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The Hammer Falls on Ohio State as Buckeyes Banned from Bowl Game Next Season

Over a year after the first allegations of improper benefits being given to Ohio State football players broke, the NCAA has finally issued its final report on the matter and handed down its punishment.

The Buckeyes will not be eligible to play in the Big Ten Championship or a bowl game next season, and they will lose a total of nine scholarships (three in each of the next three seasons). The school will also be on probation through 2014.

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NCAA College Football – Week 13 Recap

As college football’s regular season nears its end, the postseason picture is starting to take shape. Barring a major shakeup in the polls, Alabama punched its ticket to the national title game. The only thing that remains to be seen is if they’ll have another shot at top-ranked LSU. Next week’s conference championship games could shake up the BCS, while the Bedlam rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will determine the Big 12 title and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. Here are all the highlights from this week in the AP Top 25.

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Joe Paterno Afflicted with Lung Cancer After Firing From Penn State

Less than 10 days after being fired from a job he held for nearly 46 years, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno revealed Friday he has lung cancer. A statement delivered by son Scott Paterno said the cancer is treatable and doctors expect the coaching legend to make a full recovery.

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Big Ten Removes Joe Paterno’s Name From Championship Trophy

In the wake of the ongoing child sex abuse scandal that rocked the Penn State campus, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany announced Monday that the trophy given to the winner of the first-ever Big Ten championship game will no longer bear the name of legendary coach Joe Paterno.

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NCAA College Football – Week 11 Recap

After all the disgusting headlines out of Penn State dominating the sports world this past week, it was good to return to the field with some actual football. And the Top 25 gave us plenty of excitement to discuss.

Seven ranked teams, including two in the Top Five, went down to defeat. Boise State saw its BCS hopes die on a missed field goal as time expired (again). Oregon downed Stanford in a wild Pac-12 shootout. Oklahoma State looked every bit the part of a title contender. And Penn State hit the field without Joe Paterno at the helm for the first time in 46 years. Here are all the highlights from this week in the AP Top 25.

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2011 NCAA College Football – Week Nine Preview

While much of the college football world is either looking back at last week’s upsets or looking ahead to next week’s #1 vs. #2 matchup between LSU and Alabama, there is still a lot of football left to be played this week. There are a number of intriguing games this week, many of which will have big effects on the ultimate conference and national championship races. Here are the highlights from this week in the AP Top 25.

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College Football Top 25 Weekend Recap – Week Two

While many of this weekend’s games were just tune-ups for showdowns to come, there were several great battles to keep things exciting, including Michigan’s last-second win over Notre Dame, South Carolina’s shootout victory over Georgia and Auburn stuffing Mississippi State at the goal line to win their 17th straight game.

With that, here are the highlights from the top 25 and other games of interest this week:

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