Oregon was set to play Nevada on Sept. 7 this year in what will be Mark Helfrich‘s second game as the Ducks’ new head coach. Instead, UO will play the first in a two-game series with Virginia out of the ACC — reportedly.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Eugene Register-Guard are both reporting that the Cavaliers and Ducks will meet in Charlottesville on Sept. 7, 2013, a date that was originally supposed to feature a game between UVA and Penn State. Virginia will likely travel to Eugene in 2016 for the second game against the Ducks, although neither school has made an official announcement on the news just yet.
It’s not yet clear if/when Oregon will reschedule its road game with the Wolf Pack. Nevada, meanwhile, has added BYU to its 2013 schedule.
Oregon’s nonconference schedule in 2013 will feature an opening-week cupcake against Nicholls State and then a game against Tennessee on Sept. 14. UVA will play BYU, VMI and Ball State this upcoming season in its OOC schedule. Oregon enters 2013 coming off a Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, while Virginia finished 4-8 in Mike London‘s second year.
Updated 5:06 p.m. ET: Okay, now it’s official. Oregon and Virginia will play on Sept. 7, 2013 and again in 2016, a specific day for which hasn’t been announced yet. Interestingly enough, the two sides were originally talking about playing a game in Europe in 2017 before the home-and-home was settled upon.
“As the conversation progressed it became clear we might have an opportunity to initiate a series in 2013 starting in Charlottesville. We saw that as a great opportunity for our program and our fans,” UVA athletic director Jon Oliver said in a statement. “It’s our desire to reschedule the game at Penn State in the future and we’re hopeful we can come to an agreement as to when that will happen soon.”
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.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.