Memorial Stadium in Norman is getting set to undergo a major and pricey renovation, former Oklahoma quarterback-turned-broadcaster Dean Blevins reported overnight.
According to the KWTV sports anchor, multiple sources have confirmed that “a Master Expansion Plan for Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has been approved and is expected to be announced at a future OU Board of Regents meeting.” The renovation would commence shortly after the final regular season game of the 2014 season (Dec. 6 versus rival Oklahoma State) and would be completed before the 2015 season opener Sept. 5 against Akron.
The price tag for first construction on the stadium in more than a decade? At least $350 million, possibly reaching $400 million.
Here’s a partial list of the work the renovation plans entail:
— Current suites are expected to be upgraded and updated while new suites will be added in the south end zone.
— New press box.
— “Substantial facilities upgrades in the south end zone, where the players currently dress, meet and press conferences are held, would result in a state-of-the-art weight room and training facilities – a huge recruiting tool in today’s environment.”
— Additional seating that would increase the capacity from 82,112 to more than 90,000.
The added seating would move OU from 16th in the country to 12th, trailing, from 1-11, Michigan, Penn State, Texas A&M (upon completion of Kyle Field’s renovation), Tennessee, Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, USC, Georgia, LSU and UCLA. The television station’s website notes that there is a waiting list in excess of 15,000 people for season tickets.
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Another day, another player who’s decided to move on from his college football starting point.
Citing a person familiar with the situation, nj.com is reporting that senior defensive back Davon Jacobs has decided to transfer out of first-year head coach Chris Ash’s football program. The fact that Jacobs had fallen behind on the safety depth chart this spring.
Jacobs is entering his fifth-year season, but he has yet to graduate. So, if he wants to finish his career at the FBS level, he’d need to graduate this summer. If not, he could drop down to the FCS level and be eligible to play immediately in 2016.
Last season, Jacobs started the first three games before being sidelined with a concussion. He came back to start one more game before being reinjured and missing the remainder of the season.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2012, Jacobs played in 25 games the next two seasons. Included in that was a pair of starts, one each in 2013 and 2014.
It appears the reports of the demise of Baylor’s president are, at least for now, premature.
Tuesday morning the college football world awoke to the news that BU was expected to remove Ken Starr as the university’s president before the end of the month, if not sooner. The latter seemed to come to fruition as, a short time after HornsDigest.com released that report, the recruiting website updated to state that the school’s Board of Regents had indeed fired Starr.
Starr, in his sixth year as president, had been mentioned in a damning Outside the Lines report earlier this month as having been aware of at least one instance of assault involving a Bears football player and did nothing.
A short time after the Scout.com report surfaced this morning, Baylor released a statement in which Starr is not mentioned specifically, but the timeline for a public response to an independent report on the university’s handling of sexual assault allegations involving football players was detailed.
The Baylor Board of Regents continues its work to review the findings of the Pepper Hamilton investigation and we anticipate further communication will come after the Board completes its deliberations. We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the university will provide it. We expect an announcement by June 3.
Finally, a break has gone Utah’s Evan Moeai‘s way.
On the very first play from scrimmage during the 2014 season opener, Moeai sustained what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury. A year later, in the 2015 opener, the tight end went down with yet another season-ending injury.
According to the Deseret News, Moeai posted on his private Instagram account that he has received a fifth season of eligibility from the NCAA. The Utes have yet to confirm the development, although it’s one that’s been expected.
Moeai began his collegiate career at the JUCO level, then played in three games during his first season with the Utes in 2013. He, obviously, played in one game each of the last two seasons.
Moeai caught one pass for five yards in 2015 before he went down with his second season-ending injury.
Less than two weeks after leaving Ohio State, Grant Schmidt has a new college football home — and he won’t even have to leave the state to get there.
Citing university sources, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Schmidt will continue his collegiate playing career at Cincinnati. The offensive lineman had indicated earlier this month that the Bearcats would be his landing spot.
Because of NCAA transfer rules, Schmidt will be forced to sit out the 2016 season. He would then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
A three-star member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class, 247Sports.com rated Schmidt as the No. 52 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of South Dakota. Schmidt was the first player from that state to sign with the Buckeyes, but he failed to become the first to play in a game as he didn’t see the field during his brief stint in Columbus.
Schmidt’s mid-May move was believed to be related to a logjam along the offensive line and his failure to make a dent on the depth chart during spring practice.