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Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:51 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 7:57 pm
 

Texas A&M adds Louisiana Tech as 2012 opener

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M's move to the SEC has forced a few alterations to their 2012 schedule and it appears the Aggies are going about changing it in a very un-SEC fashion: scheduling harder.

Instead of opening the upcoming season with McNeese State, A&M will now be headed to Shreveport, La. to take on Louisiana Tech, Aggies athletic director Bill Byrne wrote on his blog Wednesday.
"We’re trying to have no more than one Div. 1-AA or FCS team on our schedule, but we may end up having to schedule two. Making this switch was the only way to work it out with Louisiana Tech. It was reported earlier this week that I had conversations with Florida State about being a part of our schedule. They needed a game after West Virginiadropped from their schedule. We tried to make it work, but couldn’t.

Our options were limited due to conference realignment. We expect the scheduling process to go much smoother in the future."

The Bulldogs will likely be the favorite in the WAC as they return 16 starters from a successful 2011 season that saw the program win the conference and narrowly lose to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl. The opener for both teams will also move to Thursday, August 30 and Louisiana Tech will return to Kyle Field in 2016. A $200,000 buyout will be paid to McNeese State to get out of the contract.

Because of conference realignment, the school had been looking for two non-conference games and still have an open spot for the weekend of November 17. Texas A&M's home opener will double as their SEC introduction on September 8, when they host Florida. Byrne also remarked that there was no update regarding the location of the game with Arkansas, which had previously been a non-conference tilt at Cowboys Stadium but was expected to be changed to a home-and-home between the two schools. A&M will also host South Carolina State on September 22nd.

The Aggies will officially join the SEC on July 1, 2012 after wrapping up play in the Big 12 with a 7-6 season in 2011 that was capped with a win in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:39 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 6:41 pm
 

LSU G Josh Dworaczyk granted sixth year

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The rich usually get richer in college football, and Wednesday was no exception at likely preseason No. 1 LSU.

The school announced that senior guard Josh Dworaczyk has received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA and will return to the Tigers roster for the 2012 season. Dworaczyk had started 26 consecutive games for LSU at left guard before suffering a knee injury in fall camp and missing the entire 2011 season.

"I'm excited to be able to get another year so that I can finish my career on the field," Dworaczyk said in a statement. "I felt like I had some unfinished business so being able to get this additional year is a blessing. Watching from the sidelines last year wasn't always easy because I was so used to being a contributor on the field. Getting another year means that I get to wear the Purple and Gold again and for that I'm very thankful."

The re-addition of Dworaczyk will make an already experienced Bayou Bengal offensive line that much more veteran-laden. Alongside right tackle Alex Hurst and center P.J. Lonergan, Dworaczyk will give the Tigers three senior starters, with rising junior Chris Faulk returning to start at left tackle for a total of four returning full-time starters.

"This is great news for our program," Les Miles said. "It's nice to see that he's going to get a chance to finish out his LSU career on the field."

Dworaczyk is expected to participate in the Tigers' spring drills, which begin March 1.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Report: Terps QB O'Brien considering transfer

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The exodus of players out of Maryland's football program may cost the Terps their biggest loss yet: quarterback Danny O'Brien.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that O'Brien is "seriously considering" a transfer out of Randy Edsall's struggling program, and "will spend the weekend deciding with his family" whether to leave the Terps or not. A school spokesman said could not “confirm or deny” O'Brien's intention to transfer.

Reports from earlier Wednesday suggested that O'Brien had already decided on his departure, but O'Brien took to Twitter himself to call those reports premature:



O'Brien would be the most high-profile casualty of the Terps' disastrous 2-10 2011 campaign yet. Though he struggled with injuries and accuracy in 2011, eventually being benched for backup C.J. Brown, O'Brien was named the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year after having thrown for 2,438 yards and a 22-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Despite the expected spring camp battle against Brown, O'Brien would represent the Terps' most experienced and possibly highest-ceilinged option.

Then there's the numbers: per the Post, an O'Brien departure make 11 Terps who had left the team with eligibility remaining since the end of the season, and an incredible 23 since Edsall was hired in January of 2011.

For the 2011 season, Brown completed 49 percent of his passes for 5.1 yards an attempt with 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Those aren't impressive numbers by any means, but if O'Brien does head for the exits, Edsall won't appear to have much choice other than to put his faith in him and hope for dramatic improvement.

And it has to be said--with or without O'Brien, the way the Maryland program seems to be going, that's also all Terp fans (and administrators) can do with Edsall after the rockiest Year 1 in recent FBS memory.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:33 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Texas Tech AD: No A&M games 'any time soon'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Texas A&M's move to the SEC after the completion of this academic year will end many of the Aggies' traditional football and basketball rivalries. Many have mourned the end of the annual Texas-Texas A&M matchups, but that won't be the only Lone Star rivalry that is coming to an end. Texas Tech will also no longer face the Aggies on a regular basis, and Red Raiders athletic director Kirby Hocutt does not believe it will happen again "any time soon."

Hocutt told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal this week that the Red Raiders won't schedule Texas A&M in any sport unless the two schools commit to compete in all sports.

“We discussed it with all our head coaches,” Hocutt said, “and that’s something we as an athletic department and we as a group of coaches feel strongly about at this time.

“Our football schedule is set for the next two years. We’ll see if anything happens in the near future. But if down the road they’re interested in having that conversation, we would be willing to engage in it as well.”

Hocutt acknowledged that he has had conversations with Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne, but does not foresee any developments occurring in the near future.

