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Pat Haden Stepping Down as U.S.C. Athletic Director

Haden, a former Trojans quarterback, helped stabilize Southern California’s football program after N.C.A.A. sanctions.

Top College Football Recruit Rashan Gary Picks Michigan

In a carefully orchestrated production, the Wolverines claimed the commitment of the country’s top-ranked recruit.

At Blinn College, Cam Newton Plotted a Return to the Big Time

Newton, the Panthers’ Super Bowl quarterback, transferred to Blinn College, in Brenham, Tex., to keep his football career going after leaving the University of Florida.

On College Football: On Signing Day, Powerhouse Programs Strive to Remain on Top

Even elite teams like Ohio State, which has many players leaving early for the N.F.L., and Alabama, where things remained stable after another national title, work to upgrade their talent.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Notre Dame Retains Coach

Brian Kelly agreed to a six-year contract to remain as coach at Notre Dame through the 2021 season.

Judge Approves Settlement in Head Injuries Suit Against N.C.A.A.

The agreement does not contain cash settlements for the plaintiffs in the proposed class-action suit, but mandates a new national protocol for head injuries.

Florida State Settles Suit Over Jameis Winston Rape Inquiry

The settlement, for $950,000, also commits Florida State to five years of sexual assault awareness programs, although the university did not admit liability.

Some Charges Against Former Penn State Officials Thrown Out

A Pennsylvania appeals court dismissed some serious criminal charges against three administrators over their handling of the Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Sports Briefing | Colleges: Passer Puts Baseball Aside

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he had decided to focus on football and academics and would not rejoin the university’s baseball team this season.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Portland State Player Dies

Portland State linebacker A. J. Schlatter died Sunday night, possibly from complications from a tonsillectomy.

Alabama Player’s Misfortunes Typify Pitfalls of College Sports

The short life of Altee Tenpenny, a rising football star who was killed in October, is instructive on many levels.

Major N.C.A.A. Conferences Approve New Concussion Rule

Under the rule, a college’s medical officials have the final say over when athletes return to play after sustaining concussions or other injuries.

Sports Briefing | Colleges: Major N.C.A.A. Conferences Approve Rule on Concussions

The rule requires that college medical professionals have autonomous and final authority in deciding when an athlete returns to play from a concussion or other injury.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson Named Manning Award Winner

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson hasn't let his disappointment over losing college football's national title game stop him from watching it over and over again, reviewing what he did wrong and analyzing what he can do better next season.

Tennessee Turns to a Penn State Assistant to Bolster Its Defense

As the Volunteers’ new defensive coordinator, Bob Shoop, who held the same position with the Nittany Lions, said his goal was to build a “championship-caliber” unit.

Alabama 45, Clemson 40: Just Call It the Tidal Game: Alabama Wins Its Fourth Crown in Seven Years

The Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns, leading No. 2 Alabama past No. 1 Clemson for the College Football Playoff championship.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Penn State Lawsuit Allowed

A judge cleared the way for the former Penn State president Graham Spanier to pursue a defamation lawsuit against Louis J. Freeh for a report critical of Spanier for his handling of the Jerry Sandusky case..

Sports of The Times: Nick Saban Builds a Legacy Under a Long Shadow

Alabama’s current coach, who was seeking a fourth national title with the Crimson Tide on Monday, has accomplished a great deal in his career but is unlikely to eclipse Bear Bryant.

College Football National Championship: Live Updates

The Alabama Crimson Tide take on the undefeated Clemson Tigers to decide who will be the national champion. Stay here for live scoring and updates.

Nailing the National Anthem: Some Who Have Done It

Many people still laud Whitney Houston’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Super Bowl in 1991. Do you have a favorite rendition?

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