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Once committed to Wazzu, ex-Michigan OL Logan Tuley-Tillman says he’s Akron-bound

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It appears that Logan Tuley-Tillman‘s long odyssey will bring him back to the Midwest after a flirtation with the Great Northwest.

On Twitter Wednesday night, the erstwhile Michigan offensive lineman announced that he has decided to move on with his life at Akron and play his college football for Terry Bowden‘s Zips. The announcement comes five months after Tuley-Tillman appeared ticketed for Washington State, and three months after he put a sordid legal chapter of his life in the rear-view.

In September of last year, Michigan announced that Tuley-Tillman had been dismissed from the football program for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.”  A month later, it was revealed that the offensive lineman had been charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he was accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge.

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 in 2014, the season opener against Appalachian State.

Prior to his dismissal, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.

In January, Tuley-Tillman announced that he would be transferring to Wazzu.  However, the lineman was said to still be considering other schools, including Houston and Ole Miss.  Because he graduated from Michigan in May, Tuley-Tillman will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.  He will also have two years of eligibility remaining.

Big Ten reportedly set to cash in again

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman pose with the Big Ten mascots and Natioanls mascot Screech before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park on June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The other Big Ten sports broadcast rights shoe is reportedly ready to drop, and it is full of cash for the oldest major conference.

Sports Business Daily reported Monday morning ESPN has agreed to pay $190 million per year for six years to continue broadcasting Big Ten football and basketball games.

Of course that figure gets more impressive when we recall it is for only roughly half of the conference’s games. The other half already went to Fox Sports for a reported $240 million per year, and CBS is expected to retain some basketball games for $10 million per year.

Then of course there are still the rights owned by the Big Ten Network.

How does it all add up?

SBJ offers some perspective:

The $2.64 billion deals with Fox, ESPN and CBS average $440 million per year and nearly triple the amount ESPN and CBS had been paying for the same programming. ESPN signed a 10-year deal worth $100 million annually in 2006 — a payout that increased to $150 million this year due to the addition of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. CBS paid an average of around $6 million for its current basketball-only deal.

Also of note: Fox managed to secure the first choice of which weeks it will get first choice of games, meaning the network could pluck away the storied Ohio State-Michigan game that traditionally takes place in late November as the season finale.

That game has been fixture on ESPN/ABC for decades.

Previously, ESPN generally had first pick of games with the Big Ten Network taking what was left.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Michigan Wolverines inspired Chevy unveiled

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The wait to see what Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Michigan Wolverines-inspired Chevrolet will look like is over.

Axalta Coating Systems and Earnhardt unveiled the new paint job for the No. 88 car on Tuesday, and it is definitely sharp.

Earnhardt’s car will be decked out in Michigan colors for the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 28 at the Michigan International Speedway, and it is just the beginning of a partnership between the Big Ten school and Axalta that was announced in March.

While Michigan is expected to be a contender for the Big Ten title this fall, Earnhardt is currently 11th in the Sprint Cup standings.

For Axalta, this marks a third year in a row they have been part of mixing college football and NASCAR.

The company painted a Jeff Gordon car in Texas A&M colors two years ago while using Penn State’s color scheme during a race last season.

H/T: MLive.com

Chatter returns on resuming A&M-Texas, Michigan-Notre Dame rivalries

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Patrick Lewis #61 of the Texas A&M Aggies prepares to snap the ball against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of a game at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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One of the greatest aspects of the sport of college football has always been the rivalries, but some luster was lost on that front thanks to expansion. If the developments of late this past week continue, at least a couple of rivalries that have been lost of late could be making their way back.

Maybe.

Both Texas’ Charlie Strong and his counterpart at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin, have previously stumped for a resumption of that bitter in-state rivalry. In pointed comments Friday, Strong gave the strongest indication yet that a resumption of a rivalry in hibernation thanks to A&M’s move to the SEC could be closer to awakening than most had previously thought.

“They’re trying to work out something right now where we go play the Aggies,” the UT coach said in response to a Houston Touchdown Club question.

Sounds promising, right?  Before you go getting too excited, however, take in this cold dose of reality:

Back in April, A&M’s new athletic director, Scott Woodward, was quoted as saying he has “no objection” to a resumption of the football rivalry, although even he acknowledged that such a decision is “well above my pay grade.”  After both Strong and Sumlin came out strongly in favor of a renewal in April of 2015, and prior to Strong’s comments this week, there had been very little movement on that front, save for one A&M regent publicly wanting to renew it to give the Aggies a “cupcake” game.

The Longhorns and Aggies last met in football during the 2011 season, a 27-25 UT win in College Station. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 76-37-5, although the teams split the last six meetings.

In the Midwest, significant chatter also surfaced in resuming the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry, although this talk seems to carry more hope and stronger legs than Strong’s.

I’ve been on board since the inception,” UM head coach Jim Harbaugh said of playing the Irish again, a notion that really began to take hold in February of this year. “It’s something that’s been working on for many months, going on seven, eight, nine months now. There are still some T’s to cross and I’s to dot, but I’ve been on board fully since the inception.”

“We’re still working on it,” Harbaugh’s counterpart in South Bend, Brian Kelly, said. “Obviously from our scheduling standpoint we’ve scheduled so far in advance and I think I’ve made it fairly public that I’d like to see this game happen and I know Jim wants to make it happen.

“We’ve got some hurdles that we’ve got to work through, but you’ve got two coaches that are committed to making it happen. I’m sure we’ll figure it out and get it done, but we’ve still got a little work to get it done.”

Notre Dame and Michigan have faced each other in football 40 times.  While the two programs first met in 1887, the series has been sporadic and seen a couple of significant breaks between games (1910-41; 1944-77).  Since 1978, a span of 35 years, they have met 18 times.

It was announced in September of 2012 that the Irish had opted out of playing previously scheduled games from 2015-17, meaning the last game between the programs came in 2014.  It’s thought that the earliest a resumption, even as one of the coaches doesn’t consider it much of a rivalry, would come to fruition would be 2018, with a more likely target of 2019.

Report: Former Texas C Jake Raulerson won’t transfer to UCLA after all

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Usually when a player announces his intention to transfer as a graduate student to another institution, that’s the last we hear of it. The player leaves his undergraduate university, enrolls at his new school and that, as they say, is that.

But there is an entire field of hurdles that must be cleared for a player to switch schools, and it appears Jake Raulerson got snagged on one of them.

According to a report from Bruin Report Online, Raulerson, who announced this winter he would leave Texas for UCLA, did not gain admittance to his two preferred graduate programs — the MBA and Masters in Applied Economics programs. He was accepted into UCLA’s Masters of Education program but, according to the report, has chosen to go in another direction.

A part-time starter at center during his time at Texas, Raulerson was admitted to graduate programs at Stanford, Michigan and North Carolina, but chose UCLA and its inviting depth chart instead. With the Cardinal, Wolverines and Tar Heels now full, BRO reports Raulerson is likely to enroll in the MBA program at SMU.

4 p.m. ET Update: Raulerson has all but confirmed he will enroll at SMU.