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New rules to know for the 2015 college football season

The 2015 college football season is upon us, and things get into full swing with a full slate of games this week. When those games kick off, there will be some new rules changes. Some are more impactful than others, and some are more procedural - but it is important to not be caught off guard when one of these scenarios happens when you are watching your favorite team.

Watch: ESPN's Katrina-anniversary video 'Dear New Orleans'

Watch the video essay "Dear New Orleans," which aired on the network Sunday, below. The centerpiece of the package is an epic takeout for ESPN The Magazine, headlined "Beyond the Breach," by Wright Thompson, a Times-Picayune and Kansas City Star veteran. Sean Payton, the Saints, crime, the Benson family battle, gentrification, Steve Gleason, Chris Rose — it's all there (here, actually), and it's brilliant.

Michigan State falls to Russian National Team 93-75

Michigan State fell to the Russian National Team, 93-75, on Friday in Trieste, Italy. The game was the first in a three-day tournament featuring MSU and Russia, along with the Italian and Georgian Senior National Teams. The three countries are using the tournament as a tune-up for Eurobasket 2015, which will determine the European qualifiers for the 2016 Summer Olympics. "That was a boys versus men game tonight and not that it shouldn't have been, either," Izzo said.

Booster: Louisville to announce $55 million stadium expansion

The University of Louisville’s long contemplation over whether to expand Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium appears to have come to a decision, and, according to one prominent booster Thursday night, athletic director Tom Jurich is ready to move forward with a big expansion project. Jurich announced at a dinner for athletic donors Thursday night that U of L will pursue a $55 million expansion of the stadium.

Virginia Tech football players apparently assessed fines for missing meals, class, study hall

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said he “had no idea” that football players were being assessed fines for violations such as missing team meetings or being late for meals, and he said the practice has been “discontinued” effective immediately. Images from a television monitor outside the Hokies’ players’ lounge on Wednesday night listed what appeared to be a fine structure and named players who already had been assessed fines.

Darryl Dawkins, The NBA's 'Chocolate Thunder,' Has Died

His power and talent tested the nuts and bolts of basketball — literally. Darryl Dawkins, who became famous for backboard-shattering dunks after he was the first NBA player to skip college altogether, has died at age 58.

NC State RB Shadrach Thornton suspended for first 2 games

NC State running back Shadrach Thornton has been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season, university officials confirmed Thursday. No additional details about the violation were released, but officials said the rules violations happened during the spring semester. Thornton was also suspended for the 2013 season opener after being arrested and charged with one count of assault on a female.

Russell Wilson claims “Recovery Water” healed his head injury

In a lengthy profile in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson claims the Recovery Water, which the company he’s working with sells for $3 a bottle, caused his brain to recover from what could have been a serious injury. “I banged my head during the Packers game in the playoffs, and the next day I was fine,” Wilson said. “It was the water.” Wilson insists that the Recovery Water “works well,” and that a teammate used the water to heal a knee injury.

Duke loses starting cornerback for season with knee injury

Duke cornerback Bryon Fields will miss the football season with a torn knee ligament. Coach David Cutcliffe said Wednesday that Fields tore his right anterior cruciate ligament Tuesday during practice. Fields was a returning starter who had 112 tackles, 3½ tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery in two seasons at Duke.

At Auburn, Athletics and Academics Collide

In 2013, Auburn University’s curriculum review committee took up the case of a small, unpopular undergraduate major called public administration. After concluding that the major added very little to the school’s academic mission, the committee voted to eliminate it. But according to internal documents and emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the committee’s decision was overruled by top administrators after it met significant opposition from Auburn’s athletic department.

Dalvin Cook welcomed back to Seminoles practice

Jimbo Fisher didn’t want the play-by-play of Dalvin Cook’s trial on Monday; he just wanted to know when it was over. So when he received the phone call while watching film with his assistants, he leaned back in his chair, exhaled and told them, “it’s official.” His staff then let out a roar that would have defied the judge’s orders had they been sitting in the courtroom.

ECU starting quarterback Kurt Benkert out for season with torn ACL

Just a week after Kurt Benkert was named East Carolina's starting quarterback, the redshirt sophomore saw his season end before it began. Benkert suffered a torn ACL during Tuesday's practice, opening the vacant quarterback position once again after the graduation of three-year starter Shane Carden. The Cape Coral, Fla., native went down trying to make a cut in the open field running full speed.

How sports have helped New Orleans heal in decade since Hurricane Katrina

Ten years have passed since the wind blew and the waters rose in New Orleans. Ten years since lives were lost and others were irretrievably changed. Ten years since a nation watched as a great and beloved city was battered by the random cruelty of nature and the inexcusable incompetence of government. Ten years since Katrina entered the lexicon of American culture, a symbol of pain, sadness and devastation, yet also of courage, strength and perseverance.

Video: Pittsburgh Releases Awesome Video Tour Of Upgraded Football Facilities

After a disappointing 6-7 season in 2014, the Pittsburgh Panthers are looking to overhaul the football program and steer it towards a brighter future. But in order to do this, the players have to buy into it and have to feel good about where the program is heading. And something as simple as the facilities – where players spend the majority of their time – can make all the difference in the world.

Wake Forest dismisses senior point guard for rules violation

Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning announced on Tuesday that Madison Jones has been dismissed from the program. Manning cited a violation of athletics department policy as the reason for the dismissal. Jones, a 6-foot-1 senior, averaged 4.7 points and 3.0 assists and started six games as a junior. He started the first three games of the year before being replaced by freshman Mitchell Wilbekin.

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