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Old Dominion to make $1.5 million for 2024 game vs. South Carolina, the Monarchs’ biggest-ever single-game payday

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Old Dominion has added another game to its future football slates.  And a hefty payday in the process.

Late this past week, Old Dominion announced it has reached an agreement with South Carolina on a 2024 football game.  The game will, of course, be played at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.  While no time has been set, it will take place on Aug. 31 in the Palmetto State.

That game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Monarchs and Gamecocks.

According to ODU, the SEC USC will pay them $1.5 million for the game.  That marks the biggest-ever payday for the Conference USA school.  The previous high-water mark?  The $1.32 million they received for a 2018 game against Liberty, of all schools.

The game against the Gamecocks is the second scheduled against a Power Five opponent that season.  On Sept. 14, 2024, ODU will play host to Virginia Tech.  They also have a home game against East Carolina on that year’s slate as well.

South Carolina, meanwhile, completes its non-conference schedule for that season as it has a home date against Akron (Sept. 21) and its annual rivalry game with Clemson (Nov. 30).  That game against the Tigers is in Death Valley.

Old Dominion is coming off a 1-11 football campaign.  In early December, Bobby Wilder stepped down as the head coach at ODU.  Wilder was the only coach the program had ever known.

South Carolina went 4-8 this past season.  It was just the third time the past 15 years that the Gamecocks failed to qualify for a bowl game.

SEC joins Big Ten, Pac-12 in going with a 10-game, conference-only football schedule for 2020

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The SEC has decided on the direction its football season will take.  If there is a college football season, that is.

Following a meeting of the league’s presidents and chancellors, the SEC announced Thursday that it will go with a 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 college football season.  Originally scheduled to start the weekend of Sept. 5, the SEC has now pushed back the season’s kick-off back to Sept. 26.  Additionally, the conference championship game will be played Dec. 19.

John Talty of al.com was the first to report the development.  In confirming the report, the SEC added that each team will have two bye weekends during the regular season: one mid-season (different dates for different schools) as well as a league-wide bye the weekend of Dec. 12.  That, of course, is the weekend prior to the league title game.

“This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus,” commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities.”

It had been expected that the SEC would follow the ACC’s lead and add a plus-one to the schedule, a non-conference matchup that was previously on the schedule.  Instead, the move means games such as LSU-Texas, South Carolina-Clemson, Florida-Florida State and Georgia-Georgia Tech are officially off the schedule for the 2020 season.

The 14-member SEC will play its six division rivals as well as the regularly-scheduled pair of crossover games.  The additional crossover games that will fill out the 10-game conference slate will be announced at a later date.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 as previously announced that those leagues would be going to a conference-only schedule.  That leaves the Big 12 as the only Power Five to have not signaled its scheduling intentions.

Below are all of the non-conference games for each SEC school that will be canceled:

  • Alabama — USC, Georgia State, Kent State, UT-Martin
  • Arkansas — Nevada, Notre Dame, Charleston Southern, Louisiana-Monroe
  • Auburn — Alcorn State, North Carolina, Southern Miss, UMass
  • Florida — Eastern Washington, South Alabama, New Mexico State, Florida State
  • Georgia — Virginia, East Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia Tech
  • Kentucky — Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Eastern Illinois, Louisville
  • LSU — UTSA, Texas, Rice, Nicholls State
  • Mississippi State — New Mexico, NC State, Tulane, Alabama A&M
  • Missouri — Central Arkansas, Eastern Michigan, BYU, Louisiana
  • Ole Miss — Baylor, Southeast Missouri State, UConn, Georgia Southern
  • South Carolina — Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Wofford, Clemson
  • Tennessee — Charlotte, Oklahoma, Furman, Troy
  • Texas A&M — Abiline Christian, North Texas, Colorado, Fresno State
  • Vanderbilt — Mercer, Kansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Nebraska’s Sam Foltz, Michigan State’s Mike Sadler killed in a car accident

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The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully.

That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 24, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football down-time, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Utah (narrowly) the preseason pick to win Pac-12
THE SYNOPSIS: How’d the media fare in these selections?  Fairly well, actually.  Utah was the pick to win the South, Oregon the North.  And those two schools did meet in the Pac-12 championship game.  It was the Ducks, though, that won the title.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Urban Meyer: Firing of Zach Smith ‘very tough call,’ in best interests of team
THE SYNOPSIS: With three domestic incidents hanging over the assistant, I wouldn’t think it was that tough of a call.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Fire up the Les Miles rumor mill at Ole Miss, even if just for fun
THE SYNOPSIS: A year and a half later, the Mad Hatter was back on the sidelines… at Kansas.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Nebraska P Sam Foltz, former Michigan State P Mike Sadler killed in car accident
THE SYNOPSIS: One of the saddest days in the annals of CFT, with two college football players taken the same day.  In the same accident.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Injured in shooting last year, NIU LB wounded in stabbing Sunday
THE SYNOPSIS: If it weren’t for bad off-field luck, Devon Butler wouldn’t have had any luck at all.

