Bowling Green to play San Jose State in Military Bowl

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Bowling Green to play San Jose State in Military Bowl

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and Events DC tonight announced that Bowling Green has accepted an invitation to play No. 24 San Jose State in this year’s game. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 27 at RFK Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

“We couldn’t be more excited,” Military Bowl Executive Director & President Steve Beck said. “This could potentially be the best matchup in our five-year history.”

Bowling Green (8-4) went on a late-season run, winning seven of its final eight regular season games to earn its first bowl bid since a 43-42 loss to Idaho in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl. Defensive lineman Chris Jones leads a unit that held seven opponents to one touchdown or less and was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was one of 10 Falcons to earn all-conference honors.

San Jose State (10-2) is the highest-ranked team ever to play in the Military Bowl, entering with a six-game winning streak that this week propelled the Spartans into the national rankings for the first time since 1975.

It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

“This is a great matchup for us, and we look forward to hosting San Jose State, Bowling Green and their fans in the nation’s capital,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division. 

In its fifth year, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman brings the excitement of postseason football to the Washington, D.C. area while also supporting the USO and our nation’s military personnel. Once again, the Military Bowl this year will donate at least $100,000 to the USO and provide at least 5,000 complimentary tickets for active-duty military personnel and their families.

Tickets for the Military Bowl are on sale now at militarybowl.org, with prices starting at $25.

About the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman 
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman has been held in Washington, D.C.’s historic RFK Stadium since 2008. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc. and Events DC, the Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefiting the USO. With first-rate participants and events, the Military Bowl seeks to generate broad support for the USO, positively impact the regional economy, honor the U.S. military and solidify the nation’s capital as a leading college football destination. For more information, please visit militarybowl.org.

 

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital.  Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium.  Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.

Virginia names ECU transfer their starting quarterback

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Virginia names ECU transfer their starting quarterback

When Virginia opens the season on Sept. 3 against Richmond, they will have a new quarterback starting under center. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall named junior transfer Kurt Benkert the starting quarterback on Wednesday morning over seniors Matt Johns and Connor Brewer, according to multiple reports.

Benkert was expected to start for ECU just last season, but a knee injury in preseason forced him to miss the entire year. He is considered the most mobile of the three, which given Mendenhall's history with dual-threat quarterbacks, likely was a major factor in the head coach's decision.

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As a junior, Benkert was the only candidate with two years of eligibility remaining, a prospect hat reportedly "intrigued" Mendenhall. If Benkert is able to hold on to the position and start next season as well, it would represent a measure of stability Virginia has not known for quite some time.

What likely helped Benkert was the fact that his head coach at ECU, Ruffin McNeill, is now an assistant as UVa. By coming into a school with an offensive system Benkert was familiar with, it eliminated the learning curve most transfers go through with their new teams.

Benkert will replace Johns who was the team's starter last season and co-starter the season before. The fact that the competition was a three-man race at this point in the summer despite Johns' experience was a clear indication that his ability to win back the starting job was in clear jeopardy.

In addition, Mendenhall also announced Johns and Brewer were still competing for the backup role.

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Virginia Tech reveals uniforms for Battle at Bristol game vs. Tennessee

Virginia Tech reveals uniforms for Battle at Bristol game vs. Tennessee

A big-time game deserves a big-time uniform.

Virginia Tech delivered on that claim aturday as they revealed their look for the upcoming Battle at Bristol game vs. Tennessee.

The Sept. 20 non-conference game between the border rivals will be played in the infield of Bristol International Speedway in is what expected to be the largest crowd in college football history.

The official reveal was made via a video posted on YouTube:

Other views of the uniforms were also posted on Twitter:

The famous Hokie Stone was the inspiration for the look. The Hokies Stone is a type of rock found in Western Virginia almost exclusively in a nearby quarry owned by the school. It has become an iconic symbol of the school as several building on campus were built from the stone. Players will tap a Hokie Stone that hangs over the tunnel as they enter Lane Stadium during the football season.

The uniform's primary color scheme of black and grey pays homage to the team's history as those were the official colors of Virginia Tech before the school adopted the classic burnt orange and Chicago maroon we recognize today. The color grey was also chosen because it is a prominent color of the Corps of Cadets, according to a statement on the school's athletics website.

And boy do they look sharp. What do you think? Be sure to let us know!

The Battle at Bristol against Tennessee will take place on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Former Top 100 recruit White to transfer from Georgetown

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Former Top 100 recruit White to transfer from Georgetown

BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)

For the seventh time since the start of the 2010 season, the Georgetown Hoyas are losing a player to transfer.

On Thursday, the school's athletic department announced rising junior Paul White — a small forward by trade — will be leaving "The Hilltop" to continue his basketball career at another school.

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Hampered by a nagging hip injury during the Hoyas' 2015-16 season which saw them finish 15-18, White will try to make a name for himself in another uniform. Last year, he averaged 1.6 ppg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 apg in seven appearances before calling it a year with season-ending surgery.

White began his career in a promising manner, putting up 5.0 ppg and 2.8 rpg as a freshman in 2014-15. But a wealth of talent at the forward position and an lingering injury meant White spent more time on the bench than on the court. After averaging 18.4 mpg in his freshman campaign, he averaged just 9.6 mpg as a sophomore.

White has a smooth mid-range game and his long frame allows him to play in multiple spots on the floor, providing a matchup problem for opposing defense. But the Hoyas just have too many players at forward. With L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, Marcus Derrickson, Reggie Cameron and Louisville transfer Akoy Agau all competing for solid minutes, there just isn't enough time to go around for White. 

The Chicago native was a four-star Class of 2014 forward from  Whitney Young High School who received offers from Miami (Fla.), Arizona, UConn, DePaul and Minnesota in addition to Georgetown. He was ranked No. 34 in ESPN's Top 100 for the class of 2014. 

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