“Any time you lose those games it’s unfortunate,” Hocutt said. “And it’s unfortunate that they’re not going to be in our league as we move forward. But that’s water under the bridge and if the rivalry can be resumed at some point in the future, then that would be considered at that time.”

The loss of the Texas Tech - Texas A&M rivalry is just another casualty of conference realignment. For all the latest news and updates, check out our Conference Realignment home.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:34 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 1:48 pm
 

VIDEO: 1940 Michigan star Harmon dodges Cal fan

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The 1940 Heisman Trophy winner, a two-time All-American, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1941 draft, and the grandfather of NelsonMichigan's Tom Harmon is, without question, one of the giants of the game. The Cal Bears, meanwhile, are giants of a very different kind of game: somehow convincing spectators that they ought to take the field while the game is going on. 

For your Wednesday afternoon viewing pleasure, we present this video of those two unstoppable forces meeting in Berkeley in 1940. Harmon evades nearly the entire Bears team only to have to avoid one last tackler on the goalline ... a balding Bears fan named Harold Brennan. Enjoy:



As documented by Michigan history site MVictors, the play became famous enough for a shot-by-shot examination in the pages of Life magazine:



As part of the Life feature, Brennan provided an ... interesting account of his time on the field.

"I'm glad I did it," he said. "When the Michigan boys go home, they can't tell folks no one tackled Harmon ... I did."

Which just goes to show you: even in 1940, college football fans were already rabid enough to occasionally ignore what was actually happening on the field for the kinder, gentler version of things in their head.

HT: EDSBS.
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Big House to host NHL's Winter Classic

By Brian Stubits

The NHL will make a major announcement on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Detroit's Comerica Park. It will then make a second announcement at 1:15 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Because we are really good with the power of deduction, we have a pretty good guess as to what this is all about: probably something along the lines of a Winter Classic at the Big House.

Petty sarcasm aside, there's no doubt now that the league is going to make next year's Winter Classic official, pitting the Detroit Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs on the campus of the University of Michigan.

The school's Board of Regents signed off on the deal this week to allow the NHL to move in for a little while. Here's more from ESPN.com.

The NHL is offering to pay $3 million to the university for the licensing of the stadium, and the university would give the NHL use of Michigan Stadium from Dec. 1, 2012 until mid-January 2013 -- including time for all potential set-up and breakdown scenarios.

The dual announcement is being done because it has been previously reported that to help bring the festivities to Detroit and appease Wings owner Mike Illitch, Comerica Park, home to the MLB's Tigers, will also host some of the events.

Specifically, the second rink in Detroit will host the majority of the action accroding to the Macomb Daily.

Comerica Park will host an American Hockey League game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies, the minor league affiliates of the Wings and Leafs.

It will also be the site of the Great Lakes Invitational, along with two Ontario Hockey League games and numerous high school and youth games.

Michigan and Michigan State will be two of the GLI teams. Three OHL teams – the Plymouth Whalers, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires – have already been confirmed.

Comerica could also host the alumni game between the Wings and Leafs.

Hockey at the Big House has been done before. Michigan played Michigan State a few years back and drew over 100,000 for the game. A similar crowd can no doubt be expected with the Leafs and Wings bringing their Original Six flavor and their big fan bases to campus.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:09 pm
 

Missouri LT Elvis Fisher cleared for sixth year

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Missouri is going to need all hands on deck for its inaugural season in the SEC. And fortunately for the Tigers, one of the most experienced, most valuable of those hands is returning to the team for a sixth year of eligibility to take a crack at the nation's top conference.

The father of Missouri senior left tackle Elvis Fisher confirmed to the Columbia Daily Tribune Tuesday that this son had been granted an extra season of eligibility and would be returning to the field this fall. After redshirting in 2007, Fisher started every game for the Tigers his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons before tearing his patellar tendon in fall camp 2011. Fisher was an honorable mention All-Big 12 lineman in 2009 and 2010 and would have set a new team record for consecutive starts had he remained healthy.

The NCAA told Missouri officials Tuesday that Fisher's resulting application for a medical hardship waiver had been approved. Fisher celebrated the news himself on Twitter:

 

 Fisher's father, Jeff Fisher, told the Tribune the family had not been certain Elvis would play a sixth year even if the NCAA granted the waiver.

“We hashed it out,” Jeff said. “We decided, ‘If they say yes, let’s do this' ... If they said no, we were going to be doubling up our efforts to try and get into the NFL. But this way gives him more prep time to get stronger and faster, have another year, and play the first year in the SEC. It’s exciting."

Assuming he returns to full strength by the start of the 2012 season, Fisher will give the Tigers three returning starters on their offensive line--no small positive considering some of the defensive lines Mizzou will face this year.

Though reportedly "ahead of his recovery plan," Fisher's availability for the Tigers' spring drills is still to be determined.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:10 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 12:15 pm
 

VIDEO: Kyle Flood announced as head coach to team

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was charged with the task of replacing Greg Schiano on short notice, one of his first interviews was offensive line and interim head coach Kyle Flood. In a 48 hour span, Flood was named the next head coach of the program and signed the only Top 25 recruiting class in the Big East.

Flood, the longest tenured assistant on Schiano's staff, was also a popular choice for the current roster. ScarletKnights.com provided this exclusive behind the scenes look at Flood's official introduction to the team after being hired as head coach.

(HT: Football Scoop)



For more on Rutgers' recruiting class, check out Bryan Fischer's Big East Signing Day Grades at the Eye On Recruiting.

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