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9 insane facts about Texas’ stunning loss to KansasIn a game where the Longhorns desperately needed to win, the Jayhawks pulled the upset. It's a loss that sent the internet in an uproar and almost certainly will cost Charlie Strong his job. But while we could sit here and throw out all sorts of facts and figures on the loss and -- wait a second, that sounds like a great idea. (FOX Sports)
Joe Thomas Sr., 55, makes history as oldest player in Division I footballJoe Thomas Sr. made college football history by appearing as a running back for South Carolina State. Thomas at the age of 55 is believed to be the oldest player to participate in a Division I football game. (USA Today)
John Calipari digs in on refusing to have Kentucky schedule a game at IndianaKentucky basketball is never playing a road game at Indiana again so long as John Calipari is coaching UK.
Cal has made that point a few times before, and he reiterated it on Friday while appearing on "The Rich Eisen Show." (CBS Sports)
Notre Dame football must vacate wins for violations by student-trainerNotre Dame will be forced to vacate victories in the 2012 and 2013 football season due to NCAA violations by a student-trainer. The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions panel ruled the trainer violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when she committed academic misconduct for two football players and provided six other players with impermissible academic extra benefits. (USA Today)
Duke QB Thomas Sirk given 6th season of eligibility after Achilles injuryDuke Blue Devils quarterback Thomas Sirk has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA, the school announced Monday. Sirk, slated to be the starter this season, was declared out for the year in August after reinjuring his left Achilles tendon. He was originally injured in February but worked to rehab the injury so he could play this year. (ESPN.com)
Duke to face Alabama in 2019 Chick-fil-A kickoff in AtlantaDuke will open the 2019 football season against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta. The game is set for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Kickoff time and broadcast network will be released at a later time. Duke and Alabama have met four times on the gridiron, with the Blue Devils claiming a 1-3 record in the series. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Source: Texas decides to fire Charlie Strong as football coachThe University of Texas has decided to fire Charlie Strong as football coach, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy and multiple reports. Strong is 16-20 in three seasons at Texas and 12-14 in Big 12 play. If he coaches his final game at Texas as expected Friday against TCU, a source told McMurphy, Strong will clinch either a bowl bid or his third seven-loss season. (ESPN.com)
Tennessee mascot wears orange sweatshirt while braving cold weather at Neyland StadiumStay warm, Smokey. It’s a chilly night at Neyland Stadium, where Tennessee is hosting Missouri. As of play late in the third quarter Saturday, it was 46 degrees in Knoxville. Anyone without a sweatshirt or a jacket likely wishes they were bundled up at the moment. Consider Smokey among the fortunate. (SEC Country)
Comeback story gets better as Pitt's James Conner breaks two ACC recordsMake room, Ted Brown, and you too, Wally Lundy. Pitt's James Conner is making his mark on the ACC record books. The Panthers running back -- who has already written an epic story in his return from Hodgkin's lymphoma and a knee injury -- added to it as he scored on two 1-yard runs in Saturday's 56-14 win over Duke. (FOX Sports)
Even in traditional Indiana, basketball meccas get new looksAssembly Hall, meanwhile, was widely viewed as a link to an Indiana history that should not be defaced or disturbed. Athletic director Fred Glass knew better.
So when Cindy Simon Skjodt, an Indiana alum and the daughter of Mel Simon, the late Indiana Pacers co-owner, offered $40 million gift to give the arena a new look, Glass took it and began the quest of turning the hall into a basketball mecca for a whole new generation of Indiana fans. (Associated Press)
New York writer picked Alabama-LSU for his first-ever SEC game, and the result was 'incredible'If you've never attended an SEC football game, why not make your maiden voyage an Alabama vs. LSU showdown at night in Death Valley? It certainly helps when you're on assignment for Sports Illustrated, but that made it no less special for New York-based reporter Richard Deitsch, who said he had a magical experience in Baton Rouge last Saturday. (AL.com)
A crying Luke Kuechly puts a human face on head injuriesLuke Kuechly, Carolina’s Pro Bowl linebacker and the heart of the team’s defense, was carted off the field for a concussion evaluation late in the fourth quarter after taking a shot to the back of his head on a tackle. (Washington Post)
Virginia dismisses Memphis transfer Austin Nichols from basketball programRedshirt junior forward Austin Nichols has been dismissed from the Virginia men’s basketball program, head coach Tony Bennett announced Friday. Nichols was previously suspended for the Cavaliers' two preseason scrimmages and the season opener at UNCG on Nov. 11. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this program and Austin has lost that privilege,” Bennett said.“ (Virginia Sports)
Baylor Confirms Art Briles Knew About Alleged Gang Rape And Chose Not To Report ItFormer Baylor head football coach Art Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw knew about an alleged group sexual assault and chose not to report it, according to a statement issued yesterday by the university. This confirmation also indicates that the assistant coaches who spoke out last week in defense of Briles weren’t being truthful about his role in the scandal. (Deadspin)
At 55 years old, Joe Thomas Sr. is trying to make college football historyJoe Thomas Sr. strides out to join the team. He's the only player without even a single accessory: no leggings, no wristbands, no gloves, just team-issued blue-and-white striped shorts, his No. 47 jersey and an unadorned helmet. With the pads bulking his chest and the helmet guarding the wisp of grey at the peak of his hairline, he hardly seems 55 years old. (Campus Rush)