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In N.C.A.A.’s Varied Landscape, Some Open Floodgates While Others Fear Drought — OXON HILL, Md. - At the annual N.C.A.A. convention over the weekend, the trendiest color was black. That was the color of the lanyards given to delegates from the so-called Big 5 conferences - the Atlantic Coast, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pacific-12 and the Southeastern - which on Saturday afternoon raised scholarship values by several thousand dollars to cover the full cost of attendance and passed several other landmark changes.

N.C.A.A.’s Top Conferences to Allow Aid for Athletes’ Full Bills — OXON HILL, Md. - In a milestone Saturday, the five most prominent conferences in college sports voted to increase their scholarships to cover athletes' full cost of attendance, which is typically several thousand dollars more than they currently provide. The vote was 79-1, with the sole opposing vote coming from Boston College, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

N.C.A.A. Reaches Deal to Restore Wins for Penn State and Joe Paterno — The N.C.A.A. announced on Friday that it had reached a proposed settlement in a lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania state senator over the sanctions leveled against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

Oliver Luck, N.C.A.A.’s Newest Employee, Brings Interdisciplinary Expertise — DALLAS - Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer who was previously head of the N.F.L.'s international division, recalled watching Oliver Luck, at the time in charge of N.F.L. Europe, at work in the 1990s in Germany.

Cardale Jones Says He Will Stay at Ohio State — Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, fresh off leading the Buckeyes to victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game, announced Thursday afternoon that he would return to Ohio State instead of declaring for the N.F.L. draft.

After ‘Monster’ Game, Ezekiel Elliott Cherishes His and Ohio State’s Glorious Run — ARLINGTON, Tex. - With 28 seconds left in the national championship game, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott scored his fourth and final touchdown. After celebrating in the end zone, he ran to the sideline, where he slapped hands with one of the most famous athletes in the world, LeBron James, who banged his helmet with pride as Elliott jogged off to be with his teammates.

Ohio State Wideout’s Biggest Plays Extend Beyond Hauling In Catches — COLUMBUS, Ohio - At the Woody Hayes Athletic Center here, there is a wall listing all the Ohio State captains with the title "A Legacy of Leadership." The wall was donated by Kirk Herbstreit, the ESPN college football analyst and captain of the 1992 team, and his wife, Allison.

Oregon Benches Two Players After Positive Drug Tests — DALLAS - Oregon Coach Mark Helfrich said Saturday that wide receiver Darren Carrington and running back Ayele Forde would not play in Monday night's College Football Playoff championship game against Ohio State after positive drug tests, a violation of N.C.A.A. rules. Carrington caught 37 passes for 704 yards this season.

Ohio State Receiver Capitalizes on Skills Transferable Across Two Sports — COLUMBUS, Ohio - On a Sunday night in late November, Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith, like millions of other Americans, was watching "Sunday Night Football" when the Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. made a leaping, one-handed catch for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. Social media quickly buzzed with praise for Beckham's catch.

Signs of College Football’s Clout: Beer Sales and Travel Aid — Spectators at the men's basketball Final Four last April at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., could buy burgers, sodas and even Texas-shaped waffles. But they could not buy alcohol. The N.C.A.A. does not permit alcohol sales - or even its advertising - at the 89 championships it administers.
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