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Georgia Bulldogs 2017 Football Schedule

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Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result TV
09/02/17 vs. Appalachian State Athens, Ga. TBA  
09/09/17 at Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. 7:30 p.m. ET NBC
09/16/17 vs. Samford Athens, Ga. TBA  
09/23/17 vs. Mississippi State * Athens, Ga. TBA  
09/30/17 at Tennessee * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA  
10/07/17 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. TBA  
10/14/17 vs. Missouri * Athens, Ga. TBA  
10/28/17 vs. Florida * Jacksonville, Fla. TBA  
11/04/17 vs. South Carolina * Athens, Ga. TBA  
11/11/17 at Auburn * Auburn, Ala. TBA  
11/18/17 vs. Kentucky * Athens, Ga. TBA  
11/25/17 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. TBA  
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The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic, featuring Florida State and Alabama on Sept. 2 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Atlanta, highlights an otherwise Big Ten-heavy Week 1 schedule, which was released on Thursday by ESPN. The five-day, televised schedule begins on Aug. 31 and continues through Labor Day.

FSU and Alabama are early favorites to contend for the College Football Playoff, which is entering its fourth year, and they will play in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will also host the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game (Jan. 8 on ESPN).

While FSU and Bama will garner the most national attention on opening week, the season officially begins Aug. 31, when Indiana hosts 2016 playoff semifinalist Ohio State (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). Clemson, the defending national champ, opens the season at home against Kent State on Sept. 2 (12 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Big Ten was one of the playoff's biggest storylines last year, as conference champion Penn State was left out of the selection committee's top four in spite of beating the Buckeyes head-to-head. The Nittany Lions open their season Sept. 2 at home against Akron (12 p.m. ET, ESPN), but the bigger Week 1 game that day featuring a Big Ten team is Michigan at Florida in the AdvoCare Classic in Arlington, Texas (3:30 p.m., ABC). Wisconsin will host Utah State on Friday, Sept. 1 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).

West Virginia and Virginia Tech will renew their old Big East rivalry on Sunday, Sept. 3, in Landover, Maryland, (7:30 p.m., ABC), and Tennessee and Georgia Tech will punctuate Week 1 on Labor Day in Atlanta (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Oklahoma at Ohio State (Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC) will highlight Week 2 in a game that will have major playoff implications. It's only the fourth time the programs have met, with Ohio State winning the last two games, including last season, when they handed the Sooners their second loss of the season and instantly made them a long shot for the CFP. This will be OU's first trip to Columbus in 40 years, when the Sooners beat Ohio State 29-28.

The prime-time game in Week 3, on Sept. 16, will feature longtime rivals Florida State and Miami (8 p.m. ET, ABC).

Week 1 is not just Florida State and Alabama.

The game times and networks for college football's opening week have officially been released[1], and while the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta will overshadow the rest of the schedule, there's plenty to watch (including mullets) as Year 4 of the College Football Playoff officially begins.

Here's a breakdown of Week 1 storylines:

Coordinating revenge: Ohio State at Indiana (Aug. 31, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN). Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is now the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes, and he opens the season in Bloomington, where he resigned amid allegations of the mistreatment of injured players. He told reporters this spring that there is "no evidence" he mistreated players. Wilson's profile has arguably been raised despite going from head coach to coordinator. Now he returns to IU with the motivation of CFP hopes and the emotions of how his controversial tenure with the Hoosiers ended.

Biggest playoff implications: Alabama vs. Florida State, Atlanta (Sept. 2, 8 p.m. ET, ABC). Yes, the loser of this game is still in the playoff conversation. Consider, though, the pressure that will follow the loser for the rest of the season -- remember Oklahoma's loss to Houston last year? We have yet to see a two-loss team in the playoff, and while it's certainly possible, it means the rest of the wins have to be better than any of the one-loss resumes. For the winner, it would mean an important resume boost that would carry weight with the selection committee throughout the season.

