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Arkansas, Rutgers agree to home-and-home


West Virginia’s departure to the Big 12 has left Big East teams scrambling to fill another hole in their 2012 schedule. For Rutgers, that task got a little bit easier.

At the very least, they won’t have to play Syracuse twice.

The school announced today that the Scarlet Knights will be playing a home-and-home series with Arkansas this season and in 2013. A non-conference matchup between the two had been rumored for a while. Rutgers will visit Fayetteville this upcoming season, with the Razorbacks returning the favor in 2013. Both games will be played in September (Sept. 22, 2012 and Sept. 21, 2013).

Rutgers is 5-11-2 all-time vs. the SEC, with the last meeting being a 37-34 win over Vanderbilt in 2004. The Scarlet Knights still have one  more slot to fill because of WVU’s departure. However, the door remains open for a Boise State entry in 2012, which would give Big East teams another much-needed conference opponent.

Additionally, Arkansas announced that the LSU game scheduled for Nov. 24 will be played in Fayetteville — the first time the two have met at Arkansas’ campus since 1992.

Dismissed by ‘Cuse, Ashton Broyld lands at West Georgia

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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.

Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia.  Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.

There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves.  Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.

I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.