| Jan 29, 2014
What we know today as the National Collegiate Athletic Association came into being more than a century ago in part because universities feared what would happen to their hold on college sports. The issue? Concerns about players' health and safety weren'...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus, Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports.
Who's to blame for Maryland not winning close games, Mark Turgeon or his players?
Don Markus: After...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 4:23 PM
Thanks to strong starts to each half, ninth-ranked Wisconsin's three-game Big Ten Conference losing streak is over.
The Badgers outscored Purdue 17-6 to begin the game and 9-2 to start the second half on their way to a 72-58 victory on Saturday in...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Like most teenagers, Northwestern guard Tre Demps loved summer vacation. His favorite family trip was to the gym nearest his San Antonio home.
For Demps, the journeys he now considers sentimental involved getting up at 6 a.m. and going to the office...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 7:49 PM
Leave it to Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron to put everything in perspective.
"Football is just a game," he said after Saturday's last-play loss to Auburn. "It's not life."
Leave it to senior Auburn administrator Jay Jacobs to boil the...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Friday and Saturday's menu of games:
9 a.m.: Iowa...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 9:50 PM
No. 4 Ohio State (8-0) at Purdue (1-6)
9 a.m., BTN
Ohio State needs a quality win against a quality opponent to prove it belongs in the same sentence as Alabama, Oregon and Florida State. So what a lousy time for Purdue to show up on the...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 4:25 PM
Like Bo Pelini, I plan to go down swinging.
The Nebraska coach — for now — nearly hit an official in the face Friday when he swung his hat to protest a call in the Cornhuskers' 37-17 loss to Iowa. I know the feeling, man. My fight to...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 4:31 PM
I play a little game with myself on Mondays. It's called Guess the Spread.
Several weeks back, I predicted Ohio State would be favored by nine points at Northwestern. The line opened at four, and I thought: Man, Vegas thinks more of the Wildcats than...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 10:15 PM
For most of his high school career, Isaiah Wharton has floated just under the radar.
A talented defensive back with the not-so-glamourous letterhead of Kissimmee Gateway High, Wharton found himself mired in the Osceola County recruiting abyss that has...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Former Dr. Phillips girls water polo athletes Mary Campbell and Marisa Gaynor reunited in the pool Saturday when their colleges faced each other in their season opener.
Gaynor, a senior at Iona College in New York, had nine saves in goal for her team,...