Most in need of a win: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Temple at Notre Dame. After a 4-8 finish in 2016, Kelly has little if any margin for error, and opening the season with a home loss to a Group of 5 school, albeit a good one, would fan the flames of his already hot seat. The Owls have won 10 games in each of the past two seasons, but they have a new head coach: former Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. If the Irish can't make a turnaround this season, they'll soon have a new head coach, too.

Most entertaining return: Even when he's boring (watch his signing day promotional video[2]), Lane Kiffin causes a stir. Alabama's former offensive coordinator will make his debut as head coach of FAU in a home game against Navy. His hire alone has raised the profile of the Owls, and his scholarship offer[3] to former QB Tee Martin's 13-year-old son earlier this month made headlines. Now we get to see Kiffin be a head coach again for the first time since he was fired by USC on an airport tarmac in 2013.

Most to prove: Texas A&M at UCLA. Bruins coach Jim Mora finished 4-8 last season, and Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin is stuck on repeat at 8-5. If only the schedule were six weeks long, Sumlin would be king. Instead, after starting each of the past three seasons 5-0, he has finished 8-5 for three straight years. This game was a thriller last year, as the Aggies won 31-24 in overtime. They will be breaking in a new starting quarterback on the road, though, while UCLA's Josh Rosen[4] has a new coordinator in Jedd Fisch.

Biggest debut: Texas coach Tom Herman. He was arguably the biggest coaching hire of the offseason, and fans saw plenty of immediate off-field changes in the structure of the program, both literally[5] and figuratively. Now they want to see it translate to wins. Herman opens his tenure in Austin with a home game against Maryland. It's a game Texas should -- and needs to -- win after three straight losing seasons. Fans and boosters in Austin have a low tolerance for anyone who doesn't win quickly.

Cowboys in CFP? Mullet over: Even if his team isn't in the top four, Mike Gundy's hair is. You may have seen him before, wearing a wrestling singlet. The Gundy mullet has taken on a persona of its own and has inspired Oklahoma State along the way. The question this fall is whether Gundy can get the CFP selection committee to take his Cowboys seriously, starting Week 1 against Tulsa. Mason Rudolph[6] returns at quarterback, along with his top target, receiver James Washington[7], but don't sleep on Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane won 10 games last season and scored 42.5 points per game.

Searching for style points: Appalachian State at Georgia (Sept. 2, 6:15 p.m. ET, ESPN). Like Tennessee last year, Georgia is hearing the hype of being a legit contender in the SEC East. And much like Tennessee last year, Georgia is opening against App State. Unlike Tennessee, Georgia needs to come out swinging, leaving no doubt who's the better team. The Vols needed overtime to beat App State 20-13 and were immediately discounted as top-10 material.

Rivalry renewed: Hey kids, there used to be a conference called the Big East. For anyone who remembers, it will be nice to see old foes Virginia Tech and West Virginia line up against each other for the first time since 2005 (Sept. 3, 8 p.m. ET, ABC). They're both coming off 10-win seasons and should be preseason top-25 teams.

Best coaching matchup: Jim vs. Jim. Harbaugh vs. McElwain. Quick, which one lost three of his last four games in 2016? Michigan's Harbaugh makes a lot of headlines -- while one was about a baby calf, none involved a shark -- but he has yet to win the Big Ten. Starting the season with a win over SEC East champ Florida (Sept. 2, 3:30 p.m., ABC) would make a big statement for a team that has to replace 18 starters. McElwain likely hasn't forgotten the 41-7 drubbing his Gators took from Michigan in the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

Three Illinois[1] football players arrested on charges of residential burglary and aggravated robbery were dismissed from the program Wednesday.

Head coach Lovie Smith said Darta Lee[2], Zarrian Holcombe[3] and Howard Watkins[4] were no longer a part of the team. Their names have been removed from the school's online roster.

