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COVER STORY

These North Carolina Central student-athletes got the right start in college, and now they’re at the finish line

A summer bridge program that serves incoming college athletes who need it most has reached the four-year mark. For Eagles athletics administrators, that means one important thing: It’s graduation time. Read More.

FEATURE

A Time of Transition

As transgender athletes make their presence known, sports organizations weigh how to ensure fairness for all.. Read More.

FEATURE

The NCAA and its schools are rushing to adapt to a Supreme Court decision that expands legal sports betting

With states rapidly joining the action, athletics officials face new challenges to protect the welfare of student-athletes and the integrity of competition. Read More.

INSIDER

Division III commissioners and sport committees are collaborating to redraw sport regions

After a pair of unsuccessful attempts over the past decade to recalibrate Division III’s sport regions, a Division III Conference Commissioners Association subcommittee convened in 2016 to try to succeed where other efforts had fallen short. Read More.

PROFILE

Willamette’s Nick Symmonds came close to giving up his sport before his first season

While making history wasn’t easy, Nick Symmonds made it look that way. He won seven individual Division III outdoor track and field titles, more than any man at that time. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Williams makes do with makeshift practice spots en route to national title

Triple jumpers practiced approaches on a raised runway built in the wrestling venue. Pole vaulters rehearsed runups there, too. Read More.

COMMENTARY

College athletics can’t drop its defenses as sports wagering becomes accepted

Within a single offseason, what was viewed by many as a grimy, shadowy industry became an acceptable, if not admired, opportunity. That wasn’t merely surprising — it was an earth-shaking, worldview-shifting moment. Read More.

PROFILE

Distress Signal

With the aid of the academy’s mental health services, Navy runner discovers her inner strength. Read More.

PROFILE

In chase for record, Northeastern State’s Maddie Boyd keeps swinging

She was painfully close to ending her college career as she had dreamed, her name etched in the record book, her diploma in hand. But in those moments, she questioned whether those dreams were still attainable. Her priorities were forced to shift; it was time to focus on a new little girl. Read More.

INSIDER

Important steps taken toward implementing more robust version of Division III University

An educational resource for coaches and administrators launched in December, designed to mirror a similar program adopted by Division II in spring 2018. Read More.

PROFILE

Oklahoma gymnastics star Maggie Nichols shines light on abuse

Maggie Nichols was the first gymnast to report to USA Gymnastics sexual abuse by now-imprisoned physician Larry Nassar. Read More.

PROFILE

From Russia to Penn State, there was no foiling Olga Kalinovskaya’s plan

Olga Kalinovskaya earned her first NCAA individual national championship in 1993 and repeated as national champion three more times through 1996. In 1995, Penn State began a run of six consecutive national team titles. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

This year’s group of Fulbright recipients includes dozens of former student-athletes

Every year, more than 2,000 U.S. college graduates disperse to more than 140 countries around the world through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Championship watches help commemorate the time of their lives

The NCAA presents a commemorative watch to all members of each national title-winning team in 88 of its 90 championships. Read More.

COMMENTARY

St. Cloud State’s memorable championship: a stop in jail and hockey sticks for snow shovels

Roads started closing as they entered southwest Minnesota. So the bus turned down county roads and plowed through a deep snowdrift in an effort to reach an open road. Read More.

FEATURE

Breaking Ground

An NCAA dialogue about LGBTQ inclusion and religion found an unlikely host: BYU. Why athletics leaders and student-athletes traveled to a school at the heart of the struggle to find Common Ground. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

The Hope-Calvin rivalry, rooted in a 150-year-old church division, keeps western Michigan talking

Hope and Calvin colleges are conference opponents located just 30 miles from each other in western Michigan, so their long-standing rivalry is no surprise. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Sensory-inclusive experiences open college sports to more fans

Pyrotechnics, loud music and light shows allure many fans on game day. But for some, the added effects can be overwhelming. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee honored with coaches association award

Accolades rarely come when coaches and athletics administrators volunteer to serve on NCAA playing rules committees. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Sports mentoring program is training women leaders from around the world

Sarah Hillyer has a global vision that keeps her on the move. In any given year, you may find her in China or Ecuador or Iran leading initiatives designed to empower women through sports. Read More.

INSIDER

Data at Your Fingertips

How many Division I student-athletes earned their degrees? What was the most popular field of study for Division II college athletes? How many NCAA field hockey players compete nationwide? Read More.

INSIDER

DI leaders consider the difference reorganization has made

The 2019 NCAA Convention marks the fifth since Division I restructured to give more autonomy to five conferences and make the governance structure more efficient. Read More.

COVER STORY

Where Do We Go From Here?

This season, college basketball will tip off under a new set of rules. But the real work of change off the court is just beginning. Read More.

FEATURE

A Brief History of Men's College Basketball

From barns, peach baskets and sepia-tinged photos to 70,000-seat stadiums, plexiglass backboards and high-definition online streams, basketball has evolved apace over nearly 127 years. Read More.

FEATURE

What Wins Are Worth

Surprising March Madness runs help underdogs raise their profiles — and their bottom lines. Read More.

PROFILE

Referee reflects on his first chance to finally work the Final Four

After more than two decades refereeing Division I basketball games, Mike Roberts finally earned his profession’s ultimate reward. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Women’s basketball leader draws on her college experience to help today’s athletes

I grew up in Ohio, and I wanted to go away to school. I thought basketball was a good avenue for me to do that. I was recruited for three sports, but I went with basketball because of the opportunity to get a full scholarship. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Champion editor’s most treasured moments remain linked to dad and basketball

I can’t tell you when I first touched a basketball. But I can tell you why I fell in love with it. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

In March, you never know what might come between the teams and the tournament

Each spring is a new adventure for the NCAA travel staff, who are charged with moving not only 20,000 Division I men’s and women’s basketball players, coaches, staff, band members and cheerleaders throughout the country, but also competitors and coaches for the other NCAA spring championships. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

How do you land a big event? Tips from the organizers of the next DIII Men’s Basketball Championship

With just one exception, Division III men’s basketball champions have been crowned in Salem, Virginia, for more than two decades, but that tradition ends this spring. Read More.

INSIDER

DII chair: Adding independent members will help enhance trust at a critical time

As members of Division II, we are proud of the unique characteristics that define our divisional home in the NCAA. Read More.

FEATURE

The Breaking Point

Can the strength and conditioning coaching profession find solutions that help remove tragedy from training? Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Misericordia running coach helps teen with Down syndrome find her pace

They didn’t know until she was born. They didn’t need to know — Scott and Debbie Crispell would love their newest family member without qualification or expectation. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Back to the Drawing Board

A proposal that would have altered the Division III football preseason to permanently implement important health and safety recommendations was defeated at the 2018 NCAA Convention, prompting the division’s members and governing bodies to explore the issue and emerge with a new proposal. Read More.

PROFILE

Gallaudet star soared on both the basketball and volleyball courts

With the era of specialization underway, making participation in multiple college sports a challenge, Ronda Jo Miller didn’t just play two sports. She excelled in them. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

How one NCAA national office employee used an international road trip to spread the word about initial eligibility

The NCAA Eligibility Center sent Associate Director Ashley Thornburg on a journey to make personal presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Canada. Read More.

FEATURE

When the Playing Days End

What comes after graduation? How to leave college sports without losing yourself. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

DII schools in Puerto Rico demonstrate resilience as they rebuild after hurricane

When the rain finally stopped and the ruthless gusts subsided, Jerry Batista emerged from one home to check on another. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Longtime pitcher-catcher duo top Tarleton State record books

Tarleton State teammates Haley Freyman and Nyka Wood have a longtime pitcher-catcher chemistry that has left its mark on the team record books, but their relationship didn’t start that way. Read More.

INSIDER

DI schools use special distribution dollars to fund student-athlete needs

Two years ago, the NCAA Board of Governors approved a special $200 million distribution to Division I schools.Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Under 3 coaches in 8 years, Williams won more consecutive rowing titles than any NCAA school

The Williams women’s rowing program enjoyed a robust start, winning the inaugural NCAA Division III championships in 2002. Read More.

COMMENTARY

One team’s short-lived dance in tournament reminds why college basketball is worth fighting for

Each spring, my favorite March Madness memory replays in vivid detail as I watch the buzzer beaters punctuating the excitement of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Read More.

PROFILE

College president fulfills big leadership role in Little League Baseball

When Little League Baseball searched for a new member to join its international board of directors in 2006, it didn’t have to look far. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Longtime MIT lacrosse coach learned perspective from his players - and taught them a little bit, too

I was influenced by some teachers and coaches at my high school and felt that it would be a nice career - work with young people, teach and coach. Read More.

