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.
UTEP and UNLV will meet for a home-and-home to decide the top four-letter acronym school west of the Mississippi River but east of California. (Don’t expect them to call it that, though.)
According to contracts obtained by scheduling clearinghouse FBSchedules, UTEP will visit Las Vegas on Sept. 8, 2018, while UNLV will make a return visit to El Paso on Sept. 2, 2023.
The Rebels and Miners were ever-so-briefly bunkmates in the WAC, but never crossed paths in UNLV’s three years in the conference. The pair have met seven times previously, with UNLV holding a 5-2 advantage. UTEP won the most recent meeting, a 24-21 decision in El Paso in 1993.
The 2018 game fills UTEP’s non-conference schedule; the Miners will visit Tennessee the week after they head to Las Vegas and also host Northern Arizona and New Mexico State. UTEP still has one opening for 2023; with road trips to Arizona and New Mexico State on the docket, the Miners will presumably look for one more home game.
UNLV still has one opening on its ’18 slate, presumably looking for a home game on Sept. 15. The Rebels open the season at USC on Sept. 1 and visit Arkansas State on Sept. 22. Their 2023 schedule still has two openings with a home game against Vanderbilt scheduled in a previously announced home-and-home.
It’s been a busy week on the FBS transfer front for the UTEP football program.
As we noted earlier today, former Michigan and Akron offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman has been added to the Miners roster. On top of that, the program has also confirmed that defensive back Jesse Montgomery has been added as well.
Like Tuley-Tillman, Montgomery will be eligible to play immediately in 2017. This will be his final season of eligibility.
Montgomery was originally a member of SMU’s 2013 recruiting class. He took a redshirt his true freshman season.
In 2014 and 2015, Montgomery played in 19 games for the Mustangs. He started five of those contests, two in 2014 and three in 2015.
The roller coaster journey that has been Logan Tuley-Tillman‘s collegiate career will continue on yet another campus.
In announcing a handful of additions to its roster this week, UTEP revealed that Tuley-Tillman is now officially a Miner. As the offensive tackle comes to El Paso as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play for the Conference USA school in 2017.
In September of 2015, 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.
In June of last year, Tuley-Tillman revealed that, after a very serious flirtation with Washington State, he would be transferring to Akron. With the Zips, he started all 12 games.
A four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class in 2013, Tuley-Tillman was rated as the No. 12 tackle in the country and the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Illinois. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, he played in one game in 2014. He played in the 2015 opener as well before his off-field situation derailed that season.
After accepting a deal and pleading guilty to two counts — capturing or distributing an image of an unclothed person and using a computer to commit a crime — he was sentenced to two years probation in late March of 2016.
Looking to get a leg up on the post-Bob Stoops era, one of the players who could help new head coach Lincoln Riley in a close game is nowhere to be found. Yet.
Oklahoma football players reported Sunday, with the Sooners opening Riley’s first summer camp as head coach Monday. One player who was not in attendance? Kicker/punter Austin Seibert.
According to The Oklahoman, “[a]n academic issue with the university is part of the delay in Seibert’s arrival.”
Because of whatever issues with which Seibert is dealing, he was a non-participant in OU’s summer workouts as well. That said, he’s expected to rejoin his teammates and kickstart his camp at some point in the not-too-distant future.
Last season, Seibert connected on 72-of-74 extra points and 11-of-16 field goals. He also averaged 41.1 yards on his 48 punts. It was Seibert’s second consecutive season as the dual kicking threat for the Sooners as he again connected on all but two of his point-afters in 2015 (70-72) and made nearly 80 percent of his 23 field goal tries, as well as punted the ball 57 times for a 42-yard average.
Those two seasons, he’s accounted for 229 points.
A little over a month from now, OU will open the 2017 season at home against UTEP. A week later, they’ll take to the road for what should be a Top-10 matchup with Ohio State in Columbus.