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K-State adds future home-and-homes with Wazzu, Colorado

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Unlike in its creampuff past, Kansas State is adding some Power Five meat to its future slates.  Sort of.

Thursday, K-State announced that it has reached agreements on future home-and-home series with Colorado and Washington State.

The series against the Buffaloes will be played in 2027 and 2028.  CU will play host to KSU Sept. 18, 2027, with the Wildcats returning the favor in Manhattan Sept. 16, 2028.

As for the series with Wazzu, the first game is scheduled to be played in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 12, 2026, with the return contest Sept. 8, 2029 in Pullman.

“Kansas State joins Wisconsin as a Power 5 opponent that our fans can look forward to seeing in Martin Stadium,” said WSU athletic director Bill Moos in a statement. “Additionally, Boise State and BYU provide future regional home matchups which should be very appealing to our fan base.”

The 2026 Cougars-Wildcats game will be the first-ever meeting in football between the two programs.

The Wildcats’ series with the Buffaloes will be a renewal of an old Big 7/8/12 rivalry that was contested 66 times before the Buffs’ move to the Pac-12.  Those teams first met in 1912, with the last meeting coming in 2010.  CU owns a 45-20-1 edge in the series.

Dismissed by Colorado, Evan White hoping for January return to Buffs

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Ralphie V the mascot of the Colorado Buffaloes takes the field before facing the Arizona State Sun Devils at Folsom Field on September 13, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Evan White may have been on the receiving end of Mike MacIntyre‘s boot earlier this year, but it may not be a permanent one as originally thought.

In early March, White, along with quarterback Cade Apsay, was dismissed from the Colorado football program for the standard “violating unspecified team rules.”  Three months later, and provided there are no further hiccups, White will be returning to the Buffaloes football team early next year.

“We’ve worked it out,” White told the Boulder Daily Camera. “Just take these classes and some drug tests throughout the time that I’m off and then I’ll be back in January.”

White, who will also have to successfully complete three classes at CU’s Denver campus in the fall, helped worked a return to Boulder in conversations with the coaching staff.

White played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2014, starting three of those contests.  However, the defensive back’s playing time significantly diminished a year later as he played in just three games in 2015.  He was suspended for a pair of games late in the season, paving the way for his dismissal a handful of months later.

 

After spurning A&M, five-star 2017 QB commits to Ohio State

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As it turns out, Texas A&M’s loss will be a Big Ten school’s gain.  Probably.  Maybe.

In early May, 2017 five-star quarterback Tate Martell announced that he had decided to decommit from A&M and reopen his recruitment. That triggered a very public hissy fit from one of A&M’s assistant coaches, which also triggered both a backlash from other recruits and public rebuke from head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Exactly a week ago today, the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman product announced a new Top Five: Ohio State, Cal, USC, Colorado, UCLA.  Seven days later, Martell announced a new commitment from that group.

The 5-11, 203-pound Martell is rated as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com and is the No. 33 player overall on that recruiting website’s composite board.

Five-star QB, ex-A&M commit Tate Martell’s Final 5 features Ohio State, UCLA, USC

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Texas A&M’s loss was bound to be somebody else’s gain, and now we know the handful of someones that could potentially be.

In early May, 2017 five-star quarterback Tate Martell announced that he had decided to decommit from Texas A&M and reopen his recruitment. That triggered a very public hissy fit from one of A&M’s assistant coaches, which also triggered both a backlash from other recruits and public rebuke from head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Now, a month later, the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School quarterback has released an updated Final 5, listed in the order he tweeted them: Ohio State, Cal, USC, Colorado, UCLA.

The Final 5 comes a couple of days after Martell had released a Top 6, which included those five schools mentioned above as well as West Virginia.  Martell had originally made the decision to decommit from A&M on the heels of a visit to OSU.

The 5-11, 203-pound Martell is rated as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com and is the No. 33 player overall on that recruiting website’s composite board.

Interestingly, Kellen Mond, the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in Martell’s class, decommitted from Baylor a couple of days ago in the wake of the sexual assault scandal at the university and listed OSU in his new Top Three, along with Auburn and Texas A&M.  It’s believed by many, though, that the Tigers have the inside track for the Texas native’s services.

Pac-12 to tamper down on select #Pac12AfterDark kickoffs

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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.