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C-USA announces divisional setup

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Yesterday, Conference USA officially announced the additions of FAU and Middle Tennessee State for the 2013 season.

Wednesday, the conference announced its divisional look for the 2013 season as well.

In a release, and as expected, C-USA announced that it would split its 14 football-playing members into two divisions.  As they have in the past, those two divisions will be called the East and West (again, looking at you, Big Ten).

The East will consist of East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Marshall, MTSU, Southern Miss and UAB, while the West will be made up of Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP and UT-San Antonio.

ECU and Tulane will leave for the Big East in 2014, replaced by Old Dominion and UNC-Charlotte.  It had previously been thought that both of those schools would become football-playing members in 2015; however, in today’s release, Conference USA announced that Old Dominion “would be eligible for an East Division title and the opportunity to compete in the 2014 C-USA Championship.”  They will not be eligible for a bowl game until 2015, though.

Charlotte will join in football in 2015, although their division was not clarified.

In addition to the divisional setup, the conference also released each member’s home and away football opponents for the 2013 season.  The eight-game conference slate will consist of six games within the division and two cross-division games.  After the jump, if you so desire, you can view the home and away opponents for each 2013 member of Conference USA.

EAST CAROLINA 
HOME – FAU, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UAB
AWAY – at FIU, at Marshall, at Middle Tennessee, at Tulane

FAU 
HOME – FIU, Marshal,l Middle Tennessee, Tulane
AWAY – at East Carolina, at Rice, at Southern Miss, at UAB

FIU 
HOME – East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, UAB
AWAY – at FAU, at Middle Tennessee, at Southern Miss, at UTEP

LOUISIANA TECH 
HOME – North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa
AWAY – at FIU, at Rice, at UTEP, at UTSA

MARSHALL 
HOME – East Carolina, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA
AWAY – at FAU, at FIU, at Middle Tennessee, at Tulsa

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 
HOME – East Carolina, FIU, Marshall, UTEP
AWAY – at FAU, at North Texas, at Southern Miss, at UAB

NORTH TEXAS 
HOME – Middle Tennessee, Rice, UTEP, UTSA
AWAY – at Louisiana Tech, at Southern Miss, at Tulane, at Tulsa

RICE 
HOME – FAU, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, UTEP
AWAY – at North Texas, at Tulsa, at UAB, at UTSA

SOUTHERN MISS 
HOME – FAU, FIU, Middle Tennessee, North Texas
AWAY – at East Carolina, at Louisiana Tech, at Marshall, at UAB

TULANE 
HOME – East Carolina, North Texas, Tulsa, UTEP
AWAY – at FAU, at Louisiana Tech, at Rice, at UTSA

TULSA 
HOME – Marshall, North Texas, Rice, UTSA
AWAY – at East Carolina, at Louisiana Tech, at Tulane, at UTEP

UAB 
HOME – FAU, Middle Tennessee, Rice, Southern Miss
AWAY – at East Carolina, at FIU, at Marshall, at UTSA

UTEP 
HOME – FIU, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, UTSA
AWAY – at Middle Tennessee, at North Texas, at Rice, at Tulane

UTSA 
HOME – Louisiana Tech, Rice, Tulane, UAB
AWAY – at Marshall, at North Texas, at Tulsa, at UTEP

Former Michigan WR, Notre Dame DB move on to JUCOs

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Two former members of Power Five football programs have decided to slide far down the college football ladder in restarting their respective careers.

According to 247Sports.com, Cole is on the campus of East Mississippi Community College and will play for the JUCO team in 2016.  The report comes nearly four months after it was reported that Cole had decided to transfer from Michigan to Kentucky.

The recruiting website writes that UK “is a school Cole continues to consider.”

Cole was a highly sought after four-star 2015 recruit who was an early enrollee in Jim Harbaugh‘s first UM class.  The No. 74 player nationally on 247Sports.com‘s composite board, Cole was also the No. 1-rated player at any position in the state of Michigan.  He played in two games at receiver with the Wolverines; he’ll move to safety with his new program.

Speaking of defensive backs, former Notre Dame safety Mykelti Williams has also decided to go the JUCO route.  It was confirmed in March of this year that Williams had decided to leave the Irish and transfer elsewhere.

As it turns out, that elsewhere is Iowa Western.

Williams was a three-star member of the Irish’s 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 29 safety in the country; the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Indiana; and the No. 464 player overall according to 247Sports.com. The 5-11, 200-pound defensive back chose Notre Dame over offers from, among others, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin.

He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.

Transferring Utah DT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu visits Alabama, too

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Earlier this month, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu made the decision to transfer from Utah. Over the weekend, the defensive lineman paid a visit to Nebraska as he began the process of finding a new college football home.

Earlier this week, Tu’ikolovatu continued that process at the defending national champions.

According to the defensive tackle’s Twitter account, Tu’ikolovatu paid a visit to Alabama on Monday. While the Tide, as always, remains loaded along the line even after losing so much to the NFL draft, they could certainly use someone with the talent — and size — the 6-1, 320-pound Tu’ikolovatu possesses if the player and team find common ground.

Last season with the Utes, Tu’ikolovatu played in all 13 games, starting two of those contests. His four fumble recoveries were tied for the lead in the Pac-12 and second nationally.

All told, Tu’ikolovatu played in 25 games the past two seasons. As a graduate transfer, he’d be eligible to play immediately in 2016 whether he moves on to Alabama, Nebraska or any other FBS program.

The 2016 season will, though, be his final year of eligibility.

Tim Irvin takes to Twitter to announce transfer from Auburn

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After just one season on The Plains, Tim Irvin will be plying his football wares elsewhere moving forward.

On his personal Twitter account Tuesday, Irvin, the nephew of former Miami Hurricanes and Dallas Cowboys receiving great Michael Irvin, announced that “it will be better for me to pursue my career elsewhere.” The 5-9, 194-pound defensive back gave no reason for his decision.

The Miami, Fla., native was a four-star member of AU’s 2015 recruiting class. 247Sports.com had Irvin rated as the No. 38 player at any position in the state of Florida and the No. 285 player overall in its composite rankings.

As a true freshman last season, Irvin played in 10 games. He started at nickel corner in games in which the Tigers opened in the nickel package.

As for potential landing spots?  It’s being reported that East Carolina, Miami and Texas may be considerations.

Dede Westbrook, Sooners’ leading returning receiver, arrested Monday

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Oklahoma has a huge season opener at a neutral field against Houston to kick off 2016 in a couple of months.  Whether their top returning threat in the receiving game is on the field remains to be seen.

According to multiple media outlets, Sooners wide receiver Dede Westbrook was arrested late Monday morning on a charge of criminal trespassing.  The arrest occurred in Westbrook’s hometown of Cameron, Tex.

No details of what led to the arrest have been released.  An OU spokesperson said in a statement that “[w]e’re aware of it and are addressing internally.”

With Sterling Shepard off to the NFL, Westbrook is OU’s leading returning receiver.

In his first season with the Sooners, Westbrook was second on the Sooners in receptions (46) and receiving yards (743).  His 16.2 yards per catch was tops on the team for those with 20 or more receptions, while his four receiving touchdowns were tied for third.

For that production, Westbrook was named the Big 12’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year.