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    Florida State head strength and conditioning coach Vic Viloria was arrested early Saturday morning for DUI.

    According to the Tallahassee Democrat, a Tallahassee PD officer found Viloria asleep at the wheel with his truck stopped on an off ramp at 5:06 a.m. Per the police report, the officer tried to wake the coach up “by knocking on the window multiple times,” but he was unsuccessful. Viloria, whose car was in drive with his foot on the brake pedal, awoke a few minutes later and did not see the officer standing next to his truck. At that point, Viloria drove away.

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    As Viloria drove, his vehicle “left the roadway and traveled up an embankment, missing a telephone pole by what appeared to be only inches.” Viloria’s truck then “traveled off of the embankment and continued southbound” until an officer was able to pull him over.

    Police said Viloria “exhibited multiple signs of impairment” and admitted to having several alcoholic beverages “at work.” The coach, police said, acknowledged that “he knew he shouldn’t have been driving.” Per the Democrat, Viloria told police he had several “big” alcoholic drinks in his office on the FSU campus.

    Viloria was subsequently charged with DUI and property damage. Per the Democrat, Viloria, 37, declined to submit to field sobriety tests and registered blood-alcohol levels of .124 and .125 on two breath tests.

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    In a statement, Florida State Athletics said it is “aware of the reported incident and in the process of gathering more information.”

    “The issue falls under the human resources policies for university employees, which restricts further comment at this time,” the statement said.

    Viloria is in his sixth year with the Florida State program. He joined the FSU staff in 2010 after spending three seasons at SMU, his alma mater. He also worked at LSU for three years.

    The Seminoles open the 2016 season Monday Sept. 5 against Ole Miss in Orlando.

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    Virginia unveiled new football uniforms Saturday to kick off the first season under Bronco Mendenhall.

    The Cavaliers will wear a blue jersey with white pants at home and an all-white combination on the road. Additionally, UVA has an alternate orange jersey available for home games to go with its usual white pants.

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    Mendenhall, who came to UVA after 11 seasons at BYU, explained the changes in a video released by the program.

    “I love the idea of a football team and football program representing an institution through how they play, but also how they look,” Mendenhall said in a release. “What we wear I hope connects eras, but also the community to the eras where we can acknowledge the past but also look forward to a really, really bright future.”

    As Mendenhall detailed in the video, the Cavs will have their jersey number on the left side of their helmet with the usual Virginia saber logo on the right side. A third stripe and grey facemask will also be added to the three different (white, blue and orange) helmets.

    “Numbers here are earned, not given,” Mendenhall said in the video. “Once they earn them and once they choose them, those numbers will be near and dear to their hearts. The number placement is on the left side because it’s closest to their heart. Each one of those numbers has special significance in why they chose it and that usually will captivate them to play more purposively. On the right side is the V crossed sabres, which I’ve taken to mean and which I’ve embraced as uncompromised excellence. That just means there are no shortcuts.”

    The style of the blue home jerseys, Mendenhall said, is “honoring the past” while the orange jerseys coincide with the school’s “Paint the Town Orange” pep rally, which takes place Friday before the first game.

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    UVA hosts Richmond the following day, next Saturday Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m.

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    Oregon defensive end Torrodney Prevot has been suspended for what the team has termed a conduct violation.

    Per multiple outlets, Prevot is currently being investigated by the University of Oregon Police Department via the Eugene Police Department. According to the Daily Emerald, Prevot is being investigated after a former Oregon athlete claims he’s assaulted her twice this year.

    From the Oregonian:

    Prevot’s suspension stems from a “violation of University and Department of Athletics codes of conduct,” Helfrich’s statement said. “At the conclusion of the University process, his status as a student-athlete will be evaluated further.”

    Prevot is a projected starter along Oregon’s defensive front. He had 48 tackles in 2015 along with 2.5 sacks and five tackles for loss. He’s played at linebacker in his career but was listed as a defensive end thanks to Oregon’s defensive system switch to a 4-3.

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    Oregon’s new defensive coordinator is former Michigan coach Brady Hoke. The team had its last scrimmage of the preseason this week and Hoke wasn’t too pleased with the defense when he was asked to assess the team. Oregon opens the season against FCS team UC Davis.

    From Duck Sports Authority:

    “This isn’t a good day to ask me that,” Hoke replied.

    Helfrich was, true to form, more pragmatic about how bad a day the defense had.

    “I think it is somewhere in between,” said Helfrich. “We weren’t very good today and I think that was a mentality more than anything. If I’m putting on my amateur psychiatrists hat I think they knew a bunch of offensive guys were out and didn’t put their best foot forward. Which isn’t good but isn’t some schematic, irreparable thing.

    “We had a couple missed tackles, a couple guys late to get lined up. Kanai had a couple big runs, Tony had a couple big runs. They will crank it up here on Saturday next time we get going towards UC Davis and get that right. But as far as that I think it was their frame of mind more than anything.”

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    The Tennessee football team will honor one of the university’s legends during the 2016 season.

    Vols coach Butch Jones confirmed Saturday that his team will have a commemorative sticker on their helmets to honor the late Pat Summitt. Summitt, the longtime Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died on June 28 from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 64.

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    “We are excited about wearing a commemorative sticker on the back of our helmet to honor the late Pat Summitt,” Jones said. “We all know everything that she stands for and I think it is very fitting that Tennessee football recognize her and everything that she means to the University of Tennessee and the great state of Tennessee and for sports in general.”

