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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
December 5th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

How can colleges control rowdy crowds at sports games? Crowd saftey expert weighs in

It was scary scene at Oklahoma State University on Saturday. After the game, hundreds of fans stormed the field to celebrate Oklahoma State's defeat of their football rival Oklahoma University. At least ten people were injured after getting trampled in the rush and school officials say that there was little anyone could do to control the crowds.

Today on American Morning, Alina Cho speaks with Paul Wertheimer, president of Crowd Management Strategies, to discuss what went wrong at this game and what Oklahoma State should have done differently.

Filed under: Sports
November 18th, 2011
10:43 AM ET

Another major university confronted with sexual abuse scandal – Author Buzz Bissinger on what this means for college atheltics

Syracuse University men's assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been placed on administrative leave over sexual abuse allegations made by a man in 2005. Police said they had reopened an investigation into allegations of inappropriate touching, which allegedly occurred years before the allegation was made. These accusations come as another major university, Penn State, is facing its own sexual abuse scandal.

Today on American Morning, Newsweek columnist Buzz Bissinger talks about what these two cases reveal about the current state of college athletics. As Bissinger tells Carol Costello, "College sports are a monster – and they have to be contained."

Filed under: Controversy • Sports
November 17th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on being honored with Double Helix Medal, NBA lockout

He's the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a Los Angeles Lakers legend...and a cancer survivor.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in New York this week to receive the Double Helix Medal, a prestigious award for the work he's done raising awareness for cancer research.

Abdul-Jabbar joined us on American Morning to talk about his fight against cancer and shares his thoughts on the current NBA lockout.

For more information on Kareem's work in raising awareness for Ph+ chronic myeloid leukemia, visit

Filed under: Cancer • Health • NBA • Sports
November 14th, 2011
10:47 AM ET

Rep. Rush explains why he thinks you can 'compare the the Mafia'

The Penn State sex abuse scandal has brought  increased scrutiny to the culture of big-time college football.  Critics claim that the sports governing body, the NCAA, is exploiting students in the pursuit of substantial profits.  These profits, critics say, are generated on the backs of unpaid college athletes that have few legal rights.

Today on American Morning, Rep. Bobby Rush explains to Alina Cho why he thinks you can "compare the the Mafia."

Filed under: Controversy • Sports
November 14th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Penn State grad decries failure of leadership

Penn State graduate Thomas Day participated in Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile Foundation – and he had nothing but a positive experience in the program.  Like many in his community, he was shocked to learn that Sandusky was being accused of sexually abusing young boys, but the emerging scandal has left him disillusioned with the culture at Penn State.

Today on American Morning, Day tells Christine Romans that he believes that there's been a failure of leadership at Penn State, which is reflective of a similar failure of leadership in the country at large.

Filed under: Crime • Sports
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