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December 12th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Robert Griffin III on winning the 77th Heisman Memorial trophy

Robert Griffin III, the quarterback for Baylor University also known as RG3, won the 77th Heisman Memorial trophy Saturday night, beating out Stanford's Andrew Luck.

Griffin has led Baylor to its first 9-win season since 1986, claiming victories over athletic powerhouses like Oklahoma and Texas Universities.

Today on American Morning, Griffin sits down with Christine Romans to discuss his football career and to explain what's next for him, both on and off the field.

Filed under: Football • Sports
November 15th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Second Mile rep raised concerns about Penn State coach in 2008

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is speaking out for the first time. Sandusky told NBC's Bob Costas that he is innocent" of the sexual abuse charges. However, he admits to showing with young boys, hugging them, and touching their legs, but says their was no sexual intent.

But in a new report with the Harrisburg Patriot-News, one rep with the charity Second Mile had raised concerns in 2008 about Jerry Sandusky and his interaction with some of the boys in the group.

Carol Costello speaks with "Patriot News" reporter Sara Ganim on the new report and to get her thoughts on why Sandusky talking to the press now and how much deeper.

Filed under: Football • Penn State
November 15th, 2011
01:38 PM ET

Bissinger: Big-time college sports programs 'protect their own at all costs'

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky insisted in an interview Monday night he is "innocent" of charges that he sexually abused young boys, denying to NBC's Bob Costas that he's a pedophile.

In a telephone interview for NBC's "Rock Center With Brian Williams," Sandusky admitted that some details in the graphic 23-page grand jury report released earlier this month are correct, including that he showered with young boys.

Some critics have blamed this scandal on the culture that surrounds big-time college sports programs like Penn State. 

Daily Beast sports columnist and author of "Friday Night Lights" Buzz Bissinger compares these institutions to the mafia. As he tells Christine Romans today on American Morning, these programs "protect their own at all costs."

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Filed under: Football • Penn State
July 22nd, 2011
10:02 AM ET

How close is the NFL to ending its four-month lockout?

In a major step toward ending the four-month NFL lockout, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced last night that NFL owners have approved a labor deal and a 10- year revenue-sharing agreement with players.

Since the lockout began on March 11th, the two sides have faced off in courts and around conference tables.

The major issues have revolved around how to divide the billions of dollars of revenue reaped via the league each year, rules of free agency, a possible rookie wage scale, retirement benefits and a host of other matters.

The agreement must now be approved by the players.

Today on American Morning, Jon Wertheim, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, explains how close the NFL is to ending the lockout and weighs in on if the football season will officially start on September 8th as planned.

Filed under: Football • Sports
June 10th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

NY Jets star pays for 100 students to attend college

Pro athletes often talk about how important it is to give back to the community, but New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards has turned his words into action.

Keeping a promise he made to high school students four years ago, Edwards has agreed to help 100 high school students through college if they met certain academic and community service requirements.

Edwards joins the AM team this morning to talk about his "Advance 100" education initiative, one of the biggest scholarship programs ever led by an athlete.

Filed under: Education • Football
June 1st, 2011
10:47 AM ET

Should college athletes be paid?

The stunning resignation of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has raised a lot of questions about college athletics, with some people suggesting that it may be time to overhaul the entire system.

This morning, ESPN senior writer and CNN columnist LZ Granderson discusses the pros and cons of paying college athletes and the various options for reform of the NCAA.

Filed under: Football • Sports
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