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Carson Lydon expected to leave Virginia Tech, transfer elsewhere

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a college football player has decided to leave his original home and look elsewhere.

The latest to be hit with attrition via a transfer is Virginia Tech, with the Hokies confirming speculation that Carson Lydon is no longer with the team and intends to transfer to an undetermined location.  No reason was given for the linebacker parting ways with the program.

Should Lydon decide to move on to another FBS program, he’d likely have to sit out the 2016 season, leaving him with three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the following season.

Lydon was a three-star member of the Hokies’ 2015 recruiting class coming out of high school in Florida.  In addition to Tech, Lydon held offers from, among others, Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, North Carolina State, Rutgers and Syracuse.

As a true freshman last season, Lydon played in 11 games.

Kenny Chesney to perform on eve of Battle at Bristol

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03:  Singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney performs onstage during the 4th ACM Party For A Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for ACM)
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The Battle at Bristol is putting together the true feel of a big time college football game at the start of the season. The contest between Virginia Tech and Tennessee on the infield at Bristol Motor Speedway will have a national TV audience and an official sponsor, and now it has a headlining act for a concert event the night before the big showdown between the Hokies and Vols.

Country star Kenny Chesney will perform at a concert at Bristol Motor Speedway on the eve of the game as the top act of the Bristol Tailgate Party. Others performing will include The Band Perry and Old Dominion. Chesney is an alum of East Tennessee State and said it is a dream to perform at the speedway.

”I had a lot of dreams then, but never did I dream I would be playing at Bristol Motor Speedway,” Chesney said. “The idea of that was too big to dream.”

Chesney is no stranger to the college football world. He has appeared as a guest picker for ESPN’s College GameDay, had a concert destroy the turf at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium, and is notorious for being a fan of no fewer than 36 different sports teams, including Ole Miss, Nebraska, Northwestern, NC State, Mississippi State, UNC, Cal, Tennessee, Texas, Florida and perhaps more in time. He has even produced a documentary about the one and only Steve Spurrier.

ACC sees revenues spike nearly $100 million in 2014-15

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Here’s how wacko, bonkers, crazy college sports has gotten in the past half-decade, and more specifically the money taken in by the SEC and Big Ten: the ACC saw its revenue jump by nearly $100 million in 2014-15 — and they’re worried about falling behind.

Whereas a decade ago simply making $100 million as a conference would’ve been cause for a clicking of heels in Greensboro, the ACC’s jump from $302.3 million in 2013-14 to $403.1 million in 2014-15, according to tax documents obtained by USA Today, is met by concern of just how in the heck they’re going to match the SEC’s $527.4 million and the Big Ten’s $448.8 million without what those two leagues have — a TV network.

The ACC has seen revenues jump nearly $170 million in two years, and the 2014-15 jump was thanks in large part to a $30 million exit fee played by Maryland in leaving for the Big Ten.

Commissioner John Swofford saw his pay grow along with his conference’s, from $2.1 million and change to just under $2.7 million.

The ACC was the final Power 5 to release its financials for the 2014-15 fiscal year, and with all five out we now have a full picture of how the schools stack up on a per school basis (full shares only):

  1. SEC: $32.6 million*
  2. Big Ten: $32.4 million
  3. ACC: $25.8 million*
  4. Pac-12: $25.1 million
  5. Big 12: $23.4 million^

*  – Splitting difference between highest and lowest distributions, as listed by USA Today
^ – Does not include third-tier payments such as Longhorn Network

ACC releases early season TV schedule

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 30:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Louisville Cardinals runs the ball in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The early portion of the 2016 college football season is, finally, beginning to take shape. ESPN has released its opening weekend schedule and broadcast tandems in recent days, and now the ACC has stepped up to the plate by unveiling the conference’s complete broadcast schedule for the first three weeks of the season.

As you may expect, the ACC slate is packed full of Thursday and Friday night games. In addition to opening weekend dandies like B.C.- Georgia Tech from Ireland, UNC-Georgia from Atlanta and FSU-Ole Miss on Labor Day night, the early season schedule is highlighted by the reunion of the Keystone State rivalry in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10 and an interesting Florida State-Louisville duel on Sept. 17.

