ESPN: Military, Fenway Bowls canceled because of COVID-19 issues

ESPN: Military, Fenway Bowls canceled because of COVID-19 issues. “Two more bowl games have been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. The Military Bowl Presented by Peraton and the Wasabi Fenway Bowl were canceled Sunday because of COVID-19 issues in the Boston College and Virginia football programs. Boston College had been set to play East Carolina on Monday afternoon in the game that was set to air on ESPN.”

24/7 Sports: Hawaii Bowl canceled after Rainbow Warriors withdraw, citing COVID-19 cases, transfers and injuries

24/7 Sports: Hawaii Bowl canceled after Rainbow Warriors withdraw, citing COVID-19 cases, transfers and injuries. “The Hawaii Bowl has been canceled after Hawaii was forced to withdraw from the game due to a combination of COVID-19 cases, transfers and injuries, it was announced Thursday night. The game was to pit the Rainbow Warriors against the Memphis Tigers Friday at Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex in Honolulu.”

Sports Illustrated: ACC Adjusts COVID Policy Forfeiture Rule

Sports Illustrated: ACC Adjusts COVID Policy Forfeiture Rule. “The league’s athletic directors unanimously voted Wednesday to adjust the forfeiture rule from the policy, effective immediately. Moving forward, if an ACC game among winter sport programs – including basketball – cannot be played due to COVID-19 issues with either team, it will be rescheduled, or declared a no contest if it cannot be rescheduled.”

College basketball hit hard by COVID-19 cancellations: Memphis, UCLA among schools on pause due to outbreaks (CBS Sports)

CBS Sports: College basketball hit hard by COVID-19 cancellations: Memphis, UCLA among schools on pause due to outbreaks. “The latest significant news came Saturday morning when, less than 80 minutes before tip time, Memphis announced its game in Nashville vs. No. 18 Tennessee was off due to COVID protocols in Memphis’ program. The news followed the high-profile cancellations of Kentucky vs. Ohio State and North Carolina vs. UCLA in Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic.”

Axios: Gophers sign social media and appearance deals under new NCAA rules

Axios: Gophers sign social media and appearance deals under new NCAA rules. “Driving the news: Student athletes at the University of Minnesota’s flagship campus have capitalized on their ‘name, image and likeness’ (NIL) at least 139 times since this summer, per disclosures obtained by Axios via a public records request. Why it matters: The NCAA’s new NIL rules, which took effect July 1, let student athletes benefit financially from their college careers while they’re still playing.”

Gobbler Country: UVA’s Scott Stadium Name Changes on Google Maps

Gobbler Country: UVA’s Scott Stadium Name Changes on Google Maps. “I don’t know how the Google Maps information is maintained or updated. The Google Maps entry for Lane Stadium North has been changed back to the previous name of Scott Stadium and the latest photos reverted to something less VT-centric. I don’t know when it happened, but for a few short hours yesterday it read as what you see above, and I was able to collect the screen shots before the Google Maps information was changed back.” Lane Stadium is apparently the name of the Virginia Tech football stadium; this is a sports prank I’m not fully-equipped to appreciate.

University of Washington: Post-COVID-19 symptoms appear rare in college athletes

University of Washington: Post-COVID-19 symptoms appear rare in college athletes. “The observational study looked at 3,597 male and female athletes from 44 colleges and universities. All of the athletes had been infected by COVID-19, but just 1.2% were found to have persistent symptoms – defined as those lasting more than three weeks from initial illness or symptom onset. During return to exercise, the prevalence of exertional symptoms – including chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and heart palpitations – was also low, in just 4% of the study cohort.”

Sportico: Sportico Launches New College Sports Financial Database

Sportico: Sportico Launches New College Sports Financial Database. “It has become cliché to refer to big-time intercollegiate athletics as a ‘multi-billion-dollar industry.’ But while that grand, amorphous phrase is no doubt true, behind that industry are details of where all that the money comes from, and where it goes. With that in mind, Sportico has launched a new, Intercollegiate Finances database, the most comprehensive, interactive and user-friendly online tracker of athletic department balance sheets for public Football Bowl Subdivision schools.” As far as I can tell this is free. I wandered around a bunch of data without hitting a paywall.

San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Failure to abide by public health measures’ leads to Cal-USC game being postponed

San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Failure to abide by public health measures’ leads to Cal-USC game being postponed. “Cal’s football game against USC was postponed Tuesday after more Bears players tested positive for the coronavirus, making them unavailable to practice this week or play on Saturday. Cal officials subsequently said the game had been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.”

Washington Post: After a historic layoff, Ivy League basketball is back. Did its shutdown go too far?

Washington Post: After a historic layoff, Ivy League basketball is back. Did its shutdown go too far?. “The Ivy League was the first conference to shut down its college basketball season in March 2020 as the coronavirus crept closer, a decision that was hailed after other leagues, then the entire world, soon came to a standstill. And as the pandemic worsened, the Ivies doubled down, canceling entire seasons of competition, including basketball. But that’s when the world went a different direction: On other college campuses, basketball teams returned for the 2020-21 season. The Penn Quakers, and their rivals across the Ivy League, didn’t.”

CNET: As college football kicks off, avoid putting your favorite team in your password

CNET: As college football kicks off, avoid putting your favorite team in your password. “The research published by Specops Software, a Stockholm-based security company, shows that the names, nicknames and mascots of Division 1 football schools are among the most popular choices for passwords within a trove of 800 million compromised logins it analyzed. Nearly one in 10 entries used a college football team reference, according to the report, which focused exclusively on the top college teams.”

University of New Mexico: UNM Sports videos on display in time for March Madness

University of New Mexico: UNM Sports videos on display in time for March Madness. “University Libraries Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications (DISC) has archived over 300 videos of The University of New Mexico’s athletic games spanning from 1947 to 2004. The UNM Sports History Digital Archive has been added to the UNM Digital Repository making them available to the public just in time for March Madness.”