August 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

August 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

TOWSON AT KENT STATE ON THURSDAY, RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA ON SATURDAY HIGHLIGHT OPENING-WEEK COVERAGE
2012 SCHEDULE FEATURES WEEKLY ACC AND CAA MATCH-UPS
Bethesda, Md. (Aug. 27, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has announced its 44-game schedule of 2012 NCAA football games, which features weekly match-ups from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), as well as games from other top conferences. The networks live coverage kicks off with Towson at Kent State on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. (CSN Plus) and continues on Saturday, Sept. 1, with Richmond at Virginia at 3 p.m.As the regions official network of the ACC and CAA, Comcast SportsNet will televise weekly match-ups from both conferences this season. The networks 28-game ACC and CAA combined schedule will feature many of the regions top football programs, as well as teams from throughout their conferences. In addition, the network will present 14 games from Conference USA and two Southeastern Conference contests.Comcast SportsNets schedule of live ACC football features 14 games this season. In addition to this weekends Richmond at Virginia season opener, the schedule includes North Carolina at Wake Forest on Sept. 8 (3 p.m.) and Furman at Clemson on Sept. 15 (3 p.m.) The remainder of the ACC schedule, which includes a doubleheader on Sept. 29, will be announced during the season. The networks ACC programming also includes the weekly programs ACC All Access, Inside Maryland Football, Cavalier Sports Weekly and Virginia Tech Sports Today, as well as weekly playbacks of Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech games.This season, Comcast SportsNet is providing expanded coverage of the CAA with 14 live games. The networks schedule includes multiple appearances by regional CAA programs James Madison (3 games), Old Dominion (2 games), Richmond (3 games), Towson (3 games) and William & Mary (4 games). Highlighting the schedule are three games between regional programs: William & Mary at James Madison on Oct. 13 (3:30 p.m.), James Madison at Richmond on Oct. 20 (3:30 p.m.) and William & Mary at Old Dominion on Nov. 10 (12 p.m.) New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, Villanova, Rhode Island and Georgia State are also scheduled for appearances on the network.Please see the attached schedule for a complete listing of Comcast SportsNets 2012 NCAA football coverage. CSN 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

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Retired Steve Smith Sr. not interested in working out with current players

Retired Steve Smith Sr. not interested in working out with current players

Since announcing his retirement, former Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. says numerous players are expressing a desire to train with him this offseason.

It’s understandable why players would want to be mentored by Smith, after his brilliant 16-year career.

But while Smith has the time, he does not have the desire.

“People have been calling me, ‘Hey, wanted to work out…let’s watch some film…I need to work on some releases,”’ Smith said to James Lofton and Brad Hopkins on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

“I had some DB’s calling me, ‘Hey, you can give me some line work’, and all that stuff. When I was at the Super Bowl…I had probably about three or four people text me, saying, ‘Hey, let’s get up’, and I had some agents call me for their guy to help them work their guy out, get him prepared for the combine.

“And I had to take a step back and I said, ‘You know what? If I do all these things, now I’m getting my mind and body to say I can still play.

“So I had to text some guys and say, ‘You know what? I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to watch film with you and work out and train with you because that means I’m telling myself and my family I’m about to go play again. And I don’t want to go through that process. I’m done playing.’

“So if I’m training anybody, their last name is Smith, meaning my kids. I’m just going to love on them, and that training is less intense. The goal is so lesser. It’s, ‘Hey, let’s make sure we’re drinking water, fluid, and all that stuff.’ Out there, when you’re training for ball, it’s a different animal. So I said, ‘No.’’’

Smith sounds determined not to play anymore. He recently signed with NFL Network as an analyst, and he has not given any mixed signals about his desire to start a new chapter in his life.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said at the “State of the Ravens’’ press conference that if Smith wanted to return, the door was open.

However, Smith seems content to keep that door closed.  

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NHL Power Rankings: Bye week blues

NHL Power Rankings: Bye week blues

The schedule makers did the Capitals no favors in their return from the bye week. They returned with a road game at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Detroit, then had to play the New York Rangers on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., less than 24 hours after the game against the Red Wings started.

That would have been tough at any point in the season. Having that back-to-back coming out of the bye week was a raw deal.

SEE THIS WEEK'S NHL POWER RANKINGS HERE

The record across the NHL for teams returning from the bye is 3-12-4. Many may argue this is too small a sample size to draw any conclusions from and that's probably true. Claiming every time a team loses out of the bye that it's because they have been off for a week is an easy excuse. Every team has to play the schedule it's given. Nashville had a similar challenge to Washington, playing a back-to-back out of the weekend against Minnesota and Columbus with both games on the road. The Predators, however, managed a win in the second game.

But still, the NHL needs to be smarter with how it schedules after the bye. No team should have to play a back-to-back in their first two games back, period. If that record continues to get worse, then the leauge will have to adjust to ensure teams coming out of the bye play each other. Otherwise they are giving a competitive advantage to the opponent and to any team that ends up with multiple games against teams in their first game back.

You can't blame the schedule for Washington walking away from this weekend with only one point. That's on them. But, you also can't argue that the schedule put them at a disadvantage for Sunday's game when they played a Rangers team that had been off since Thursday in New York less than 24 hours after the puck dropped in Detroit.

With two losses in their return, the Caps relinquished the top spot in this week's NHL Power Rankings. Find out how far they fell and who took their place here.