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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.

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.

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.

Able to Stay Golden

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

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.

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.

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