PROFILE

Northern Michigan golfer uses CPR to revive man in cardiac arrest

Preparation and fate placed Avery Rochester in position to save a life. Read More.

PROFILE

Olympic athlete sees Kentucky as best track to next games

She was the first high school athlete to twice win the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year and the youngest track athlete in 40 years to make the U.S. Olympic team. Read More.

FEATURE

You Snooze, You Win

Quality sleep raises GPAs and lowers the number of dropped classes. On the field, it speeds reaction times and decreases injury risk. So how can college athletes get more of it? Read More.

PROFILE

Chico State women’s basketball star plays through spina bifida

Whitney Branham is the team’s top scorer despite the condition and operations that led to a numb left foot. Read More.

INSIDER

Working group seeks more engagement from DIII FARs

Kurt Beron, a Texas-Dallas economics professor, has served as the school’s faculty athletics representative since 2000. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Michigan football’s 2017 season chronicled in 8-part documentary

Football teams — particularly high-profile college programs — often keep their operations under strict lock and key. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

How to turn your leafy green mix into a power-packed meal 

When choosing a large plate of greens for a main course, salad lovers of the world should remember: Lettuce alone does not a meal make. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Hope for a ‘Hidden City’

Having grown up in the tough Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, Kenny Doss is aware of the negativity surrounding what he calls “the hidden city.” Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Wisconsin-Parkside wrestler continues family legacy

As Wisconsin-Parkside senior Nick Becker prepares for this year’s Division II Wrestling Championships, he has more on his mind than winning a third consecutive national title. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Return on Investment

Darious Williams was loading flowers into a truck two years ago. Let that sink in for a moment. Then, consider the season the senior just had in closing out the remarkable rebirth of football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read More.

PROFILE

Cheering Section

Improving grades isn’t the only role for academic advisors. They’re also mentors, friends and, when grades are posted, student-athletes’ biggest fans. Read More.

INSIDER

Keeping Their Balance

At a Division II meeting during the summer attended by conference commissioners, university presidents and student-athletes, a volleyball player shared a concern that reverberated through the room. Read More.

PROFILE

Can’t Touch This

Two more semesters, and Alonzo Carter would have had his bachelor’s degree. Read More.

PROFILE

On the Other Hand

The first clue might have been the toys — or at least the way one rambunctious toddler threw them. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Promising Pipeline

A simple meeting at dinner led to an annual event that is altering the course of young lives. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Coping With the Turmoil

No one can know the thoughts that raced through Madison Holleran’s head the tragic day she decided to end it all. Read More.

PROFILE

Taming the Talent

In the late 1990s, Marina Di Giacomo was a talented but headstrong field hockey player from Mendoza, Argentina. Read More.

PROFILE

Sporting Sustainable Style

Franklin & Marshall’s Ellie Ezekiel secured a campus grant to create uniforms for her volleyball team from recycled water bottles. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Pigskin Professor

In September, term limits ended Rogers Redding’s time as NCAA secretary-rules editor for football, but he remains the national coordinator of officials. “I’m glad that I’m staying on in this role,” says Redding, 75. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Step by Step

The last steps Devon Gales took without the aid of an apparatus or caregiver came in full gallop on a soggy fall Saturday in Georgia. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Rules for a Reason

Over a quiet breakfast, the concerns voiced by the coach sounded dire. Read More.

LONGFORM

Lost and Found

Shut down for two years, UAB football is back after program finds strength and solution in its community. Read More.

PROFILE

Off to a Good Start

Janine Kuwahara came to the U.S. not knowing what to expect from life as a college athlete. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Risky Bet

Gambling on sports doesn’t start in college. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Change of Mind

Like many of today’s coaches and athletics administrators, David Wyrick came up in a time when talking about mental health was taboo. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

No Time Like the Present

The most important message Northwestern lays out in its process for student career planning might be the postscript. Read More.

PROFILE

Breathing Uneasy

Though Maddy Conklin can run six miles during a field hockey game, the Cornell midfielder’s biggest challenge is staying a step ahead of cystic fibrosis. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Waterlogged

A dropped ball, a midtournament swim and a test of resolve for a Jacksonville golfer. Read More.

INSIDER

Service Break

New Division I rules designed to encourage student-athletes to participate in study-abroad programs will take effect in August. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Strong Out of the Gate

Former Division I Council chair reflects on group’s achievements. Read More.

FEATURE

All on the Same Team

Muslim college athletes often find acceptance on campus, but worry about what comes next. Read More.

PROFILE

Born To Lead

If you would have told Bob Shillinglaw that he would be a college men’s lacrosse coach for 42 years, it wouldn’t have surprised him. Read More.

PROFILE

DII Through and Through

Even in retirement, Deborah Chin’s desire to help Division II succeed will shine through. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Exploring New Avenues for Grad Students

At the 2017 NCAA Convention, many of us engaged in spirited and robust debate over a proposal regarding graduate student transfers. Read More.

INTERVIEW

A Different Shade of Blue

A women’s lacrosse team finds a new home after its school shut its doors. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

The Postgraduate Meal Plan

In the months preceding graduation, student-athletes will begin preparations for a different kind of game plan. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Season of Change

Book chronicles iconic 1974 men’s college basketball season. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Community Medicine

Lyle Thompson and his brothers, Jerome, Jeremy and Miles, designed camps to build passion for lacrosse. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Launching Pad

The need for new research is endless in the ever-spinning world of college sports. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Inside Baseball

Growing up, Dirk Baker didn’t just play baseball — he studied it. Read More.

FEATURE

Where Are the Women?

In 1972, women coached more than 90 percent of women’s teams. Today, they coach fewer than half. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Score One for Honesty

The triumph of giving up a victory that wasn’t earned. Read More.

PROFILE

A Higher Calling

Andy Talley has spent nearly five decades coaching college football; he has led Villanova University 32 seasons. Read More.

INSIDER

Border Crossing

Not long after the NCAA opened the doors for international membership, Division II became the first division to walk through them. Read More.

INSIDER

Maintaining Momentum

The NCAA Board of Governors approved the formation of a permanent subcommittee to address issues of diversity and inclusion in hiring practices. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Something To Talk About

College athletes stage meet-and-greets with young students all the time, but it’s rare that the athletes are the nervous ones. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Look at the Bright Side

For more than 40 years, the athletics facilities at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul’s campus resembled pre-1988 Wrigley Field. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Heartbeat Away

For an hour, Clarence Kennedy lay on an examination table and let a medical technician affix electrodes to his chest. Read More.

COVER STORY

Follow Through

Basketball brought the Catamounts and Josh Speidel together. Then came the accident, the coma and the rehab – and now, their bond is bigger than the sport. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Keep Up the Momentum

By the time you read this column, the latest evolution in college sports may have already taken place. Read More.

PROFILE

Take This Job and Love It

Eric McDowell and other sports information directors like him are writers, planners, schedulers, stats-keepers, videographers, web designers. But they’re also in a unique spot to position college sports for the future. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Lean on Me

Suz Hoppe is entering her 13th season as the head athletic trainer for the Division I men’s ice hockey team at Minnesota Duluth. Read More.

PROFILE

She’s Prepared for the Challenge

Riza Zalameda understands the fundamental differences between being a tennis player and a coach. Read More.

PROFILE

Speaking for Herself

A few months before she enrolled at Valdosta State, Kayla Robles stood in front of her bedroom mirror and practiced a slew of familiar phrases. Read More.

PROFILE

One Last Run

Bob Chipman is set for his 38th and final season at Washburn University of Topeka. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Man for All Seasons

Jim Moore, a dean at La Salle, got to experience a snippet of life on college teams – all 22 of them on his campus. Read More.

INSIDER

Talking Openly

Last year, representatives from the Division III Commissioners Association met with the Division III Presidents Council to raise an issue. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Futbol Americano?

Growing up, Christopher Perez was immersed in the immigrant culture of Miami. His father was Cuban; his mother, Brazilian. Read More.

INSIDER

Give a Little RESPECT

Simple acts of good sportsmanship are key to the success of college sports. Read More.

COMMENTARY

A Focus on What Matters

College sports provoke so much passion in our country, and even college presidents are not immune to the thrill of game day. Read More.

COVER STORY

The Missing Peace

The mystery of what her fate could have been compels Lillian Martino Bradley, who was adopted from Ghana at age 3, to be a voice for human trafficking victims. Read More.

FEATURE

Transformed

Schuyler Bailar thought he would have to choose between swimming in college and embracing his true identity. He didn't. Read More.

