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Fenway Bowl to pit ACC vs. American

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Fenway Park confirmed on Monday that “America’s most beloved ballpark” will indeed host a bowl game this winter, as was reported back in April.

While full details are still forthcoming, the game will pit teams from the ACC and the American.

Fenway Park has hosted a number of games in recent years, but this will be the venue’s first college postseason game. Some might even say Fenway’s entire 107-year history has been building toward the opportunity to host a 7-5 ACC team against an 8-4 American team.

The Red Sox will become the sixth MLB franchise to host a college bowl game in recent years, joining the Yankees (Pinstripe Bowl), Diamondbacks (Cheez-It Bowl), Rays (Gasparilla Bowl), Marlins (the defunct Miami Beach Bowl) and Giants (Redbox Bowl, since moved to Levi’s Stadium).

 

Jerry Kill joins Virginia Tech support staff

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Jerry Kill stepped down as Minnesota’s head coach in the middle of the 2015 season, but he’s remained active as ever in “retirement.”

He spent 2016 as an assistant AD at Kansas State, returned to coaching as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rutgers in 2017, but, after the same epileptic seizures that chased him out of coaching followed him to Piscataway, Kill stepped down after just one season. He was quickly scooped up as the athletics director at Southern Illinois, but now Kill is returning again to coaching — sort of.

Virginia Tech on Monday announced Kill as the new assistant to the head coach for Justin Fuente. In this newly-created role, Kill will use his experience to assist Fuente with “a myriad of duties.”

“Jerry Kill will serve as a tremendous resource for our football program,” Fuente said. “Coach Kill possesses over three decades of expertise and will be great addition to our staff. In addition to over 20 years of experience as collegiate and high school head coach, he’s served as a coordinator on both sides of the ball. He can dissect the game from virtually every angle and will be able to provide his unique perspective on everything from recruiting, to personnel and facilities. ”

“While it was a difficult decision to leave so many wonderful friends and colleagues at Southern Illinois, I am thrilled for the opportunity to join Coach Fuente and his staff at Virginia Tech,” Kill said. “I’ve long appreciated and admired Justin as a coach and teacher of the game. I respect his penchant for identifying talent and helping young men reach their potential. He has assembled a fabulous coaching staff and roster of talented players at Virginia Tech. I can’t wait to help the Hokies in any way I can.”

Kill will join the Virginia Tech staff effective immediately. He went 152-99 as a head coach at five different schools from 1994-2015.

 

No changes to college football schedule due to Hurricane Dorian yet

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With the second week of the season about to be played as Hurricane Dorian moves its way up the east coast, there have been no adjustments to the FBS schedule just yet. While a handful of FCS and lower division games have been moved around, there are still no plans in place that will affect programs like North Carolina, South Carolina, or Duke.

Hurricane Dorian approached the coats line along North Carolina and South Carolina on Thursday, just days before this weekend’s alate of college football. South Carolina will reportedly be hit the hardest through Thursday evening, as the storm attacks North Carolina and Virginia more on Friday and continues up the east coast while moving away from the coast line.

Virginia, coming off their season-opening victory at Pittsburgh in Week 1, is scheduled to host William & Mary Friday night but the game is located far enough from the expected storm path to lead to any potential scheduling hassles. The weather forecast for Charlottesville Friday night has a zero percent chance of rain when the game kicks off. How the storm impacts fans attending the game, however, remains a question with no answers right away. Virginia Tech’s home game against Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon is not expected to be impacted at this time either.

Clemson is preparing to host Texas A&M on Saturday,. While the game is not threatened in any way, Clemson has opened the doors to their facilities to Coastal Carolina after the program had been evacuated from their home in Greenville, South Carolina. Coastal Carolina is playing on the road at Kansas this week. Coastal Carolina was also hosted by Furman to run a practice as well.

South Carolina, looking to regroup after their opening loss to North Carolina, is still scheduled to host Charleston Southern on Saturday.

One program watching the storm’s track closely is Boston College. Although the latest storm tracking has Dorian moving off the east coast, it is still on track to potentially clip parts of Massachusetts, which has triggered a tropical storm alert for parts of the state. Boston College is scheduled to host Richmond on Saturday afternoon, when the storm is tracking to brush the New England region.

