A two-game series between LSU and TCU will reportedly morph into one neutral site game at the beginning of the 2013 season.
Per the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, both sides have agreed to scrap a home-and-home for the 2013 and ’14 seasons for an appearance in the annual Cowboys Stadium Classic in Arlington.
LSU associate athletic director Verge Ausberry confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayne later on Friday that the two sides were working toward a season opener at Cowboys Stadium.
“We’re negotiating toward a game with TCU in Cowboys Stadium but we have nailed it down yet,” said Ausberrry. “It’s going to be a one-game deal, but we’re also looking at doing something with TCU in 2014. We don’t know where yet.”
As the paper points out, scheduling and payout likely played big roles in the reported alteration of the contract. According to the Sports Business Journal, LSU earned $3.5 million from its 2011 game against Oregon in Cowboys Stadium, while TCU banked approximately $1 million to play Oregon State at the NFL stadium in 2010.
It’s easy to see why the modification would be made. The stadium is just a short drive from TCU and LSU has traveled well to the DFW metroplex. With the payout that would come with it, it’s almost a no-brainer.
The first month of the football season at Rutgers has had its share of off-field stories worth keeping an eye on, so the news on Tuesday that the university has hired Bond, Schoeneck & King, a law firm with a history of working on NCAA violation cases, is certainly a bit of an eye-opener. The NCAA is not, at this time, investigating Rutgers. Instead, this is a move to investigate a pair of concerns related to the football program so that they may be properly reported to the NCAA if and when needed.
“Rutgers has retained outside counsel with expertise in NCAA infractions to help identify any potential rules violations,” Rutgers senior vice president for external affairs Peter McDonough said in a report published by NJ.com. “This is an ongoing and rigorous process that helps us to identify any shortcomings, to self-report them as required by NCAA rules and to remedy them as best practices demand.”
According to the report from NJ.com, Rutgers is focusing on one allegation of an arrested player failing multiple drug tests while on the team and accusations related to the program’s ambassador program. The name of the former player was not identified in the report. The ambassador program has come into scrutiny following the evolving case related to wide receiver Leonte Carroo.
The hired firm tends to serve as a liaison with the NCAA, but Rutgers will be given a final copy of the firm’s investigation for review. If Rutgers determines any NCAA violations were commited as determined by the report, that information will be passed on to the NCAA. The information revealed or uncovered in the firm’s investigation will determine if the NCAA will have to do some of its own digging, or merely adopt the firm’s report at face value and decide on any appropriate punishment from there.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.