Lee, Holcombe and Watkins claim they were pulling a prank on another student in their on-campus dormitory when they allegedly donned masks and used a fake gun before breaking into the room[5] two weeks ago, according to a report in the Champaign News-Gazette. The paper said all three players remained in jail Wednesday evening with $150,000 bonds.

Smith announced that all three players were suspended soon after the incident and released a short statement.

"These allegations, if true, fail to live up to the standards we expect of our student-athletes," the statement said. "We continue to gather information and will take appropriate steps based upon what we learn."

Lee was an offensive lineman for the Illini who started two games and played in four others during his first season in Champaign in 2017. Holcombe, a tight end, played in seven games as a freshman last fall. Watkins arrived on campus in January as an early enrollee and intended to play on the offensive line.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy said wide receiver Jalen Robinette[1] didn't graduate with his class after the cadet's qualifications were called into question.

The ceremony took place Wednesday, but Robinette's graduation and commissioning were held up for further evaluation, the academy said in a statement. The academy said the decision didn't involve criminal wrongdoing and was unrelated to Robinette's pro football pursuits.

Robinette was the NCAA's leader in yards per catch last season and was expected to be a mid-round selection in the recent NFL draft. But the Defense Department rescinded its 2016 policy allowing military service academy athletes to go straight to the pros upon graduation.

The change began with this year's class and affected Robinette, who went undrafted after the policy reversal.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:38

Legal, concealed guns OK at Georgia Bulldogs tailgates

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Under Georgia's new "campus carry" legislation, anyone who is properly licensed in the state of Georgia to carry a handgun in a concealed manner will be allowed to do so while partaking in on-campus tailgating activities.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley said in a news release Wednesday that while concealed weapons are prohibited from being taken into on-campus stadiums and arenas, concealed handguns will be allowed at tailgates.

Wrigley wrote that there are a number of exceptions to the new law, which is known as House Bill 280 and will go into effect on July 1, that will limit the places handguns can be carried on campus. One category includes "buildings and property used for athletic sporting events."

"This exception includes stadiums, gymnasiums and similar facilities in which intercollegiate games are staged (but does not extend to so-called 'tailgating' areas where fans may congregate outside the gates of the sports facility)," Wrigley wrote. "It does not extend to student recreation centers and similar facilities that are not used for intercollegiate games."

Current law allows license-holders to keep weapons secured in motor vehicles, but beginning July 1, House Bill 280 will allow "anyone who is properly licensed in the state of Georgia to carry a handgun in a concealed manner on property owned or leased by public colleges and universities." However, no other type of gun will be allowed to be carried around campus. Handguns also won't be allowed to be carried openly. The new bill does not apply to institution-sponsored events away from campus on property not owned or leased by a University System institution.

Although the bill provides for specific exceptions of where handguns may not go, it doesn't give individual institutions the ability to bar or limit handguns on their campuses. Schools cannot place additional "restrictions or prohibitions on the carrying of handguns beyond those contained in the law," Wrigley wrote. This will prohibit schools that see enormous tailgating numbers each week from nullifying the new law.

In March, an Arkansas House committee advanced a measure to exempt college sporting events from a state law that allows concealed handguns at colleges, government buildings, some bars and the State Capitol after Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey said the law created concerns for the conference and its member institutions.

"Given the intense atmosphere surrounding athletic events, adding weapons increases safety concerns and could negatively impact the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Arkansas in several ways, including scheduling, officiating, recruiting and attendance," Sankey said in a statement in March.

NOVI, Mich. -- Robin Lord Taylor lives in New York City now, but he never strays too far from his Shueyville, Iowa, roots, including the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Taylor, 38, who portrays Oswald Cobblepot in the TV show "Gotham" and was Abernathy Darwin Dunlap in the movie "Accepted," spent time recently chatting with ESPN at the Motor City Comic Con about his love of Iowa football, the first time he stepped into Kinnick Stadium and memories of his father.

