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Study Points to Cognitive Dangers of Tackle Football Before Age 12

The study of N.F.L. retirees found that those who began playing tackle football when they were younger than 12 increased their risk of developing memory and thinking problems later in life.

2 Ex-Vanderbilt Students Convicted of Rape

A jury found Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty of raping a fellow student, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing.

‘The Hunting Ground,’ a Film About Rape Culture at Colleges

“The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses, drew gasps at a Sundance Film Festival viewing.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Ameer Abdullah Leads North in Senior Bowl

Abdullah of Nebraska rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving yards as he led the North to a 34-13 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Former Athletes Sue North Carolina and N.C.A.A. Over Academic Fraud

A class-action complaint was filed in state court just months after a report found that over the last two decades some 3,100 students took classes that sometimes did not meet or require any work.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Colts Missing Richardson

Marvin Kloss of the University of South Florida made four field goals to help the East beat the West, 19-3, in the East-West Shrine Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Photos: A Game of Juxtaposition

Using a Nikon 35 mm film camera, Cooper Neill created these double exposures at Monday night’s national championship college football game in Arlington, Tex.

N.C.A.A. Reaches Deal to Restore Wins for Penn State and Joe Paterno

A proposed agreement would restore 112 wins by Penn State that were wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky scandal, again making Joe Paterno the winningest coach in major-college football.

Oliver Luck, N.C.A.A.’s Newest Employee, Brings Interdisciplinary Expertise

Luck is leaving his job at West Virginia University to begin his new role as a top executive at the N.C.A.A., where his experience as an athletic director sets him apart.

Visions of New Era in College Sports Converge at N.C.A.A. Convention

The N.C.A.A.’s annual convention in Washington is playing host to a debate on how to treat the young athletes driving what has become a multibillion-dollar industry, and, in turn, what do with the money.

Cardale Jones Says He Will Stay at Ohio State

Jones, the quarterback who recently led the Buckeyes to the national championship, announced on Thursday that he would return instead of declaring for the N.F.L. draft.

T.C.U.’s Gary Patterson Wins Coaching Award

Texas Christian Coach Gary Patterson, who guided the Horned Frogs to an impressive turnaround this season, won the Paul “Bear” Bryant award, given to the college coach of the year.

Sports Briefing | College Football: T.C.U.’s Gary Patterson Wins Coaching Award

Texas Christian Coach Gary Patterson, who guided the Horned Frogs to an impressive turnaround this season, won the Paul “Bear” Bryant award, given to the college coach of the year.

Title Game Sets Ratings Record for Cable, but Not Over All

A robust 33.4 million watched Monday’s game between Ohio State and Oregon on ESPN, but the figure fell short of the Nielsen record of 35.6 million, set by the 2006 title game, which was shown on ABC.

On College Football: After ‘Monster’ Game, Ezekiel Elliott Cherishes His and Ohio State’s Glorious Run

Elliott, the title game’s most valuable player, had 246 yards on 36 carries on Monday against Oregon — and 696 yards and eight touchdowns in his last three games over all.

Sports of The Times: Ohio State’s Cardale Jones Learns Ability Is Pointless Without Maturity

Cardale Jones went from Ohio State’s third-string quarterback to a title-winning one in four games, but the greatest measure of his growth might be his new understanding of the game and his role in it.

Ohio State 42, Oregon 20: Ohio State Upsets Oregon and Wins College Football National Championship

Cardale Jones, at one point Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, led the Buckeyes past the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff title game.

Sports of The Times: A Threat to Unionize, and Then Benefits Trickle In for Players

Everyone except the players, it seems, are making money in college football, where even the players’ scholarships come with compromises.

Jeremiah Masoli Watches Oregon Win and Laments What He Lost

The former Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, whose career went off track after an arrest, is still trying to attract the attention of N.F.L. teams at age 26.

Phil Steele’s Oregon-Ohio State Preview

Steele, who has been writing a college football preview magazine for 20 years, likes both offenses in Monday night’s title game and cannot imagine picking against either team.

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