Champion Features

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.

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.

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.

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.

Working with Byers

A look at the unique leadership style of the NCAA’s first executive director

A student-athlete’s guide: How 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.

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.

American dreaming

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

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.

Photo finish

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


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