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Sports Briefing | College Football: Former Texas Player Julius Whittier Files Suit Against N.C.A.A.

Whittier, who in 1969 became the first black player on the Texas football team, has filed a proposed federal class-action lawsuit, saying that the N.C.A.A. failed to warn players of the risks that head trauma presented.

Georgia Running Back Todd Gurley Suspended Until Nov. 15

Gurley acknowledged violating N.C.A.A. rules by accepting money for autographs, but those rules are under increased fire by critics who say athletes are being exploited. Georgia said it would appeal.

Sports Briefing | College Sports: Penn State Trustees Decide Not to Review Sandusky File

The board voted against a resolution that would have set up a group to comb through the 2012 university-commissioned report into how the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal was handled.

Colleges’ Shift on Four-Year Scholarships Reflects Players’ Growing Power

The one-year scholarship has come to be viewed as similar to an employment contract, while four-year awards are seen as more in the spirit of amateurism.

Mississippi State Leads College Football Playoff Committee’s First Rankings

The 12-person selection committee, which met Monday and Tuesday to debate the merits of each team and determine its top 25, revealed a top 4 that differed from The Associated Press’s.

Girlfriend of Florida State’s Karlos Williams Seeks End to Abuse Inquiry

Miranda Wilhelm will ask the Tallahassee police to stop investigating a domestic battery complaint against Williams, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Karlos Williams, Florida State’s Top Rusher, Is Accused of Domestic Abuse

Williams, a senior, is the third Seminoles starter to face an abuse claim in the past two years.

On College Football: So Long, Computer Rankings; Hello, New Era of Bickering

The selection committee for the College Football Playoff is set to release its first rankings on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and the era of good feelings will most likely end at 7:31.

Spotlight: East Carolina's Pirate-in-Residence Is a Fixture at Home Games

Steve the Pirate is a professional actor who leads East Carolina’s entrance at home games.

East Roundup: As Freshman Leads Way, Fordham Tops Lehigh

Chase Edmonds ran for five touchdowns as Fordham defended its top conference standing with a victory over host Lehigh, 48-27, on Saturday.

Roundup: Nebraska Overwhelms Rutgers; Texas Is Handed First Shutout Since ’04

Ameer Abdullah had a program-record 341 all-purpose yards to lead the Cornhuskers past the Scarlet Knights, who have been outscored 98-41 in their last two Big Ten games.

Saturday’s College Football Games to Watch

No. 3 Mississippi plays No. 24 L.S.U., a SEC West rival, and No. 20 Southern California faces No. 19 Utah.

Tyler Varga of Yale Blasts Off to an Unstoppable Start

Tyler Varga has appeared, at times, to be unstoppable, and he attributes part of what makes him special to his sometimes odd diet and workout habits.

East Carolina Pirates Make a Name for Themselves Outside the Big 5

The East Carolina Pirates style themselves as both proudly apart from and defiantly as good as any team in the Big 5, and so far they have lived up to that billing.

Judge Has Questions About Agreement on Head-Injury Care

Lawyers involved in a class-action suit brought by former college athletes to reform N.C.A.A. head-injury policies said on Thursday they thought the agreement would be tweaked but ultimately accepted.

Sports Briefing | College Football: College Football Hall of Fame Nominees

The 81 coaches and players up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame include the Heisman Trophy winners Rashaan Salaam of Colorado, Ricky Williams of Texas and Eric Crouch of Nebraska.

Roundup: University of Florida Releases Full Report on Treon Harris Accusations

The documents indicated that a female student told the campus police that Harris had raped her, and that Harris had texted her the next day, saying, “Don’t tell nobody bout nothing.”

U.N.C. Investigation Reveals Athletes Took Fake Classes

A report found that classes requiring no attendance and little work were common knowledge among academic counselors and football coaches.

Florida State 31, Notre Dame 27: A Flag Appears, Notre Dame’s Momentary Lead Vanishes, and F.S.U. Survives

The Fighting Irish had a touchdown pass the final seconds negated by a penalty, and the Seminoles held on to improve to 7-0.

Universities Lag in Concussion Management, Study Says

A study by researchers at Harvard found that more than 90 percent of colleges said they had a concussion management program, but that many hadn’t implemented all aspects of the plan.

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