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Where Are the Women?

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

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.

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.

Within a Split Second

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

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

In honor of the 45th anniversary of Title IX, a celebration of the 45 top shots, serves, scores and final seconds in NCAA women’s championships.

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