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Lane Kiffin, FAU strengthen stranglehold on Conference USA East

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It might be time to hop on the Lane Train. And that’s a literal thing. Seriously.

Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic came into Friday night’s game with Marshall atop the Conference USA’s East division at 4-0, with MU tied with Florida International for second at 3-1. With much divisionally on the line in Boca Raton, the Owls came away with a 30-25 win that gave them a stranglehold on the East. For now.

It marked the Owls first-ever win over the Thundering Herd after four straight losses in a miniseries that began in 2013. It’s also the sixth win of the season, pushing FAU toward its first bowl appearance since 2008.

Not surprisingly, Devin Singletary played a significant role in the victory.¬† Entering the game ninth nationally and tops in the conference with 1,053 yards, the sophomore running back added another 203 yards (on just 28 carries) to that total.¬† Additionally, with one tonight, he increased his nation’s leading total for rushing touchdowns to 19 on the season.

Two of FAU’s remaining conference games come against Louisiana Tech (2-2 C-USA play) and Charlotte (1-3).¬† Sandwiched in between is a Nov. 18 date against FIU that could very well determine the East’s representative in the conference’s championship game.

Marshall’s starting RG arrested on multiple charges, including battery of police officer

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This certainly isn’t a good look for the Marshall football program.

Nate Devers was one of four males, including an MU soccer player, who were arrested early Sunday morning because of an incident at an Italian restaurant in Huntington.  The 6-3, 290-pound junior offensive lineman has been officially charged with two counts of battery on a police officer, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of public intoxication or drinking in public places and one count of obstructing an officer.

From WV MetroNews as to what led to Devers’ myriad charges:

According to the criminal complaint, Devers and three other men were causing a problem at the restaurant and they were asked to leave and refused to. Devers allegedly hit an officer in the face with a closed fist and another officer in the back of the head. Police said Devers had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

As a result of the incident, Devers has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.

Devers has started every game at right guard for the Thundering Herd this season.  Or had, as the case may be.

Big Ten, Conference USA swapping bowl tie-in for 2017

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The middle of September isn’t typically the time that bowl arrangements are tweaked but that doesn’t mean they can’t happen.

Conference USA confirmed details of a bowl tie-in “swap” with the Big Ten on Wednesday, causing a bit of a Texas two-step in the¬†postseason picture for both leagues in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The move on the Big Ten’s end was originally announced back in May but it appears the CUSA end is just now being confirmed officially.

As a result:

  • A Conference USA team will now play in the Armed Forces Bowl. They’ll play against Army if the Black Knights are eligible,
  • The Big Ten will place a team in Heart of Dallas Bowl against vs. a Big 12 opponent

While the exact reason for the swap is unclear, it certainly makes a little more sense for a Big Ten team to be in Dallas against a fellow Power Five conference like the Big 12. In addition, the Big Ten has not had a team filled a slot in the Heart of Dallas Bowl since 2014 and have actually never scored a victory in the game either.

There was supposed to be a B1G squad in the bowl last season but, because of shortages elsewhere in terms of eligible teams, the game wound up being an Army win over an eventual 5-8 North Texas squad.  Conference USA apparently remains contractually tied to the Heart of Dallas Bowl until 2019, just not this year.

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 23 in Fort Worth while the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl is slated to be played on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Marshall’s Nyquan Harris arrested for obstruction overnight

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In the midst of Week 2 action on the field, and after a record 16 straight days had gone by, it’s time to reset the “Days With An Arrest” ticker for another event off the field.

According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Marshall’s Nyquan Harris was arrested a little after 4 a.m. ET Saturday morning in Huntington. ¬†The defensive tackle was charged with one count of obstructing an officer.

No details of what led to the arrest have been divulged.

Harris didn’t travel with his Marshall teammates to tonight’s game against North Carolina State in Raleigh. ¬†The redshirt junior didn’t play in the season opener against Miami of Ohio because of an unspecified injury.

Last season, Harris played in nine games as a backup defensive lineman.  He played in all 13 games in 2015 after redshirting as a true freshman.

Report: there will be a Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl this year

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I think we can all agree with this: it’s about damn time.

Since the St. Petersburg Bowl was launched in 2008, it’s undergone several name changes, from the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl (2008) to the¬†St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O’Brady’s (2009) to the Beef O’Grady’s Bowl (2010-13) to the Bitcoin¬†St. Petersburg Bowl (2014). ¬†Now, the game that’s been known as the¬†St. Petersburg Bowl the past two seasons is set to undergo its most glorious name change yet as Brett McMurphy is reporting that it will now be known as the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

See, absolutely and utterly glorious. ¬†In a similar vein, move over Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl as we have a new king wearing the “Greatest Bowl Game Name Ever” crown.

Bad Boy Mowers bills itself as “delivering the finest cut lawn care professionals and serious landowners demand;” the fact that the home of the bowl game, Tropicana Field, utilizes Shaw Sports Turf as its playing surface merely serves to add to the greatness of the name. And from where does Gasparilla come? McMurphy describes it as “an attempt to make the bowl seem more regional for the Tampa Bay area since the annual Gasparilla Parade is held each year in Tampa.”

The name change for the game, which pits teams from the AAC and Conference USA against each other, is expected to officially be announced Monday.