Bcs National Championship Game
CHICAGO | As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder:
Alabama and Florida State hold the top two spots in the first BCS standings of the season. Oregon was a close third behind second-place Florida State.
NEW YORK | Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two – No. 1.
SOUTH BEND | Notre Dame said Tuesday it will not release a standout high school recruit from his letter of intent before he enrolls at UCLA later this month, meaning he can't play football for the Bruins this fall and will lose a season of eligibility.
Notre Dame will have a new starting quarterback in 2013 — just as it did in 2012, when the Fighting Irish went undefeated in the regular season and played in the BCS championship game.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, left, gives a play to quarterback Everett Golson against Purdue last season. Golson's high school coach says he believes the quarterback will learn from being suspended by Notre Dame for the fall semester.
SOUTH BEND | Everett Golson is out for at least the fall semester at Notre Dame, saying he has been suspended by the university for what he called poor academic judgment.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, right, dives into the end zone in front of Pittsburgh linebacker Joe Trebitz for a two-point conversion to tie the score late in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. Golson is expecting a lot more of himself and the Fi…
SOUTH BEND | Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly knows the importance of staying on message and he has been consistent all spring.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o tries to tackle Alabama's Eddie Lacy during the BCS National Championship Monday in Miami.
Alabama's Eddie Lacy breaks away for a touchdown against Notre Dame on Monday in Miami.
A Notre Dame fan cheers as the team warms up before the BCS National Championship against Alabama on Monday in Miami.
Alabama's AJ McCarron reacts to a touchdown run by Eddie Lacy during the first half of Monday's BCS National Championship game against Notre Dame.
Alabama's Eddie Lacy celebrates after rushing for a touchdown during Monday's BCS National Championship against Notre Dame.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o tries to tackle Alabama's Eddie Lacy during the BCS National Championship in Miami. The Fighting Irish were blown out and the story of Te'o's fabricated 'girlfriend' put the Heisman finalist back into the spotlight for unwanted reasons.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | Ara Parseghian still remembers every little detail of that dreary night in New Orleans nearly four decades ago, when two titans of college football met for the first time.
Ron Bokon of South Bend, makes his way to Sun Life Stadium before the BCS National Championship on Monday in Miami.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | When he was 14, Arturo Martinez was essentially told he was dying. Leukemia, stage IV. As bad as it gets.
Former Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian waves to fans as he arrives at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in December. Parseghian is nearly 90 years old, but he remembers the 1973 Sugar Bowl as if it happened yesterday.
MIAMI | After decades when paying college athletes was thought to violate the spirit of amateurism, the enormous television revenue generated by sports — football and basketball in particular — and the long hours of work by the players have changed the debate.
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