Bernie Custis, first black pro football quarterback, dies at age 88

Bernie Custis, the first black quarterback in pro football’s modern era, died Thursday at age 88. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the team with which he made history when he started a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 29, 1951, announced…read more

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Mike Zimmer: Vikings ‘have to run the ball better’

Mike Zimmer identified the crux of the Minnesota Vikings offensive problem in 2016: No running game. “We’ve got to run the football better than we did. I think that was part of the problem we had way too many negative-yardage runs,” Zimmer said…read more

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The strange allure of watching Jay Cutler not care

We might not have Jay Cutler to kick around much longer. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the soon-to-be ex-Bears quarterback is contemplating retirement at age 33. While this struck the football cognoscenti as a transparent attempt…read more

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Improving the targeting rule: How should the rule be changed?

Should targeting calls that can’t be confirmed or overruled not trigger an ejection? Should a player’s intent matter? SI’s writers propose their fixes…read more

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Ole Miss football self-imposes one-year postseason ban for 2017

Ole Miss officials announced Wednesday that the school is self-imposing a one-year bowl ban for the 2017 season, after the university received a new NCAA notice of allegations that accused the school of lack of institutional control and that Rebels coach Hugh Freeze failed…read more

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Teen Charged With Fabricating Story About Being Raped By Two College Football Players

All over a lie? A New York teen has been charged with fabricating a story that she had been raped by two college football players in a failed attempt to get sympathy from a prospective boyfriend…read more

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Bears shopping Jay Cutler; almost certain to move on

After setting several franchise passing records across eight seasons in Chicago, Jay Cutler’s time with the Bears is nearing its end. The Bears have been shopping their starting quarterback since mid-January, when they informed Cutler of their intentions…read more

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I’m retiring from the NFL with no regrets

Geoff Schwartz explains what went into his decision to retire after eight years…read more

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NFL-National Football League roundup

Feb 21 (The Sports Xchange) – The Carolina Panthers released Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert on Tuesday in a move that reportedly creates $1,725,000 in salary-cap space. The Panthers also released defensive tackle Paul Soliai. Tolbert, 31, earned three Pro Bowl…read more

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John Lynch adjusting to football life away from family

New San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch clearly missed the competitive drive that comes with working for an NFL team. But he will also miss the stability a life on football’s periphery provided him. Speaking to reporters after his…read more

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Rutgers’ Jerry Kill returns to college football ready to make a difference

On Oct. 28, 2015, Jerry Kill announced his retirement as Minnesota’s head football coach in a teary-eyed news conference. Battling seizures as a result of his epilepsy, Kill stepped down under his doctors instructions. And that, he figured, would be the end of his long…read more

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Finding college football’s next Tom Herman

The search for the next Tom Herman might be a pointless pursuit. Few coaches have the qualities to make a rise such as Herman’s, from Rice offensive coordinator in 2008 to Iowa State offensive coordinator in 2011 to Texas head coach in…read more

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NFL-National Football League roundup

The Miami Dolphins acquired Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas in exchange for a late-round draft pick, multiple media outlets reported on Monday. The trade cannot be officially announced until March 9, and Thomas is expected to…read more

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Joe Williams briefly quit football at Utah, wants NFL to know why

One of the odder stories of the 2016 college football season came when Utah running back Joe Williams announced that he was quitting the team and quitting the sport of football — only to come back a month later and become one of the best players in the country, rushing for 1,300 yards in seven games…read more

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Four NCAA Division II college football players arrested on heroin charges

Four University of Charleston (W. Va.) football players — two current and two former ones — face charges of heroin possession with intent to deliver after being arrested late Saturday. According to television station WSAZ (Huntington, W. Va.), Kaimire Hodge, Juan Morgan, Justin Hall and Nicholas Covington were…read more

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College Football QB and Brother of NFL Player Face Rape Charges

Kevin Olsen, 22, is charged with second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, second-degree force sex offense and assault on a female…read more

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College football: Alabama names Brian Daboll its new offensive coordinator, QB coach

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Brian Daboll on Monday as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “We are certainly happy to add a coach the caliber of Brian Daboll to…read more

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NFL Player’s Arrest Spotlights Football’s Domestic Violence Problem

Former NFL player Trent Richardson has been arrested for domestic violence, topping a list of nearly 30 players who have been charged with the crime. The 26-year-old running back was jailed on Friday with a $1,000 bond and is charged with…read more

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College football: Liberty approved for FBS reclassification process

Liberty University received notification today that the NCAA has approved its request to enter into the Football Bowl Subdivision reclassification process. Liberty University submitted the waiver with the NCAA in January, requesting relief to enter…read more

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Six names Steelers fans should know ahead of the NFL draft

There is a growing consensus among the NFL experts that the Steelers will select an edge rusher with their first pick in the NFL draft. In the most recent mock drafts the most popular pick for the Steelers is Alabama linebacker Tim Williams who…read more

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