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Ex-Missouri DE Walter Brady transfers from MTSU, too

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Walter Brady‘s on the move. Again.

Hoping that the third time will be a charm, Brady took to his Twitter account earlier this week to announce that he has asked for and been granted a release from his Middle Tennessee State scholarship. The defensive end wrote that he leaves MTSU “with the intentions of continuing my dream of competing at the highest level in college football.”

Unlike the first time, Brady will be leaving this program as a graduate transfer.

Brady began his collegiate playing career at Missouri, where he started nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2015. His seven sacks led all freshman nationally, while his 12.5 tackles for loss were tops amongst that class in the SEC. For that, he earned consensus Freshman All-American honors.

In very early August of 2016, Brady was dismissed from the Missouri football program for what were described as violations of unspecified team rules; shortly thereafter, although unbeknownst to most, Brady transferred to MTSU.

After sitting out the 2016 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Brady started nine of the 10 games in which he played for the Blue Raiders last season. His 3.5 sacks were tied for third on the team, and helped the 6-3, 267-pound lineman earn honorable mention All-Conference USA honors.

An unspecified injury sidelined Brady for all of spring practice this year.

Western Kentucky, Liberty add future home-and-home

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Western Kentucky and Liberty have met previously as members of the FCS.  In the coming years, they’ll do so again, although this time they’ll both be FBS programs.

Both schools announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Flames will travel to Bowling Green for a Sept. 19, 2020, game, with the Hilltoppers returning the favor by taking a trip to Lynchburg Sept. 6, 2025.

The two previous meetings between the programs came in 1995 and 1996, with the Flames winning both matchups by a combined score of 72-50.

In addition to that home-and-home, Liberty also announced that it’s September of 2020 game against Middle Tennessee State has been moved to October of 2026.  The need for that move arose as a result of MTSU scheduling a home-and-home series with Virginia Tech.

“I also want to extend thanks to Liberty AD Ian McCaw and his staff for being able to move our game in 2020 to make this happen,” MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro said in a statement. “Scheduling is never easy and it takes a lot of people working together and I appreciate what Liberty was able to work out.”

In February of last year, Liberty announced that the NCAA had approved a waiver request for FBS reclassification.  The Flames will not be eligible for a bowl game in 2018, but will the following season as they become a full-fledged FBS program in 2019.

They will play as a football independent, at least for the time being, because of what one prominent university official claimed were “religious bigots” keeping the team from joining a conference.

Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee line up future series

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Virginia Tech completed its non-conference schedule for the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the addition of a home-and-home series against Middle Tennessee. The series, announced today, helps fill a void in Virginia Tech’s schedule that was created with the loss of a series to be played against Michigan that was canceled earlier this year.

Virginia Tech will make a road trip to Middle Tennessee in the first game of the home-and-home deal on September 19, 2020. The Hokies will host the Blue Raiders the following season on September 11, 2021. The 2020 road game for Virginia Tech will come a week after hosting Penn State. The 2021 home game will be played a week before visiting West Virginia. The games against Penn State and West Virginia satisfy Virginia Tech’s non-conference scheduling requirement to include at least one power conference opponent.

The home-and-home series is a nice asset for Middle Tennessee as well. The school announced Virginia Tech will be the fifth ACC program to visit Middle Tennessee. Other ACC members to play in Murfreesboro include Maryland (now in the Big Ten), Virginia, and Georgia Tech. Duke is scheduled to make a visit in 2019.

The addition of Virginia Tech to the Middle Tennessee schedule required a change in the schedule for Middle Tennessee. A game against Liberty in 2020 was bumped back to October 3, 2026.

Michigan previously agreed to pay Virginia Tech $375,000 to cancel the home-and-home series. Michigan filled the vacancies with games against Washington (which was rescheduled) and Arkansas State.

Duke and Middle Tennessee tack on two more games to future schedule

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Duke and Middle Tennessee are scheduled to meet for the first time on the football field in 2019 and 2020 as part of a previously announced scheduling agreement. Before getting to those games, however, the Blue Devils and Blue Raiders have decided to add a couple more games to the future schedule.

As reported by Stephen Wiseman of The News & Observer in North Carolina, earlier this week via Twitter, Duke and Middle Tennessee will play in 2024 and 2025, with each school getting a home game in the deal. Duke will host Middle Tennessee on Sept. 14, 2024. Middle Tennessee will host Duke for a season opener the following season on August 31, 2025.

As part of a previous home-and-home deal, Middle Tennessee is scheduled to host Duke on Sept. 14, 2019. Duke will visit Middle Tennessee on Sept. 5, 2020. The latest two-game deal fills Duke’s non-conference schedule in 2025, leaving vacancies to fill in 2022, 2023, and 2024. As a member of the ACC, Duke is to play one power conference opponent each season. The Blue Devils have already fulfilled that scheduling obligation through 2030 with non-conference scheduling and Notre Dame’s ACC scheduling rotation. Duke opens the 2019 season in Atlanta against Alabama.

Middle Tennessee has power conference opponents lined up 2020 and has future power conference opponents scheduled from 2022 through 2025 with the addition of two more games against Duke. The Blue Raiders will also be playing Vanderbilt, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Iowa, Ole Miss, and Missouri in the coming seasons.

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Middle Tennessee State to add Alabama walk-on to roster

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Joseph Sewell, they hardly knew ye.  Or knew of ye, at least when it comes to the fans.

The ye in this case is Alabama, with Sewell announcing on Twitter that he has decided to transfer from the defending national champions.  Not only that, but the defensive lineman announced his transfer destination for good measure — Middle Tennessee State.

As Sewell hails from Murfreesboro, the home of the Blue Raiders, the landing spot is far from a surprise.  It should be noted, though, that MTSU, which didn’t offer him a scholarship coming out of high school interestingly enough, has yet to officially announce Sewell’s addition to the roster.

Sewell was a two-star 2017 recruit who walked on with the Crimson Tide last year after receiving offers from, among others, Vanderbilt, Army, Navy, Appalachian State, Miami (Ohio) and UT-San Antonio.  Suffice to say, he never played a down for ‘Bama.