Sep 2, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Detail view of helmet stickers on the helmet of Virginia Cavaliers running back Mike Hollins (7) during the second half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

‘Forever in our hearts’: UVA marks anniversary of shooting

The University of Virginia marked the one-year anniversary Monday of the shooting deaths of three football players.

Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were killed on the Charlottesville, Va., campus on Nov. 13, 2022.

“It may be the one-year anniversary for some people, but it’s just like yesterday for a lot of us,” athletic director Carla Williams said, per ESPN.

The three players were returning to school from a field trip to Washington, D.C., when they were shot and killed on a bus. Running back Mike Hollins was wounded in the attack but returned to lead the Cavaliers with seven rushing touchdowns so far this season.

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a former walk-on at Virginia, is facing three counts of second-degree murder. Marlee Morgan, a UVA student, was also wounded in the shooting.

The school opened the north gate at Scott Stadium on Monday to allow the public to visit the memorial plaques for Chandler, Davis and Perry between noon and 5 p.m. ET. The UVA chapel will also chime bells in their honor. Other events are planned across the campus.

“There’s so many different visuals around here that spark thoughts about Lavel, Devin and D’Sean,” football coach Tony Elliott said, per ESPN. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t have feelings about them. On this day, I want it to be a true remembrance of the legacies of those young men.”

Virginia, which canceled the rest of the 2022 season following the tragedy, has two games remaining this season. The Cavaliers (2-8, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) host Duke on Saturday and Virginia Tech on Nov. 25.

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Oct 28, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins tight end Moliki Matavao (88) celebrates after scoring on a 26-yard touchdown reception against the Colorado Buffaloes in the second half at Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated Colorado 28-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA, Washington to travel cross-country twice in 2024 Big Ten schedule

UCLA and Washington football will rack up frequent flyer miles in their first season in the Big Ten.

The Big Ten on Thursday released its football schedule for 2024, its first year as an 18-team league thanks to the additions of UCLA, Southern California, Oregon and Washington from the Pac-12.

Maryland’s home game against Michigan State on Sept. 7 will mark the first Big Ten game of the season, while Southern California will make its league debut on the road at Michigan on Sept. 21.

The Bruins — who fly to Hawaii and LSU in their nonconference schedule — will host Indiana on Sept. 14 for their first Big Ten game. But they’ll head to the East Coast twice in three weeks during October to face Penn State (Oct. 5) and Rutgers (Oct. 19).

Washington’s travel schedule is only slightly less taxing. The Huskies’ first Big Ten game comes Sept. 21 against Northwestern, but they will visit Rutgers on Sept. 28 and return east to face Penn State on Nov. 9.

The league ensured with its “Flex Protect XVIII” schedule model that 12 annual rivalries were protected. Also, teams based in the Eastern and Central time zones get to either play a home game or take a bye week after traveling to one of the four new West Coast teams for a game.

The Oregon-Washington game was added to rivalry weekend, taking place on Nov. 30. The same won’t be true for USC-UCLA because USC is hosting Notre Dame for its regular-season finale on Nov. 30. The California rivals will play Nov. 23 instead, and UCLA moved a nonconference game against Fresno State to Nov. 30 to accommodate.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Army Black Knights line up for the alma mater after a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Army to join AAC as football-only member in 2024

The American Athletic Conference voted to add Army as a football-only member starting in 2024, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The Black Knights would keep the AAC’s football membership at 14 by replacing SMU, which is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference next year.

Navy has a similar arrangement with the AAC, with both service academies competing in the Patriot League for all sports besides football.

As far as the annual Army-Navy game, ESPN reported that the Black Knights and Midshipmen will not face off in the AAC regular season and that the rivalry will continue as a non-conference contest.

Should Army and Navy finish the regular season in the top two spots in the conference standings, they would meet in back-to-back weeks — first for the AAC championship and then in the rivalry match, ESPN reported.

Army will also maintain its traditional early November matchup with Air Force, per the report.

