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Sweetness And Light

Commentary: Mizzou Football And The Power Of The Players

Frank Deford wonders: Once the games are over, are the football players really accepted, or are they just hired hands?

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Northwestern football players are reflected in a helmet during drills at a practice. On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a petition that players be allowed to form a union. Jeffrey Phelps/AP hide caption

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faces charges of NCAA violations including the existence of sham classes and grade inflation for student-athletes. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (right) and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State played in Friday's East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA tournament in Syracuse. If you've got money riding on this year's NCAA tournament, you might want to hear about what happened to John Bovary's football pool. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images hide caption

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Jarvis Summers of the Mississippi Rebels sits on the court in the closing seconds of his team's 17-point comeback win against Brigham Young during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Joe Robbins/Getty Images hide caption

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Indiana coach Bobby Knight and his players Scott May and Quinn Buckner celebrate the championship win that capped their undefeated season in 1975-76. No team has matched the feat in the decades since. Anonymous/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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After Hill's first basket, the sold-out crowd at Cintas Center in Cincinnati went wild. Andy Lyons/Getty Images hide caption

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