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Second UConn player in transfer portal charged in connection to burglary of dorm room

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The number of current/potentially-former UConn football players connected to an off-field incident is moving upward.

Running back Khyon Gillespie and safety Oneil Robinson were arrested earlier this week on multiple charges. Both Gillespie and Robinson are facing one count each of third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and providing a false statement. A warrant for the pair’s arrest was issued Feb. 3, with Gillespie surrendering Monday and Robinson two days later.

According to the Associated Press, a third member of the 2019 UConn football team, cornerback Ryan Carroll, was charged Tuesday with similar crimes.  The AP reports that the trio is “accused of stealing about $5,000 worth of items, including a television, video game systems and clothes from a dorm on Nov. 23.”

As a true freshman in 2018, Carroll started eight of 12 games for the Huskies.  He was forced to sit out the entire 2019 season due to academics.

As a result of the off-field situation, Gillespie has been indefinitely suspended by the UConn football program. Robinson and Carroll are two of the more than two dozen players who have left the team during this current cycle, with the defensive backs entering the portal last month.

“We are aware of the situation,” a statement from the school read. “We have been in communication with the appropriate parties and will continue to cooperate with the authorities throughout the process.”

Gillespie, a two-star 2018 signee, carried the ball once as a true freshman and ended up taking a redshirt for that season. As was the case with Carroll, he sat out all of the 2019 season because of academic issues.

Robinson played in 20 games during his time with the Huskies. He started 10 of those contests.

American announces 2020 schedule

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The American Athletic Conference will again play football in 2020, the conference confirmed on Tuesday.

The American revealed its 2020 conference schedule, a 44-game slate that completes the 88 total games AAC teams will play in 2020. As a reminder, UConn is no longer an American member, meaning the conference will have 11 football-playing members for the foreseeable future. All 11 teams will still play an 8-game league schedule, and the conference will still hold a title game.

The 2020 season will also be the conference’s first under the new rights agreement it struck with ESPN in March. As such, at least 40 American home games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks, and at least half of those will be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The conference will play a total of 12 games on Thursday or Friday nights.

“We are excited to announce our 2020 schedule as we enter the next phase of our longstanding relationship with ESPN,” said commissioner Mike Aresco. “With the continued success our schools have had, I have no doubt that we will once again provide our fans, and ESPN, with compelling matchups throughout the season in both conference and nonconference play. We look forward to another outstanding season of American Athletic Conference football.”

The season will begin on Saturday, Aug. 29 when Navy “hosts” Notre Dame at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. That game will be shown on ESPN with College GameDay in tow as part of the network’s season kick-off effort. While the full schedule can be viewed here, highlights include:

  • North Carolina at UCF, Sept. 4 (Friday)
  • South Florida at Texas, Sept. 5
  • Temple at Miami, Sept. 5
  • Houston at Washington State, Sept. 12
  • Cincinnati at Nebraska, Sept. 26
  • TCU at SMU, Sept. 26
  • Memphis at SMU, Oct. 1 (Thursday)
  • UCF at Memphis, Oct. 16 (Friday)
  • Memphis at Cincinnati, Oct. 31
  • Memphis at Navy, Nov. 14
  • Cincinnati at UCF, Nov. 21
  • UCF at South Florida, Nov. 27 (Friday)

The 2020 American season will conclude with the sixth annual American Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5.

One current, one former UConn player arrested in connection to alleged robbery

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If it were still a thing, it’d be UConn football having the honors of resetting the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker back to double zeroes.

According to the New Haven Register, running back Khyon Gillespie and safety Oneil Robinson were arrested earlier this week on multiple charges. Both Gillespie and Robinson are facing one count each of third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and providing a false statement. A warrant for the pair’s arrest was issued Feb. 3, with Gillespie surrendering Monday and Robinson two days later.

No details of what led to the charges and arrests were detailed. The Register notes, though, that “[s]ixth-degree larceny generally involves entering a residence without permission, while third-degree burglary involves taking no more than $250 worth of valuables.”

As a result of the off-field situation, Gillespie has been indefinitely suspended by the UConn football program. Robinson is one of more than two dozen players who have left the program during this current cycle, with the defensive back entering the portal last month.

“We are aware of the situation,” a statement from the school read. “We have been in communication with the appropriate parties and will continue to cooperate with the authorities throughout the process.”

Gillespie, a two-star 2018 signee, carried the ball once as a true freshman and ended up taking a redshirt for that season. He sat out all of the 2019 season because of academic issues.

Robinson played in 20 games during his time with the Huskies. He started 10 of those contests.

