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August 10, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Tyrann Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist nicknamed the Honey Badger, has been kicked off the Louisiana State football team for violating team and university rules. The defensive back, who was entering his junior season, had been a dynamo on defense and special teams for the Tigers, who are ranked No. 1 in the USA Today coaches' preseason college football poll. Mathieu scored four touchdowns last season, two on fumble returns and two on punt returns, while intercepting two passes, causing six fumbles and recovering four fumbles.
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was a bit flustered, something opposing defenses might not be able to cause this fall. Asked how the college football world will greet the Bruins when they return for August training camp, Hundley said, "Great question. With open arms?" Hundley turned serious, "That's a tough question to answer because what I expect is different from what everyone else will expect of us. " Actually, not so much. The bar will be set high for UCLA entering the 2014 season … in the locker room and in the public's eye. "We definitely should be considered as a big-time program," said linebacker Myles Jack.
September 25, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA punter Jeff Locke walked into practice Tuesday morning and made a general observation. “It's a beautiful day,” he said. Tight end Joseph Fauria was on the other end, opinion-wise. “It's early,” Fauria said, though he was already moving at a midday pace. The Bruins began their new regimen Tuesday. Practices will begin at 7 a.m. UCLA has practiced in the late afternoon in previous seasons. Classes start Thursday. “We gave it a lot of thought during the off-season in terms of what would be the best approach,” Coach Jim Mora said.
April 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
By the time two of the L.A. KISS' star players were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling during introductions for the team's home opener, the team's fans were ready to rock and roll all night and party every down. Behind four touchdowns from wide receiver Donovan Morgan and a league-record six sacks in one game for Beau Bell, the KISS won its first game at its home venue in Anaheim, 44-34, in front of 12,045 fans. The victory improved the KISS' record to 2-1 while setting a league record of 11 team sacks in one game.
August 7, 2012 | By Athan Atsales
Penn State's iconic no-frills football uniforms -- once a symbol of discipline, unity and team over individualism -- will undergo major changes for the upcoming season. For the first time, player names will be displayed on the backs of the jerseys and the uniform will feature a blue ribbon, the symbol  for child abuse awareness. Months ago, new Coach Bill O'Brien said the school's uniforms wouldn't change from the design favored by Joe Paterno for much of his 46 years as head coach.
September 23, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
If you want inspiration, go watch the Los Angeles Crenshaw High football team. They're 30 players strong and keep showing what happens when a group of determined, passionate teenagers give their all for 48 minutes. "They understand it doesn't take an army to play football," Coach Robert Garrett said. On Saturday morning, Garrett was groggy and a little tired but never prouder of a team in discussing the Cougars' 13-2 victory over Westlake Village Oaks Christian, the No. 2-ranked team in the Southern Section Pac-5 Division.
August 14, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
After the first five days of football practice in a dusty corner of Compton, Hell Week rises to a new boil. Jimmy Nolan, the new coach of the Compton Centennial Apaches, is wondering how he can unlock the potential in his young football team when he doesn't even have the keys to the stadium. Some days he scales the wrought-iron gates. Some days, his players climb with him. "Right now we may not be too good at football, but we're great at hopping fences," Nolan says.
March 5, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC opens spring practice Tuesday. The Trojans will work out 15 times, concluding with a scrimmage at the Coliseum on April 14. All practices except the April 14 scrimmage are closed to the public. Here are five questions facing the Trojans: Is there anything left for Matt Barkley to work on? The senior said he would spend his fourth spring practice refining his footwork and throwing mechanics and becoming "a coach on the field. " That's fine with Coach Lane Kiffin.
May 10, 2012
FOOTBALL URBAN LEGEND : A professional football team once leased a quarterback to another team. Strange trades have long been a part of professional sports history. Heck, just recently in Sports Legends Revealed I've featured a quarterback that the New York Giants acquired an entire franchise just to add to their team and a trade by the San Diego Padres where they dealt a player for a pair of treadmills . However, I don't believe I have ever encountered a trade like the one the Houston Oilers and the Denver Broncos made in 1964 where the Broncos traded a player to lease a quarterback from the Oilers!