PROFILE

Something in the Water

At an age when some kids are still learning to swim, Samantha Sannes was learning to save other swimmers. Read More.

INTERVIEW

From There to Here: Judy MacLeod

When Judy MacLeod was named the commissioner of Conference USA in October, she became the first woman to lead an FBS league. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Smart Enough

I wasn’t a good student. Growing up, never once did I understand the importance that education would play in my life. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Home-Court Success

Chuck Gordon spent 13 years as director of athletics at Emory. In one sport, though, another Gordon left behind a record-breaking legacy. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Learning the Game

Erica Westly’s new book details softball’s history and the women who shaped the sport. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Alike, but Different

This will be the first Olympics since beach volleyball also became an NCAA championship sport. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

There’s No Place Like Home

Home courts are a point of pride for colleges, but teams in New York often have to find creative solutions for practice and competition. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Commitment to Inclusion

For a little more than a year, the Division III Diversity and Inclusion Working Group has reviewed critical issues related to the lack of ethnic and gender diversity within Division III athletics. Read More.

INSIDER

Simpler Is Better

Flip halfway through Division II’s rules manual and you’ll find a chapter that has drawn more questions and confusion than most legislation. Read More.

COVER STORY

"Amazing Mae"

Fueled by a love of writing, Mae Coyiuto channels her talent to help less fortunate Filipino kids realize their creative dreams. Read More.

LONGFORM

Surviving Hate

Last summer, nine worshippers were gunned down at a Charleston, South Carolina, church— among them, a single mother who left behind four girls. She prepared them to persevere in ways they’re only now starting to understand. Read More.

FEATURE

Value Added?

Once reserved for the most elite college athletes, loss-of-value insurance plans have gone mainstream in the past two years, leaving some to wonder where the line falls between providing security to student-athletes and issuing false hope. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Translation: More Fans

The first time Bruce Lu attended a football game, he was a high school exchange student living in Kansas. He knew nearly nothing about the American sport when he climbed into the stands to cheer on his peers. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

‘Once in a Lifetime’

Jennifer Martinez, now a professor at Evergreen State College, teaches her students about biology. But 10 years ago, while competing in softball at St. Joseph’s College (Long Island), she was schooling the opposition. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“To say that I’m even in college is a dream.”

Today, two-thirds of young Americans go on to attend college, so why does something so common feel surreal for Edgewood College distance runner Natasha Zanoya? Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“I am the warrior”

Who was that fierce-looking warrior suited up for the showdown between the Hendrix College Warriors and their conference rival? He was none other than Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Stroke of Determination

University of Delaware senior Kate Sneddon doesn’t let her cystic fibrosis pull her away from her passions. She tried backing off sports in college, but boredom led to rowing – and the discovery of a new love. Read More.

INSIDER

Conversation Starter

Nevin Caple learned about the pressures and complex nature of finding safe and supportive athletics spaces during her undergraduate years at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“Like father, like daughter.”

Bill Belichick’s daughter, Amanda, is in her first season as coach of the women’s lacrosse team at College of the Holy Cross. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Shopping Smarts

With so many options and so little time, grocery shopping isn’t always easy. Add in a budget and lengthy checkout lines, and the experience can overwhelm. Read More.

FEATURE

Those Magic Moments

A celebration of the top shots, serves, scores and final seconds since NCAA women’s championships got their start 35 years ago. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Powering Through

As a trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Jen Widerstrom – a former hammer thrower on the Kansas track and field team – pushes contestants to achieve their goals. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Plugged Into Life

Since beating cancer in 2009, Caitlyn Mortus’ mission has been to provide that opportunity to children fighting life-threatening illnesses through what she calls “social healing.” Read More.

INTERVIEW

Learning From the Losses

The 500th win earlier this season was not a big moment. If there weren’t sports information directors and media around, I wouldn’t have had a clue. Read More.

INSIDER

A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

Since Division III officially partnered with the Special Olympics in August 2011, schools and conferences have held hundreds of events where student-athletes and Special Olympians meet, compete and, almost always, use laughter to build a bridge between their disparate worlds. Read More.

COMMENTARY

An Honest Appraisal Can Change Course of Student-Athletes

Growing up in rural South Carolina, sports were always an integral part of my life. This inclination followed me into my days as a young man, when I dreamed of one day becoming an NBA player and emulating Jo Jo White of the Boston Celtics. Then, I met Dr. Elizabeth Bethel. Read More.

LONGFORM

A Twist of Faith

She loves football. She also loves the Lord. She thought she would have to give up one for the other. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

What’s the Status of Your Fandom?

A fall 2014 survey conducted by the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators collected responses from 18,876 college students. Of the respondents, 81 percent had attended at least one sporting event at their university. Read More.

LONGFORM

Smoke Screen

Mike Devlin’s path from athlete to addict started with an injury and prescription painkillers, continued with years of deception and nearly cost him his life. How did things turn so dark so quickly? It’s a question every coach, parent and athlete should ask. Read More.

FEATURE

Competing to Get a Job

Leaders on the field develop into leaders in their fields. Team captains can become captains of industry. Here, how to use the skills gained through athletics to launch the right career. Read More.

COVER STORY

American Dreaming

Bowling has taken Janine Kuwahara around the globe, and now she uses it to propel her education at Sam Houston State. Read More.

FEATURE

Photo Finish

In six decades of shooting the Final Four, Rich Clarkson has shaped how we see the game. Read More.

COVER STORY

Able to Stay Golden

Teammate. Friend. Collegiate competitor. Before she goes pro, Missy Franklin wants to seize every opportunity. Read More.

FEATURE

A Game for Lauren

On Sunday, they all came together – coaches, competitors, teams from around the country, even a legend of her sport – all for a young woman battling brain cancer who just wanted to play basketball. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Signing of the Times

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the National Letter of Intent, the great-granddaughter of the program’s founder signs hers. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Gridiron Milestone

College football celebrates 150th anniversary this season. Read More.

INSIDER

Former student-athletes returning to limited-resource colleges can apply for NCAA funds

This fall, the first students receiving educational dollars from the NCAA Division I Former Student-Athlete Degree Achievement Program will begin classes to reach a goal they didn’t achieve the first time around: a college degree. Read More.

PROFILE

College quarterback loves his roles as a star of both stage and turf

Whenever Zach Fogel needs a reminder not to take off for Broadway, he reads a note he left to himself on his phone titled “Why I Play Football.” Read More.

ON CAMPUS

After the Game networking events bring former student-athletes together

With roughly 4 million former NCAA student-athletes around the world working in industries as varied as health care, engineering and finance, helping them find one another and build career connections is a big task. Read More.

INSIDER

DII launches new workshop to support compliance administrators and help them grow

Within an athletics department, the role of a compliance administrator can be thankless, expansive and, at times, isolating. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Continued Quest for Balance

The Division II motto, “life in the balance,” resonates with people, and has served Division II well for many years. Read More.

COVER STORY

20 Heart-Pounding, Victory-Clinching, Unforgettable Finishes

A look beyond March Madness for the best NCAA championship buzzer-beaters. Read More.

FEATURE

Upon Further Review

Video replay, used in 17 of the NCAA’s 24 sports, promotes fairness but disrupts competition. As technology grows sharper but some schools struggle to keep pace, how far will we go in pursuit of perfectly officiated games? Read More.

PROFILE

A 2-campus, 22-hour course load and predawn practices kept Kaitlin Walla on the run

St. Mary’s (Texas) senior Kaitlin Walla just completed what she described as the most physically and mentally challenging semester of her life. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

More often than others, members of coaching staffs are accused of violations

Nearly two-thirds of cases sent to the Committees on Infractions that named specific individuals in the past five years involved the coaching staffs. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

SCAC joins expanding list of conferences, schools to plug into esports trend

As Dwayne Hanberry watched from a back row of the Peach Belt Conference’s inaugural esports championship a year ago, the commissioner of Division III’s Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference spotted something that cast a lasting impression. Read More.

PROFILE

Morehead State senior rifle standout doubles as student body president

Brandon Bryer had one focus in high school beyond classes: rifle competitions. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Reflecting on the DI Council experience

This spring I will complete my two-year term as chair of the Division I Council. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career, despite the challenges and the time commitment. Read More.

PROFILE

Home-court advantage: Daemen coach hits 100 wins in every NCAA division, all in same city

Daemen men’s basketball coach Mike MacDonald has had an uncommon coaching journey, coaching at three colleges, in three NCAA divisions, over a span of 31 years— all while living in the same community. Read More.