Without further ado, below is the complete slate of ACC broadcast dates as it stands today (all times Eastern):

Thursday, Sept. 1
Charlotte at Louisville — 7 p.m., RSN
Tulane at Wake Forest — 7 p.m., ESPN3
William & Mary at N.C. State — 7:30 p.m., ESPN3

Friday, Sept. 2
Colgate at Syracuse — 7 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, Sept. 3
Boston College vs. Georgia Tech (from Dublin, Ireland) — 7:30 a.m., ESPN2
Liberty at Virginia Tech — 12:30 p.m., ACC Network
Villanova at Pitt — 1:30 p.m., ESPN3
Richmond at Virginia — 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
North Carolina vs. Georgia (from Atlanta) — 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Florida A&M at Miami — 6 p.m., ESPN3
North Carolina Central at Duke — 6 p.m., ESPN3
Clemson at Auburn — 9 p.m., ESPN

Monday, Sept. 5
Florida State vs. Ole Miss (from Orlando, Fla.) — 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Sept. 9
Louisville at Syracuse — 8 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday, Sept. 10
Penn State at Pitt — 12 p.m., ABC/ESPN
Charleston Southern at Florida State — 12:30 p.m., RSN
Troy at Clemson — 12:30 p.m., ACC Network
Mercer at Georgia Tech — 3 p.m., ESPN3
Wake Forest at Duke — 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Florida Atlantic at Miami — 6 p.m., ESPN3
North Carolina at Illinois — 7:30 p.m., BTN

Saturday, Sept. 17
Florida State at Louisville — 12 p.m., ABC
South Carolina State at Clemson — 12 p.m., RSN
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech — 12:30 p.m., ACC Network
Boston College at Virginia Tech — 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
South Florida at Syracuse — 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
James Madison at North Carolina — 3:30 p.m., RSN
Old Dominion at N.C. State — 6 p.m., ESPN3
Delaware at Wake Forest — 6:30 p.m., ESPN3

Thursday, Sept. 22
Clemson at Georgia Tech — 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 24
Duke at Notre Dame — 3:30 p.m., NBC

Friday, Oct. 7
Clemson at Boston College — 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Oct. 14
Duke at Louisville — 7 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, Oct. 20
Miami at Virginia Tech — 7 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, Oct. 27
Virginia Tech at Pitt — 7 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 29
Miami at Notre Dame — 3:30 p.m., NBC

Thursday, Nov. 10
North Carolina at Duke — 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Nov. 11
Boston College at Florida State — 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Thursday, Nov. 17
Louisville at Houston — TBA, ESPN

Saturday, Nov. 19
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame — 3:30 p.m., NBC

Friday, Nov. 25
N.C. State at North Carolina — 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Saturday, Dec. 3
ACC Championship (at Charlotte, N.C.) — 7:45 p.m. or 8 p.m., ESPN/ABC

Devin Wilson to play football, basketball for Virginia Tech

SOUTH BEND, IN - JANUARY 19: Devin Wilson #11 of the Virginia Tech Hokies passes the ball off as Eric Atkins #0 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defends at Purcel Pavilion on January 19, 2014 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Virginia Tech 70-63. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Earlier this month we noted that Devin Wilson, a Virginia Tech basketball player trying out for the football team, was pretty damn good at catching the football.  With the upcoming season four months away, it now appears Wilson will get to showcase his abilities on Saturdays this fall.

In a press release, Tech confirmed that Wilson intends to compete for both the football and men’s basketball teams during the 2016-17 seasons.  The 6-4, 190-pound Wilson will play wide receiver for the Hokies.

The release added that, “[p]er NCAA rules, the appropriate paperwork is being processed to transfer Wilson’s financial aid agreement from the basketball squad to football.”

Wilson played football in high school, playing well enough to be rated as a three-star receiver and turned down an opportunity to football at North Carolina State to play hoops at Tech.

“Devin is a terrific athlete who really wants to compete for both programs,” head football coach Justin Fuente said in a statement. “Coach [Buzz] Williams and I both believe that Devin can balance his academic workload with the demands of both sports. We’re anxious to see Devin continue to develop his skills at receiver and are hopeful that he can help us this season before returning to the basketball court upon the completion of our season.”

At his Pennsylvania high school, he caught 230 passes for 3,200 yards and 41 touchdowns.  He was also part of a team that won two state basketball championships.

Wilson has lettered in basketball each of the last three seasons, starting 67 of the 96 games in which he played.  His brother, Christian, played football at North Carolina.