This Q&A was edited for content and clarity.

Q: How'd you become an Iowa football fan?

Taylor: I grew up about 20 minutes away from Iowa City, and, as you know, Iowa doesn't have any pro ball teams, so it's the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones. We were right by Iowa City. My dad was an alum of the University of Iowa, and at some point when I was a little kid, my dad started getting season tickets, and so full-on tailgate off the back of the Chevy Suburban with the grill and everything and Bloody Mary's. That was my intro into football, and I was like, 'Yes, as long as there is a party attached to it, I'm all about it.' But no, it was amazing. Then I became a fan, and I have a lot of hometown pride, and I can't tell you how fortunate I am to be from the Eastern Iowa area. It's very important to me.

Your dad got season tickets so you'd go regularly? Is there a favorite football memory?

Taylor: Hayden Fry was the coach throughout my entire childhood. I was there when Chuck Long went to the Rose Bowl. I wasn't there, I was little at that point. But my parents were just super enthusiastic about it, and it was something we shared as a family, and yeah, it was like, I just remember that. I can't tell you how amazing these tailgates were. They went all out.

What's your Saturday like now when Iowa is playing?

Taylor: I try to watch as many games as possible. I feel a little bit like I am the curse. When they went to the Rose Bowl recently, I was so excited about the game and it was such a great moment for my family, and oh, it was rough. So maybe it's better if I don't watch. Whatever.

Do you go to the Iowa bar in Manhattan?

Taylor: The Iowa bar is on the east side of Manhattan, but I haven't been yet. I'm also a Northwestern graduate, so I have to give a shout out, of course, to the Wildcats.

What did you do in college then?

Taylor: Back then it was really exciting. My freshman year was the year with Gary Barnett. They went to the Rose Bowl, and Darnell Autry, he was a theatre major, too, which was really funny. That was my freshman year, so at that point I was fully on the Wildcats side, but then, you know, after a while, my family just carried on with it, and after I graduated from Northwestern I was like, 'I'll go back to being an Iowa fan, because I still go to the games.' I try to go once a year. My mom still has the tickets.

When do you go?

Taylor: There's a game around Thanksgiving every year, so I go when I'm home anyway. I can usually tie it into that. Hopefully this year it'll work out, but, man, it's cold. My God. You take it into November, it's just brutal.

Who were some of your favorite players?

Taylor: It would be Chuck Long. It was like '85, I believe. That was right when I started paying attention and such a huge year for the Hawkeyes. That was when I snapped out of it and really started paying attention as a game. So I would say him. Then over the years, being there when Hayden Fry was the coach for all those years and then he retired and seeing him come back, I think they gave him an award or something. It's a legacy I carry with me. Like my dad is no longer with us, and I look back at those memories so fondly, and it still is a connection to him, you know. It's this weird thing. People can trivialize sports or they can trivialize television, like what I do, but those memories you create with people are real, and that's ultimately why I think it stays so important and people are so passionate about it, you know. It's a thing that's ingrained in you in childhood that connects you to people who are not with you anymore.

What's your favorite Iowa memory with your dad?

Taylor: There's a couple. I went there with him when he was younger. He was a little rowdier. And then he went all the way up until the last year he was with us, and, like, I wasn't there with him for that game, but he had a black-and-gold motorized scooter. He wasn't driving anymore at that point, but clearly he got on the scooter, and he f---ing took off. Like we were walking in this throng of people, and my dad is [makes motoring sound]. It's like, 'OK, later, Dad. Have some more independence clearly now.' So many memories.

What do you think of Iowa football now?

Taylor: It's great. I think Kirk Ferentz is fantastic. I think he's revitalized the program in many ways, and you know, it's also something that I've been at games since the '80s and it's just become so much bigger. It's now just not like this concentrated Big Ten in the Midwest. It goes all over the place. It's really exciting. I'm fully in support of it, and the University of Iowa itself is a fantastic institution. What the sports do to support that is really important.