FEATURE

State of Our Sports

This year, 494,992 student-athletes will compete in 24 sports on 19,745 teams, vying for 90 NCAA championship titles across three divisions. A deep dive into that data and conversations with the sports’ leaders show where our sports have been — and where they’re going. Read More.

INTERVIEW

East Stroudsburg football coach calls it a career with an unmatched exit

Dennis Douds never circled 2018 as the end of his football coaching career. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

NCAA schools’ investments yield returns for Olympians

Every year the U.S. Olympic Committee supports America’s future medalists, but the organization is also open about the fact that it doesn’t work alone. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Passion for the Pool

After an eight-year break from school, a Millersville swimmer returns to finish what she started. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Washington State strikes up the band for its adversary after Washington’s bus accident

I have a confession: I’m a die-hard Washington Huskies fan. I have been since elementary school in central Washington, where I grew up watching Cary Conklin play quarterback for my future high school and then for the Huskies. Read More.

PROFILE

‘The Best Ever’ — Maybe Forever

Florida phenom Tracy Caulkins dominated all four strokes during her college swimming career and left the NCAA record book in her wake. Read More.

INSIDER

Division II may implement membership survey to aid in health care

Division II athletics administrators may soon be able to compare athletic training staff sizes, sports medicine facilities and other health care delivery practices with other schools in the division if a new health and safety survey is implemented this year. Read More.

FEATURE

The One-and-Done Dilemma

A 13-year-old decision to keep elite prep players from entering the NBA draft is under scrutiny. What could changes to this rule mean for college basketball? Read More.

INTERVIEW

Culture Cleanup

A conversation with Jeremy McCool, the NCAA director of enforcement who monitors youth basketball. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Modern memorable moments that have catapulted the women’s game

In recent years, the game has sparked new interest simply by providing historic accomplishments and a little mainstream fun. Read More.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

2015 men’s basketball changes sent game in right direction

When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee gathered in May 2015, it knew the game needed some help. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Brothers ensure basketball players from their home country have proper footwear

Basketball shoes are generally made up of rubber, leather and synthetic materials. While brothers Ikenna and Osinachi Smart were growing up in Nigeria, they might as well have been made of gold. Read More.

PROFILE

3-point record set by Butler’s Darrin Fitzgerald is as old as the 3-point line

The NCAA adopted the 3-point line 32 years ago, and many records have been set and broken as players and coaches embraced it and cultivated new and innovative ways to integrate it into the game. Read More.

INSIDER

DIII chair: Adding independent members to board would help NCAA and DIII

The change, first recommended by the Condoleezza Rice-led Commission on College Basketball, would be a win for all of us. Read More.

COVER STORY

Home, Where the ‘Buff’ Roams

Harding student finds confidence, respect and the love of an entire campus as the university’s spirited bison mascot. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Female gymnasts use narcotic pain meds at a higher rate than other college athletes

In gymnastics, every detail and line is highlighted. Those recovering from injury use flesh-colored athletic tape to be less distinguishable. Read More.

INSIDER

How one conference is putting the new Presidential Forum report into practice

The Division I Presidential Forum approved the Charting the Course report in January, capping a year of preparing a vision for what the student-athlete experience should look like along every stage of the journey through college sports. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Signs of Sportsmanship

When we look back on the spring of 2018, we may remember this time for the recommendations of the Commission on College Basketball and the settlement of a significant concussion trial. Read More.

PROFILE

West Florida distance runner’s path to college and beyond addiction was inspired by the birth of her son

The first glimmer of hope emerged on a 400-meter track in the dead of night. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Linfield has produced 62 consecutive winning football seasons as another campaign draws near

“The Mickey Mouse Club” debuted on American television in 1955. That same year, Linfield football posted a 3-6 record. Read More.

FEATURE

Game On

As esports teams spring up on campuses, one athletics conference is embracing the competition and showing others how it might look. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A school shows where careers are taking student-athletes

A map hangs in the student-athlete lounge in the Massachusetts athletics department, next to the heavily trafficked door at the entrance to the department’s academic area. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Oregon State pair work to amp up conversation on mental health

Oregon State’s Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci are on a mission. Read More.

COMMENTARY

DII aims to bolster involvement in injury surveillance program

No priority can be higher than the health and safety of our student-athletes, and making knowledgeable, informed decisions to promote their well-being requires accurate data. Read More.

INSIDER

DIII looks at requiring schools to submit student-athlete grad rates

Retention rates of football players and African-American student-athletes in Division III have lagged behind those of their counterparts for eight consecutive years. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Softball coach donates kidney to No. 1 fan from her playing days

Softball brought Alison Ritter and RJ Henderson together. Ritter played first base for Salisbury; Henderson was the team’s biggest fan. Read More.

INTERVIEW

After her death, sports information director’s mother touched life of one more student

Her students have called her a friend for life. An inspirational person who only saw the good in any situation. They talk about how she could light up a room with the amount of knowledge she had. Even though she taught in elementary school, her students have said she inspired them to become teachers when they got older. Read More.

PROFILE

Student-athlete finds perfect harmony in tennis and barbershop quartet

Stephen Goldman enrolled in high school chorus because he wanted to take a class with his best friend. What he found instead was a profound passion for music. Read More.

COVER STORY

A New Champion for the Cause

When Caitlyn Wong’s assistant coach shared his passion for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Wong took the challenge — and ran with it. Read More.

FEATURE

Cover to Cover

In celebration of Champion magazine's first 10 years. Read More.

PROFILE

Broadcast major and hockey player makes plays and calls them, too

One of St. Cloud State hockey’s best players also serves as a play-by-play announcer for women’s games. Read More.

INSIDER

New survey reveals lack of clarity about designation of senior woman administrators

When Jane Miller gave up coaching in 1995 to become a full-time administrator in Virginia athletics, three letters in her title catapulted her career. Read More.

INSIDER

Researcher collects experiences of college athletes-turned-mothers

As she searched for topics to delve into during her graduate studies, Candice Williams became intrigued by the concept of elite athletes who also are new mothers. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Game-Changing Faculty Programs

Faculty involvement in college sports was part of the enterprise from its very beginning. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Job shadowing gives Kentucky State athletes head start on careers

For Kentucky State junior Ditalion Battle, life always has been centered on two favorite things: basketball and video games. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Better, But Not Bigger

The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee represents the interests of more than 180,000 student-athletes. Read More.

COVER STORY

Growing Pains

Sierra Hargrave ran from a dismal past to brighter days — and she’s grateful for all the steps that hurt. Read More.

FEATURE

Guardians of the Game

Though sometimes feared and often misunderstood, the enforcement team has just one goal: making the right call. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Volunteer Training

Tennessee rower Jennifer Davis, while visiting Vietnam as part of her school’s VOLeaders Academy, experienced a moment that continues to resonate. Read More.

PROFILE

The Wins Follow Him

Mel Tjeerdsma was the director of athletics when Northwest Missouri State became the first Division II school to capture both the NCAA football and men’s basketball championships in the same academic year. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

First-Time Homeowners

A venue best known for being the site where a trio of Hall of Fame pitchers spun gems and Olympic athletes broke records is now the home of the Georgia State football team. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

MVP to CEO

Towson athletics partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Towson Career Center this spring to develop a program designed to help 20 female student-athletes gain a competitive advantage in the professional world after graduation. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A New Goal To Shoot For

Tyler Bennett’s future on the pitch seemed boundless. Then, when he was 12, a blood vessel burst in his brain. Read More.

INSIDER

Goals Met, Goals Set

Division III governance committees made difficult decisions to help bring the division’s budget back in order. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Parental Guidance

Just how much do college athletes rely on their parents and family for support during their college years? Read More.

COMMENTARY

Mulling Over a Move Into Mexico

The quality of the student-athlete experience is a priority when we think of our students and their performance on our teams. Read More.

FEATURE

Lions and Tigers and Bears (and Zips and Banana Slugs and Purple Cows) — Oh, My!

A celebration of the mascots of college sports – human, animal and otherwise. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Loyalty Through Losses

A husband and wife cried together. Her dream — their dream — had imploded. Read More.

PROFILE

Fan of the Century

At age 99, Paul Morrison has an encyclopedic memory of Drake athletics. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Jock Jams

Looking to add a little energy to your game day? Some programs turn to in-house DJs who employ social science in their song selection.Read More.

PROFILE

Route Toward Success

Julian Lowe had to refuse to let the difficulties he faced stymie his future. Read More.

PROFILE

Underestimated

The impression Danny Woodhead left on the first carry of his college career showed no signs of what was to come. Read More.

INSIDER

Group Participation

A new task force in Division II is looking to boost awareness of a long-standing NCAA data-collection program. Read More.

