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Why Is That a Rule?

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

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.

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.

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.

Transformed

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

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.

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.

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