Questions about collegiate sports, including sports sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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What made Notre Dame, Notre Dame?

In the mid 90s I spent some time playing football and training at the University of Nebraska. I was in awe at how the football program generated such an advantage under Tom Osborne. You walked the ...
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Why are CFB polls so week-to-week compared to NFL's power ranking style?

Disclaimer** I tried to make this question as unbiased and as unopinionated as possible. I notice a discrepancy in how teams are ranked in college football polls vs how they are ranked in NFL power ...
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When do the first NCAA Football Polls come out?

Does anyone know when the first AP polls for NCAA Football are announced?
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What is the seeding logic for the March Madness play-in (First Four) teams?

So, you'd think that the "First Four" teams would be considered the worst teams in the NCAA Tournament. They have to play themselves into the bracket a couple days before the real tourney starts. ...
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What are the guidelines for declaring for the NFL Draft?

For the 2014 NFL Draft, a record of 98 underclassmen have declared for the draft(1). What are the guidelines for declaring for the NFL Draft? The NBA has a "one year rule" in that players are ...
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Fake field goals or extra points in college football

How can there be a fake field goal or extra point in college when the holder starts out with his knee on the ground? This should instantly ground the ball if the kicker isn't going to kick it.
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Rules against celebratory compensation in the ncaa

I was listening to the radio, this morning, and heard that the Rick Pitino, the head coach of Louisville, wanted to bring his team to New Orleans. He wanted the whole team to support the Louisville's ...
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What are the differences between the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award?

College basketball has two primary "player of the year" awards: the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award. The Wooden Award is "presented annually to the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the ...
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How many people can “cut down the net”?

It's traditional for winning college basketball teams to "cut down the net" when they reach the Final Four. But just how many people (players, coaches, staff) are allowed to cut down the next? I.e. ...
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too many players on the court

During this past season, my coach subbed in a player from the bench and that player did a poor job of communicating who was to be subbed out. This resulted in our team having six players on the court ...
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Seeding for Round 1 in NCAA basketball tournament

In the "field of 65" style tournament bracket, there were two 16-seeds (presumably the weakest teams) that had a play-in game in order to play the overall #1 seed. When they expanded to 68, it's now ...
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If a college player declares for the draft early and doesn't get drafted, can he go back to school?

If a college player (football/basketball/etc) declares for the draft early and doesn't get drafted, can he go back to school or does declaring make them ineligible to play college sports anymore?
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In college sports, does a redshirt have to sit a whole season?

More specifically to college football or even basketball, is a player who is redshirted allowed to play at all during their redshirt season?
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What longstanding NCAA Division 1 schools have never won a championship in any team sport?

Kansas State has never won a team title in any NCAA sport, either men's or women's. Are there any other teams that have been in NCAA Division I since at least 1973 (when the current three-division ...
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Collegiate walk-on becoming a statistical all-time leader

In 2012, quarterback Matt McGloin became the all-time leader in career passing touchdowns, with 45, at Penn State University(1). McGloin started his college career as a walk-on(2). In collegiate ...
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Has an NCAA conference even dissolved?

With all the reshuffling of teams in college sports, for instance Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten, I was wondering if there was a past NCAA conference that ever dissolved? Because I see this ...
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Why are there stickers on helmets of football players in college football

While watching college football this afternoon I saw a couple college football players with stickers on the back of their helmets. Why are there stickers on the back helmets of football players ? Are ...
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Jersey numbers in NCAA basketball

I noticed that jersey numbers in NCAA basketball are confined between 0-5 (for both digits). There seem to be no jerseys with numbers between 6-9 (for both digits). I can imagine the practice of ...
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What will happen to the current Bowl games when the playoff system commences?

In 2014, the NCAA will switch from the current Bowl Game system for Division 1 football to a four-team playoff format wherein the top 4 teams will compete for the championship. Will the current Bowl ...
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In college sports, why is permission needed to recruit other coaches?

It seems a big deal is made about athletic directors getting permission before recruiting other schools' coaches. Is this based on some rule or is it more of a professional courtesy? And under what ...
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How can a 3rd college quarterback be found if two are injured?

As colleges can't sign a new player like an NFL team can, what do they do if two or three of their starting QBs go down? Is there a rule that lets them get new players or do they have to play their ...
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What does it take to play in the NIT?

According to this Wikipedia article, the selection process was changed in 2006. According to the article, teams are no longer required to have a .500 record and conference champions will receive an ...
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Is it legal to throw an alley-oop to yourself in a real game?

In this video, a college basketball player steals the ball, races down court, and avoids the defender by throwing a pass to himself off the backboard. ...
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Skip a media timeout in NCAA basketball?

In NCAA basketball, there are media timeouts at the first whistle after the 16:00, 12:00, 8:00 and 4:00 minute marks of each half. What happens if there is no whistle from the four minute mark until ...
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In NCAA Basketball what does it mean to be 1 and 1?

I'm a bit unfamiliar with foul rules. Correct me if my assumption is wrong. So a team has to give a certain number of fouls up a half before they're 1 and 1? Does that mean each point or free throw ...
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How is the BCS rank determined?

How are BCS ranks in NCAA football determined? Is it determined by popular vote and record? What factors affect a ranking?