BIRMINGHAM, Alabama. Oklahoma’s regular-season games against Southeastern Conference teams will have to wait until the Sooners officially become a member of the conference.
The SEC said Wednesday it has instructed Georgia and Tennessee to postpone home games scheduled for the next two seasons. Second meetings with both teams were scheduled after Oklahoma and Texas leave the Big 12 conference and enter the SEC in 2025.
Georgia was due to visit Oklahoma in 2023. The Sooners were scheduled to play in Tennessee in 2024.
Instead of games in Georgia, Oklahoma will host SMU on September 9, 2023 and respond on September 11, 2027. Oklahoma is still trying to replace Tennessee slots.
“We acknowledge initial excitement about hosting Georgia next season and traveling to Knoxville in 2024, and the short-term disappointment this news may bring, but circumstances have clearly dictated a change to our schedule,” Vice President Oklahoma and athletic director. Joe Castiglione said.
“The good news is that future SEC schedules will provide reasonable rotation when Georgia and Tennessee come to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and we’ll also be playing on these great campuses.”
Georgia announced they would play a home game against Ball State on September 9, 2023 as a replacement game in Oklahoma.
BOULDER, CO – Coach from Colorado Carl Dorrell formulate it only as obvious: his team should play better.
For now, that’s really all he had to offer other than share the disappointment of Buffalo, who started 0-3 for the first time since 2012.
With a 128-30 lead, the program fell to the point where the director of athletics Rick George found it necessary to admit in a statement that the Baivols had become disillusioned with watching this fall. That, indeed, “you all deserve better results,” he said.
The heat has steadily intensified for Dorrell, who is in his third season since taking over when Mel Tucker ran for Michigan in early 2020. But Dorrell kept emphasizing the same mantra on Monday – you need to start better (for two straight weeks the offense has failed to start the game). Need to figure it out better. You need to learn how to win.
“We have to play better football,” Dorrell said as Buffalo prepare to host UCLA 3-0 this weekend at Folsom Field. âWe are able to play the best football. We can be the team we all imagine ourselves to be. But we need to solve some problems and fix them.â
Since last season, Dorrell has seen about two dozen players leave through the transfer portal. including the receiver Brenden Rice is the son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who moved to Southern California.
After an exodus that included several starters, the Buffalo faced a difficult no-conference schedule. They lost at home to TCU 38-13 in the first game, followed by road losses to Air Force (41-10) and Minnesota (49-7). For the first time in program history, Buffalo started the season with three consecutive losses of 25 points or more, according to Pac-12 research.
Ahead of the Pac-12 schedule, in which Colorado will not be the favorite in any game.
The numbers show why: they currently rank 127th in the nation in defensive scoring (42.7 points per game) and tied for 129th in offensive scoring (10). They are almost at the very bottom in both attack and defense.
“We’re not where we want to be and that’s obvious, but I’ll say we feel like a brotherhood no matter what happens.” – Sr. Security Isaiah Lewis said. “We’re not going to stop.”
On Sunday evening, George released a status statement on the program, which has achieved more than five wins just once (10 in 2016) since joining Pac-12 in 2011.
âI recognize and understand your frustration, annoyance and perhaps even anger,â said George. âThis season we are no closer to meeting our expectations and we admit it. I know that Coach Dorrell, our coaching and support staff, and our student athletes are working hard to get us on the right track, and with the conference game starting this Saturday, we hope we can all enjoy a home win over University of California at Los Angeles.”
Disappointment can be heard through the cheers on Saturday if Buffalo starts slow against a 21-point Bruins team. Maybe even through absenteeism.
âWe are all we have,â Lewis said. âWe need support and we appreciate it, but if you donât have it, itâs okay. We will rely on ourselves and rely on our brothers.â
Dorrell attempted to revamp the offense after a 4â8 season by adding several new coaches, including offensive coordinator Mike Sanford. But this did not help bring the team out of the offensive rut.
To come in Owen McKeown, son of longtime NFL quarterback Josh McCown. The freshman was posted late in Minnesota and went 4 of 7 for 52 yards. His short audition could turn into a big role.
“We’re at the point of attack where we’re trying to find that spark,” Dorrell said. âAll of them are able to provide this for us, but have not yet done so. So that’s what we’re looking for.”
Dorrell understands the frustration. He is upset too.
“We’re not trying to do these things,” said Dorrell, who has two years left on his contract. âI know we can get better. I know we will be better.”
TEMPE, Arizona. State of Arizona terminated Herm Edwards experiment the day after the ugly loss of the house.
The Sun Devils are hoping this change will help them build a season with nine games left.
At the helm of this transition will be an acting coach Sean Aguanoformer ASU running back coach closely associated with Grand Canyon State football.
âThis opportunity is, by and large, a dream come true for me, and all I can ask for is an opportunity,â Aguano said on Monday. “What I can do with this opportunity in the next nine games is try to present a product that the Sun Devil Nation is proud of, and I will do my best.”
Arizona State took a chance by hiring Edwards in 2017, handing over the reins to a former NFL coach who spent the previous nine years in a TV studio and hadn’t coached in college for 33 years.
Edwards avoided being fired last season despite some questionable losses and a pending NCAA investigation into alleged hiring violations. When it became clear Edwards wasn’t going to change the program fast enough, athletic director Ray Anderson fired him on Sunday, less than 24 hours after a disappointing 30-21 home loss to Eastern Michigan.
Anderson expressed optimism that the season could be salvaged even if Utah, No. 7, and Washington, No. 18 were next on the schedule.
Aguano will steer in difficult waters.
Born and raised in Kapaa, Hawaii, Aguano was one of the most decorated high school coaches in Arizona history, leading Chandler High to four 6A state titles. Aguano joined Team Edwards in 2019, helping build the Sun Devils into one of the best teams in the country.
Now he has to lead a program that he has watched or participated in for more than two decades.
âI will give my heart and soul to this program,â Aguano said, holding back tears. âI don’t take it lightly. I’ve been here for over 20 years and I know what that means. I know this landscape. My children are children from Arizona. It means a lot to me, it means a lot to my family.â
Agauno’s task will be to fix a team that is having trouble getting out.
Arizona State was one of the most penalized teams in the nation last season and is suffering from untimely errors this year. The Sun Devils opened the season with an easy win over FCS rivals Northern Arizona, but lost to No. 9 Oklahoma State in the end.
Arizona State lost 458 yards to East Michigan on Saturday night, having been penalized nine times for 84 yards, and became the first Pac-12 school to lose a Mid-American Conference school.
âFor me, it’s the attention to detail,â Aguano said. âI had a meeting with the coaches and we are not going to lose sight of anything. If in practice something is done wrong, we will make sure that everything is done right by laying the foundation for these children. It won’t be a miracle, but it will change.”
The next nine games will serve as an audition for Aguano, who Anderson said will be considered for a full-time job.
Anderson made a calculated gamble when he hired Edwards, hoping the garrulous coach would be the right person to spearhead an NFL-like program model.
Next Arizona State Coach will probably to be someone better equipped to navigate the wild new era of college athletics, from the NIL to a rapidly expanding transfer portal and conference reorganization.
âWe will be looking for someone who is likely to be a little more attuned to the changing changes and landscape in college athletics,â Anderson said. “He’s changing fast and you have to have someone who is willing to take on all of these extra changes because he’s going to keep changing.”
The state of Arizona has already undergone one big change. Aguano wants to make the most of it.