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MINNEAPOLIS - Coach P.J. Fleck had a message for fans after the Gophers lost 38-17 to Wisconsin on Saturday, a defeat that cost them more than just the rivalry trophy. "We didn't tonight. But that doesn't mean we won't forever," Fleck said. "We just accomplished nevers, firsts, restorations. ... We got the older-generation people thinking, 'We got a chance to go back to the Rose Bowl.' ...

BOSTON - The brains arrive at all hours in white cardboard boxes stamped "RUSH!" Inside each package is an inch-and-a-half-thick foam liner and a red bag protecting an ordinary white plastic bucket. When a courier service delivered Kevin Ellison's brain to the Bedford VA Medical Center near Boston just after 2 p.m. on Jan. 22, Dr. Victor Alvarez performed the routine he has done so many times ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After he exited the field at the Swamp for the last time this season, coach Dan Mullen made his way to the stump to lobby for the Florida Gators. As Saturday night segued into Sunday morning, Mullen hoped the College Football Playoff selection committee was paying attention as the final day of the regular season wound down. UF's head coach has been. By Mullen's account, the ...

BATON ROUGE, LA. - LSU football hasn't all been a continual, three-month-long second-line dance, you know. While the once and future (?) king of the SEC has frolicked on offense - its quarterback becoming the first in conference history to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a season - the cosmic counterbalance has been a defense unbecoming at times of a champion. Upon this ...