The American Athletic Conference released its full 2014 football schedule on Tuesday.
The AAC will kick off next season with Temple at Vanderbilt on Aug. 28. The schedule includes 44 conference games; 80 percent of the AAC’s conference-controlled games will be featured on national networks, including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews and CBS Sports Network.
Along with Temple at Vanderbilt on the opening weekend, the AAC’s 2014 schedule includes a handful of other notable non-conference matchups: UCF vs. Penn State in Dublin, Ireland (Aug. 30); Oklahoma at Tulsa (Sept. 6); and UCF at Missouri (Sept. 13).
A former Iowa football player filed a lawsuit on Monday against the university alleging negligence by the Hawkeyes’ coaches and trainers, which led to physical and mental harm, the Associated Press reports.
According to the AP, ex-Iowa player William Lowe’s lawsuit says that coaches and trainers “failed to properly supervise and monitor him” during a team workout. Lowe is seeking unspecified monetary damages.
Lowe was one of 13 Hawkeyes players hospitalized and diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis after a Jan. 20, 2011 workout. He spent several days in the hospital but said the effects of the workout lingered.
Standing on the south end of the University of Texas’ Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium gazing into the 100,000-seat venue—100,119, to be exact—begs the question that school officials are now officially asking: How many more seats can we get in this place?
UT Athletics has teamed with PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct a feasibility study on the completion of the south end, among other stadium-minded concepts.
Ole Miss football players Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche have filed a counter-claim against a man who accused the players of assault in a lawsuit last month, Hugh Kellenberger of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.
Last month Matthew Baird filed a $2 million suit against the Nkemdiches, alleging that the brothers took part in an assault against Baird outside of an Ole Miss fraternity house.
Baird filed his claim on Feb. 14, alleging that the Nkemdiche brothers as well as five unnamed individuals beat him while he was unconscious outside of the Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Feb. 17, 2013. Baird alleges that Denzel Nkemdiche first attacked him, then Robert Nkemdiche and the others stomped on his head.
The Nkemdiches are seeking an unspecified amount in the counter-claim and are calling Baird’s allegation “untrue and false statements.” A portion of the response from the Nkemdiches also calls Baird’s original allegations “defamatory.”
“Nkemdiche would state and show that he suffered and sustained harm, injuries, damages, and/or losses as a result of the false and defamatory statements made by plaintiff/counter-defendant Matthew Baird and that, therefore, Nkemdiche is entitled to a judgement against (Baird) for compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by the jury.”
Baird filed the original suit in Lafayette County Circuit Court on Feb. 14. The next week, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork offered a statement in support of the Nkemdiches.
“When this alleged incident occurred, the proper authorities investigated the matter and could find no evidence of wrong-doing related to Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche or any other members of our football program,” Bjork said. “This is a personal matter for them and we will support Denzel and Robert while they defend themselves in this civil case.”
Robert, a defensive end, remains cleared to participate in spring practice. Denzel, a linebacker, is suspended and will miss the team’s season opener against Boise State due to an arrest in February.
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While it is not unusual for coaches to get excited for spring practice, Maryland coach Randy Edsall appears to be in a particularly good mood.
Edsall was caught on video over the weekend breaking out some dance moves at Terp Thon, a Maryland student organization that raises awareness and money for the Children’s National Health System.
Apparently the Terrapins coach can do more than just teach football — he can also teach you how to dougie.
Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play in a college football game at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016, a matchup hailed as the “Battle at Bristol.” This weekend the coaches for the two teams will head to the track to take in an actual NASCAR race.
Bristol Motor Speedway announced on Monday that Hokies coach Frank Beamer and Volunteers coach Butch Jones will serve as co-grand marshals for NASCAR’s Food City 500 on Sunday.
The event serves as the latest bit of promotion for the “Battle at Bristol,” which will kick off on Sept. 10, 2016. The schools announced the meeting in October, and expect the game to potentially draw 160,000 fans, which would be an NCAA record.
Along with Stanford’s David Shaw, Georgia coach Mark Richt doesn’t seem to be the biggest fan of a proposed early signing period, which will be discussed by the NCAA over the summer. Announced on Friday, the proposal would allow prospects to sign with schools during the summer before their senior year of high school.
Richt said that coaches should “be careful what we ask for” when it comes to the early signing period.
Could the “Quarterback Cam” be the next big thing in college football?
Clemson posted a photo on the team’s official equipment Instagram account on Friday of a football helmet with a camera installed above the facemask. The caption reads:
The new age of football tech. @schuttsports cameras built into QB’s helmets. #stateoftheart #Clemson @schuttvision
Schutt Vision is an in-helmet camera product put out by Schutt Sports. According to the company, Schutt Vision is “the first high definition video camera to be integrated into the football helmet itself — allowing others to see exactly what a player is seeing on the field.”
Nebraska has signed coach Bo Pelini to a contract extension, Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com reports. According to Doyel, the school extended Pelini for five years, which would keep him with the Cornhuskers through the 2018 season.
A Nebraska spokesperson confirmed the news to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman. With the extension, Pelini received a $100,000 raise, bumping his salary to $3.075 million.
Pelini has been a consistent winner at Nebraska, but his critics point to his inability to get over the hump. In six full seasons in Lincoln — three in the Big 12 and three in the Big Ten — Pelini has won at least nine games each year but never more than 10.
In 2013, the Cornhuskers lost to Minnesota, Michigan State and Iowa. Most notoriously, they also blew an 18-point lead in a 42-21 loss to UCLA on Sept. 14.
Pelini found himself in hot water last year after Deadspin released a two-year-old, profanity-laced audio tape of the coach calling out Nebraska’s fans.
The NCAA is considering establishing an early signing period for college football, Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com reports.
Thanks to the changing landscape of recruiting in recent years, the NCAA’s Conference Commissioners Association is considering an earlier date for prospects to sign — if they choose to do so — one that could fall as early as the summer before their senior years. Recruits who plan to enroll in college in January are already allowed to sign financial-aid agreements on Aug. 1 of their senior years.
Though many coaches don’t support an early signing period, Sherman’s report says that some coaches would prefer an earlier date in order to secure written commitments from recruits who verbally commit months before National Signing Day in February.
Susan Peal, the NCAA’s associate director of operations, told Sherman that while an early signing period has been discussed before, today’s recruiting regulations have given new life to the debate.