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North Texas confirms hiring of Galen Scott as LBs coach

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It’s now officially official.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Seth Littrell was set to add Galen Scott to his North Texas coaching staff. Thursday, the football program confirmed that Scott has been hired as the Mean Green’s new linebackers coach.

Scott comes to Denton from Old Dominion, where he was hired as defensive backs coach in January of this year.

“Being able to add someone at the caliber of coach Scott at this stage of the offseason is key for us,” the head coach said in a statement. “He has great experience throughout his career and his leadership will be important in the development of a young linebacking corps. We are excited to get him to Denton ahead of spring practice and bring him into our family.”

Prior to the very brief stint at ODU, and before a one-year stop at the high school level, Scott served as the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Virginia Tech from 2016-17.

FAU athletic director reiterates support of Lane Kiffin after disappointing 2018 campaign

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When Lane Kiffin took over at Florida Atlantic, many wondered exactly how his tenure would turn out given his antics at Tennessee and USC combined with the fact that he clashed quite frequently with Nick Saban while serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama.

While the much-discussed coach proved critics wrong in his first season with 11 wins and a convincing CUSA title, the Owls wound up coming back to earth during Year 2 with a disappointing 5-7 record that saw the team lose a number of close games to keep them out of a bowl. Despite that regression, FAU’s athletic director remains firmly in Kiffin’s camp (despite not hiring him in the first place) and believes the coach is a lot closer to the win total posted in his first season than his second.

“I think there’s a lot of tweaks, and I think Lane knows that,” Brian White said earlier this week, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “He’s looking at — it’s not just one or two things — but it’s every aspect of this program: What did we do in the 11-win season that we didn’t do in the five-win season? There’s culture there. There’s leadership there — not only from the coaching perspective but the student-athlete perspective. So we’re looking at a whole lot of different things, but they’re working hard each and every day to figure it out and bringing in even better recruits every year.”

FAU does have to play a pair of conference title winners this upcoming season in UCF and Ohio State but White’s optimism that Kiffin can turn things around is understandable given that the Owls have one of CUSA’s most talented rosters and made a host of staff changes to improve that side of the equation for 2019.

The head coach does have a lengthy contract with the school so it’s not like he’s going to be pushed out anytime soon but it’s certainly comforting to Kiffin and company that their boss sees the 2018 setback as more of a one-off season than what FAU can normally expect down in Boca.

Suites for UNLV games at new Las Vegas Raiders’ stadium going for as much as $40,000

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If you want some of the best seats in the house for UNLV football in the near future, you better hope you double as a high roller in one of the city’s many casinos too. The Rebels announced their “premium seating” prices on Wednesday for their new home at the Las Vegas Raiders stadium and there is indeed a premium being put on many sections with the move to the new digs.

Want a suite? That will run you from $22,000 to a whopping $40,000 per season for anywhere between six and seven home games. Not quite that flashy? Well, VIP Club Seats will still need you to pony up between $2,000 to $2,500 per ticket per season.

“The goal during our Las Vegas Stadium transition planning is to provide our entire community access to what will be one of the world’s preeminent sports venues,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois in a release. “The launch of our Faithful Fan Pricing initiative showed our commitment to offering an affordable option for fans to enjoy Rebel football. For those interested in premium seating, these prices allow individuals and businesses to share some of the most incredible VIP amenities in all of college football with their families and guests. We are proud to offer an array of options that will provide a memorable experience for all fans in UNLV’s new home opening in 2020.”

Suites at least include the ability to bring in 16 or 22 people and include general a la carte service, while you can become a booster of the program in order to upgrade to “all-inclusive service.” This is Vegas after all, so no surprise there. The VIP Club Seats seem like a little better bang for the buck at least as they come with access to a new “Field Club” and include an open bar/buffet. Parking is naturally included in both options.

The new stadium is currently under construction and remains on track to open in time for the 2020 season. The Rebels open their last campaign at Sam Boyd Stadium against FCS Southern Utah on August 31. The following season does kick off with some appetizing matchups at least, including non-conference home games against Cal, Louisiana Tech and Arizona State plus Mountain West rivals Fresno State and Nevada coming to the strip.

Given the current state of the team however, ponying up $40,000 to watch UNLV football seems like a case where once again, the house always wins.

Western Michigan’s Waldo Stadium turned into a small lake after massive rains

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The original home of ‘Row the Boat’ looks like it is indeed home to some, uh… boats.

Heavy rains throughout Michigan have been causing havoc for many people and businesses but one area that got hit particularly hard was Kalamazoo. While flooding has taken place throughout town, one of the landmarks of the area, Western Michigan’s Waldo Stadium, seemed to receive an extra dose of the wet stuff and wound up turning into a small lake as a result.

Personally the photos make the stadium out to be more of a melted hockey rink given its shape but the images don’t really do the amount of water justice given the size of a football field somewhere under all that:

WWMT 3 in Kalamazoo says that the school is already starting to pump out the water, which combined with the natural drying process will likely take a few days before one can actually start to use the field again.

This isn’t the first time Waldo Stadium has been soaked to the brim either. Back in 2017, a Week 7 game against MAC foe Akron was pushed to Sunday as a result of rain that partially flooded the field.

This time around it seems like there was a bit more volume to fill things up but luckily for the Broncos, there’s still over two months to until the season kicks off Monmouth on August 31.

 

UTEP’s leading rusher in 2017 moves on to Georgia Southern

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A key cog in UTEP’s running game the season before last, Joshua Fields has decided to move on from the Miners after he was a less than a key cog the following year.

According to reports coming out of El Paso, Fields will transfer from the Conference USA school and continue his collegiate playing career at Georgia Southern. It’s expected that the running back, who will be a true junior this fall, will seek a waiver that would afford him immediate eligibility.

It’s unclear what specifics the El Paso native will cite in his appeal to the NCAA.

In 2017, Fields’ 362 yards rushing (on 89 carries) were tops on the team. According to the school, Fields was the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since 2013.

This past season, however, Fields’ production dipped to 57 yards on 31 attempts, which works out to just 1.8 yards per carry. That yards-per-attempt figure was the lowest among all FBS running backs with at least 30 carries last year.