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Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon Is Set to Resign

nytimes.com — Under pressure from Michigan's board of regents, on which he used to sit, Dave Brandon planned to resign as athletic director of the university Friday after nearly five years in the role. A source familiar with the university's thinking confirmed the resignation. Michigan said Mark Schlissel, the university president, would have a news conference at 1:30 p.m.

Former Texas Player Julius Whittier Files Suit Against N.C.A.A.

nytimes.com — Julius 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. The suit seeks relief for all N.C.A.A.

Georgia Running Back Todd Gurley Suspended Until Nov. 15

nytimes.com — Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who had been considered a top contender for the Heisman Trophy, must sit out until Nov. 15 for receiving more than $3,000 for signed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period, the N.C.A.A. announced Wednesday. Georgia said it intended to appeal the decision immediately.

It’s Not Easy Being Casspi

tabletmag.com — Wednesday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Nets pulled out a victory-a convincing one, in fact-over the Sacramento Kings, bringing their record to 8-63. They have 11 more games this year; if they win none of them, then I will have witnessed the final victory of the worst te...

Mississippi State Leads College Football Playoff Committee’s First Rankings

nytimes.com — The College Football Playoff selection committee revealed its first set of rankings Tuesday night, placing Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi as its top four teams, in that order. The 12-person committee met Monday and Tuesday in a conference room at the Gaylord Texan hotel near Dallas to debate the merits of each team and then determine its top 25.

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

nytimes.com — Miranda Wilhelm, the girlfriend of Florida State running back Karlos Williams, will ask the Tallahassee Police Department to terminate its investigation into the domestic battery complaint it received against Williams on Saturday night. "She's informed the Tallahassee Police Department, through me, that she has no intent to provide a statement," said Wilhelm's lawyer, Nathan Prince, who is based in Tallahassee.

Pac-12 Guarantees 4-Year Scholarships

nytimes.com — The Pacific-12 Conference became the second big conference to guarantee four-year scholarships to its athletes. On Monday it announced its 12 universities would also extend injured athletes' medical insurance to four years after their departures and would allow athletes who transferred within the conference to get scholarships immediately.

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

nytimes.com — Florida State running back Karlos Williams is under investigation over an accusation of domestic battery, the Tallahassee Police Department announced Monday. The Tallahassee police received the case against the 21-year-old Williams on Saturday night. No other details of the claim were made public.

So Long, Computer Rankings; Hello, New Era of Bickering

nytimes.com — It is an era of good feelings for the College Football Playoff: Most fans seem to prefer the idea of a committee deliberating and voting on the nation's top teams to the old system under the Bowl Championship Series, which infamously used computer rankings.

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

nytimes.com — GREENVILLE, N.C. - They do not have a multibillion-dollar movie franchise named after them, but the pirates of the North Carolina coast were an eminent lot. Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, was killed near Ocracoke Island and for a time made his home in what is now Bath, N.C.
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Oct 31, 2014

so is anyone familiar with this Disney album? I am not

Oct 31, 2014

@chrislhayes isn't voting for Cuomo giving Cuomo exactly what he wants?

Oct 31, 2014

This is going to be an amazing historical document one day, probably printed on water-proof paper nytimes.com/2014/10/31/us/…

Oct 31, 2014

Cuomo and the Progressive Caucus--intimately connected to WFP--are at odds on redistricting referendum. capitalnewyork.com/article/albany…

Oct 31, 2014

Under his settlement, former Michigan AD Dave Brandon will keep two Regents Emeritus football tickets

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