Developing the deep threat was a common theme among Big Ten teams this spring. As the conference continue to leave its reputation for boring offenses in the dust, a pack of talented pass-catchers should have chances to shine this season.

Most of the league’s top teams return starters under center this fall -- and most of those starters have some healthy competition to keep them honest during the summer workouts. This week we’ll be highlighting the best groups on the offensive side of the ball at several positions as well as some other teams and players that are worth watching closely. Next up is a look at the best receiving corps in the conference.

Best of the best: Penn State is stacked with veteran options in the passing game this fall. Seniors DaeSean Hamilton[1], Saeed Blacknall[2] and Mike Gesicki[3] will set the pace for the passing game and provide plenty of size as well. Hamilton has played in 40 college games already and has catches in 38 of them. Gesicki is a candidate to be the league’s best tight end in 2017. He had five touchdowns and 48 catches as a junior last year.

There is rising talent in Happy Valley as well. Juwan Johnson[4]’s spring may have been as promising of a step forward as any player at any position in the Big Ten. His 6-foot-4, 218-pound frame provides yet another big target for Trace McSorley[5] through the air.

Next in line: Indiana may not have the depth at wide receiver that rosters like Ohio State and Michigan (both teams could end up with very dangerous passing attacks) can claim, but the Hoosiers have a one-two punch that could be as tough to cover as any in the Big Ten if both are moving at full speed. Nick Westbrook[6] and Simmie Cobbs Jr[7]. are both tall and fast and able to bring down most balls thrown in their vicinity.

Cobbs missed almost all of 2016 with an ankle injury after racking up more than 1,000 receiving yards the previous season. Westbrook had 995 receiving yards in Cobbs’ absence last season, which is more than any other receiver returning to the Big Ten next season. Indiana could also add a smaller, speedy option if J-Shun Harris[8] gets healthy after missing each of the past two years with ACL tears.

Don’t sleep on: Nebraska features a good mixture of experience and young studs. If all of them hit their potential, they could have more options than most defenses are equipped to handle. The group starts with De’Mornay Pierson-El[9] and Stanley Morgan Jr[10]., both of whom impressed coaches this spring with increased speed and the way they handled a transition into leadership roles.

The Huskers are hoping that pair will be complemented by some incoming freshmen with impressive resumes. Keyshawn Johnson Jr[11]. and Jaevon McQuitty[12] didn’t get much of an opportunity to do much during their first semester on campus. They’ll be joined this summer by blue-chip prospect Tyjon Lindsey[13]. If a couple of the young guys are ready to contribute, new quarterback Tanner Lee[14] will be able to spread the ball. One concern that could slow them down is the roster’s lack of experience at tight end.

There's no place like home, especially for the teams in Mark Schlabach's post-spring Top 25[1]. What makes each stadium stand out?


How much do they love football in Ohio? Well, Ohio Stadium was built near the Olentangy River and subject to flooding, but rather than move the location of the stadium, Ohio State decided to move the river. A bend in the river was eventually straightened to help prevent any flooding of the stadium because it was on a flood plain in Columbus. The Horseshoe was at times subject to a few floods despite straightening the riverbed, but it did help keep the waters at bay, proving that nothing, not even a river, will keep Ohio State fans from their football team. -- Tom VanHaaren


In November 2004, FSU unveiled a massive stained-glass window featuring an image of former coach Bobby Bowden overlooking the field, a commemoration of the field being officially named for Bowden. The window, created by artist Robert Bischoff, is three stories tall, contains 112 panels and 8,500 pieces of glass and is one of the five largest stained-glass windows in the U.S. -- David M. Hale


The visitors locker room at Bryant-Denny Stadium is named "The Fail Room." No, really, it is. James M. Fail, a 1949 graduate of Alabama, is a longtime donor who acquired the naming rights in 2008[2]. The name is printed at the entry door in all caps. -- Sam Khan Jr.


