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UCLA blocks Chris Clark from transferring to Michigan, Ohio State


We don’t yet to where Chris Clark will transfer.  We do, though, know where he won’t.  Reportedly.

The erstwhile UCLA tight end confirmed to that his former school has blocked him from transferring to Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.  None of those teams are on UCLA’s schedule through the 2019 season, when Clark would be a redshirt senior, or even through the 2020 season, when Clark would be a sixth-year senior should medical circumstances arise.

Michigan, to whom Clark had been committed prior to Brady Hoke‘s firing, and UCLA are scheduled to play a home-and-home in 2022 and 2023, long after Clark would be gone from the college game.  Exactly why Jim Mora and his program placed these B1G head-scratching restrictions on the player is unknown.

Clark, though, hasn’t given up hope that one of those three schools could ultimately be a consideration.

“It’s kind of ridiculous, to be honest, they have no right to block Michigan or Michigan State or Ohio State because they don’t play each other,” the player told the website. “It’s something I’m looking into with my family.

“There’s a chance I could appeal it… just because that’s not really fair.”

It’s believed that UCLA, as is standard practice for most programs, also has restricted Clark from moving to any other Pac-12 school, as well as any school on its 2016-19 non-conference schedule: BYU, Cincinnati, Fresno State, Hawaii, Memphis, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Texas A&M and UNLV. is reporting that Clark is scheduled to take visits to North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Virginia in the upcoming weeks.  he would like to make a decision on a new home

Earlier this month, it was reported that Clark was no longer enrolled at UCLA.  Tuesday, Clark was granted what turned out to be a restricted release from his scholarship.

Clark played in the season opener against Virginia but didn’t catch a pass. He didn’t travel with the team to Week 2’s game against UNLV, which continued the speculation triggered by a since-deleted tweet in which he claimed he was back in his hometown on the East Coast.

A four-star member of the Bruins’ 2015 recruiting class, Clark was rated as the No. 1 tight end in the country; the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Connecticut; and the No. 79 player overall according to

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UNLV has $1.3 million reasons for Ohio State road trip


Thursday it was announced that Ohio State had scheduled a 2018 game against fellow Power Five member Oregon State. At the same time, it was also announced that OSU would play a 2017 game against UNLV.

Both of those games will be played in Ohio Stadium. While we don’t yet know the Beavers’ motive for the one-off game, we certainly know the Rebels’.

In a press release, UNLV confirmed that the football Rebels will travel to Columbus for a Sept. 23, 2017, game against the Buckeyes. The school also confirmed that the athletic department has been guaranteed $1.3 million from OSU for the game.

UNLV states that the $1.3 million guarantee is the program’s biggest payout ever. The sum that OSU trumps? The $1 million guarantee UNLV will receive for traveling to the Big House to face Michigan in 2015.

To UNLV’s credit, it didn’t sugarcoat that this is a paycheck game for what’s a non-Power Five football program searching for revenue streams anywhere and everywhere it can find it.

“We are looking at signing one guarantee game every couple of seasons and Ohio State is a great fit for 2017,” UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in a statement. “It will be an exciting trip for our team and fans for the Rebels to play at the famed Horseshoe.”

The Rebels already had games scheduled against Arkansas State and at Idaho for 2017 prior to the agreement with the Buckeyes.

On Ohio State’s scheduling end, and while they lost the North Carolina series in 2017 and 2018, OSU still has Oklahoma in 2017 (the back-end of a home-and-home, in Columbus) and TCU in 2018 (front-end of a home-and-home, in Fort Worth).

Ohio State replaces UNC series with Oregon State, UNLV

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Yesterday, North Carolina announced its future home-and-home series with Ohio State was forced into cancellation because of the Big Ten’s move to a nine-game conference schedule.

OSU intimated a short time later that an announcement of replacements to fill those scheduling holes was imminent… and those intimations were proven correct.

In a press release, the Buckeyes announced a pair of one-off games to replace the UNC series: Sept. 23, 2017, vs. UNLV and Sept. 1, 2018, vs. Oregon State.  The latter game will serve as the season opener for both teams.

Also, both of those games will be at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

In 2017, Ohio State will play five of its Big Ten games on the road, just four at home.  In the UNC home-and-home agreement, OSU was scheduled to travel to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels, which would’ve meant just six home games that season for the Buckeyes.  By dropping UNC — Ohio State stated in its release that the two sides “agreed to cancel their two-game series” — and adding UNLV in 2017, OSU managed to push that total up to a Power Five athletic director’s (preferred) bare-minimum of seven home dates.

Notwithstanding high-paying neutral-site games, of course.

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Cal announces future home-and-homes with UNC, TCU

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Yesterday reports had surfaced that Cal had reached an agreement on a future series with a school from the Big 12.  A day later, that’s been confirmed — as has one with an ACC program.

In a release, Cal announced that as reported, a home-and-home series with TCU has been agreed upon. The Horned Frogs will travel to Berkeley on Sept. 5, 2020, while the Golden Bears return the favor in Fort Worth on Sept. 11, 2021.

Additionally, Cal has scheduled a future home-and-home with North Carolina. The Tar Heels will play host to the Bears on Sept. 2, 2017, and then play on the road in Berkeley on Sept. 1, 2018

“We are excited to be able to add a pair of quality opponents to our upcoming football schedule,” interim athletic director Mike Williams said in a statement. “We want to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to play teams that compete on a high level nationally, and both North Carolina and TCU fit that objective. We also believe our fans will appreciate being able to see new opponents visit Berkeley where we can showcase the campus and California Memorial Stadium.”

Cal has faced neither team in football.

For UNC, the Cal series will replace the Ohio State home-and-home, which was cancelled after the Big Ten expanded its league schedule from eight to nine games.  That series had been scheduled in November of 2011.

“Our non-conference football schedule over the next several years includes matchups against opponents from the SEC (South Carolina), Big Ten (Illinois), Pac-12 (California) and Notre Dame,” said UNC AD Bubba Cunningham. “The Big Ten’s move to nine conference games each year beginning in 2016 resulted in the cancellation of our series with Ohio State, which was scheduled for 2017 and 2018. Coach (Larry) Fedora and I will continue to look to add exciting matchups both in Kenan Stadium and on the road as we complete our future schedules.”

Buckeyes, Tar Heels schedule future home-and-home series

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(Yes, a little bit late to this piece of scheduling news.  My apologies.  Due to my absent-mindedness, everyone will receive a free one-month subscription to CFT.  Will that work?)

In a pair of press releases, Ohio State and North Carolina announced earlier this week that the two schools have reached an agreement on a home-and-home series.  The Tar Heels will play in Columbus on September 5, 2015, and will then play host to the Buckeyes on September 23, 2017.  As noted in the release, the latter game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in Chapel Hill.

It’s unclear from either release whether or not Urban Meyer signed off on the series.

“Ohio State has outstanding tradition and is an attractive opponent for our football program,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.  “(Former AD) Dick Baddour worked on this agreement for several months and I thank him for helping make this series a reality.   I think this will be an exciting game for our fans and will have interest nationally as a matchup between the ACC and Big Ten.”

The 2015 game will mark the fifth time the two schools have met in football, with Ohio State holding a 3-1 advantage in the miniseries.  The last time the two played on the gridiron was 1975.

In addition to the UNC scheduling news, OSU also announced that, “because of the Big Ten Conference decision to play a nine-game conference season beginning with the 2017 season”, they have canceled their home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019 with Tennessee.  It was noted that UT agreed to the Ohio State request and may look at an option to play in future years.