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Houston, Utah confirm 2026-27 home-and-home series

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A mini-Houston scheduling day at CFT continues, with the AAC school confirming another future matchup with a Power Five program.

On the heels of their tweaked series with UT-San Antonio, UH also announced a future home-and-home with Pac-12 member Utah.  The Cougars will host the Utes at TDECU Stadium on Sept. 5, 2026, then travel to Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium Sept. 11, 2027.

Th two football programs have met four times previously, with the Cougars winning all four of those matchups.  Three of those four games were played in Houston, with the most recent meeting coming way back in 1978.

In confirming their series, the two programs also took care of a couple of other scheduling notes.

Utah announced a three-game series with Weber State that will be played in 2023, 2026 and 2027.  That trio of games against the FCS program will, obviously, be played in Salt Lake City.  Houston, meanwhile, confirmed a home-and-home with Rice, with a Sept. 24, 2022, game at the Cougars’ home and a Sept. 9, 2023, game at the home of the Owls.

Utah transfer WR Raelon Singleton reportedly moves on to Houston

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In mid-January, “family reasons” led Raelon Singleton to transfer from Houston.  Nearly four months later, the Texas native has a new team decidedly closer to home.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Singleton has decided to transfer to Houston to finish out his collegiate playing career.  A graduate transfer — the third the program has added this offseason, incidentally — the wide receiver will be eligible to play for the Cougars this coming season.

Singleton hails from Crosby, Tex., which is less than an hour drive to the UH campus.  In addition to Singleton, Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady (HERE) and Miami linebacker Darrion Owens (HERE) have been added by Major Applewhite as grad transfers since the 2017 season ended.

The past two seasons, Singleton was the Utes’ second-leading receiver yards-wise.  He had 36 receptions for 531 yards and four touchdowns this past season, and went 27-464-4 in 2016.

The Cougars are looking to replace Linell Dunbar (73-850-4) and Steven Dunbar (66-873-3), their two leading receivers from a year ago.  Their leading returning receiver?  Quarterback D’Eriq King, who had 29 catches for 264 yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns.

Central Michigan becomes sixth FBS program with No. 1 overall picks in both NFL, CFL drafts

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If you haven’t already heard, one MAC school joined some rather select draft company this past week.

For the fourth straight year Thursday, a player from an FBS program went No. 1 overall in the Canadian Football League draft; that’s the first time FBS players have gone first in back-to-back-to-back-to-back years in the Great White North’s version of the Player Selection Meeting. This time around the honor went to Mark Chapman, the Central Michigan wide receiver who led the Chippewas in receptions (59) and receiving yards (875) this past season.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were the team drafting Chapman with that top pick, trading up from No. 2 overall with the Montreal Alouettes to select the receiver.

“I’m just excited,” Chapman, who holds dual-citizenship as his mother was born in Canada and his father in the United States, said according to his former college team’s official website. “To go No. 1 overall, it’s surreal. I never envisioned myself in this position.

When you add Chapman to Eric Fisher, the former Chips offensive tackle who was the first player taken in the 2013 NFL draft, CMU becomes just the sixth FBS program — the first from a Group of Five conference, incidentally — to have players selected No. 1 overall in both the NFL and CFL drafts.

The other five?

RB Ernie Davis, 1962 (NFL)
OT Steve Scully, 1975 (CFL)

QB Alex Smith, 2005 (NFL)
OL Chad Folk, 1997 (CFL)

QB Drew Bledsoe, 1993 (NFL)
DE Rob Meier, 1999 (CFL)
DE Adam Braidwood, 2006 (CFL)

QB Randy Duncan, 1959 (NFL)
DL Faith Ekakitie, 2017 (CFL)

DE Lee Roy Selmon, 1976 (NFL)
RB Billy Sims, 1980 (NFL)
QB Sam Bradford, 2010 (NFL)
QB Baker Mayfield, 2018 (NFL)
OL Josiah St. John, 2016 (CFL)

Pac-12 announces record $509 million in revenue, school distribution of $30.9 million each

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While Pac-12 fans may still grumble about the performance of Commissioner Larry Scott or the lack of distribution for the conference’s networks, there’s still plenty of dough being raked in by the league.

Following the Pac-12 spring meetings in Arizona this week, the conference announced a record $509 million in total revenue for the 2016-17 fiscal year that was a four percent increase year-over-year. The distribution to schools also reached an all-time high at $371 million total (roughly $30.9 million per school), an 8% increase.

“The Pac-12 is committed to supporting the academic mission and athletic values of our universities, and we are pleased with the continued financial growth that supports this mission,” said Scott in a statement.  “This commitment is core to our Pac-12 Networks, which annually showcases to a national audience 850 live Pac-12 events, including an unprecedented number of football, basketball, Olympic and women’s sports.”
“The strong financial performance recorded by the Pac-12 Conference provides valuable resources to our universities to support our educational and athletic goals, including opportunities for the over 7,000 student-athletes competing on our Pac-12 campuses,” added USC President and Chairman of the Pac-12 CEO Group, Max Nikias.
As big as those numbers sound, they still are a tad behind their Power Five peers. The Big 12 recently announced a smaller $371 million in total revenue but a slightly bigger $34.3 million per school. Then there’s the SEC, which had over $650 million in total revenue and just over $41 million per school.
Still, it’s not like the Pac-12 is in the poor house after raking in half a billion dollars last year.

Utah the landing spot for Hawaii transfer Viane Moala

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Hawaii’s line loss has turned into Utah’s gain.

Earlier this offseason, Viane Moala decided to transfer from the Mountain West Conference school. Friday morning, the Utes announced on Twitter that Moala has transferred into the Pac-12 football program.

While the defensive tackle will have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, he’ll have two years of eligibility that he can use beginning in 2019.

Moala played in 24 games the past two seasons, starting eight of those contests. This past season, he was named honorable mention All-MWC. During his time with the rainbow Warriors, he also blocked four kicks.

Most notably, though, was an in-game, celebratory chest bump with linebackers coach Sean Duggan following one of those blocks that left the assistant with a dislocated elbow and broken wrist.