September 5, 2012 | By Chris Foster
A week into the season and UCLA is still trying to work out its 2012 recruiting class. Eli Ankou, a defensive end expected to “gray-shirt” this season, participated in the Bruins' practice Wednesday. A gray shirt is a player who has signed a letter of intent with a school, but sits out a year before starting his NCAA clock, giving him five years to play four. Ankou had been expected to join the Bruins for spring practice. Meanwhile, linebacker Jeremy Castro and wide receiver Javon Williams continue to work through eligibility issues.
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
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 27, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
Yet another nail went into the coffin of the NCAA on Wednesday. And for those who genuinely care about the well-being of college athletes, that couldn't be better news. Peter Sung Ohr, a regional National Labor Relations Board official, ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern University aren't student-athletes, as the NCAA likes to designate them, but rather employees of the school who generate vast sums of money for the institution. Players are compensated for their work via scholarships, and are therefore entitled to unionize.
March 25, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
So Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team, visited 26 Native American reservations over four months and discovered a reality that just about everyone else in the country already knew . Native Americans on reservations are disproportionately mired in poverty; affected by alcoholism, diabetes and elevated suicide rates, among other health issues; and lack many of the basic necessities of modern life, including...
March 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Running back Jacob Knight and offensive lineman Isaiah Giddens helped Crenshaw win the City Section Division I championship in football this past season, but each also worked hard in the classroom. And they've been rewarded with academic scholarships to Fisk University in Tennessee. Fisk doesn't have a football team, so the football days are over for Knight and Giddens, but because they were dedicated in their studies, they will have the opportunity to go to college. Knight was an All-City running back who's played football most of his life.
February 20, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Northwestern doesn't profit from its football team. In fact, the program actually loses money for the university. That's what Steven Green, chief financial officer for the athletics department, said Thursday while on the stand at a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago to determine whether or not Northwestern football players should be allowed to unionize. A day earlier, Southern Utah University sports economist David Berri had testified on behalf of the newly formed College Athletes Players Assn., which is pushing the unionization bid with support from United Steelworkers.
January 8, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Raymond Nelson, freshman tight end at UCLA, has been kicked off the team for an incident that occurred before the Bruins played Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 31. Nelson was sent home the day before the game for violating team rules, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak on the subject. Coach Jim Mora, hired last month, reviewed the situation before making his decision. Neither Mora nor Nelson could be reached for comment.
December 14, 1995
Chris Czernek of Newbury Park High is featured on The Times' 1995 All-Ventura County football team. The junior quarterback set a state passing record, throwing for 4,362 yards this season. Czernek earned player-of-the-year honors. Other award winners include Hueneme's Ronney Jenkins, who rushed for a national-record 619 years in a game against Rio Mesa and earned back of the year, and Brant Diediker of Newbury Park, the lineman of the year.
January 31, 2014 | By David Horsey
How odd is it that the two contenders in the Super Bowl -- the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos -- hail from the two states in the Union that have legalized sale and use of marijuana? Are there two activities more different than the amped-up aggression of professional football and the laid-back mellowness of smoking a joint? I've got nothing against Denver -- a perfectly fine city, as far as I'm concerned. But, as many of my readers know, I am a Seattle boy. My great-grandparents arrived in the muddy little town on the shore of Puget Sound in the 1880s.
January 29, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
To the parents of the newly born Cyndee Leigh 12th Mann: Be prepared for your daughter to hate you. Just as soon as she understands the English language enough to realize that not only did you stick her with a number as a middle name, but also that you based it on a football team. Welcome to the world, Cydnee Leigh 12th Mann. And yes, 12th really is her middle name. #SEAbestfans - KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) January 28, 2014 Actually, not even a football team, but the fans of a football team who somehow think they affect the outcome of the games enough to call themselves the "12th Man. " (News flash: It's the stadium that makes you so loud.
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