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College football preseason SP+ rankings — Ohio State tops Alabama, Clemson

For obvious reasons, the thought of a fall college football season coming off without a hitch is a tenuous one. The number of coronavirus cases on campus is spiking with the return of (non-athlete) students, and practices throughout the country have been altered or stopped altogether because of it. We won’t completely know this unusual season is going to start until it does, we won’t know if or when it will actually finish, and in between, we don’t know how much depth chart shuffling we’ll see.

For the rest of this piece, however, we’re suspending all uncertainty. While four of the FBS’ 10 conferences, plus a few independents, have postponed their fall football seasons with the hope of starting in the winter or spring, 76 teams have committed to playing this fall — 77 if you include Air Force, with its two-game, service-academies-only schedule.

While this is destined to be

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College Football Holds Its Breath as Season Approaches

Alabama recently reported 1,200 positive COVID-19 tests among its students.

Auburn returned to practice Monday without 16 football players for virus-related reasons.

Iowa, while taking a Big Ten-ordered pandemic pause from games, called off all athletic practices because of a virus spike until Sept. 7.

Notre Dame just announced only students, players’ families, faculty and staff will be permitted inside its stadium on game day. 

Kansas will play football without any fans. 

In a virus-free world, the Michigan-Washington game would have been played Saturday.

OK, what football season?

As the college game pushes toward the FBS season openers on Thursday — roughly 60 percent of the teams are pursuing games while the others are sitting out the season — the novel coronavirus is still not cooperating. 

There remains a general sense that while the coming NCAA season will launch for most of the 76 hard-liners over the next month, it’s

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College Runner Spends the Night in a Tree to Escape a Bear Attack

On August 18, Rachel Smith, 19, headed out for seven miles on the Big Otter Trail in the HaDaRonDah Wilderness Area, a trail she’s run dozens of times in her hometown of Old Forge, New York, tucked away in the Adirondacks.

Usually a morning runner, Smith, who’s on the cross-country team at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, left her house at 7 p.m. because work had kept her busy earlier in the day. She told her mom she’d be back in 90 minutes, tops.

Because of the fog, Smith opted to run on a snow-mobile trail instead of the main road, where cars would have a hard time seeing her. There’s no cell service where Smith runs so she never brings a phone.

Smith didn’t come home that night.

Just before the 3.5-mile turnaround, Smith saw two black bear cubs. An avid outdoors person—she attended Adirondack Woodcraft Camps for 12

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President Trump talked to Big Ten about starting fall football season

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President Donald Trump says he is offering his assistance to the Big Ten as the conference attempts to make plans for starting its college football season. 

The president tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and had a “productive conversation.”

“Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football,” the tweet said. “Would be good (great!) for everyone – Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!”

The Big Ten announced Aug. 11 that it would not play in the fall and instead attempt to hold a football season in the spring. However, there has been significant pushback from coaches and parents after the decision. A report last week said the league was considering a start on the week of Thanksgiving.

A court filing as part of a lawsuit filed by

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Colorado College shifts to remote learning after all dorms placed under COVID-19 quarantine

Colorado College is switching to remote learning and asking on-campus students to leave after a dozen positive COVID-19 cases led the school to quarantine its freshman dorms for two weeks, the school’s leaders announced Tuesday.

The private Colorado Springs college, which enrolls about 2,200 students, is the first higher-education institution in the state to switch to remote operations after reopening its campus to in-person learning in the midst of the pandemic.

But the college is largely placing the blame for its about-face on El Paso County Public Health, which school officials said is behind the stringent quarantine guidelines that left 155 freshmen stuck inside their dorm rooms for two weeks last month after a single positive COVID-19 case was confirmed on campus.

Over the weekend, the school’s other two dorms were placed on quarantine, too, after 10 more student infections were confirmed.

El Paso County health officials did not return

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The lack of Black leaders in New England college sports is ‘what institutional and systemic racism look like’

“It amazes me that these barriers have not been broken down by now,” Titus said. “It’s a prime example of what institutional and systemic racism look like.”

A Globe survey of 112 colleges and universities in New England found that only five, or 4.5 percent, employ a Black athletic director. Just one of the region’s 15 Division 1 athletic departments has a Black leader: Marcus Blossom at Holy Cross.

“It amazes me that these barriers have not been broken down by now. It’s a prime example of what institutional and systemic racism look like.”

On Aug. 17, Division 2 Bentley University named Vaughn Williams, a senior administrator at Boston College, as its first Black AD. The other Black athletic directors in New England manage lower-budget operations at Division 3 schools: Anthony Grant at MIT, Lauren Haynie at Brandeis, and Darlene Gordon, Titus’s interim replacement at UMass Boston.

The diversity deficit

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From 2006: Few minorities get the reins in college football

A former All-America football captain at Boston University, Talley pursued a career as a collegiate head coach by building an impressive resume: Eight years as an assistant at Dartmouth, Colby, and the University of Massachusetts.

His credentials were solid enough that he landed interviews in recent years for head jobs at Northeastern, Dartmouth, and Holy Cross. But like legions of other qualified African-Americans who aspire to lead college football programs, Talley was shut out, left clinging to his dream of one day entering a domain ruled and overwhelmingly populated by white men.

The statistics are staggering, both nationally and in New England. Of 616 football teams affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, only 16, or 2.6 percent, are guided by African-American head coaches, even though an estimated 19,667, or 32.7 percent, of the players last year were black, according to an NCAA survey (the figures exclude historically black colleges

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Don’t ever stop trying to learn

Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press Business Columnist
Published 7:00 a.m. ET Aug. 22, 2020 | Updated 4:57 p.m. ET Aug. 22, 2020

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Michael Levens was just named president and CEO of Walsh College in Troy — a position that appears a perfect fit for someone with his resume of top jobs in automotive and technology, who found his calling in academia.  

Born in Flint, Levens was smitten with the auto industry at an early age. His first job was in a co-op program at General Motor’s Warehousing and Distribution Division in Swartz Creek. After graduating from Kettering University he continued with GM in various jobs for 16 years.  He loves educating people — whether about the nuances of cars, technology or business. And he’s good at it.  

Levens is the college’s eighth president. He previously served as its interim provost and professor and academic chair of the marketing department.

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On TikTok, Students Complain About College Quarantine Food

A lemon as a side dish. Some lettuce in a plastic bag. A sandwich for a student with gluten allergies. Salads with chicken for vegetarians.

Welcome to college. Bon appétit.

As students arrive on campuses in New York and elsewhere for another academic year upended by the coronavirus pandemic, administrators are grappling with an array of challenges and, in some cases, hastily rewriting their carefully drawn plans for the fall.

It took just a week for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for example, to move most fall classes online. Columbia University shifted all of its undergraduate classes online shortly before the semester began.

Colleges and universities in New York must also figure out how to isolate students coming from more than 30 states for 14 days in an effort to keep the virus from spreading.

Feeding those students, it turns out, is a big task.

New York

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Zach Wilson’s TD Throw Prompts Glowing Review from College Football Analyst

On Thursday, BYU wrapped up fall camp with a scrimmage. The scrimmage consisted of approximately 85 plays according to Kalani Sitake:

“I think we were close, I will have to look at the final number, but close to 85 reps. Our goal was to go every thing live, but we decided it would be better for us to get about 30 live reps work today. It’s been a really physical camp and looking at our guys, I think that’s a goal for us – to get everyone competing and going. I think it was harder for the offense to move but we both did good things on both sides of the ball and some good work on special teams. I am really impressed with the day. I think we got exactly what we wanted from it.” Kalani Sitake

After the scrimmage, BYU posted a a few highlights from the scrimmage.

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