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Two Old Dominion linemen arrested, suspended after bar altercation

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Today is the fifth day since the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker had been reset, exactly halfway to the ever-elusive double digits since a college football player had landed in legal hot water.

Welp, maybe next time.

According to WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Old Dominion offensive linemen Devin Hannan and Manuel Matiarena were arrested following an alleged assault at a drinking establishment the weekend before last.  Specifically, Hannan was charged with malicious wounding and assault and battery, Matiarena with assault and battery.

Hannan’s malicious wounding charge is a felony.  Both of the assault and battery charges are misdemeanors.

The television station reports that the alleged victims, both males, sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the alleged attack, which reportedly began as a verbal altercation.  A 26-year-old alleged victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment, while the other alleged victim, 21 years old, was treated and released at the scene.

As a result of the incident, both players have been indefinitely suspended by the football program.

Hannan started all 13 games for the Monarchs last season, earning Conference USA All-Freshman team honors.  Matiarena played sparingly after transferring to ODU from the junior college ranks.

This marks the second and third arrest involving ODU football players in less than a month.  In late May, Derek Wilder was arrested on a felony charge for eluding police as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.

The linebacker is the son of Monarchs head coach Bobby Wilder (pictured, right).

Old Dominion head coach suspends his son, an ODU linebacker

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There are pros and cons to playing football for your old man. Maybe you get a reserved spot on the roster no matter what, but if you mess up, you will never hear the end of it.

Old Dominion linebacker Derek Wilder was suspended (grounded?) by his father Bobby Wilder, head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs. The father suspended his son and Aquante Thornton following felony charges for eluding police and misdemeanors for reckless driving earlier this month. Derek Wilder has been suspended indefinitely. The suspension follows the typical protocol for players breaking team rules, but we can only imagine there was an extra stern lecture within the family.

The two players were riding motorcycles on the highway on May 18 when officers began their pursuit. Thornton had stopped for the police, but Wilder continued driving away for a bit. He ended up in a small accident that threw him from his bike, resulting in minor injuries treated at a nearby hospital, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Police also charged Wilder for not having registration for the motorcycle.

Thornton was charged for not securing his license plate to his motorcycle. He will not suffer the same fate within the program as Wilder.

After a 10-win season in 2016, Old Dominion gave Bobby Wilder a contract extension through 2021.

Rimington watch list details list of returning centers

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It’s the dead time of the college football calendar, which means it’s time for this sport’s oldest, most antiquated tradition: watch lists.

First one in line is the Rimington Trophy, given to the best center in college football. And to help voters narrow down their choice for when voting picks up six months from now, the Rimington has helpfully provided this watch list of essentially every returning starting center in college football.

The 2017 list includes (deep breath):

– Aaron Mitchell, Fresno State
– Alan Knott, South Carolina
– Alac Eberle, Florida State
– Antonyo Woods, Florida Atlantic
– Asotui Eli, Hawaii
– Austin Doan, Central Michigan
– Austin Golson, Auburn
– Austin Schlottmann, TCU
– Billy Price, Ohio State
– Blaise Fountain, New Mexico
– Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State
– Brad North, Northwestern
– Bradley Bozeman, Alabama
– Brendan Moore, Maryland
– Brian Allen, Michigan State
– Bryce Holland, Army
– Cameron Ruff, South Florida
– Chandler Miller, Tulsa
– Coleman Shelton, Washington
– Colton Prater, Texas A&M
– Danny Godloveske, Miami (Ohio)
– Dennis Edwards, Western Kentucky
– Drew Keyser, Memphis
– Erick Wren, Oklahoma
– Evan Brown, SMU
– Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
– Gabe Mobley, Georgia State
– Garrett McGhin, East Carolina
– Jake Bennett, Colorado State
– Jake Hanson, Oregon
– Jake Pruehs, Ohio
– James Daniels, Iowa
– James O’Hagan, Buffalo
– Jesse Burkett, Stanford
– John Keenoy, Western Michigan
– Jon Baker, Boston College
– Julian Good-Jones, Iowa State
– Keoni Taylor, San Jose State
– LaVonne Gauthney, Akron
– Levi Brown, Marshall
– Luke Shively, Northern Illinois
– Mason Hampton, Boise State
– Matt Hennessy, Temple
– Mesa Ribordy, Kansas
– Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
– Nathan Puthoff, Kent State
– Nick Allegretti, Illinois
– Nick Clarke, Old Dominion
– Reid Najvar, Kansas State
– Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest
– Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame
– Scott Quessenberry, UCLA
– Sean Krepsz, Nevada
– Sean Rawlings, Ole Miss
– Sumner Houston, Oregon State
– T.J. McCoy, Florida
– Tanner Thrift, Baylor
– Tejan Koroma, BYU
– Tim McAullife, Bowling Green
– Trey Martin, Rice
– Will Clapp, LSU
– Will Noble, Houston
– Zach Shackelford, Texas


Got all that?