Army has competed primarily as an independent since 1891, other than a seven-season stretch with Conference USA from 1998-2004.

Longtime head coach Jeff Monken’s Black Knights are 2-5 this season heading into Saturday’s game against UMass (1-7) in West Point, N.Y.

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Sep 3, 2022; Conway, South Carolina, USA; Coastal Carolina Chanticleers head coach Jamey Chadwell during warmups prior to a game against the Army Black Knights at Brooks Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

Liberty coach: 19-year-old player’s death not football-related

The recent death of Tajh Boyd, a 19-year-old incoming freshman at Liberty University, was not related to football activities, coach Jamey Chadwell said at a news conference Friday.

Chadwell, entering his first season as the Flames’ head coach, did not give additional details about the circumstances of Boyd’s death, which he said the football program learned about on Aug. 5.

“It’s been a challenging time not only for our staff, our players, just our whole community trying to comprehend all the different things that have been going on and then still, from a pure football perspective, try to get the team ready for a season that’s upcoming,” Chadwell said.

Lynchburg, Va., police have told outlets through a spokesperson that the department looked into the player’s death and deemed a criminal investigation unnecessary.

Boyd was listed on Liberty’s athletics website as a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from Chesapeake, Va., where he graduated from Oscar F. Smith High School. He signed his letter of intent to play at Liberty in December and officially joined the program in January.

“He made a huge impact on the team,” Chadwell said. “He was very quiet as far as an outwardly quietness, but when he was one-on-one with his teammates, he lit up the room. He had a very giving heart and if there was something that anybody was going through on the team, he was always there.”

Chadwell, 46, accepted the Liberty position after four seasons in the same role at Coastal Carolina. The Flames needed Chadwell to replace Hugh Freeze, who left for the Auburn job.

“There’s no playbook, no map to figure out how to deal with circumstances like this … you don’t have a lot of time to grieve,” Chadwell said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; A general view as Purdue Boilermakers punter Jack Ansell (30) punts the ball against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first quarter at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Wrigley Field to host Iowa-Northwestern football game

Iowa will face Northwestern in a Big Ten football game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Nov. 4.

It is the latest in a series of games played at the baseball stadium since Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced a multi-year agreement in 2013.

The Wildcats hosted Purdue at the historic ballpark on Nov. 20, 2021, with the Boilermakers winning 32-14.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley Field in 2010 in the first college football game played there since 1938.

The Chicago Bears played home games there from 1921-70.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Charlottesville, Virginia, US; A general view as members of the Virginia Cavaliers football team pray during the memorial service for three slain University of Virginia football players Lavel Davis Jr., D Sean Perry and Devin Chandler at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Erin Edgerton/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Entire Virginia team to attend three memorial services

The entire Virginia football team will attend all three memorials for their fallen teammates.

Following a funeral service Saturday for D’Sean Perry in Miami, the Cavaliers will attend a memorial service for Devin Chandler on Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va., and a celebration of life service for Lavel Davis Jr. on Wednesday in North Charleston, S.C.

Perry, Chandler and Davis were killed in a shooting in a charter bus on Nov. 13 after returning to the Charlottesville campus from a class trip to Washington, D.C.

Virginia canceled its final two games of the season, finishing 3-7 under first-year coach Tony Elliott. The university held a memorial service on campus on Nov. 19, with more than 9,000 in attendance.

Running back Mike Hollins and another student were injured in the shooting. The suspect is being held without bail in a Charlottesville jail.

–Field Level Media

A formation of F-16 fighter jets fly over David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium before the start of Saturday's game against Iowa State.

Kansas reveals plans for $300M football facility overhaul

The University of Kansas unveiled plans Friday to renovate its football stadium and facilities beginning early next year.

The school is planning significant upgrades to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium and the Anderson Family Football Complex.

The project will be financed mostly through private sources and premium seating sales. While Kansas officials didn’t disclose the cost, multiple reports said it will be more than $300 million.

