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Earlier this offseason, Markel Valdez was dismissed by North Carolina State for your standard unspecified violations of team rules. On Twitter late last week, the cornerback announced that he has “decided to transfer from the program and explore my options.”
Despite the dismissal, and per a letter posted by the defensive back in the same Twitter pronouncement, Valdez will be barred from transferring to any ACC school as well as the four schools on NCSU’s 2018 non-conference schedule — Georgia State, James Madison, Marshall and West Virginia.
Valdez, who came to NCSU as a three-star signee named James Valdez, took a redshirt as a true freshman in 2016. He played in the first two games of 2017 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in the Week 2 win over Marshall.
In late November, after rejecting overtures from Tennessee in order to remain at North Carolina State, Dave Doeren agreed to a new contract with the university, pending the board rubber-stamping the agreement. This past week, that rubber met the stamp.
NC State confirmed that, on Thursday, the system’s Board of Trustees formally approved the new five-year deal for Doeren. The head coach’s new contract will now keep him with the Wolfpack through Dec. 31, 2022.
“We are on an exciting upward trajectory in football under the leadership of Coach Doeren,” said NC State athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement. “He has assembled a terrifically talented coaching staff, as well, and that continuity and stability has been important to our current student-athletes and recruits.
“We are pleased that Dave will continue to lead NC State football, playing in one of the most challenging divisions in college football, the Atlantic Division of the ACC.”
In five seasons with the Wolfpack, the 46-year-old Doeren has compiled a 34-30 record, including a 15-25 mark in ACC play. The 2017 season was his best of the five, with a 9-4 overall mark that saw NC State finish in second place in the Atlantic after divisional finishes of seventh, fifth, fourth and tied-fourth the first four.
Under Doeren, the Wolfpack has played in a bowl game each of the last four seasons, posting a 3-1 mark in the postseason.
We’re less than a week away from former college players officially finding out their new homes with the start of the 2018 NFL Draft and the excitement is palpable no matter if you’re a Cleveland Browns fan or somebody who dons the cardinal and gold of USC.
Naturally this is a big deal for the players’ former programs as well and their recent head coaches will be taking full advantage of the marketing opportunity to future recruits by stopping by the draft itself at AT&T Stadium for the festivities. The NFL released a list of 14 college football coaches and one recent one on Friday as being confirmed to attend the event and there are a few notable names beyond the big ones we’re used to seeing every year:
In addition, Stanford head coach David Shaw will serve as a draft analyst on NFL Network for a seventh year in a row and even ESPN’s College GameDay is getting involved with a pregame show outside the stadium they are quite familiar with from big games over the years.
Mississippi State and Texas Tech will play a home-and-home series in 2028 and ’29, according to a copy of the series contract obtained by FBSchedules.
Mississippi State will host the Red Raiders on Sept. 9, 2028, and Texas Tech will return the favor on Sept. 8, 2029. The games will be the first meetings between the Bulldogs and Red Raiders since 1970. Mississippi State won the most recent meeting, a 20-16 decision in Jackson, Miss., and holds a 4-2-1 advantage in the series. The programs first met in 1953 and then played six times in the 10 years between 1961-70.
Texas Tech does not have any other games lined up for 2028 or ’29, according to FBSchedules. The Red Raiders open this season with Ole Miss in Houston, and have future home-and-homes lined up with Arizona (2019-20), NC State (2022-27) and Oregon (2023-24).
The Texas Tech games are also the only ones on the docket to date for Mississippi State in 2028-29. The Bulldogs have home-and-homes with Kansas State (2018-19), NC State (2020-21), Arizona (2022-23) and Minnesota (2026-27).
A relationship that’s was wobbly as recently as last year has been further solidified thanks to today’s development.
Wednesday, it was reported that the ACC would be announcing future venues — or venue, singular — for its football championship game. A day later, the league confirmed, as expected, that its title game will remain in Charlotte for the foreseeable future.
The new agreement will keep the game at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium through the 2030 season. The city was already set to host the game in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“Charlotte has been a tremendous home for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and we’re pleased to announce the Queen City as our championship destination through 2030,” said conference commissioner John Swofford in a statement. “With the outstanding efforts by the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Carolina Panthers and city of Charlotte, our game has grown into one of the premier sporting events in the country. We look forward every year to this annual celebration of ACC Football.”
Charlotte had played host to the ACC football championship game every year since 2010 before a controversial bill resulted in the conference yanking the 2016 game from the city and moving it to Orlando. In 2017, the game was moved back to Charlotte.
Prior to 2010, the first three league title tilts were played in Jacksonville (2005-07) and the next two in Tampa (2008-09).