COMMENTARY

New Home for News of Record

The NCAA Record is now a permanent feature on ncaa.org. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Culture on the Mend

Three students from Indiana State’s athletic training program work to make the athletic training room a more welcoming space for LGBTQ staff and students. Read More.

PROFILE

Toughness, Redefined

How two hockey players made mental health OK to talk about in college sports – and why your athletics department should, too. Read More.

PROFILE

Side Out

It was difficult for Dave Shoji to pick his most rewarding moment from his 42 years of coaching Hawaii women’s volleyball. Read More.

INTERVIEW

A New Course

At 50, Joanne Adams hoped college golf would offer a fresh challenge. It provided much more. Read More.

INSIDER

Blueprint Behind the Promise

Two-thirds of NCAA campus and conference leaders have pledged their commitment to promoting diversity and gender equity in college athletics. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Putter Like No Other

St. Cloud State senior Laurel Enstrom first picked up a golf club when she was a high school freshman. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

The Hits Kept Coming

The day started simply enough for the Florida State second baseman, but Marshall McDougall will never forget May 9, 1999. Read More.

INSIDER

Spelling It Out

Division III may soon update legislation relevant to academic misconduct, emulating recent changes made by Divisions I and II. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Stung by a Stereotype

A recently released study suggests many student-athletes still perceive that long-standing stereotypes persist. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

What Goes Unsaid

Hannah Wilkins doesn’t say the word rape because, she says, it should never be used casually. Likewise, Lee Gearhart doesn’t say the N-word because it’s demeaning and unacceptable. Read More.

PROFILE

A Masterful Debut

Toto Gana’s first semester of college has not exactly been par for the course. This week, the Lynn freshman will be at Augusta National Golf Club for the 81st edition of the Masters Tournament. Read More.

PROFILE

All Out

Before Alec Donovan became the NCAA’s first publicly gay wrestler, he had to win a lifelong match with a private pain that other gay athletes understand too well. Read More.

PROFILE

The Wait Is Over

After 17 years, the longtime Evansville cross country coach can add track and field coach to his title. Read More.

INSIDER

Forward Thinking

Champion recently reached out to Presidential Forum chair Kay Norton to ask her to explain the group’s goals. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

At Ease in the Water

Southern Connecticut State University swimming coaches often are astounded by Tyler Steskla’s memory recall. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Shooting Sensation

Jeannie Demers’ records on the hardwood stand nearly 30 years later. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Seize the Days

Senior Hank Davis’ daily life is all about balancing responsibilities — and he has many. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Hope for 44 Others

Wearing the No. 44 jersey, Andrew Smith was a key contributor to the most successful period in Butler University basketball history. Read More.

COMMENTARY

For All the Right Regions

Regionalization is a principle on which Division II has thrived for years. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Motivated by a Memory

Bridget Sandy and LeeAnn Noble were teammates and friends at the University of North Georgia. Read More.

FEATURE

Training Days

How do the hours spent pushing weights and holding planks translate to success? Accomplished college athletes and their coaches explain the workouts that have helped them reach the top – and what lessons athletes young and old can learn from their methods. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Recovery Mode

It’s easy to assume the reps you perform in the weight room or the sweat you shed on the field directly correlate to bigger muscles and more strength. Read More.

PROFILE

A Team for Life

Monica Miles was always close with her cousins. They grew up in New England, all within a couple of hours’ drive. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Pride Before Bribe

A college basketball player caught up in the 1950s point-shaving scandal lands on the right side of history. Read More.

PROFILE

Taking the Reins

Once he became a collegiate wrestler, Dalton Jensen knew his future would be in coaching. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Whole New Bowl Game

Clyde Ferguson Jr. had just left a 26-year stint as a high school band director when his friend invited him to go bowling on a Sunday night. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Cajun Invasion

Grambling State and Southern have met on the gridiron 67 times since their first meeting in 1932. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Finishing Strong

Shelby Erdahl had one goal when she competed in the final track meet of her life: Earn a point for the first time during her conference championship. Read More.

INSIDER

Connecting the Coaches

With more than 3,700 people serving as head coaches, the coaching constituency is far and away the largest group in Division II other than student-athletes. Read More.

COMMENTARY

The American Way

The topic of NCAA President Mark Emmert’s speech in Rijeka, Croatia, was familiar: challenges facing college sports in America. Read More.

FEATURE

Why Is That a Rule?

From eligibility to drug testing to host sites, the thinking behind NCAA standards. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

An Easy Argument

At Rochester, the team with the longest standing on campus has been attempting to defeat its opposition with words for more than 150 years. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Opportunity Lost, Then Found

Steve Scott, the cross country coach at California State University, San Marcos, missed the 1980 Olympics due to the U.S. boycott. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Sister School Support

After a Lubbock Christian volleyball player had emergency surgery, Oklahoma Christian students took it upon themselves to help a friend. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Priorities Straight

Most college athletes trade their uniforms for business attire after graduation, but Kayla Bonstrom already has experienced that switch. Read More.

COMMENTARY

A Solid Spot to Stand

Sometimes, the home run isn’t necessary. All that’s needed is a well-placed hit to drive in the winning score. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Coach Me if You Can

Olympics-seasoned college coaches share their games strategies before Rio. Read More.

INSIDER

Investing in the Future

NCAA research data show only 29 percent of Division III athletics directors are female, and a mere 6 percent are ethnic minorities. Read More.

FEATURE

Long Trip to the Beach

Beach volleyball’s journey from an emerging sport for women to an NCAA National Collegiate Championship ended in spectacular fashion on the sun-splashed beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, capping several years of efforts that fans never saw. Read More.

PROFILE

A Pitcher With Command

Good grades came naturally to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy pitcher, who is majoring in energy systems engineering. But school, he says, could only teach so much. Read More.

PROFILE

More Relief Than Fear

A couple of ibuprofen, Ashley Inman thought, and the headache would go away. The throbbing began on an April afternoon. The ibuprofen didn’t help. Read More.

INSIDER

Off Their Backs

A year ago, Notre Dame finance major Andrew Helmin headed home to Illinois with more than a dorm room’s worth of belongings. A hurdler on the track and field team, he also took along several pairs of shoes. Read More.

PROFILE

First and Foremost

Saint Leo University’s Maddie Holub will have a hard time topping her first year on the job. Holub, 25, was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in her debut season. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

An Opened Door

There were almost a dozen of them – 6 feet 5, 205 pounds, on average – being wheeled around the streets of Havana in horse-drawn carriages, gazing at cars made decades before they were born, soaking in a place few Americans have had an opportunity to visit. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Just Like Family

After this past fall’s events in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kevin Trainor can’t help but find himself drawn to a university, an athletics program and a family hurting from yet another incomprehensible tragedy. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

After School Specialized

How young is too young? Experts say children should definitely become physically active early, just not specialize in a single sport at a young age. So why is specialization considered a problem? Read More.

COVER STORY

Seeing it Through

Chaz Davis lost his sight after one cross country season.But he couldn’t give up on running, and his team didn’t give up on him. Read More.

LONGFORM

Where Pride Meets Prejudice

A lesson in change, the intense loyalty of college fandom -- and what happens when the two collide. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

It’s Just Time

This spring, Tamika Catchings will release her first full-length memoir. Written with author Ken Petersen, “Catch a Star: Shining Through Adversity To Become a Champion” tells the basketball star’s story of overcoming obstacles throughout life to achieve success on and off the court. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Dressed for Success

Shyra Ely-Gash has two passions in life: basketball and fashion. On the court, Ely-Gash played in four Final Fours for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. But she also grew up circling clothing she liked in magazines, and earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising. Read More.

COMMENTARY

The Voice They Found Was Never Lost

The football program’s black athletes felt it was time to take a stand. They were upset about discriminatory treatment and threatened to boycott. Their voices were joined by others on campus, amplifying the protest. Soon, sweeping changes came to the university, improving staff diversity and promoting inclusive values. Read More.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Celebrating Our Champions

From cross country to football to water polo, Champion coverage of the fall 2015 NCAA championships. Read More.

“I still have that competitive blood.”

When Bev Ball’s friends join the 85-year-old swim coach at a restaurant in Abilene, Texas, they know what to expect: She will run into someone she’s gotten to know – or coached – over six decades spent by the local pools. Read More

ON CAMPUS

Filling Backpacks, Stomachs - and Hearts

When Jenna Maury isn’t stuffing the stat sheet on the softball field or facts into her head for an upcoming psychology exam, she is cramming food into backpacks for needy families in her hometown of Lawton, Michigan. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

It’s Electric

Building a good strength and conditioning program can be hard when you don’t necessarily have a strength and conditioning coach. Dan Giuliani experienced this difficulty firsthand while playing football at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Read More.