Kansas said its leaders have sought paths “to generate revenue for academic programming and spur regional economic growth” in recent years. Support for the Jayhawks’ normally weak football program is currently high following a 5-0 start; ESPN is hosting this Saturday’s “College GameDay” broadcast from Lawrence for the first time.

“This project is unmatched in its vision to benefit a broad range of KU constituents while signaling a new era for Kansas Football,” athletic director Travis Goff said in a statement. “Once complete, this project will ensure our football program has the facilities it needs to compete at the highest level and provide the best-possible game day experience for student-athletes and fans. Moreover, we are thrilled this project goes beyond football to benefit the entire university and the regional economy.”

No. 19 Kansas hosts No. 17 TCU (4-0) on Saturday.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during the 2024 NFL Draft Celebration at Campus Martius Park in Detroit on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

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NFL to release full 2022 schedule May 12

The 2022 NFL schedule will be divulged one piece at a time before the full reveal May 12.

The NFL announced Thursday that it will announce Amazon Prime Video’s first “Thursday Night Football” game (Week 2) during the first round of the NFL draft on April 28.

The league will then announce all International Series games May 4 and reveal select games during the week of May 9. Its schedule release show on NFL Network will be May 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

The 32 NFL teams already know which teams they will face next season as a result of the league’s scheduling formula, but the order of games and which ones will be played in primetime slots on national TV will be solidified during the schedule release show.

Five teams already know they will serve as the home team for international games. The Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars will participate in games in London. The Arizona Cardinals will play a game in Mexico City, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be designated as the home team in the league’s first game in Germany, to be played at Allianz Arena in Munich.

–Field Level Media

June 5, 2018; Stanton, DE, USA; At 1:30 p.m. today Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Delaware launches the country's first full-scale sports betting operation outside of Nevada as people roll into the Casino at Delaware Park in Stanton, Del. to wager their bets. Mandatory Credit: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK

Record 45.2M Americans expected to bet on NFL in 2021

A record 45.2 million Americans are expected to wager during this upcoming NFL season, a 36 percent increase year-over-year, the American Gaming Association (AGA) announced Tuesday.

The increase is largely due to eight more states where fans can legally bet compared to 2020. Americans can wager in 26 states versus 18 one year ago.

Further, three more states (Arizona, South Dakota, Washington) are expected to come online by Thursday’s regular season kickoff and two more by the end of the season.

“Importantly, when the 2021 NFL season begins, more than 111m American adults will be able to wager safely with regulated sportsbooks in their home states rather than with the predatory illegal market,” AGA president and CEO Bill Miller said in a statement.

Based on its research, AGA projects that five million Americans will place a bet online (up 73 percent YOY) while seven million will bet with a bookie (up just 13 percent).

The Kansas City Chiefs are the most popular Super Bowl bet among Americans, followed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma's Marvin Mims (17) catches the ball in front of Oklahoma State's Amen Ogbongbemiga (7) and Rodarius Williams (8) during a Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Oklahoma won 41-13. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Big 12 sets COVID-19 forfeit policy

The Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday that football teams who do not have enough players available, due to COVID-19 or any other reason, will forfeit and take a loss in the conference standings.

“The opponent will be credited with a win in the Conference standings,” a statement from the Big 12 read in part. “Both teams will be deemed to have played the game for purposes of Conference standings only.”

The conference will use a “no contest” designation in the event that both teams in a given game are unable to play.

The Big 12 follows the Pac-12 in setting a policy for the 2021 season that in effect penalizes programs that cannot keep COVID-19 from spreading through their ranks. During the 2020 college football season, when the pandemic was still fresh and vaccines weren’t yet available, games were often postponed due to one or both teams being short-handed, but many were canceled as well.

The college football season begins the first weekend of September, when all 10 Big 12 teams will be in action playing nonconference games. The league is still reeling from Texas and Oklahoma’s decision to leave for the SEC in 2025.

–Field Level Media