How's this for history? The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984, Super Bowls I and VII and the World Series in 1959. In 1987, Pope John Paull II celebrated mass there. Recently, USC began a $27 million renovation that will be completed by the 2019 season. -- Kyle Bonagura


Beaver Stadium is loud exciting and it's also somewhat of a transformer. Parts of the current stadium were constructed from the old stadium, New Beaver Field, which was dismantled and moved to its current location. New Beaver Field held 30,000 people from 1909 to 1960 and was approximately a mile to the southwest of where Beaver Stadium sits. The field, which was made up of 700 pieces, was dismantled, moved and reconstructed along with 16,000 additional seats to create Beaver Stadium in 1960. The 46,284 capacity the stadium held in 1960 pales in comparison to the current crowds of 106,572. -- VanHaaren


The 14 luxury suites atop the Athletics Center that overlook the east end zone at Boone Pickens Stadium are the only suites in college sports that are used to view both football and basketball. Historic Gallagher-Iba Arena, the focal piece of the Athletics Center, is, in fact, attached to the football stadium. -- Mitch Sherman


The nickname "Death Valley" for Memorial Stadium is partially derived from the state park, and a rock from the real Death Valley, given to legendary coach Frank Howard, now stands as one of the most famous college football monuments. But the name also stems from Woodland Cemetery, a faculty graveyard opened in 1924 next to the stadium and the Calhoun Family plots. Furthering the motif, Clemson now has a faux graveyard next to its practice facility, with gravestones marking road wins over top-25 opponents. -- Hale


During the 1920s, the Sooners' mascot was a terrier named "Mex," whom an OU trainer had found serving as an army medic while stationed by the Mexican border. Donning a red sweater with a red letter "O" on the side, Mex would bark whenever OU scored a touchdown. He remains buried in a small casket somewhere under Owen Field. -- Jake Trotter


Thousands of fans arrive to Husky Stadium each game by boat and participate in what is affectionately known as "sailgating" at docks just steps from the stadium. There has been a lot of speculation over the years about whether The Wave started at Husky Stadium, but it remains a topic of debate[3]. -- Bonagura


Before every home game, an eagle flies over Jordan-Hare Stadium and lands near midfield. Nova, the current War Eagle, has been doing it for more than 10 years. Upon its landing, the crowd chants in unison, "War Eagle, hey!" It's quite the pregame show[4]. -- Khan


Camp Randall Stadium will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary on Nov. 3, the day before the Badgers take on Indiana. The country's fifth-oldest college football stadium, Camp Randall is one of the few stadiums not named for someone associated with the program. In fact, the land was a military training center dating to 1861 where more than 70,000 troops were trained at Camp Randall complex during the Civil War. Once the war was over, the land was given to the university. In 1917, the 10,000-seat stadium was built, and the first game was played against Minnesota, a 10-7 win for Wisconsin. -- VanHaaren


Once upon a time, students used to live at Tiger Stadium. As in, there were literally dorms installed into the stadium for more than 50 years[5]. The football team even lived in them at one point. Though they were vacated years ago, the dorms still stood until recently, when they were mostly demolished and could make way for a food court and sports bar, according to athletic director Joe Alleva[6]. -- Khan


They say "between the hedges" at Sanford Stadium for a reason. The field is surrounded by hedges that were first planted in 1929 to make the stadium unique[7]. They were even replaced in the late 1990s by a newer set. In Athens, the species (privet Ligustrum) is protected. -- Khan


As if the Wolverines would let Ohio State outdo them with a natural water source story, Michigan has one of its own. Michigan Stadium was built where a spring was located, which made construction more difficult, because the land had to be lowered to take care of a large underground lake, according to Michigan's website, MGoBlue.com. While this is unconfirmed, one of the more notable legends of Michigan Stadium is that there is an entire crane buried under the stadium because of the quicksand-like terrain where the stadium was first built. No one has been able to confirm the story, but it has been a part of the lore for years. -- VanHaaren