INTERVIEW

From There to Here: Warde Manuel

Warde Manuel can use his life story as an example for the college athletes at the University of Connecticut to follow when it comes to being prepared for life after the playing days end. Read More.

INSIDER

Military Mindfulness

Across the country, Division II schools are amplifying their focus on the military. New initiatives are gaining steam thanks in part to a military pilot program the division established at the start of 2014. Read More.

FEATURE

Game Changers

Gadgets and gizmos that could change how the games are played on and off the field – technically speaking. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Load off Their Feet

Vanderbilt University athletics likes to offer unique opportunities on an overseas trip for student-athletes. But this year, the adventure wasn’t just exciting but historic: a chance to visit Cuba. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Load Up

Fueling stations have become common additions to athletics facilities nationwide. But when it comes to stocking them, where should you start? Read More.

LONGFORM

Food for Thought

Last year, when the NCAA relaxed the regulations schools must follow to feed their college athletes, sports dietitians took on a whole new level of importance. Now, their numbers are growing even faster on campuses – and so is their influence. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Coach, Counselor, Friend

Coppin State University men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has been coaching college for 32 years – long enough to know his relationships with players don’t end when the buzzer sounds. This spring, after the West Baltimore neighborhood surrounding Coppin State erupted in racially charged violence following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, Grant became more than a coach – and his players and other Coppin State student-athletes became something more, too. Read More.

LONGFORM

Mapping the Madness

When teams and their travel parties trek hundreds of thousands of miles on their Road to the Final Four, their every move is charted by travel experts in Waterloo, Iowa, who get the job done using customized software, a color-coded dry-erase board and, always, a large dose of patience. Read More.

LONGFORM

Playing for Two

Kaneisha Atwater got pregnant at 18, but her dreams didn’t die when her son was born. What she thought was her mistake is now her motivation – she plays basketball so she can go to college so she can give him the childhood she never had. Read More.

FEATURE

Debunked

We can’t set the record straight on every myth in college sports. But for a few of the most common assumptions, NCAA researchers hit the books on a fact-finding mission. The team pored over, crunched and analyzed a bevy of surveys, numbers and charts. And now, we share the truth. Read More.

INSIDER

DIII Student-Athletes Want to Sign, too

High school students heading into Division III want to be recognized in their communities for competing at the college level. Soon, they might be. Read More.

LONGFORM

Earning the Call

Of 838 officials, only 10 are invited to preside over the Final Four. Mike Roberts has never received that coveted phone call. Can he survive the madness and advance to Dallas? Read More.

Profile
His Winning Decision

This spring, the Central College (Iowa) softball coach became the first in Division III to win 1,000 games. Read More.

 

COVER STORY

One of the Boys

Brady Antaya gives as much as he gets from Merrimack soccer, where his teammates know him as a Warrior. Read More.

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INTERVIEW

A: The Brandeis SID who put a game show champion’s amazing winning streak in jeopardy. Q: Who is Adam Levin?

When they brought the 13 contestants on the stage where “Jeopardy!” is taped, it was a mind-blowing moment for me. Read More.

INSIDER

New board members learn the NCAA’s ins and outs

When NCAA members voted in January to add five new independent directors to the Board of Governors, an obvious question emerged. Read More.

INSIDER

Senior woman administrators share expertise to help others maximize the role at their schools and conferences

In 2017, the NCAA published a report that revealed a membership-wide need for greater clarity around the senior woman administrator designation. Read More.

PROFILE

Southeastern Conference commissioner reflects on his tenure as a member of the DI Committee on Infractions

Greg Sankey, now one of the most influential figures in college sports, soaked in his first Division I Committee on Infractions hearing in August 1990 as an admittedly “wide-eyed” compliance director. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A year after fatal overdose, former student-athlete remembered for her fortitude

It’s that ability to square up to hardships and forge meaningful bonds that those who knew Jackie Jamaleddine during her time in college say they now miss most. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Westfield State swimmer uses CPR training to breathe life for her dad

My dad didn’t respond to me, and as I got closer, I realized he was sitting in the chair convulsing. I tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Dad, Dad, are you OK?” Still no response. Read More.

INSIDER

5 ways to get smart about college basketball reform

There has been no shortage of questions about the reform effort around college basketball in the past few months. Read More.

PROFILE

Kansas State rower and budding nuclear engineer stays focused on the finish line

As a child, Molly Ross played with K’NEX blocks and built robots but thought she wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

DII mentoring program helps athletics administrators take next step, become ADs

Kelley Kish’s first stint in a Division II athletics department solidified her career goals. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Students and retirees connect through tennis team’s adopt-a-grandparent program

Members of the Erskine women’s tennis team close every summer with an outing at South Carolina’s Lake Murray, where they soak up sun and clear their minds before a new academic year begins. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

2 committee chairs go to the mat for wrestling

Jackie Paquette, associate athletics director for student support and community engagement at UIndy, oversees the sport on her campus and is chair of the Division II Wrestling Committee. Karen Langston, senior associate athletics director for external affairs and capital projects at California State University, Bakersfield, oversees it on her campus, too, and is chair of the Division I Wrestling Committee. Read More.

COVER STORY

Sink or Swim

Enna Selmanovic was only a sophomore when her sport — and her identity — were unexpectedly ripped away. She had to choose: Wallow or find a new way to win. Read More.

COMMENTARY

A Voice for Wellness

College sports is one of the few societal agents where people from different backgrounds can come together to reach a common goal. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

D.C. nonprofit trains college athletes to teach local youth about health and HIV prevention

The Grassroot Project arms college athletes with the knowledge and skills they need to teach local youth about HIV prevention, nutrition and physical health education. Read More.

PROFILE

New DI conference commissioner has stood up for what she believes in

The coaching change Gloria Nevarez went through as a player left a lasting impression after seeing some teammates get run off her Massachusetts squad. Read More.

INSIDER

DIII membership survey provides direction for the coming years

A day before they vote on 2019 NCAA Convention legislation that would affect Division III immediately, the division’s delegates will gather at their issues forum to weigh in on topics that may influence the future. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

UAB Blazers catch fire only two seasons after football program returns

By any measure of reason, University of Alabama at Birmingham football should not be using the term “champion” just yet. Read More.

FEATURE

Why I love Basketball

In this moment between reforming college basketball and figuring out what it needs next, we turned to decorated coaches, top leaders and iconic figures to ask what the game means to them. Read More.

INSIDER

Formulating Change

Working groups draw up plan for future of NCAA basketball. Read More.

INTERVIEW

St. Cloud State guard inherited a passion for basketball from his pioneering mom

My mom played in the Danish women’s league for a long time and won championships there. My parents never forced me to play, never pushed me in that direction. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Without Basketball We Wouldn’t Have …

Since the game was created in 1891, basketball has burrowed its way into American culture. Here’s a nostalgic look at some of our favorite things this sport has given us. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Pep bands’ greatest hits from the soundtrack of college basketball

Without the accompaniment of a pep band to give the cacophony a cadence, the experience wouldn’t be complete. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

7 basketball blockbusters that celebrate the sport we love

A look back on iconic movie moments for hoops. Read More.

INSIDER

NCAA Convention to feature Association-wide vote for only third time since 1997

In January, representatives of every NCAA division will gather to vote on the same Association-wide issue — adding five public members to the NCAA Board of Governors. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Expert advice to help international student-athletes feel right at home

Want to ensure a smooth transition to the U.S. for the more than 17,000 international student-athletes who play NCAA college sports? Read More.

INTERVIEW

How a former Princeton lacrosse star turned an equipment problem into a success story

I grew up in Detroit. It’s a manufacturing community, and I had what I’d call a nontraditional childhood. Read More.

INSIDER

Division III opts to maintain ban on championships beer and wine sales

Beer and wine soon will be poured at some of the NCAA’s largest championships, but the same won’t hold true in Division III’s more intimate settings. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Daemen athletics program pairs students with developmentally disabled children, exposing them to exercise and movement

On a recent Sunday, two basketball lovers took the court for the Center for Allied and Unified Sport and Exercise program at Daemen. Read More.

COVER STORY

Cleared for Takeoff

Wingate high jumper Isaiah Kyle, who collapsed in cardiac arrest during preseason conditioning last season and returned to become the national championship runner-up, yearns to be more than a comeback story. Read More.

