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Why does every American sport except Football seem to have a farm league?

There are a few differences between American Football and other sports that lead to this: particularly, the length of playing careers (shortest by far), and the cost of running a team (largest by far)....
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Has a college team ever played against a professional team?

Baseball There is a long history of college teams playing against MLB teams in spring exhibition games. This WSJ article has a good description of it: Such was the unusual spectacle of the Phillies’ ...
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Have any players ever won an NCAA basketball championship with two different teams?

No player has ever won NCAA basketball championships with multiple teams. The player who came closest to achieving this is Bob Bender. He was on the undefeated 1976 Indiana team that won the ...
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What made Notre Dame, Notre Dame?

Notre Dame became Notre Dame because it was one of the best football schools in the early days of college football, when a great coach with a few interesting strategies could make all the difference ...
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Why was Iowa's long snapper an eligible receiver after snapping the ball on Iowa Nov. 4, 2017 swinging gate play?

When defining the conditions for a legal offensive formation and for receiver eligibility, there is no mention of where the ball is located. The eligible receivers need to be on the ends, not covered,...
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Why does every American sport except Football seem to have a farm league?

Money. If the NFL wants a farm system and there is a good chance they will in the future they will end up footing the bill for a lot of the infrastructure/costs. I have had offers to play in an ...
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Does the outcome of conference championship games affect College Football Playoff standings?

Yes, the final College Football Playoff standings take in account conference championship games. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee Protocol places an emphasis on conference ...
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How are some college athletes several years older than the rest?

Students are permitted to participate in college athletics at any age as long as they follow the rules. The most relevant rule for NCAA Division I athletes is the Five-Year Rule: Title: 12.8.1 - ...
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Ineligible Man Down field on a Punt (NCAA v NFL)

In the NCAA rules, the only description of the Ineligible Receiver Downfield penalty is below. It can only be called on a forward pass that crosses the line of scrimmage. Since a punt isn't a forward ...
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Why are CFB polls so week-to-week compared to NFL's power ranking style?

College rankings sort of matter. NFL power rankings don't at all. There are a number of factors here, but let's examine what the two are, so we can make sure we know how apples to oranges this ...
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Declining a delay-of-game penalty: what about an infinite loop?

At every level of football there are (sportsmanship) forfeit rules in place for teams that try to create an infinite loop of events. Sometimes these things are done with the most malicious ...
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Can a football team assign a HB or FB as passer and QB as Running Back?

The NFL rulebook states in Rule 5, Section 1, Article 2: All players must wear numerals on their jerseys in accordance with Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3, Item 3. Such numerals must be by playing ...
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Can a basketball player play in college after playing in the NBA?

According to the NCAA, there are required steps in order to become a college athlete. One of them is registering with the Eligibility Center. In the typical situation, that’s done during grade 10 in ...
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Why does every American sport except Football seem to have a farm league?

The NFL used to operate its own developmental league in the USA and Europe between 1991 and 2007. It was initially called the World League of American Football with teams in both the USA (including ...
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Has a Sweet Sixteen ever had all 4 top seeds in each region?

No. 2009 was as close as 2019 in which two four seeds were joined by a 5-seed and a 12-seed in the Sweet 16. For just the second time ever, the top three seeds in every single region advanced to ...
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One-point safety by defending team

6-1 score Scenario. Extra point blocked and ran back towards the kickers endzone,runner fumbles ball at the offenses 1 yard line kicking team picks up ball and runs into there own endzone and gets ...
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Have any players ever won an NCAA football championship with two different teams?

I found this answer while researching the basketball version of this question. J.T. White won a football championship at Ohio State in 1942 and then at Michigan in 1947. This page says the following: ...
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Which came first: Boston Bruins, or UCLA Bruins?

According to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Boston Bruins began play in 1924. According to the UCLA Alumni Association (click Mascot), UCLA adopted the Bruin as their mascot in 1926, having been ...
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Are NFL teams disallowed from practising with NCAA teams?

Yes. Not even getting into the weird NCAA rules - which I am sure this would violate many - it violates the current collective bargaining agreement in the NFL. First NFL teams can only practice with ...
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How skillful are major polls at predicting the winner of sports, particularly college football?

In college basketball since 2011, ranked teams are a combined 3933-868 (81.9%) against unranked teams. However, if we break it down month-by-month, we get this: Note the drop-off from December to ...
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Does a spike count as an incompletion

A spike is indeed typically assigned to the "team". For example, you can review the play by play of the 9/23/17 game between Kentucky and Florida, and you'll see at 0:21 left in the 4th ...
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Why are trophies awarded when the tournament gets cancelled?

IIRC when the ACC cancelled their tournament, the NCAA had not yet cancelled theirs. So the ACC simply designated their regular season champion (Florida State) as their NCAA tournament qualifier as ...
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Have any players ever won an NCAA football championship with two different teams?

On 11th January 2016, Jake Coker won a National Championship at the University of Alabama. He was the backup quarterback for Florida State when they won the BCS National Championship in 2013, so he ...
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Do basketball referees sometimes try to save players from fouling out?

Tim Donaghy, a former NBA referee, wrote a book titled Personal Foul (it was originally titled Blowing the Whistle but was renamed after he had to find another publisher). Deadspin published some ...
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Transition from NCAA to NFL

Some universities certainly do have a reputation for developing NFL players. In some cases, this is simply due to quality of the program - Alabama for example is a very good program and as such ...
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Why does every American sport except Football seem to have a farm league?

Of all college sports in the United States, football is the one that most resembles a professional league. In many ways, the NFL relies on colleges to act as their farm teams. The downside of this ...
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Why does every American sport except Football seem to have a farm league?

While I cannot elaborate directly towards your question about a farm league for the NFL, there are still many indoor and Semi-Pro leagues out there if you are interested in a side bar to lower level ...
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