Auburn coach Gene Chizik watches from the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) MAGS OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT
Let the cupcake talk commence in three… two… one…
Tuesday morning, The Citadel announced that it’s reached an agreement with Alabama on a game during the 2018 regular season. The game is scheduled for Nov. 17 and will, obviously, be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
The 2018 meeting will mark the first-ever between the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our program,” head coach Brent Thompson said in a statement released by the school. “These games are important for many reasons, and they allow us to provide our cadet-athletes with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I’m excited that our team will have the experience of playing in front of more than 100,000 fans against one of the premier teams in college football.”
From the release:
Since the NCAA split Division I football into subdivisions in 1978, current FCS programs have seven total victories over current SEC teams, and The Citadel has earned four of those seven wins. The Bulldogs are 11-75-4 all-time against current members of the SEC.
The game against Citadel is the third of four non-conference games for ‘Bama in 2018, with the other announced two against Louisville (in Orlando) and home against Arkansas State. UA also has future non-conference games scheduled against USC (2016, in Arlington, Tex.) and Florida State (2017, Atlanta)
An injury kept Dalton Santos from taking the field for Texas for all of 2015. Now, a personal decision will prevent him from doing the same in 2016 and beyond.
The Longhorns linebacker took to Twitter Monday to announce that he has decided to leave UT and finish up his playing career elsewhere. The fifth-year senior will be leaving the ‘Horns as a graduate transfers, which means, of course, that he would be eligible immediately at another FBS program in 2016, his final season of eligibility.
— Dalton Santos (@Daltonsantos55) May 2, 2016
In 2013 and 2014, Dalton played in a combined 23 games. Dalton did not play at all last season because of a lingering ankle injury.
There’s a combination you don’t see very frequently.
According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Marshall defensive back Tiquan Lang was arrested on multiple charges early Saturday morning. Those charges include driving under the influence, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance. All three of those charges are misdemeanors.
The situation began when police officers observed Lang asleep/passed out in a running vehicle and went downhill from there. From the Herald-Dispatch’s report:
Upon arrival, officers turned off the car and made multiple attempts to wake the man, who was asleep with the driver’s seat reclined, according to criminal complaints. Police state the man had trouble maintaining balance as he exited the vehicle once awake.
After he was out of the vehicle, police say they found a Glock 27 with an extended 30-round magazine partially concealed under the seat.
A police dog sniffed out one full and two partial Xanax bars in the center console. Reports state police could smell the odor of marijuana, but none was found. A plastic cup with a small amount of liquor was located in the console.
Lang told police he had a prescription for the medication, and his drowsiness was exacerbated by drinking the liquor, according to the complaint.
The football program is aware of the development and will handle the matter internally.
Over the past three seasons, Lang has started 23 gams the past three seasons. Last season, Lang was second on the team with 91 tackles. He returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns as well.
On April 23, country music star Kenny Chesney performed at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium — and it’s fair to say that he tore the place up. Chesney and various guests performed at the “Music and Miracles Festival,” one of the first concerts ever at Jordan-Hare. The goal was to raise a million dollars to fight hunger and cancer. And it was a party. More than 50,000 people were there.
“Sometimes,” Chesney said after it was over, “you feel the energy long before you hit the stage.”
With all that energy, yeah, the field took a significant beating.
The Auburn grounds crew then announced via Twitter that they would resod the field at the end of May and get things back to normal in plenty of time for football. The story could have died there.
But, of course, stories don’t really die too quickly these days. I mean: Look at that field. First came the comments and the talk about how the flooring was kept down the whole time. Then came the backlash toward Chesney. There’s no need to explain just how holy the Jordan-Hare Stadium field is to Auburn football fans. When people saw the after photos — even though it is months until the season opener against Clemson — well let’s just say things were said.
Chesney, a big football fan who wrote the song “The Boys of Fall” about high school football in his town, was pretty troubled by the whole thing. See, Auburn had always planned on resodding the field after the concert. That was obviously the strategy after inviting Chesney to perform in the first place.
“The plan to host Kenny Chesney at Jordan-Hare Stadium always included a full field replacement following the event,” Auburn associate AD for Operation Jeremy Roberts said. “And the field cover strategy we approved took this into consideration.”
“The plan the school had in place,” concert production manager Ed Wannebo says, “had nothing to do with this concert … the sod was being torn out regardless.”
Ah well, what is it that Chesney sings in “The Boys of Fall?”
It’s knockin’ heads and talkin’ trash
It’s slingin’ mud and dirt and grass