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Fans watch a Georgia Tech home game during the 1918 college football season. <br>Photo provided by Georgia Tech alumnus Andy McNeil /Thomas Carter/AP

Old 1918 pandemic is a murky guide for sports

Decades before tailgates, prime-time kickoffs and billions in program-supporting TV money, the ethos of the die-hard college football fan was not much different than today: Risks be damned, we're going to the game. And once fans are allowed back in stadiums, history has shown that football could come back strong.


Obituary

Colorful player, coach Pepper Rodgers dies at age 88

Pepper Rodgers, a colorful personality who helped Georgia Tech to an unbeaten season as a player in 1952 and went on to coach the Yellow Jackets as well as Kansas, UCLA and Memphis teams in both the USFL and CFL, died Thursday. He was 88.


PERSPECTIVE

For senior athletes, the coronavirus shutdown takes away time they don’t have to spare

This is a poignant season for all athletes whose competitions have been halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The stoppages represent time they will never get back. For older athletes, it also represents time they might not have to spare.

94-year-old runner says getting his miles in now 'takes a little more ingenuity’

Even as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted much of everyday life, it has not stopped 94-year-old Bob Gralley’s running routine.


Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson is now a mortician amid a pandemic

Andre Dawson is seeing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic from a vantage point many sports fans would not expect of a Baseball Hall of Famer and former National League MVP.


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COLUMN

The heroic story of the Steelers’ first-ever draft pick — William Shakespeare

With their first-ever draft pick in 1936, the Pittsburgh Steelers chose a bona fide celebrity, a dazzling Notre Dame man who’d thrown the winning pass in the greatest college game ever played. He never played a down in the NFL, but he did fight in the Battle of the Bulge.


PERSPECTIVE

Don't drop non-revenue college sports in hard times; cut football coaches' salaries

There are truths about college football that would have existed had the novel coronavirus pandemic not crippled the world. But those truths, with the season threatened, are laid bare at the moment.


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