Clemson’s Dabo Swinney giving up over $1 million in scheduled compensation as pandemic strains school finances

USA Today

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has agreed forgo $1.25 million in scheduled compensation due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial impact on the university and its athletics department, according to an agreement obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

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Justin Fields wants a special perk if Ohio State wins national title

Larry Brown Sports

Now that the team will be playing this fall, the Ohio State Buckeyes are one of a handful of teams that could win the national title. Justin Fields wants more than just a ring if they can pull it off.

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Colorado football team goes on 100-player hike; ops director ticketed

ESPN

Colorado director of football operations Bryan McGinnis has been issued a ticket for a 100-player hike on a Colorado mountain trail, Boulder officials told the Boulder Daily Camera on Friday.

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Baylor-Houston game postponed

The Score

Saturday's game between Baylor and Houston has been postponed, a source told Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.

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Florida Atlantic-Georgia Southern game postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

USA Today

Florida Atlantic announced Friday its season-opening football game at Georgia Southern scheduled for Saturday was postponed.

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After opting out, Rashod Bateman wants to play for Gophers

Bring Me The News

Rashod Bateman is reportedly reconsidering his decision to opt out of the college football season, with Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reporting that the All-Big Ten wide receiver wants to play for the Gophers. 

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Ohio State’s Shaun Wade opts back in after Big Ten announces return

The Score

Big Ten football is back, and so is one of Ohio State's premier players.

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Deion Sanders to become college football head coach at Jackson State?

Sportsnaut

Deion Sanders could be on the verge of returning to football, this time as a head coach, with the NFL and College Football Hall of Famer reportedly closing in on a deal to make the transition into college coaching.

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Los Angeles health department: No added USC, UCLA restrictions

ESPN

The Pac-12 cleared another hurdle toward returning to play Thursday, as the Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed it will continue not to have any restrictions beyond what's mandated by the state of California as relates to the USC and UCLA football teams.

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USC working with state of California to allow for college football

MSN.com

USC is hard at work trying to get Pac-12 football moving toward a fall restart.

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Dylan McCaffrey to transfer from Michigan after Joe Milton wins QB job

Larry Brown Sports

Dylan McCaffrey is on his way out of Michigan.

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Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis wants to play in 2020

247 Sports

Ohio State offensive lineman Wyatt Davis, who recently opted out this season, may be reconsidering his decision according to a report from ESPN Big Ten reporter Tom VanHaaren, who tweeted on Wednesday that Davis interrupted a Zoom call led by Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith.

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Ohio State CB Shaun Wade unsure if he’ll opt back in for 2020 season

Yardbarker

When Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade opted out of the college football season on Monday, all Big Ten programs were set to remain idle through the end of the year due to the conference's decision to postpone football and other fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 11. That all changed on Wednesday, though, when the league announced plans for an altered season that will start the weekend of Oct. 23-24.

As Harry Lyles Jr. and Tom VanHaaren of ESPN explained, Wade hasn't yet changed his mind about his decision. 

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Big Ten says football tickets won’t be sold to public, despite league’s return

USA Today

As part of its decision that football will return this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Big Ten announced that no fans will be permitted at any of the 14 stadiums. 

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Pac-12 issues statement about football season

The Spun

With the Big Ten officially announcing it will begin play in late October, the Pac-12 is the only holdout from the Power Five conferences.

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Pac-12 considering mid-to-late November for return to play

The Score

The Pac-12 has been discussing its return to play and the conference's "most aggressive" plan currently targets mid-to-late November as an ideal date, a source told Heather Dinich of ESPN.

The Pac-12 wants its teams to have six weeks of practice and physical preparation for a football season, Dinich adds.

Commissioner Larry Scott said earlier in September he was confident the Pac-12 would be playing football by January, and he didn't rule out staging games in 2020.

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Wisconsin chancellor hints at how Big Ten will proceed with key vote

Larry Brown Sports

A Big Ten vote on potentially starting college football season is thought to be close, and we’re getting some hints on the thinking of those doing the voting.

Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank made clear Monday that the conference will move together. That means that either everyone plays or everyone doesn’t.

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Sam Ehlinger ‘disappointed’ about his huge game in Texas opener

Yardbarker

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger got his Heisman Trophy campaign off to a roaring start on Saturday, but the senior was not all that satisfied with the monster performance. 

Ehlinger had 429 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Longhorns’ 59-3 win over UTEP. All of that production came in the first half, and the yardage and touchdowns were a career high for him and record for a Texas quarterback in a single half. Despite that, Ehlinger said after the game that he was “disappointed” in the way he played.

