising revenue, all built on the labor of student-athletes who received no compensation beyond scholarships.
March 26, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Northwestern University football players have the right to form a union, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday, setting the stage for potential dramatic change to the college sports landscape. Peter Sung Ohr, in Chicago, ruled that "players receiving scholarships from the employer are 'employees'" and ordered that an election be conducted to determine whether Northwestern players wanted representation by the College Athletes Players Assn. for the purposes of collective bargaining.
March 6, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC football stars Tony Boselli, Mark Carrier and Keyshawn Johnson are among players on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday. The three are among 75 players and six coaches from major college programs on the ballot. The 2014 class will be announced in May. Boselli, an offensive tackle, won All-America recognition in 1992 and 1994. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the second pick in the 1995 NFL draft. Carrier also was a two-time All-American and won the Thorpe Award as college football's top defensive back in 1989.
March 5, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The most polarizing proposal in recent college football history was tabled Wednesday, as in shelved, one day before a NCAA rules committee was going to vote on the controversial pace-of-play issue. The rule would have penalized a team for snapping the ball in the first 10 seconds of the 40 second clock. The irony is the penalty would have been for delay of game. There is nothing inherently wrong with studying whether or not up-tempo offenses pose a player safety concern.
March 2, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Time appears to be running out on one of the most controversial issues of college football's off-season. The NCAA Football Rules Committee last month began considering a proposal that would penalize teams for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have elapsed on the 40-second play clock. The proposed rule, which would allow for defensive substitutions, would not affect the last two minutes of each half. The proposal, initially trumpeted as a safety issue to protect players from injury, caught most college football coaches off guard.
February 23, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - When it comes to the NFL scouting combine, UCLA has done a U-turn. The Bruins, largely irrelevant here for much of the last decade, finally matter again. They have five players at the combine, and while that's two short of USC's contingent, UCLA has the region's most coveted player in linebacker Anthony Barr, a potential top-10 pick, and one of the event's best interior offensive linemen in guard Xavier Su'a-Filo. Also being put through the paces at Lucas Oil Stadium are Bruins receiver Shaq Evans, defensive end Cassius Marsh and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, all of whom figure to be selected in the seven rounds of May's draft.
February 22, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS  - Michael Sam stepped onto stage and looked into what might have been the largest media gathering in the history of the NFL scouting combine. Hundreds of reporters clustered in, and there were three rows of TV and video cameras. "I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player," the Missouri defensive end said, "instead of Michael Sam the gay football player. " Then again, it was Sam who generated the story with his announcement two weeks ago he is homosexual, telling his story to the New York Times and ESPN.
February 21, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - Every year at the NFL scouting combine, at least one high-profile prospect - often a quarterback - stands in a spotlight that is closer to a blinding interrogation lamp. The questions are prying and relentless. The answers are unknowable - at least in the short term. Was Matt Leinart too Hollywood? Was Cam Newton sufficiently focused on football? Was Russell Wilson too short? Was the partying of Ryan Mallett a liability? Was Tim Tebow's style a fit for the pros?
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