The Hurricanes share a home field with the Dolphins in the newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium, where there is more than just football to see. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross commissioned murals from 18 artists and had them placed around the stadium, including a portrait of Dolphins coach Don Shula jackhammered into a wall. -- Andrea Adelson


Billionaire donor John Arrillaga has given millions of dollars to Stanford over the years, including the funds that allowed for a massive renovation to Stanford Stadium a little more than a decade ago. At his request, there are no advertisements fixed inside the stadium. It's a policy that dates back more than 20 years at Stanford's baseball stadium, Sunken Diamond. -- Bonagura


Every time Louisville scores a touchdown, a train horn sounds. There is something special about that sound, as deafening as it might be. The horn was salvaged from the South Louisville Rail Yard, which stood on the property before Papa John's Cardinal Stadium was built more than two decades ago. -- Adelson


School leaders approached Bill Snyder in 2005 about naming KSU Stadium after the retiring coach. Snyder, who had taken over the program in sad shape in 1989 and built it into a national contender, suggested they name it after the people who matter most to him -- hence the name Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Snyder, of course, returned to coach in 2009. -- Sherman


The Bulls share Raymond James Stadium with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so the obvious showpiece is the 103-foot pirate ship that fires its cannons every time the Bucs score. But the cannons don't fire at USF games (and the ship is always off limits to fans). Still, there is another attraction that is sure to grab attention: A recently completed $140 million renovation gives the stadium the third-most video-board area of any stadium in the nation. -- Adelson


John Denver's 1971 hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads" has been played at every WVU home game since 1972. As West Virginia beat Cincinnati at the 1980 dedication of Mountaineer Field, renamed Milan Puskar Stadium in 2004, Denver performed the song. It was approved as the official state song of West Virginia in 2014. -- Sherman


Since 1993, a sign reading "Work 'em silly, Gators" has been a constant at home games. Pete Calamore, a Florida alumnus, has been bringing the sign and hanging it in the northeast corner of the stadium for home games since then[8]. The words are spray-painted on a white bedsheet. Jeri Spurrier, wife of Steve Spurrier, told Calamore in 1995 that she looked for the sign at every game. It has traveled to road games as well, and Calamore said LSU fans stole it and shredded it before the '97 LSU-Florida game. Calamore has missed only one home game since he started bringing it, and another fan brought it for him that day. -- Khan


The school didn't complete construction on Lane Stadium -- named after Edward H. Lane, a Virginia Tech grad and magnate in the cedar chest business -- until 1968, but the Hokies started playing there well ahead of time. In fact, the first game was played Oct. 2, 1965, with only the west stands and center section of the east bleachers completed, according to the school's website. -- Hale


Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was originally dedicated on Thanksgiving Day in 1924, after the Texas student body voted to name the stadium in honor of the 198,520 Texans who fought -- and the 5,280 who died -- in World War I. -- Trotter


Since 1986, Boise State has played on blue turf that has made it one of the most easily identifiable playing surfaces in sports. What's not as well known is that Boise State actually owns a trademark that requires anyone -- high schools, other colleges, etc. -- who wishes to install an artificial turf field in any color but green to first receive permission from Boise State. -- Bonagura


Martin Stadium, which is located in the center of campus, has the smallest capacity in the Pac-12 (32,952), but it's also the conference's only stadium with a larger capacity than the population of the city in which it's located (32,650). -- Bonagura

POINT CLEAR, Ala. -- The Sun Belt Conference will split into two five-team divisions, broken up simply by east and west, starting in 2018.

The conference announced its divisions Tuesday after the end of its spring meetings.

The East Division will include Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State and Troy. The West Division will have Arkansas State, South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State.