2011

THE HEADLINE: Alabama’s cease and desist letter to store owner made public
THE SYNOPSIS: Remember Tom Albetar? T-Town Menswear? Ah, those were the good ol’ days in college football.  Or something.

2009

THE HEADLINE: Ol’ Ball Coach mans up, takes blame for Tebow snub
THE SYNOPSIS: One SEC head coach failed to make Tim Tebow a preseason first-team all-conference selection.  It turned out to be Steve Spurrier.  Or, more specifically, one of the OBC’s minions.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including the NCAA dropping unprecedented sanctions on Penn State

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The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully.

That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 23, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football down-time, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Media picks Ohio to win first MAC title in half-century
THE SYNOPSIS: So, how’d the media do?  Ohio went 7-6, including a Potato Bowl win.  Miami ended up beating Central Michigan in the conference championship game.  Miami was picked to finish second in the MAC East Division.  Central Michigan, meanwhile, was picked to finish last in the West,

2018

THE HEADLINE: Ohio State announces dismissal of WRs coach Zach Smith
THE SYNOPSIS: The dismissal came shortly after details of a third domestic violence incident involving the assistant emerged.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Chad Morris, Derek Dooley among betting favorites to be next Ole Miss head coach
THE SYNOPSIS: Matt Luke, the interim coach who ultimately replaced Hugh Freeze full-time, was in the middle of the wagering pack.  Three seasons later, Luke was fired by the Rebels.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Braxton Miller’s position switch trims Buckeyes’ QB battle to two
THE SYNOPSIS: Miller’s move to wide receiver left the Ohio State quarterback job in the hands of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.

2013

THE HEADLINE: South Carolina investigating if Jadeveon Clowney spoke with Jay-Z’s agency
THE SYNOPSIS: The verdict?  No wrongdoing was found.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Penn State gets fined, postseason ban, scholarship reduction
THE SYNOPSIS: The family of Joe Paterno blasted the sanctions.  Penn State said it accepted them to avoid the death penalty.  In the end, a significant portion of the punitive measures were rolled back.

2009

THE HEADLINE: Tim Tebow confirms he doesn’t get his freak on; Cronkite rolls over in his grave
THE SYNOPSIS: The former Florida quarterback was asked if he was still a virgin.  Yep, one reporter went there.  SEC Media Days, y’all!

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including a fired-up Steve Spurrier calling a press conference to blast retirement rumors three months before he retired in the middle of the 2015 season

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The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully.

That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 22, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football down-time, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Mike Gundy delivers all-time line to son about how he’ll be coached at Oklahoma State
THE SYNOPSIS: Compared to now, those were quaint times for the OSU head coach, weren’t they?

2017

THE HEADLINE: Virginia Tech defends decision to put Michael Vick in Hokies Hall of Fame
THE SYNOPSIS: What Vick did to those poor dogs was heinous.  Of that, there is no arguing.  Still, with nearly two years in federal prison, he paid his debt to society.  As uncomfortable as it may be for an unabashed dog lover like myself, Tech was on the right side of this one.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Fired-up Steve Spurrier calls presser to fire back at ‘enemies’
THE SYNOPSIS: Less than three months later, the Ol’ Ball Coach hung up his coaching visor.  In the middle of the season.

2014

THE HEADLINE: Steve Spurrier: ‘Dabo still thinks there are nine planets out there’
THE SYNOPSIS: The above was not the best of Spurrier.  At all. This jab at the Clemson coach, though, is partly why he’ll always be beloved.  And rightly so.

2013

THE HEADLINE: Ohio State announces suspension, not dismissal, for Carlos Hyde
THE SYNOPSIS: It had previously been reported that the star running back had been dismissed after allegedly punching a woman at a Columbus bar.  After serving an early-season suspension, Hyde ran for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games for the Buckeyes.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Penn State places Joe Paterno statue in storage
THE SYNOPSIS: The family of the disgraced head coach had its say.  One day ahead of what would be a historically volatile day for his beloved Nittany Lions football program.

2009

THE HEADLINE: Bronco Mendenhall would like preseason polls to cease and desist
THE SYNOPSIS: This.  This.  This.  A thousand times, this.  More than a decade later, my hatred for preseason polls has not waned.  At all.