Mike London

Virginia dumps 2013 Penn State game for one with Oregon


Less than eight months before the 2013 season kicks off, Penn State has officially found itself with a hole in its schedule — for now.

In a release, Virginia confirmed that it has scheduled a home-and-home series with Oregon.  The first game will be played Sept. 7, 2013, in Charlottesville, with the Cavaliers traveling to Eugene in 2016.  The date for the latter game has yet to be set.

The Cavaliers had been scheduled to play the Nittany Lions the third weekend of the 2013 season.  PSU athletic director Tom Joyner said in a statement that the UVa. “notified Penn State that it would not be playing the Sept. 14, 2013 game scheduled for Beaver Stadium in order to play a home game on that date.”

Joyner’s UVa. counterpart, Jon Oliver, said that conversations with UO officials had initially centered on a 2017 game in Europe.  Those talks evolved into an agreement on the home-and-home series that was announced this afternoon.

“As the conversation progressed, it became clear we might have an opportunity to initiate a series in 2013 starting in Charlottesville,” Oliver’s statement read. “We saw that as a great opportunity for our program and our fans.

“The chance to add Oregon presents us with the unique opportunity to have eight home games in a single season. Kicking off the season against BYU on Aug. 31 and playing Oregon on Sept. 7 will be a challenge, but one that Coach London has been on board with since the very beginning. I am hopeful that our fans will embrace this schedule and create a home field advantage to help make our team successful.”

Both Penn State and Virginia stated that they are working on rescheduling the canceled 2013 game for some point in the future.

“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,” Oliver said.

As for a short-notice replacement on Penn State’s schedule, Joyner said in his statement that “[w]e have begun discussions to find an opponent for the Sept. 14 date and expect to make that announcement very soon.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported late last week that PSU and UCF have reached an agreement on a two-game series beginning in 2013, with the Knights replacing the Cavaliers on the Nittany Lions’ slate.

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”


Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”

Wisconsin announces 10-year agreement with Under Armour

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Associated Press

What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.

“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”

The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.

Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:

Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.

Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.