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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014, file photo, Arkansas guard Brey Cook (74) wears a Riddell SpeedFlex helmet during a preseason NCAA college football practice in Fayetteville, Ark. With lawsuits and concern regarding concussions hanging over every level of football, the race to develop safer helmets and other equipment has never been more intense. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson, File)

New Helmet Tries for a Head Start

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks’ new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it’s a bit of a …

Enough Carnage: With Realignment Done, Maybe College Football Can Finally Be About the Football

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Los Angeles — In the children’s game of musical chairs, the big loser is the kid who can’t find a seat when the music stops. In college football’s game of musical chairs, the big loser is probably Connecticut. Or, in the expanded game, toss in Boise State, Cincinnati, Central Florida and maybe Brigham …

Green Gets Lax Coach

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hanover — After a lengthy search, Dartmouth College announced the addition of Brendan Callahan as the school’s new men’s lacrosse coach on Monday. Callahan comes to the Big Green after assisting at Lehigh for the past seven years. It will be his first head coaching job at the NCAA Division I level. “Brendan impressed us as a terrific recruiter and a person of …

To Beat Judge’s Cap, NCAA May Have to Support It

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Indianapolis — The NCAA’s best argument against the Ed O’Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken — the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision. Less than two weeks after the court decision opened the door for college athletes to …

FSU Opens Top-Ranked

Monday, August 18, 2014

Finish No. 1. Start No. 1. Even Bobby Bowden’s best Florida State teams never did that. Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles will. Jameis Winston and the defending national champions are preseason No. 1 for the sixth time. In two of the previous five seasons Florida State started No. 1, the …

Six College Football Coaches on the Rise

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Now that Chris Petersen has left Boise State for Washington, college football needs another coach from outside the so-called Big 5 conferences that will have his name come up for almost every big job. Six coaches whose names are likely to come up often when the jobs start …

Six College Football Coaches On the Hot Seat

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Coaches often say they are always on the hot seat. That might be true, but some seats are hotter than others. Last season, Southern California and Texas changed coaches and created a cascade of corresponding moves. A similar situation could play out this season, with a few coaches …

Notre Dame Coach: No Change Needed in Recruiting

Sunday, August 17, 2014

South Bend, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Saturday dismissed talk that he needs to do a better job of recruiting players who are better students to avoid the academic problems that have plagued the football …

First Female Little League Player Praises Current Crop

Saturday, August 16, 2014

South Williamsport, Pa. — More than six decades after Kathryn “Tubby” Johnston Massar cut off her braids, tucked her hair under her cap and became the first girl to play Little League baseball, she’s delighted to see two girls in the Little League World Series. “It’s truly amazing. …

Norwich U. Hires Ex-Hartford Coach

Friday, August 15, 2014

Northfield, Vt. — Mike Stone, who left Hartford High earlier this summer after 28 years as head football coach, was named defensive backs coach at Norwich University on Friday. Also, Steve Smith was named wide receivers coach. “I am extremely excited about the additions to our football staff,” …

Local Roundup: Dartmouth Hires Women’s Rowing Coach

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hanover — Linda Muri was named head coach of Dartmouth College’s women’s rowing team, Dartmouth Director of Athletics & Recreation Harry Sheehy announced this week. Muri spent the past 13 years i as the assistant coach of the Harvard men’s lightweight crew and brings many years of collegiate …

Patriots, Eagles Work Out the Kinks at Joint Practice Session

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Jeremy Maclin ran past Darrelle Revis along the right side and hauled in a long touchdown pass. Not to worry, Patriots fans. It was just part of a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and …

How Will College Football Panel Pick Top Teams?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Might as well call it Mission: Impossible. Starting in mid-October, a panel of 13 football experts will begin meeting once a week to determine the four teams who will compete for the national championship in the very first College Football …