Liberty is paying Old Dominion $1.32 to play in Lynchburg
Liberty University will pay Old Dominion $1.32 million to play the Flames in their 2018 home opener. Why yes, that is a shitload of money. Why yes, that does seem insane.
Liberty wanted to ensure a first game against an FBS rival, apparently $1.32 does it. This news is significant as North Texas just agreed to a home and home with the Flames and not for $1.32 million.
Liberty athletic director Ian McCaw, he of the institutional failures at Baylor, said the school can afford to pay the Monarchs the $1.32 million guaranteed fee because Liberty signed a "seven figures" contract to play a game with Auburn later in the 2018 season.
"It was difficult to complete our schedule, and we appreciate that Old Dominion worked with us," McCaw said. Yep I bet ODU was really hard to deal with.
Sumlin is excited about his strength coach. Again.
According to the great Brett Zwerneman, Kevin Sumlin like his new strength coach Mark Hockey. "Mark Hocke has done a fabulous job," Sumlin said. "We searched the country and looked for a guy who I thought could impact us. ... He knows what (winning) looks like. His communication with me and our team has been nothing short of fabulous."
Let's all remember that last fall Sumlin was pretty excited about his former strength coach Larry Jackson. And then Jackson got fired. He credited Jackson for make substantial, drastic changes in A&M's offseason regiment to make the Aggies bigger and stronger. Then Aggies lost three of four down the stretch to once again limp into bowl season.
Bottom line, we're sure Hockey is a great guy with incredible stretches and lifts that do nothing but help the Aggies dominate. But at the end of the day, how the Aggies perform in November will be the real test, not how they look in April.
Daniel Meager's 601 yard Day vs. SMU
In another of the great statistical anomalies we run into from time to time is Daniel Meager's 601 yard day vs. SMU in 2007. Interesting because Meager never got close to that total again nor previously during his Mean Green career. His next best day was a week later with 301 yards vs. Florida Atlantic. In the rest of Meager's starts he failed to get over 160 yards.
That afternoon Meager threw for the 15th most yard in NCAA history. At the time his mark was good enough for 11th all-time. It's also the most yards anyone has thrown for against SMU, beating the previous best of 600 yards by Andre Ware. Meager was one of the greatest one hit wonders in college football history. For his career Meager threw for 2,555 yards with twelve touchdowns and 22 interceptions but for one night he was one of the greatest passers in NCAA history.
Meager's 64 attempts that September night are still the most in North Texas history, he attempted 61 a week later. Other than those two outliers, Meager never attempted more than 28 passes in any game.
For the record SMU beat the Mean Green 45-31. North Texas receiver Casey Fitzgerald had eighteen catches and 327 yards. Perhaps SMU should have considered doubling Fitzgerald.
Former Tennesse Defensive Lineman Dimarya Nixon is transferring to SMU
6-4, 260 pound Dimarya Nixon is leaving Tennessee and landing at SMU according to his twitter account.
Mixon signed with Nebraska out of West Mesquite High School in 2013, but his route to the Cornhuskers ran into trouble when the NCAA Eligibility Center wouldn't clear him.
The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder said he had the required grades and test score, so instead of heading to junior college, he stayed out of school and reentered the recruiting process while working out to stay in shape and maintaining a job at a Dallas-area Whataburger, a venture he called "a great experience." He eventually signed with the Vols.
In three seasons, Mixon had 19 total tackles, playing in 37 career games without making a start. Last season Mixon was sent home early from the Music City Bowl in December for disciplinary reasons. He claims in the tweet the he was forced to leave Tennessee, but the Vols announced in March that he was no longer with the team, though remained enrolled in Knoxville.