PROFILE

Don DiJulia steps away as athletics director after working 50 years in college sports

When Don DiJulia graduated from Saint Joseph’s with a degree in political science, his goal was to become a high school teacher and coach. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Champion photo booth brings to life magazine’s relationship with readers

Emails, phone calls, tweets, retweets — the Champion staff is delighted to see our readers are reading. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Lacrosse coaches show staying power in Division I positions

The number of women's teams in Division I lacrosse has nearly tripled since 1981-82, and the number of men's teams has grown by 40 percent in the same time period. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Can honest dialogue and a college game help police and community overcome fears and distrust?

Sean Sheppard was distraught as he watched, again and yet again, videos circulating on news and social media of violent altercations between law enforcement officers and African-American men. Read More.

INSIDER

Division II University brings health and safety, rules education to coaches online

Division II University is a new online program for Division II coaches that provides education on NCAA rules and student-athlete health and safety. Read More.

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Spalding renames building where Muhammad Ali learned to box after his bike was stolen

As the story goes, one night in 1954, 12-year-old Cassius Clay was attending an event in a building that housed the Columbia Gym in his Louisville, Kentucky, hometown. Read More.

PROFILE

After losing her leg in a moped accident, lacrosse player moves forward with sense of purpose, humor

The UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team takes the line for a four-part fitness test at the start of every school year, the first challenge before a season full of them. Read More.

FEATURE

An Uncommon Conversation

How college sports is bringing together conservative Christians and the LGBTQ community. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Biathlete world champion makes history with help of wife and baby

I was planning to retire. My wife, Erika, and I were expecting our first child, and I didn’t want to be an absent father. Read More.

PROFILE

Second-graders fill student teacher’s cheering section

Pittsburg State basketball player Mikaela Burgess doubles as a student teacher — and her pupils are now among her biggest fans. Read More.

PROFILE

From There to Here: Carla Williams

When Carla Williams was being recruited to play basketball at Georgia in the mid-1980s, she didn’t even know athletics administrators existed. Read More.

INSIDER

New convention brings Division II SAACs together

Tracking the pulse of more than 120,000 Division II student-athletes is no small task for the 27 students and recent graduates who make up the national Division II SAAC. Read More.

PROFILE

6-time NCAA wrestling champ jumped to NFL having never played a college down

Carlton Haselrig’s road to becoming a professional football player had a twist that allowed him to become the most decorated wrestler in NCAA history. Read More.

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New science building becomes reality with $65 million from Kentucky athletics

Sometimes the best plans are drawn up on napkins. That’s how the funding of a new $112 million science building at Kentucky took shape five years ago. Read More.

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Student-athlete numbers keep climbing, but not all sports  keep same pace

Each fall for the past 15 years, the number of NCAA college athletes has stepped closer to reaching 500,000 nationwide. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Surviving Together

A team comforts one of its own — even without knowing why. Read More.

INSIDER

1 Decade, 1 Million Certifications

Ten years ago, the NCAA relocated millions of paper files — piled high in an Iowa warehouse — to Indianapolis. Read More.

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A Partnership With Promise

University of Pennsylvania athletics has partnered with a renowned program on its campus to give student-athletes even more exposure to top-notch leadership training. Read More.

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Kingpins of Turf and Alley

It’s not every day you hear about a college quarterback who’s not only throwing for 300 yards on the football field, but also rolling 300s in the bowling alley. Read More.

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A Brother’s Belief

Shaquill Griffin emerged from his mother’s womb only about a minute before Shaquem — but Shaquill has watched over his brother ever since. Read More.

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Family First

Eric Heins spent a decade building the Northern Arizona cross country program into a powerhouse. Read More.

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A Commemorative Clash

On a Saturday morning in November, a horse-drawn carriage will carry a trophy down West Monroe Street. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Persistence Pays

The summer before her sophomore year at Seton Hall, Kayleigh Ellison suffered a seizure. The diagnosis: a brain tumor. After surgery, Ellison returned to school and earned her degree. But as she looked ahead to law school, she realized something was missing in her life. Read More.

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Answering a Different Call

When Abby McCollum appeared in a 2014 issue of Champion, she was a four-sport athlete at Detroit Mercy. Read More.

COVER STORY

Impact Player

Football places Vanderbilt's Oren Burks in position to tackle society's pressing questions. Read More.

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Help for His Homeland

Home may be 7,000 miles away for Benard Kibet, but it’s always in his heart.Read More.

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The Play, Annotated

Few moments achieve enough infamy to become known by a single noun, but The Play qualifies. Read More.

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Time Well Spent

Spare time is a rare commodity for a college baseball player, especially in-season. Read More.

PROFILE

Having a Field Day

The day Michael Burns returned to baseball, he wasn’t sure he was healthy enough. Read More.

PROFILE

Family Circus

Gordon Wild takes the jokes about clowns in stride. Read More.

INSIDER

Game Day the DIII Way

Division III sporting events may soon have a Disney touch. Read More.

INSIDER

Two-a-Day Q&A

This spring, all three divisions adopted legislation that ended the long-standing tradition of two-a-day contact practices. Read More.

PROFILE

Learning To Lead

The multifaceted roles of an athletics director are nothing new to Brad Duckworth. Read More.

COVER STORY

Play Dates

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball players connect with tween girls at a nearby school — just when they need one another most. Read More.

INSIDER

More Than Football

Most college athletes will go pro in something other than sports, but what about those talented enough to play professionally? Read More.

COMMENTARY

Second Place, but an Important First

A year ago, Mount Union sprinter A.J. Digby couldn’t have dared dream about the position in which he found himself in March. Read More.

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Master Thief

For all the weapons Sammy Bost brings to the Lebanon Valley softball field, her ability to steal bases stands above them all. Read More.

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Providing Refuge

There’s one accomplishment Julie Garner knows her parents would be most proud of. Read More.

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Helping a Neighbor

An EF3 tornado struck Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 21, as most of the city’s residents slept. Read More.

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A Step Toward Closure

Daughter of Charleston shooting victim takes on life after college. Read More.

INSIDER

Critical Thinking

One Division II bylaw. Thirty pages of rules. Thirty minutes. Go. Read More.

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Talking Sports

Through supportforsport.org, a program Van Raalte helped launch that offers a series of online workshops, she is helping student-athletes realize the career-shaping values their athletics experiences have developed and how they can sell them to employers. Read More.

COVER STORY

Straight Shooter

When Mindy Miles’ rifle inadvertently fired at the 2016 NCAA championships, she didn’t hesitate to call a penalty on herself. Read More.

PROFILE

Law and Order

For much of three decades, Jack Friedenthal willingly stepped up to ensure rules were enforced in college sports. Read More.

INSIDER

Grad School Dilemma

Should students who have graduated and have remaining eligibility be permitted to play at the Division III school of their choice? Read More.

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A Worthy Sacrifice

Making the right choice often entails making the difficult one. Read More.

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Know Thy Worth

When that job offer comes through, how do you maximize your earning potential when you’re just starting out? Read More.

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Legendary Beyond the Football Field

Boz Bostrom experienced firsthand the unique coaching style that catapulted John Gagliardi to gridiron greatness. Read More.

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The Loss of a Leader

The words “Rest in peace, my friend” were scrawled across the whiteboard. Read More.

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Who Is Sleeping?

The benefits of catching more zzz’s will extend beyond athletics. Read More.

COMMENTARY

A Focus on What Matters

College sports provoke so much passion in our country, and even college presidents are not immune to the thrill of game day. Read More.

INTERVIEW

From There to Here: Greg Woods

While his choice to instead play volleyball in college was a surprise to his family, it soon turned into something much bigger. Read More.

PROFILE

Art Naturally

After two years of forcing himself to pursue a business degree, Xavier Ayers attended a photography class that yielded a discovery. Read More.

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Laboring Over Fair Labor

When the calendar flips to December this year, a subtle yet significant change will sweep through college sports. Read More.

PROFILE

“We’re not here to crawl over each other to get to the top.”

University of New Mexico offensive lineman Garrett Adcock’s daily routine mixes pass protection and blocking drills with mock trials and arguments. Read More.

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Global Opportunities

The last five years have shown increased interest in sports that haven’t traditionally drawn international competitors. Read More.

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Cross Their Hearts

University of Virginia student-athletes Ryan Lukacovic and Michael Rhoads took up riding for a reason. Read More.

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Still Running

Lisa Parlette was in Wilmington, Ohio, on May 9, 2015, because her daughter, Jenna, would have graduated that day. Read More.

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How Low They Did Go

It was an idea senior captain Jason Mohr proposed to Adams State cross country coach Joe Vigil in the beginning of the 1992 season. Read More.

INSIDER

Joining the Discussion

The evolving management of three highly visible sports in the new Division I governance structure is starting to become clearer. Read More.

