Chick-fil-A Bowl - LSU v Clemson

Times announced for opening weekend kickoff games


We’re two months into the 2013 offseason, but if you’re already itching for some college football, allow us to whet your appetite. Before promptly reminding you that we’re still a good 176 days away — assuming my remedial math is correct — from kicking off, that is.

Anyway, ESPN announced the kickoff times for five opening weekend games this season, including the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Alabama and Virginia Tech, and the Cowboys Classic between LSU and TCU.

Thursday, Aug. 29 will feature two games: North Carolina at South Carolina at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Ole Miss at Vanderbilt at 9:15 p.m. ET. North Carolina did not go bowling this past season because of sanctions while South Carolina went 11-2 with an Outback Bowl win over Michigan. Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are two of the SEC’s up-and-coming programs.

Two days later on Saturday, Aug. 31, Virginia Tech and Alabama will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The Tide, obviously, is coming off a BCS national championship and Tech a Russell Athletic Bowl win over Rutgers. Georgia will head to Clemson to renew an old rivalry, and TCU will face LSU in the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

So set yer DVRs. Or something.

Thursday, Aug. 29
6 p.m.  — North Carolina at South Carolina
9:15 p.m. — Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

Saturday, Aug. 31
5:30 p.m.  —  Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta)
8 p.m.  — Georgia at Clemson
9 p.m.  — TCU vs. LSU (Cowboys Classic, Dallas)

Dismissed Wolverine Logan Tuley-Tillman charged with three felonies

Logan Tuley-Tillman
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Back on September 10, it was announced that Jim Harbaugh had dismissed Logan Tuley-Tillman for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.”  Now we know what that unacceptable conduct was.  Allegedly.

Wednesday morning, is reporting, Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he’s accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge. Tuley-Tillman was officially charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

From the report:

Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.

The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.

Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois.  He played in one game as a redshirt freshman last season, the season opener against Appalachian State.

This season, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.

WVU loses All-Big 12 DB Karl Joseph to season-ending knee injury

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Karl Joseph #8 of the West Virginia Mountaineers tackles Jarred Salubi #21 of the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  WVU defeated Baylor 70-63.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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One of the most talented players on the defensive side of the ball not only in the Big 12 but in the country has seen his season come to an abrupt end.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday that Karl Joseph will miss the remainder of the 2015 season because of an injury to his right knee.  The hard-hitting safety sustained the injury in a non-contact drill during practice Tuesday.

The injury also marks the end of Joseph’s collegiate playing career as he’s off to the NFL next spring.

“I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl,” Holgorsen said in a statement. “He is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and University over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with this team. He exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer. Karl is an All-American, a fierce competitor, a leader and I know he will have a full recovery, and I can’t wait to watch him on Sundays next fall.”

Joseph started all 42 games in which he played for the Mountaineers. He was first-team All-Big 12 last season, and his name littered numerous preseason All-American teams this year.

“I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for their outpouring of support,” Joseph said. “This has been difficult for me and my family but I know I will come through this stronger than ever. I will forever be a Mountaineer and will be cheering on our team every step of the way.”