UConn and Syracuse renew old Big East rivalry with future four-game series

UConn and Syracuse have agreed to a future four-game football series beginning in 2022.
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As UConn embarks on life as an independent program, the Huskies have locked up a future four-game series against an old familiar foe to help fill up the schedule. UConn announced a four-game series against Syracuse beginning in 2022 and concluding in 2027. Both teams will get two home games out of the arrangement.

UConn will host Syracuse for the first game in the series on Sept. 10, 2022. Syracuse will host UConn three years later on Sept. 6, 2025, and again on Oct. 3, 2026. Syracuse will visit UConn for the final game in the series on Nov. 6, 2027.

UConn leads the all-time series with the Orange, 6-5. Syracuse owns a three-game winning streak in the series, however, with the most recent meeting going Syracuse’s way in 2018. UConn and Syracuse met annually as members of the Big East from 2004 through 2012. There have been two meetings between the former Big East rivals since Syracuse left for the ACC.

The addition of Syracuse gives UConn a total of nine games for the 2022 season, which leaves the Huskies with three games still be to schedule before fielding a full12-game regular season. UConn will also face power conference opponents Michigan, NC State, and Boston College in 2022. UConn also has more vacancies to fill in 2021. The 2021 schedule currently has just two home games out of seven scheduled games, although two road games are scheduled in relatively close proximity against Army and UMass. UConn also travels to Clemson and UCF in back-to-back weeks in Nov. 2021.

UConn will play its first season as an FBS independent in 2020 since making the jump up to the FBS from the FCS. After four seasons as an FBS independent, UConn joined the Big East in 2004. The Huskies left the American Athletic Conference so its basketball programs could re-join the Big East.

Syracuse now has one more non-conference game to schedule in 2022. The Orange will also play at home against Purdue and Notre Dame that season. ACC schools play eight conference games, leaving the Orange with one vacancy remaining. Syracuse also has one vacancy still in 2025 and three to fill in 2027. Syracuse’s 2026 schedule is now booked.

LSU, two B1G schools will have most players on Super Bowl rosters

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The LSU Tigers football program represented the sport well in winning the 2019 national championship, and now they’re set to be well-represented when the next level crowns its Super Bowl champion as well.

Earlier this month, the Kansas City Chiefs again overcame an early deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. In the NFC championship game the same day, the San Francisco 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers to earn a berth opposite the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. That game will be played at the home of the Miami Hurricanes, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Feb. 2.

And, as it turns out, that super day is today.

The 49ers, seeking their first Super Bowl win since 1994, have four former LSU football players currently listed on their official online roster*. The Chiefs, in search of their first title since 1969, have one former LSU football player on their Super Bowl roster. That total of five is tied for the most for a single school in this year’s game.

The number for LSU is matched by a pair of schools from the Big Ten — Iowa and Penn State — for the most players on Super Bowl rosters this year. Three former Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes play for the 49ers, two for the Chiefs.

Two SEC schools, Florida and Vanderbilt, each have four former players as part of the game, as does Stanford. Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State are two of a gaggle of schools with three players on teams playing in the game, which is the most of any Group of Five conference member.

Conference-wise, it was the SEC leading the way (again) with 32 players, followed by the Big Ten’s 22. The ACC (17), Pac-12 (16), Big 12 (12) and Conference USA (11) were the only other FBS leagues in double digits.

As for the other conferences?

  • Mountain West, nine
  • AAC, six
  • MAC, five
  • Sun Belt, four

Football independents accounted for six players. There were a total of 21 players who played at levels of football other than the FBS.

Below are all of the individual schools that will be represented on Super Sunday:

FIVE
Iowa
LSU
Penn State

FOUR
Florida
Stanford
Vanderbilt

THREE
Arizona
Auburn
Clemson
Kansas State
Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh
San Diego State
South Carolina

TWO
Alabama
BYU
Central Michigan
Duke
FAU
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Michigan
Michigan State
NC State
Ole Miss
Oregon
Purdue
Southern Miss
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
USF
Utah
Virginia

ONE
Air Force
Alabama A&M
Appalachian State
Arizona State
Arkansas
Baylor
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Buffalo
Cal
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Colorado State-Pueblo
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Eastern Washington
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State
Harvard
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
James Madison
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana
McGill (Canada)
Minnesota
Montana State
New Hampshire
New Mexico State
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Princeton
Samford
San Diego
San Jose State
SMU
South Carolina State
TCU
Temple
Texas Tech
UConn
Utah State
Valdosta State
Villanova
Virginia Tech
Wagner
Washington
West Alabama
Western Illinois
Western Kentucky
Wyoming

(*Includes players on injured reserve, practice squad, etc.)