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The NCAA Has Always Paid Players; Now It's Just Harder To Pretend They Don't

Contrary to popular belief, the NCAA has only ever truly enforced a nationwide prohibition on payments to athletes for three years—from 1948 to 1951. Prior to that, there was no NCAA-wide rule on scholarships at all, meaning that the full flowering of the popularity of college football prior to World War II was… »8/29/15 12:25pm8/29/15 12:25pm

Deadspin 25: Georgia Has Nick Chubb, So This Is Gonna Be Fun

Welcome to the Deadspin 25, a college football poll that strives to be more democratic and less useless than every other preseason poll. Leading up to the college football season kickoff, we will give you previews of the 25 teams that you, the readers, voted to be most worthy of writing about. Now, No. 13 Georgia »8/20/15 5:20pm8/20/15 5:20pm

Kain Colter's Union Battle Cost Him More Than He Ever Expected

At 11:30 a.m. Monday morning, lawyers from Northwestern University and the College Athletes Players Association received the call they’d been waiting for since March of last year. The National Labor Relations Board had decided whether or not football players at Northwestern can form a union. It was the news Kain… »8/18/15 3:55pm8/18/15 3:55pm

Deadspin 25: Holy Shit, Ole Miss Might Actually Do This Thing

Welcome to the Deadspin 25, a college football poll that strives to be more democratic and less useless than every other preseason poll. Leading up to the college football season kickoff, we will give you previews of the 25 teams that you, the readers, voted to be most worthy of writing about. Now, No. 19 Ole Miss. »8/14/15 2:53pm8/14/15 2:53pm

NCAA: Donnie Tyndall Hired Assistants To Do Players' Homework

Men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall lasted one season at Tennessee before the school canned him, but his firing wasn’t due to the Volunteers’ 16-16 record. Allegations surfaced that Tyndall had been directly involved in multiple NCAA academic violations at his previous employer, Southern Mississippi. The NCAA… »7/28/15 2:16pm7/28/15 2:16pm

It Won't Matter Who Starts At Quarterback For Ohio State

With Braxton Miller announcing his to return to Ohio State, the Buckeyes now have three of college football’s best-available quarterbacks—Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones—all with big-game experience and all finally healthy. Now, the question that has been looming since their national championship can finally… »7/13/15 1:05pm7/13/15 1:05pm