Ohio State’s Pat Elflein claimed the honor last season.

Liberty will pay Old Dominion $1.32 million for 2018 game

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This is, well, something.

As you may have been reminded by President Trump‘s commencement announcement over the weekend, Liberty will begin its transition to the FBS level as an FCS independent in 2017. They will then transition to an FBS independent in 2018, although they won’t be able to become bowl-eligible until 2019.

In the aftermath of Trump’s schedule dump, Liberty confirmed a litany of future games, including one against Conference USA’s Old Dominion to open the 2018 season.  And, according to the Virginian-Pilot by way of records obtained through a Freedom of Information request, the nascent FBS program will be paying its guests a staggering $1.32 million for said opener.

You could put an asterisk next to that hefty sum, though, as a game against a Power Five opponent that season will seemingly pay for the ODU payout.  From the newspaper:

Liberty athletic director Ian McCaw said the school could afford to pay that much only because it signed a guarantee game in 2018 with a Power 5 school “that is upwards of seven figures.” That guarantee essentially will be forwarded to ODU, he said.

Liberty has P5 games against Auburn and Virginia scheduled for 2018.  It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that the program to which the former Baylor AD is referring is the one from the money-rich SEC.

“It was difficult to complete our schedule, and we appreciate that Old Dominion worked with us,” McCaw told the paper.

President Donald Trump announces future FBS foes for Liberty football in commencement address

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While we may all try to stick to sports nowadays, sometimes one just can’t help but see politics cross streams a bit with college football. Case in point came on Saturday as President Donald Trump announced the future FBS opponents for Liberty University, where the he gave the commencement address for the class of 2017.

Jerry (Fallwell Jr.), are you sure you know what you’re doing?” Trump said while reading off the names of the opponents. “Auburn? I don’t know about that. This could be trouble.”

Liberty received a waiver earlier this year from the NCAA to make the move to FBS full-time and will play several top-tier opponents in 2018 as part of that transition from the FCS level. Per the schedule released by the school afterward, here are the FBS schools who have scheduled games with the Flames and the dates of their future meetings:

Sept. 8, 2018 – Liberty at Army
Nov. 27, 2021 – Army at Liberty
Sept. 20, 2025 – Liberty at Army
Nov. 28, 2026 – Army at Liberty

Nov. 17, 2018 – Liberty at Auburn

Nov. 9, 2019 – Liberty at BYU
Oct. 22, 2022 – BYU at Liberty

Sept. 14, 2019 – Buffalo at Liberty
Sept. 16, 2023 – Liberty at Buffalo

Old Dominion
Sept. 1, 2018 – Old Dominion at Liberty

Ole Miss
Nov. 13, 2021 – Liberty at Ole Miss

Massachusetts (UMass)
Nov. 3, 2018 – Liberty at UMass

New Mexico
Sept. 29, 2018 – Liberty at New Mexico
Sept. 28, 2019 – New Mexico at Liberty

New Mexico State
Oct. 6, 2018 – Liberty at New Mexico State
Nov. 24, 2018 – New Mexico State at Liberty
Oct. 5, 2019 – Liberty at New Mexico State
Nov. 30, 2019 – New Mexico State at Liberty

North Texas
Sept. 22, 2018 – North Texas at Liberty
Oct. 9, 2021 – Liberty at North Texas

Oct. 26, 2019 – Liberty at Rutgers

Oct. 13, 2018 – Troy at Liberty

Nov. 10, 2018 – Liberty at Virginia
Nov. 23, 2019 – Liberty at Virginia
Sept. 11, 2027 – Virginia at Liberty

Virginia Tech
Sept. 5, 2020 – Liberty at Virginia Tech

Wake Forest
Sept. 17, 2022 – Liberty at Wake Forest
Aug. 30, 2025 – Wake Forest at Liberty
Sept. 3, 4 or 5, 2026 – Liberty at Wake Forest

Liberty will be an FCS independent during the upcoming season before transitioning into an FBS independent in 2018. The school will not be bowl eligible until 2019, when they will have fully made the move up a level to become a full-time FBS program.