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RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 31:  The North Carolina State Wolfpack run onto the field before their game against the Clemson Tigers at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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NC State announces future series with Texas Tech, Vandy, UConn

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Tuesday afternoon, North Carolina State decided to do a rather hefty scheduling dump.

That football program announced earlier in the day today that it has reached an agreement on three future home-and-home series, including one each against Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.  The Tech series will take place in the years 2022 (Raleigh, N.C.) and 2027 (Lubbock), while the Vandy series will be played in 2026 (Nashville) and 2028 (Raleigh).

The Wolfpack owns a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Red Raiders, with the last meeting coming in 2003.  The Commodores have beaten the Wolfpack in both previous meetings, including a 38-24 win in the 2012 Music City Bowl.  The only other previous meeting came back in 1946.

In addition to those two series, NCSU will also take on UConn in a third home-and-home.  The Wolfpack will host the first game of that series in 2022, while the Huskies will return the favor the following season.

NCSU has won both games between the two football programs, the first one coming in 2003 and the most recent in 2012.

All-SBC lineman Joseph Scelfo leaving S. Alabama, transferring to NC State

RALEIGH, NC - AUGUST 30: Players of the North Carolina State Wolfpack run onto the field prior to their game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Carter-Finley Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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A Sun Belt program’s loss will turn into a Power Five program’s gain.  Reportedly.

While there’s no official word yet from either school involved, FOXSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman is reporting that Joseph Scelfo has decided to transfer from South Alabama to North Carolina State.  Scelfo would be headed to the Wolfpack as a graduate transfer, which means, of course, that he will be eligible to suit up for the ACC school in the 2016 season.

The upcoming season will be the senior’s final season of eligibility.

Scelfo had started 25 straight games at center for the Jaguars, including all 12 in 2015.  At the end of that season, he was named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference by both the coaches and media.

Those a very good chance that Scelfo will open the 2016 season as NCSU’s starting center, replacing three-year starter Quinton Schooley.

‘Violations of team rules’ leads to Wolfpack pair exiting NC State

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In the past week, Dave Doeren has seen a pair of Wolfpack players not-so-voluntarily leave his North Carolina State football program.

Over the weekend, it was reported that tight end Bryce Dixon (no, not THAT Bryce Dixon) is no longer on the team.  Wednesday, Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer not only confirmed Dixon’s departure, but that of wide receiver Freddie Simmons as well.

As alluded to earlier, the twin departures weren’t exactly voluntary in nature.

Giglio added in another tweet that he “doesn’t see a pending legal charge for either in [the North Carolina] court system.”

Both Dixon and Simmons were three-star signees for the Wolfpack, the former in this most recent recruiting cycle and the latter in 2015.  Simmons took a redshirt as a true freshman last season, and had been considered one of NCSU’s redshirt players who had the potential to contribute his second season.

John Swofford non-committal on future of ACC network

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25:  John Swofford, ACC Commissioner (C) addresses the media during a press conference to announce the New Era Pinstripe Bowl's multi-year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
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It’s possible there’s never been a better time to be the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia is the reigning College World Series champion. Florida State is a recent football champion and a perennial contender, and Clemson came damn close last year. Notre Dame is aboard, and the league’s footprint has been successfully extended to Louisville, Syracuse and Pittsburgh (Boston College’s 0-for-26 notwithstanding.)

And, by the way, there are six ACC basketball teams gearing up to play in the Sweet 16 later this week.

Life is good on Tobacco Road, so why not strike while the iron’s hot and move forward with the long-awaited ACC Network?

ACC commissioner John Swofford discussed the topic with WRAL in North Carolina and was customarily non-committal on the league’s future.

“I’m confident that our television [partnership] will turn out to be very successful and beneficial to the league. All I can tell you is those conversations are continuing, and until we reach a point where we’re definitive in our path forward, there’s really not going to be a whole lot to say about it. Our confidence in the future has not changed.”

The ACC is already ESPN’s largest content provider so the question plaguing the mythical ACC Network, with ESPN under widely-reported pressure to cut costs, is why the Worldwide Leader would have an interest in paying extra for content it’s already paying for? And if not, wouldn’t it make the most sense to go digital?

“It remains to be seen. Sometimes being first is a good idea, and sometimes it’s not such a good idea. That’s all part of the evaluation of where the industry is going, where the technology is going. All of that comes into play. I think the most important thing, from our perspective, is that we have a very good partner [in ESPN] that’s very progressive and has been at the top of the food chain for a long time and I suspect will be for a long time,” Swofford said.

“I think we’ve put ourselves in a very good position as a league with our footprint and the population base that we now have, and therefore the television sets we now have, to do some things we would not have been able to do otherwise. It gets back to what I said earlier – whatever we do, we want to give ourselves the best chance, and whatever that is, the best chance to be very successful from a timing standpoint and a distribution standpoint.

“The one thing we’ve learned from other conferences that have taken this step, a potential channel, is that there are ways to do it that work extremely well immediately. There are ways to do it where it had to evolve and develop, like the Big Ten, who had huge growing pains its first years. And then the PAC-12, which continues to really struggle with their approach. It’s all out there, so there’s something to be learned from each.”

Reading between those lines, it sounds like Swofford feels exactly zero rush to do anything ESPN doesn’t want him to do.

Report: Mike Locksley added to Alabama football staff

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Mike Locksley of the Maryland Terrapins looks on during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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Once again, Nick Saban has (unofficially) added an experienced coach to Alabama’s football support staff.

While there has been no word from the school, al.com is reporting that Mike Locksley has joined the Tide as an offensive analyst.  Locksley spent the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Maryland, and served as interim head coach for the last half of 2015 season following the firing of Randy Edsall.

Prior to that, Locksley was the head coach at New Mexico for two very “eventful” seasons before his dismissal in September of 2011.

Locksley’s résumé the past two years includes two wins — total — as the Lobos’ head coach; an age and sex discrimination lawsuit filed by a former administrative assistant; a physical altercation with an assistant coach that included Locksley being suspended for hitting a member of his staff;  and some bizarre “car borrowing” incident involving a drunk 19-year-old who claimed to be a recruit.

While Locksley has made his coaching bones on the recruiting trail, he won’t be permitted to do so in his new capacity with the Tide.  He still, though, will maintain deep ties to the talent-rich area of Maryland/Virginia/Washington D.C.

New Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin had wanted to keep Locksley on his first Terrapins staff, but it apparently wasn’t in the cards for either side.  Additionally, 247Sports.com reports that Kentucky, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia were rumored as potential landing spots.