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Corn Flakes: Football - Still About The Brain?

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76 of 79 Deceased NFL Players Found to Have Brain Disease | Concussion Watch | FRONTLINE | PBS

The nation's largest brain bank focused on the crippling disease known as CTE has now found the condition in 96 percent of NFL players it has tested posthumously.

This is ominous. I asked for comments amongst the CN Staff, and it was pointed out that the "emphasis on safety" has only been around for three or four years since the NFL was still denying the existence of documented ill effects as recently as 2009.

Should we expect this to change the sport? Yes, but only if there is a clear cost involved. I run back and forth between whether mothers everywhere will refuse to allow their children to play football and severely damage the sport or that the sport continues because people love football more than they love themselves. If the latter part of that seems damning, well, people still smoke cigarettes, don't they?

Probably not the best timing - me placing this at the beginning of a new links article on the week Nebraska is playing the "BIG GAME", but sometimes you run into things and can't leave them behind. It is timely, however, given the outrage at Michigan, and that outrage shows how much more people are aware of concussions and potential brain injuries than they were only a few years ago.

You’ve got kids, college tuitions, classes, boyfriends.  You’re a wife, a father, a mother, an employee, a boss, a sister, a friend.  You owe money to Visa or ride a bike to work; you swim on weekends or drive a car.

Cincinnati football staffer fired after sex abuse arrest -

Antrione Archer, Cincinnati's director of player development, allegedly "placed his exposed penis" against the backside of a woman at a grocery store.

This is just... rather sick.

What if everyone in the SEC West goes 9-3? -
It's Year 1 of the Playoff era, and the SEC West is already threatening to make a mockery of college football. Here's one extreme example of what's possible.

SEC Power Poll, Week 6: Alabama Tightens Its Hold on the Top Spot; SEC West Tightens Its Grip on Everything - Team Speed Kills

The Crimson Tide is moving closer to a consensus at No. 1, as a week full of near-upsets and one actual upset shakes up the rankings

2014: Post Week Five Bowl Projections - Off Tackle Empire
Even after a wacky weekend in the Big Ten there isn't much shakeup in the bowl projections.

Michigan's upcoming coaching search is perilous, but necessary -
There is little chance of rebounding for Brady Hoke at Michigan. Once athletic director Dave Brandon acknowledges this -- if he's not gone, too -- who's next for the Wolverines?

Congressman urges Big Ten investigation of Michigan's concussion protocols, Shane Morris incident - Maize n Brew
New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. released a letter to Jim Delany and the Big Ten urging an investigation into Michigan's handling of the Shane Morris concussion situation.

Mailbag: Guess What I Got A Lot Of Email About | mgoblog
Michigan football made Al Jazeera's front page. Hooray?

Hokepoints: Keep Believing | mgoblog

Todd Howard came to Michigan in 1998, following the national championship season. We both grew up in the same middle class suburb (Southfield) before moving to more affluent ones.

I would like you all to read this for information on how Michigan treated both their student section and their season ticket holders with an emphasis on how not to do things. Again, Dave Brandon should be fired.

Michigan president Mark Schlissel 'extremely disappointed' in statement regarding handling of Morris incident - Maize n Brew

Michigan's new president, Mark Schlissel, has expressed disappointment in the athletic department after its handling of the Shane Morris situation.

Everyone's disappointed. Now, do something about it.

#FireBrandon rally: A retrospective of tweets - Maize n Brew
The Fire Brandon rally that took place on Monday morphed into a life of its own. Out of many tweets sent out during the event, we compiled a look from start to finish.

Ohio State football: Is the Big Ten bouncing back? - Land-Grant Holy Land
Last week was a solid Saturday for Big Ten football. Is the conference on less shaky footing after a week filled with some impressive wins?

Study Hall: Minnesota 30, Michigan 14 - Football Study Hall
Advanced stats from Minnesota's 30-14 win over Michigan on Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Joel Stave 'ready' to play after dealing with throwing issues - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Joel Stave is "ready" to play again, the Wisconsin quarterback told reporters on Tuesday.

Wisconsin by the numbers: 4 fun facts and 4 bad facts through 4 games - Bucky's 5th Quarter
A third of the way through the season, let's talk about some fun stuff, some bad stuff and some new reasons to consider Andy Ludwig.

Developing depth a key component to Maryland's recent success under Edsall - Testudo Times
Since his arrival in 2011, Randy Edsall has rebuilt a Maryland program and developed depth across the board.

Financial winners from NCAA's conference realignments begin to take shape - ESPN

Even by the most conservative estimates, the athletic department should see a substantial influx of money, especially after 2017. But Perlman said there are no big projects in the works for spending that money, aside from possibly adding more sports.

Adding more sports? LIKE HOCKEY, PERHAPS?

Keil Pumped about Playing No. 3 Penn State - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Check Melanie Keil in the photo (at the linked article). The 6-foot middle blocker from Berlin, Germany, is celebrating an emotional moment in No. 8 Nebraska's five-set loss to No. 2-ranked Texas at the Devaney Center two weekends ago.  The Huskers' only other losses this season are to unbeaten No. 1 Stanford and unbeaten No. 5 Florida State.

NU Defense Ready for Cook, Spartans - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis met with media members after practice, noting the challenges of the Spartan offense including quarterback Connor Cook who has thrown for 837 yards, while completing 69 percent of his passes this season.

Michigan State defense gives 'all respect to Abdullah' when discussing Nebraska's dominant run game |

Abdullah has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his two previous games against Michigan State and scored a touchdown in both contests.

Gregory breaks down his block
Yes, Randy Gregory has seen the block that laid out Illinois wide receiver Malik Turner. In fact he’s seen it dozens of times and he knows...

Michigan State QB Connor Cook has flashbacks of Nebraska sackmaster Randy Gregory |
Michigan State left tackle Jack Conklin has yet to allow a sack in his career and said he's confident he can handle Gregory.

BTN does an interview with Tommy Armstrong, which I would embed, but the embed code does not work and looks screwy.

And Don't Forget the Nebraska Make-A-Wish Foundation!!!!