Football

The Hard Road Home

Jason Church's odyssey from a football field in Wisconsin to a battlefield in Afghanistan... and back again.

DII unveils 2013 football television schedule

The six-game Thursday night slate opens Sept. 5 and features seven teams from last year’s championship field, including two national semifinalists. Teams appearing in this year’s television package combined for a 102-30 (.773) overall...

Finishing what he started

By Brian Burnsed NCAA.org Jay Cutler didn’t see him. But Jerrell Freeman was accustomed to being overlooked. Five years removed from his final college snap, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker was finally playing in his first NFL regular...

University of Central Florida infractions appeal

The University of Central Florida football postseason ban has been reversed, according to a NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee report released today. The case centered on what the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions noted...

NCAA survey shows healthy faculty influence on student-athlete academic success

By Gary Brown A recent survey of NCAA faculty athletics representatives shows that most of those responding believe they play a significant role in influencing student-athlete academic success and that they elevate and protect academic...

Playing rules panel approves more stringent penalty in football

By Greg Johnson The Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new football rule that requires players who target and contact defenseless players above the shoulders to be ejected, effective for the 2013 season. The change increases the on-...

Report details missteps, insufficient oversight; NCAA commits to improvements

Select NCAA enforcement staff acted contrary to internal protocols, legal counsel and the membership’s understanding about the limits of its investigative powers in the University of Miami case, according to the external Enforcement Review...

Football Rules Committee recommends ejection for targeting defenseless players

By Ty Halpin The NCAA Football Rules Committee took steps to further protect student-athletes by proposing a rule to eject players who target and contact defenseless players above the shoulders. The committee, which met Monday-Wednesday,...

NCAA moves to dismiss Pennsylvania lawsuits

The NCAA today asked courts in Pennsylvania to dismiss two lawsuits that are seeking to invalidate some or all of the sanctions against Penn State University. Pennsylvania politicians filed both suits, and our filings today demonstrate...

Football attendance continues to set records for conferences and schools

By Gary K. Johnson Almost 49 million fans attended college football games at all 644 NCAA football-playing schools during the 2012-13 season, and one conference that topped 7 million fans for the first time ever. The attendance of 48,958,...

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