The winners of each division will meet in the championship game, which will be played at the home stadium of the team with the best College Football Playoff ranking. If no teams are ranked in the CFP selection committee, the conference will determine home field using a formula based on six computer ratings that were used in the old Bowl Championship Series standings.

Sun Belt administrators also approved a collaborative instant replay system for football that will be modeled on the Southeastern Conference's setup and officials in a central location to review replays and assist instant replay officials at each game.

A former financial aid officer who sued Baylor University claiming she was fired for reinstating the scholarship of a football player accused of sexual assault has reached an agreement with the school and her lawsuit was dismissed Tuesday.

The suit was filed in January by Lyn Wheeler Kinyon, former assistant vice president for student financial aid. It stated that after the appeal committee she led voted on July 6, 2016, to reinstate the scholarship, her new supervisor met with her two months later to complain about her performance and ended up firing her in November.

Kinyon had alleged retaliation under Title IX, the federal gender equity law cited when someone accuses a university of mishandling sexual assault complaints. With the dismissal of her lawsuit Tuesday, Baylor now faces six Title IX lawsuits filed by 15 women alleging the school did not properly respond to their complaints of sexual violence.

The football player wasn't named in the lawsuit, but the case pertained to former Baylor defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk. Critics of Baylor have held up Faulk's case as an example of the school overreacting and denying due process to an accused student, in response to the ongoing criticism that the school had for years failed to properly address sexual violence complaints, especially those involving football players.

Several sources told Outside the Lines in prior interviews that Baylor administrators revoked Faulk's scholarship after hearing about the sexual assault allegations, even though the school's Title IX office had not yet notified Faulk that he was under investigation, an assertion Faulk also made in earlier interviews with ESPN.

The lawsuit stated that the player "had not committed sexual assault, was wrongfully accused of unspecified misconduct, kicked off the football team, denied his scholarship, housing and meal allowance on May 30, 2016."

Faulk, a native of Palatka, Florida, who transferred to Baylor from Garden City Community College in Kansas, has said previously that he had consensual sex with the woman who accused him. No criminal charges ever were filed. When reached by Outside the Lines in June 2016, the woman said that Faulk and another player "forced me to do things that I didn't want to do against my own consent."

When Faulk returned to campus on May 30 for summer school, the lawsuit alleged, he was told he had been removed from the team, did not have housing and should sleep on one of his teammate's couches.

On June 1, Baylor officials asked Faulk to sign a release that would allow them to obtain his student records from Florida Atlantic, where he played in 2013 and 2014.

On June 7, Baylor officials notified Faulk that he had been dismissed from the team. The school's Title IX office informed Faulk of a complaint against him on the same day.

Faulk appealed the university's decision to revoke his scholarship, and during the appeal hearing, according to the lawsuit, "Baylor's representatives dropped the allegation that [Faulk] had been involved in sexual activity in violation of Title IX as justification for rescission of the scholarship, although the allegation of sexual misconduct were the sole motivating factor for Baylor's termination of his scholarship."

The lawsuit alleged that Baylor officials attempted to justify the decision "solely on the grounds that [Faulk] had been untruthful on his application for admission to Baylor." According to the lawsuit, Faulk was placed on academic probation for his classroom performance at Florida Atlantic. Baylor's admissions application for transfer students asks if they have been disciplined for "academic or behavioral misconduct."

The lawsuit said the appeals committee voted to reinstate Faulk's scholarship, but only after it received assurances from Baylor general counsel Doug Welch that committee members wouldn't face retaliation for the decision. According to the lawsuit, Welch sent an email to Kinyon on July 5, 2016, which read: "While there is not written policy of Baylor not to retaliate against persons who serve on committees, general policies regarding standards of personal conduct and the code of ethics would apply here to protect the individuals who serve in such roles."

The lawsuit stated that Baylor's Title IX office continued to investigate the case until Oct. 13, when it informed Faulk that the complaint would be suspended -- as long as he agreed to never seek readmission to Baylor and to not return to its campus.

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