“I saw the news this morning and I said to myself “boy, we have to start being proactive on this thing on every front,””, Boston College head coach Steve Addazio told reporters this week, according to The Boston Herald. “You start seeing all these plane flights being cancelled and it’s kind of what we went through at Wake Forest a year ago. You are talking about changing times, changing days and what are we thinking about here. I think it is something must be discussed and addressed right now. You have to take a hard look at everything.”

Boston College and Wake Forest bumped up the kickoff time for their ACC contest last year to squeeze the game in before North Carolina was impacted by Hurricane Florence. The adjusted kickoff time allowed for both teams to play safely and for the Eagles to return home without any troubles.

Georgia State is offering free tickets to their home opener this weekend to anyone who has been displaced from their homes as a result of the storm’s path.

While we hope every game can be played safely for the schools and their fans, this is just a reminder that football should always come second to taking the necessary precautions anytime Mother Nature is on the path of potential destruction.

And for what it is worth, no games have had to be adjusted in the state of Alabama.

Hoffman family says NCAA denied Brock’s waiver in part because Mom is still working after brain surgery

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Brock Hoffman transferred from Coastal Carolina to Virginia Tech to be closer to his mother, who is recovering from surgery to recover from an acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous brain tumor. The family says Stephanie still suffers from lingering effects of the surgeries to remove the tumor — facial paralysis, impaired eyesight, hearing loss.

However, according to Hoffman’s father, Brian, Mrs. Hoffman wasn’t impaired enough to justify a waiver for Brock’s transfer, whose appeal was denied on Tuesday. As he told the Roanoke Times:

The NCAA surprised Brian Hoffman again when they came back with another line of questioning — why didn’t Stephanie Hoffman, 50, retire (after her diagnosis and surgery) from her job as a teacher?

“We have almost a million dollars of medical bills,” Brian Hoffman said. “She’s a teacher and doesn’t have enough years to get full pay from her pension. We simply couldn’t afford it.”

According to Hoffman, he provided the NCAA with financial and insurance statements to show if she retired at the time of her first surgery it would have negatively impacted the family.

“I really thought after all the information we gave them — we gave them a book over the summer — we had this thing,” Brian Hoffman said. “It was like getting stabbed in the back.”

It’s at this point we must step in and say the NCAA is not the United States government or even the NFL league office, an autonomous entity who can make rules without the consent of the governed. The inmates run the asylum in college sports, and if the big schools want to make a change, they can. The schools are the NCAA, after all.

And it appears the only clean change to make to the system would be getting out of the icky business of deciding who’s really sick enough to justify a hardship waiver, lest the NCAA leave itself vulnerable to situations where Hoffman and Cincinnati’s James Hudson are denied waivers while Tate Martell is approved. The solution here is just to give all players a one-time waiver to transfer and play immediately, thus saving everyone on both sides of the table lots of headaches and paperwork.

Or, the schools could keep the current system intact, where it seems they are determined to pretzel themselves into the worst public-relations nightmares possible. “Every time we went back, they kept telling us this doesn’t fit, this doesn’t fit (under the guidelines),” Brian Hoffman said. “Every time it was a different reason. This reason they gave us Tuesday (the timing of the transfer) wasn’t something they even mentioned before.”

 

 

NCAA denies Virginia Tech transfer Brock Hoffman’s appeal

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The NCAA has denied Virginia Tech transfer Brock Hoffman‘s appeal for immediate eligibility, Virginia Tech announced Tuesday.

Hoffman transferred from Coastal Carolina in February and his original application was denied in April, causing him to link arms with Georgia-turned-Illinois transfer Luke Ford in retaining the services of super-lawyer Tom Mars, only, like Ford, to see that effort turn up empty handed.

Hoffman’s family lives in Statesville, N.C., and Brock’s mother, Stephanie, was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma — a non-cancerous brain tumor — in 2017.

Blacksburg is 134 miles from Statesville, while Conway, S.C., is 207 miles away.

Virginia Tech did not include a quote in the announcement, but the press release did include this line:

While extremely disappointed in this final decision by the NCAA, Virginia Tech Athletics and the football staff will continue to provide our unwavering support and compassion to Brock and his family.

Hoffman was a two-year starter for Coastal Carolina at guard and center. He will now use 2019 as a redshirt season and compete for the Hokies in 2020 as a redshirt junior.