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Arizona State, Oklahoma State announce football series


Arizona State and Oklahoma State are set to play a home-and-home series nearly 30 years after the Sun Devils and Cowboys last played.

ASU will travel to Stillwater for a game Sept. 10, 2022, and the Cowboys will return the favor a year later with a game in Tempe.

Barring bowl or playoff matchups between now and then, the contests will be the fourth and fifth between the schools.

Oklahoma State thrashed ASU 45-3 in Sun Devil Stadium on 1984 before dropping the next two games between the schools.

ASU won 30-3 in Stillwater in 1991 and edged OSU 12-10 in Tempe a year later.

The Sun Devils are playing the Cowboys instead of taking on LSU, which asked to move a previously scheduled series.

The Tigers and Sun Devils will play in Tempe in 2026 and in Baton Rouge in 2029.

Arizona State also announced a future football home-and-home series against San Diego State in 2027 and ’28 as well as a home game against Kent State in 2019 and Southern Utah in 2023.

Pac-12 to tamper down on select #Pac12AfterDark kickoffs

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 07:  Pac-12 Commissioner, Larry Scott stands in front of the Stanford Cardinal as they celebrate the Pac 12 Championship after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 38-14 at Sun Devil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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When you allow television networks to pay you $3 billion to broadcast football games and happen to be located on the West Coast, you’re going to pay for it in the form of late kickoffs. ESPN and Fox want eyeballs on their networks as long as possible on fall Saturdays, and they’re not putting SEC games on at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

So, naturally, the Pac-12 drew those time slots.

And they absolutely hated it.

Remember, this is a conference that only recently joined the 21st century. For decades, the conference was happy with its 10 teams, its football games played on Saturday afternoons and its basketball schedule diced into a handy Thursday-Saturday format. Larry Scott was hired in 2009 to modernize the league while increasing the bottom line, and part of that required late kickoffs.

But on Tuesday the conference announced it has worked with its television partners to reduce the number of late kickoffs. ESPN and Fox won’t change their late slots, but the conference has received clearance to play Pac-12 Network games in previously exclusive windows of 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. local time. The change is expected to reduce the late night kickoffs by “up to” four games.

“The Pac-12 has some of the most loyal fans in college athletics and we appreciate our television partners working with us on this important issue for fans,” Oregon AD Rob Mullens said in a statement. “The increased exposure and revenue from our contracts with ESPN and FOX Sports have been instrumental to our success, but we continue to work hard to minimize as much as possible the negative impact late start times have on our fans who travel great distances to see our teams in person.”

Additionally, the conference announced it has instituted a field storming fine structure of $25,000 for a first offense, $50,000 for a second offense and $100,000 for a third offense. The SEC has a similar structure on its books.

“The Pac-12 Council carefully considered this policy and its impact on our fans who loyally support our teams,” Cal AD Mike Williams said. “This enhanced policy underscores the importance our universities place on the safety and welfare of our student-athletes, officials and fans, and will allow us to educate staffs and fans on procedures going forward.”

Finally, Pac-12 Network will start broadcasting eSports contests between member schools. Clear your schedule now.

Texas CB transfer Bryson Echols finds new home at Arizona State

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 1: Bradley Marquez #4 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders tries to make the catch while being defended by Mykkele Thompson #2 of the Texas Longhorns and Bryson Echols #15 of the Texas Longhorns on November 1, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas won the game 34-13 .(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
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Nearly three months to the day after leaving the Big 12, Bryson Echols will continue his playing career in the Pac-12.

As he did when he announced his transfer from Texas, Echols took to Twitter late this past week to reveal Arizona State as his transfer destination. The cornerback will be coming to the Sun Devils as a graduate transfer, meaning, of course, that he will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

The upcoming season will be Echols’ last at the collegiate level.

In Echols’ first two seasons with the Longhorns after redshirting as a true freshman in 2012, he played in 26 games, starting one of those contests. In 2015, he played in just six games.

A four-star member of UT’s 2012 recruiting class, Echols was rated as the No. 24 cornerback in the country and the No. 32 player at any position in the state of Texas.

Echols is the second player from the Big 12 to transfer to ASU this month, joining Oklahoma wide receiver John Humphrey. Humphrey announced his transfer to the Sun Devils less than a month after leaving the Sooners.

42 defensive players named to Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

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Another day, another watch list.

One day after the Rimington Award released its initial spring watch list, the Lott IMPACT Trophy has followed suit, with the award named in honor of former USC great Ronnie Lott unveiling a watch list consisting of 42 players from seven of the 10 FBS conferences.  The trophy is handed out annually to the defensive player who most represents the qualities of the honor’s namesake – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Last year’s winner was Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib.

Alabama is the only team with three players on the list. Six teams placed two players each: Michigan, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, USC and Virginia. There was also one FCS team represented — Harvard.

Conference-wise, the Big Ten paced all leagues with 10 players selected, followed by the SEC”s eight and the ACC’s seven. The Mountain West led all Group of Five conferences with two players. The only other G5 league to get an initial nod was the AAC (Houston).

Below is the complete 42-player watch list for the 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Sean Ahern, S, Harvard
Joey Alfieri, LB, Stanford
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Evan Berry, CB, Tennessee
Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson
Riley Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State
Josh Carraway, DE, TCU
Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Dylan Haines, S, Texas
Charles Harris, DL, Missouri
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Joshua Kalu, CB, Nebraska
Andrew King, LB, Army
Desmond King, S, Iowa
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
Jourdan Lewis CB, Michigan
William Likely, CB, Maryland
Dallas Lloyd, S, Stanford
Cameron Malveaux, DE, Houston
James McFarland, DE, TCU
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
Viliami Moeakiola, LB, Arizona State
Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Arrion Springs, DB, Oregon
Weston Steelhammer, S, Air Force
M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
Drue Tranquill, S, Notre Dame
Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
Jordan Whitehead, DB, Pitt
Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
A.J. Wolf, DL, Duke

Virginia adds Arizona State grad transfer Jack Powers

CHARLOTTSVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 17:  The mascot of the University of Virginia Cavaliers gallops onto the field before the NCAA football game against the Virginia Tech Hokies on November 17, 2001 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Virginia Tech won 31-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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For the third time since Bronco Mendenhall took over, and the second time this week, Virginia has added an FBS transfer to its football roster.

Tuesday, UVa. welcomed Arizona State transfer Jack Powers into Mendenhall’s program.  Powers had announced earlier this year that he would be transferring out of ASU to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Powers is a grad transfer who will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.

The Cavaliers also announced that Powers will be a defensive end for the Hoos.  With the Sun Devils, Powers was a 6-6, 290-pound offensive tackle.

A three-star member of ASU’s 2013 recruiting class, Powers took a redshirt as a true freshman.  He played in every game during the 2014 season, but was not a part of the football team in 2015 even as he remained enrolled in classes at the university.

Monday, Virginia officially announced the addition of former East Carolina quarterback Kurt Benkert.  In March, former North Carolina lineman Jared Cohen announced that he had signed all of his paperwork to play for the Cavaliers.