Report: Mizzou’s SEC application ‘inevitable and imminent’

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Go ahead and strap yourselves in.  It’s apparently going to be yet another wild week on the expansion front.

As most of the focus the past couple of weeks has been on the Big East and their plans to add as many as six new members, the Missouri situation has been pushed somewhat to the back-burner.  Based on one report, that could change in very short order.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation, is reporting that a decision from Missouri on submitting an official application for membership in the SEC is “inevitable and imminent“.  The source said the Mizzou is confident they have the votes necessary to gain entry into the SEC; nine of the schools are required to give a thumbs up for membership.

Mizzou’s Board of Curators has a regularly scheduled meeting set for Thursday and Friday.  The board, which earlier this month granted permission to MU chancellor Brady Deaton to pursue the university’s conference affiliation, could announce its intentions to withdraw from the Big 12 following the meeting, which include a closed executive sessions each day.  The agendas for those sessions were not revealed, although it’s believed it will deal with the conference affiliation issue.

The addition of Missouri would give the SEC 14 members, although it’s unclear if MU would join in 2012 or wait until 2013.  If it’s the former, it would alleviate the concern of a 13-team league forcing the SEC’s hand on an unbalanced schedule, which would certainly make Nick Saban a very happy less-grumpy head coach.

If Mizzou does indeed decide to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, it would have a ripple effect on the Big East.

That conference is expected to extend invitations to six schools at some point this week in an attempt to get to a dozen football-playing members.  If Mizzou leaves the Big 12, that conference would be left with nine members; interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said earlier this month that the conference would have 10 members for the 2012 season.  Louisville, a current Big East member, has been mentioned as the top contender to replace Mizzou if they left the conference.

The Big East announced Monday evening that commissioner John Marinatto will conduct a media conference call Tuesday at 1:30 ET to discuss current information on expansion involving his conference.

So, if Missouri leaves the Big 12… if Louisville leaves the Big East for the Big 12… if both of those things were to occur, the Big East could turn to either East Carolina or Temple as their 12th school.  Of course, that’s provided the other six schools — Boise State, Air Force, Navy, UCF, SMU and Houston — accept their invitations.

Beer sales approved for Marshall home football games

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Let the beer taps start flowing at the next home Marshall football game. The University announced today that beer sales at Joan C. Edwards Stadium have been approved by the Board of Governors starting this fall.

This is the latest decision in an evolving stance on alcohol sales at Marshall. Last year, the school began expanding the sale of alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine from the Big Green Room to chairback seating. Now, the majority of fans attending a football game in Huntington will be able to purchase alcohol. The expanded alcohol sales plan will help to build the infrastructure of Marshall’s facilities moving forward.

“This is a continuation of our goal to provide more amenities for our fan base that makes attending Marshall Football games a more enjoyable experience,” Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said in a released statement. “We have played a lot of winning football in our stadium over the past five years and we have great opponents such as Pittsburgh, Boise State, North Carolina State, and Navy just to name a few over the next five years, and it is imperative that the investment in our fan experience matches our football brand.”

Marshall will keep some sections of the football stadium free of alcohol for those fans who wish not to be near the booze-loaded fans.

The announcement was coupled with some other stadium news regarding the future renovation plans for the football stadium.  Construction on the west side of the stadium should be completed by August, in time for the start of the 2017 college football season. The southwest side of the stadium will have a new retail location for fans.

Suspended Oklahoma DB Will Sunderland turns himself in for felony burglarly charge

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Days after an arrest warrant was issued, Oklahoma defensive back Will Sunderland turned himself over to authorities. According to The Oklahoman, Sunderland turned himself in on Tuesday and has since been released after posting a bond of $5,000. He was charged with second-degree burglary, a felony.

Sunderland will have to appear in court at a date to be determined. In the meantime, he remains suspended from the Sooners and all football activities under new head coach Lincoln Riley.

According to previous reports, Sunderland is accused of selling an XBox One and PlayStation 4, accessories and games to an electronics store in Oklahoma City for nearly $500. The merchandise reportedly was stolen from an Oklahoma dorm in March and sold later the same day.

Sunderland previously turned himself in for the misdemeanor charge for the stolen property. He does have a court date scheduled for the misdemeanor charge of possessing stolen property set for July 20.

Notre Dame to travel to Northwestern for first time in 40 years in 2018

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When news hit that Northwestern was going to host Notre Dame for a football game, you can be excused for automatically thinking the game would be transplanted to Soldier Field in Chicago. But the Wildcats will get the chance to entertain the Fighting Irish in Evanston for the first time in 40 years when Notre Dame comes to Northwestern’s campus in 2018.

Northwestern is scheduled to host Notre Dame on November 3, 2018, as locked in and confirmed by Northwestern’s 2018 schedule today. the last time Notre Dame played at Northwestern was in 1976. There have been five meetings between the two schools since, including two games played in Chicago. Notre Dame’s last win against Northwestern was in 1994, in Chicago.

For the Wildcats, it should be a loaded home schedule in 2018 that also includes home games against Duke from the ACC, division foes Wisconsin and Nebraska, in-state rival Illinois, and Michigan.

Northwestern has a two-game winning streak in the series with Notre Dame, including a 43-40 overtime victory in South Bend, Indiana in 2014.

Texas Tech gets commitment from ex-Arkansas WR Jojo Robinson

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JoJo Robinson‘s winding college football road will apparently take him next to Lubbock.

Using his Twitter account as a microphone, Robinson announced that, “with a lot of prayer and support,” he has decided to continue his playing career at Texas Tech.  The wide receiver had spent the 2016 season at a junior college, thus making him eligible to play immediately in 2017.

Including this season, Robinson will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Originally a Florida State verbal, Robinson ultimately flipped to Arkansas to become a four-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2014 recruiting class. He was suspended for one game his first season in Fayetteville after he was arrested for armed robbery after signing with UA; that charge was ultimately dropped.

In 2015, Robinson was dismissed by head coach Bret Bielema, reportedly for not going to class. Prior to that dismissal, he caught six passes for 53 yards as a redshirt freshman.

The Red Raiders had lost at least two wide receivers to transfer this offseason, including their top pass-catcher, Jonathan Giles, in late April.  Tech’s leader in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,158), receiving touchdowns (13) and yards per catch (16.8) last season ultimately opted for LSU a month later.

In early May, Tony Brown announced his decision to transfer as well.  Earlier this month, he revealed that he would be moving on to Colorado.