FEATURE

Within a Split Second

Inside the moments that create an NCAA champion in the world’s oldest sport. Read More.

PROFILE

His Hardest Loss

Mark Veilleux went without a good night’s rest for more than 20 years as he tended to his ailing son. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Tapped Into Winner Strength

Evan Simon was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in February and relied on his training to overcome the disease. Read More.

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‘I Can’t Believe It’s Done’

In May, Julio Luevano graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and fitness. His schedule – like his future – is now wide open. Read More.

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Finding Her Way

A few months ago, Jordan Redmond found herself working with special needs students in Kenya. Read More.

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A Cup of Distinction

Dominating on the court, on the field or in the pool simply isn’t enough to earn one Division III conference’s presidents’ cup. Read More.

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Fighting Words

In their quest to maximize school spirit, California State University, San Marcos, is seeking a fight song. Read More.

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The Art of Accomplishment

Florida A&M University senior Jaymee Smith has two specialties. The first is the javelin. The second is visual arts. Read More.

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All’s Well

Well-being is generally thought of as being happy, healthy and successful. By many of those measures, former student-athletes score well. Read More.

FEATURE

The Old College Try

What would you do to bond with your team? To enshrine your sport’s tradition into the annals of history? To maybe even win a bit more often? We found college athletes (and one grass-eating coach) who tattoo their lips, believe in a box of breadcrumbs, kiss a statue, shout nonsense and don retro sweatsuits – all for the sake of being inspired to greatness. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Out of the Shadows

Senior Kara Stroup is a two-time team captain who has started every lacrosse game in college – but her success once masked a dangerous problem. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“It comes down to loving people.”

Kelly Jo McLendon hasn’t spent her college summers lingering in her hometown or working on softball pitching mechanics. Instead, the East Texas Baptist University student has taught children with special needs. Read More.

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Feeding Their Souls

Neumann University emphasizes five values for its student body: reverence, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship. Each was on display when the field hockey team sacrificed a home game to serve others. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“I’ve learned a passion.”

A research lab isn’t the first place most student-athletes go for an edge in their sport. But that’s exactly where Daisy-May Kenny, a senior golfer at the University of West Florida, found her sweet spot. Read More.

INSIDER

Talking Among Themselves

Nine years ago, Jason Sobolik stepped into an athletics compliance environment that felt drastically different from the one he knows today. Read More.

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Spitting Image

In 2015, an NCAA tobacco use survey asked more than 1,300 college baseball coaches and umpires whether spit tobacco was a problem for the sport. About 67 percent of coaches said they rarely or never see their players use it. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“I was just trying to help a guy out.”

When Chris Miller saw a man in his late 50s in cardiac arrest at a local gym, his instincts took over. The 23-year-old Seton Hill University baseball player remained calm and level-headed, rushing to the man’s side. Read More.

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Field Days

Since 1954, Joe Schrag has been a participant, a spectator, a coach, an administrator or a volunteer at the Kansas Relays, which bring together high school, college and open invitational competitors. Read More.

INSIDER

Caring, No Matter the Cost

While athletic trainer Troy Banse says will work tirelessly to adhere to new health and safety recommendations, he warns that change at schools with limited resources and small staffs won’t happen instantly. Read More.

PROFILE

Tragedy to Triumph

Clemson is in the midst of its best football season in more than 30 years, and the school’s first national championship since 1981 is only one win away. In part because of what he experienced on a Sunday three decades ago, Tony Elliott has been integral to that success. Read More.

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The Shot of a Lifetime

In the late 1990s, one of the most sought-after high school recruits in the nation didn’t play basketball or football. Instead, he was a marksman from Mount Holly, New Jersey, who had already set a junior world record as a 16-year-old in the 50-meter rifle three-position event. Read More.

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Friends of the Court

So 50 grandparents walk into a gym … That isn’t a setup to a bad joke: It’s the scene that happens when the Franklin College women’s basketball team takes the court. Read More.

INTERVIEW

A Lane of His Own

Mike Kroll started Manchester University’s swimming and diving program a year ago after a decade of finding success as a coach and swimmer. With spastic cerebral palsy, Kroll’s goal as a swimmer wasn’t to win a race but to make himself better and meet his personal goals every day. Read More.

INSIDER

Does Their Hearts Good

Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more NCAA athletes than any other sport-related trauma. So the NCAA Sport Science Institute and leading sports medicine groups across the country have crafted an interassociation statement on cardiovascular care in hopes of keeping athletes safer. Read More.

COVER STORY

High Endurance

Orphaned at age 9, Chernet Sisay lived on the streets of Ethiopia for more than a year and can't bear to summon the memories. So why can't he stop smiling? Read More.

FEATURE

How the NCAA Works

Millions are interested in college sports; few understand the intricacies behind them. What follows is the story of how 1,121 schools, more than 100 conferences, tens of thousands of athletics administrators and more than 460,000 student-athletes come together to make the NCAA work. Read More.

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Lessons Learned

Colleges and universities searching for answers that help curb sexual violence and assault on campus might find some helpful examples in their peers at the U.S. military academies. Read More.

INSIDER

First Contact

Domenic Fraboni didn’t venture to Canada in spring 2014 to see mountains and moose. He went to get tackled. Thanks to a rule permitting teams to compete on international trips, Fraboni and his teammates on the Concordia College, Moorhead, football team scrimmaged against a Canadian team in May 2014. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Her Success – and Theirs

Cecelia Lykes returned to college with three kids and dreams for her future – and emerged as an Academic All-American. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Membership Milestone

Nebraska Wesleyan University will soon forgo its dual membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and NCAA to align itself exclusively with NCAA Division III. A mundane transition? Hardly. Read More.

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Wave of Emotion

Rick Dickson is ready to greet the 308 former Tulane University student-athletes who competed in fall 2005 and are expected to return for homecoming weekend this fall. The athletics director has waited 10 years for this opportunity. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

It's About Time

This fall, the 25th NCAA Woman of the Year will be named. The program launched in 1991, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the advent of NCAA women’s championships. Read More.

COVER STORY

A mound of cure

A cancer diagnosis. More than three years of chemotherapy. Two hip replacements. Through it all, Richie Suarez just wanted a chance to play college baseball. But he picked up something unexpected along the way. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Thinking Globally

Sarah Nieburg spent her childhood traveling for soccer, but last summer it took the Randolph-Macon College student-athlete farther than ever: to rural Ghana, where she spent six weeks encouraging gender empowerment through sport. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Teaching Dollars and Sense

When new legislation takes effect next month for the five autonomy conferences in Division I, student-athletes will be able to receive scholarships that fund up to the federally defined full cost of attendance, which varies from school to school. But that benefit also means they will need to manage sums of money beyond what many of them are accustomed to handling. Read More.

LONGFORM

A Gray Matter

Concussion and its consequences are complex, but fear has surged ahead of science. To catch up, researchers funded by the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense teamed up in the largest concussion study in history. They hope to turn anxiety into answers. Read More.

INSIDER

Making it Theirs

Blacktop Creative has cultivated brands for 14 years – it counts Hallmark, Applebee’s and Chick-fil-A among its clients. But when Division II hired the marketing firm last April to develop a new brand campaign, Blacktop entered uncharted territory. Read More.

FEATURE

College Football's Already Rich Playoff History

Think the College Football Playoff is something new? Here, the seven most thrilling, surprising, exhilarating games from the first 41 years of college football playoffs. Read More.

LONGFORM

Unfinished

Jenna Parlette collapsed within sight of the finish line and, days later, she was gone. The medical anomalies that led to her death were complex. So are the emotions that ensued. Read More.

LONGFORM

A Game and a plan

Courtney Boyd didn’t want to follow her peers into the life of drugs and despair that consumed her hometown. To move on, she would need a new family, a new home, a new name – and the belief that an education could change her life. Read More.

LONGFORM

Battlefield to Home Field

Veterans returning from war find a new team — and a different kind of camaraderie. Read More.

FEATURE

Going Ballistic

From the basement of a red brick building at Washington State, the Sports Science Lab tests sports equipment to ensure a level playing field. Read More.

LONGFORM

The Home of the Brave

Fourteen years ago, Julio Luevano embarked on a covert journey across the Mexican border to settle in a humble Indiana town. Now, his days are filled with maintenance work, family, soccer and studying for a degree finally within his reach. Read More.

COVER STORY

One Giant Leap

Kendall Spencer competes in track and field for the University of New Mexico and is in training for the Olympic trials. But for now, he is the face of the Division I student-athlete voice in the NCAA. Read More.