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Texas’ 5-Star Safety B.J. Foster Quit Team During 3rd Quarter vs. UTEP

Bleacher Report

Junior safety B.J. Foster may have played his final game with Texas.

OrangeBloods.com's Anwar Richardson reported Foster "quit the team" midway through the third quarter of the Longhorns' 59-3 win over UTEP on Saturday. Richardson followed up to say the Angleton, Texas, native was frustrated with his lack of playing time.

Foster arrived with big expectations as the No. 3 safety and No. 24 player overall in the 2018 recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

He made an immediate impact, finishing with 46 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception over 13 games as a true freshman.

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Mike Golic shares message after calling college football game

MSN.com

Mike Golic was back on the ESPN airwaves on Saturday, and it was to call some college football.

The former longtime ESPN Radio host teamed with Dave Pasch to call Saturday’s Louisiana Lafayette 31-14 win over Iowa State. Golic tweeted after the game to share how much he enjoyed calling a game again and the fact that college football was being played.

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Georgia Tech players taunt Florida State fans with Tomahawk Chop

Larry Brown Sports

Georgia Tech pulled off a nice upset win over Florida State on Saturday, and their players enjoyed the victory.

Towards the end of the Yellow Jackets’ 16-13 win over the Seminoles, some Georgia Tech players did the Tomahawk Chop to troll the opposing fans.

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Big Ten revote on when to start football season could take place Sunday

ESPN

The Big Ten's council of presidents and chancellors will meet Sunday to review the latest medical information and possibly vote again on when the fall football season can begin, sources told ESPN.

The medical subcommittee of the Big Ten's return to competition task force met Saturday with a smaller group of eight presidents and chancellors, who pushed the process forward for a possible revote as early as Sunday.

The Big Ten on Aug. 11 postponed its fall sports season, including football, because of concerns around the coronavirus pandemic.

The initial vote was 11-3 to postpone, with only Nebraska, Ohio State and Iowa electing to push forward with fall sports. Six presidents must change their Aug. 11 vote to exceed the 60% threshold required by Big Ten bylaws.

The medical subcommittee, co-chaired by Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour and Ohio State lead team physician Dr. Jim Borchers, will present the presidents with at least four rapid response antigen tests that could allow Big Ten teams to test daily for the coronavirus and significantly decrease the amount of necessary contact tracing. The latest information about myocarditis and its occurrence in athletes who test positive for COVID-19 also is expected to be shared, sources said.

"It's light-years different than it was five weeks ago," a conference source told ESPN on Friday.

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Florida State shows support for Black Lives Matter ahead of season opener

Sportsnaut

We’re seeing a ton of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and related protests against police brutality within the sports world.

Two days as the Houston Texans and Kansas City engaged in a form of protest during the national anthem at Arrowhead Stadium, college football teams are following suit.

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Louisiana shocks No. 23 Iowa State with 17-point upset for first top 25 win since 1996

CBS Sports

It didn't take long for an upset to occur in the 2020 college football season. It happened on the first semi-full weekend of games with Louisiana surprising No. 23 Iowa State 31-14 on the road for the Sun Belt's second big victory of the young season.

Not only is it the first underdog win against a top 25 team this year, it also marks one of the biggest wins in Louisiana history as the Ragin' Cajuns not only beat a ranked opponent but did so by 17 points, a difference of 28.5 points against the closing -11.5 spread that favored Iowa State, per William Hill Sportsbook.

The last time the program notched a win against a top 25 team was 1996 against No. 25 Texas A&M, 29-22. That team, then called the University of Southwestern Louisiana, was led by quarterback Jake Delhomme and Brandon Stokley. The Ragin' Cajuns' other win against a Big 12 school came 17-15 against Kansas State in 2009. 

The win was technically an upset from a bookmakers perspective, though it was not all that surprising as the Ragin' Cajuns were a trendy pick to cover the spread. Keep in mind, too, that Louisiana won 11 games a year ago and gave Mississippi State a scare.

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Big 12 Announces Use of Rapid COVID-19 Testing Ahead of 2020 CFB Season

Bleacher Report

On the eve of the Big 12 football season, the conference has announced it will utilize a rapid COVID-19 test.

The Big 12 will be using "Quidel Rapid Antigen tests which allows for 15-minute results and batch testing capabilities."

After announcing that it would move forward with a football season in the fall, the Big 12 implemented a health and safety policy in August that requires three coronavirus tests per week for each program.

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