    Summitt spent 38 years as the head coach of the Lady Vols and led the program to eight national titles. Overall, Summitt won 1,098 games at Tennessee, the most in NCAA basketball history.

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    On the gridiron, Tennessee opens up its season at home against Appalachian State on Thursday night.

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    Miami has dismissed two of its best defensive players from the program.

    The school announced Saturday that both defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace “have been permanently dismissed for violating NCAA rules.”

    Grace, a senior, led the Hurricanes in tackles (79) in 2015 while Muhammad, a redshirt junior, led the team in both tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5). Both were expected to start for the Hurricanes in 2016 and be among the top players on new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s unit.

    The two were being investigated by the school for allegedly receiving extra benefits from a luxury car rental agency. In a release, the school said it will continue to provide financial aid for the two players “through graduation.”

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    Miami is already on NCAA probation through October following from the scandal involving former booster Nevin Shapiro. The school said it “will not be subject to sanctions” stemming from Muhammad and Grace’s violations.

    “The decision was made in consultation with outside counsel and after discussions with the NCAA enforcement staff,” the school said in a statement. “As no staff members or boosters were involved in the violations, the program will not be subject to sanctions and, at this time, the university deems this matter closed.”

    The Miami Herald reported that Miami players may have used cars from South Beach Exotic Rentals “in exchange for future promises.” Linebacker Juwon Young was previously removed from the roster as a result of the investigation. Young, a junior, reportedly was not honest with school officials. He had 57 tackles and an interception in 2015.

    Stacy Coley, one of the team’s top receivers, was also reportedly being investigated by the school. There is no word whether he will be subject to any discipline. Coley had 47 catches for 689 yards and four touchdowns last year.

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    Miami is entering its first season under Mark Richt, who returned to his alma mater following his dismissal from Georgia after 15 seasons. Richt replaces Al Golden, who was fired during the 2015 season – his fifth with the program. Overall, Golden finished with a 32-25 (17-18 ACC) with the Hurricanes.

    Miami opens its season against Florida A&M on Sept. 3.

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  • Western Michigan Coach P.J. Fleck suspended the two on Saturday (Getty Images).

    Two Western Michigan players are suspended from the team following allegations they held up a female student.

    Per WWMT CBS, Ronald George and Bryson White are in custody at the Kalamazoo County (Michigan) Sheriff’s Office. The two allegedly used a semi-automatic gun and a knife in the incident at an off-campus residence and were arrested while in a car with weapons and cash inside.

    Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck issued a statement to WWMT after the allegations.

    “Having heard this news early this morning, I took action to immediately suspend both freshman players indefinitely. We expect to learn more about these allegations today. I’m extremely disappointed and want to assure the community that this kind of conduct is unacceptable and does not represent the values of this team or this university. The students will be held accountable to all University student- code, Athletic-student athlete and Football Code of conduct standards. Violations of these standards can lead to dismissal from the team and University.”

    Neither player is currently listed on the WMU roster. George is a linebacker while White is a wide receiver. Both players are true freshmen in 2016.

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  • California Golden Bears’ quarterback Davis Webb attempts a pass during the opening game of the U.S. college football season against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Sydney’s Olympic stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

    Any fears that Cal would take a step back offensively by losing quarterback Jared Goff were assuaged Friday as new starter Davis Webb threw for more than 400 yards in his Bears’ debut.

    Cal defeated Hawaii 51-31 in front of 61,247 fans in the inaugural Sydney Cup in Australia, which marked the official start to the college football season. The game was the first collegiate contest for the city and an attempt to show Sydney had the ability to host a major college football bowl game in the future.

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    And Webb did his best to give the fans a good show.

    Webb, a Texas Tech transfer, didn’t have much of a learning curve since he ran a similar offense in Lubbock, and his Air Raid acumen showed up early. He made several first-half connections with receiver Chad Hansen, who had 14 catches for 160 yards and two first-half touchdowns.

    Webb, who surprisingly played the entire game, never stopped throwing even as the Bears were up by 20 with a minute remaining. He hit 10 different receivers and completed 37 of 53 passes for 441 yards and four touchdowns. Webb also rushed for a score. What’s more, the Bears didn’t turn the ball over and that’s really what tilted the game in Cal’s favor.

    The Rainbow Warriors had three turnovers, including a costly fumble on a kickoff toward the end of the first half, which helped turn a six-point Hawaii deficit with five minutes remaining in the first half into a 17-point Cal halftime lead.

    While Cal’s offense looked like it picked up where it left off last season, unfortunately so did the defense. Hawaii’s 31 points were the most the Rainbow Warriors had scored since 2014 and they averaged 6.5 yards per rush. Had it not been for the turnovers, this game could have been much closer.

    With this game in the books, there’s just one week until the rest of the college football season gets underway.

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  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC – NOVEMBER 28: Thomas Sirk #1 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field on November 28, 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Duke defeated Wake Forest 27-21. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

    Update: Saturday, Aug. 27 – 1:30 p.m.

    Duke has confirmed in a press release that quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the entire 2016 season. Sirk, the school said, suffered a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon during practice on Thursday. He will undergo surgery “at a date to be determined,” the school said.

    Sirk previously ruptured his left Achilles on February 9 and was working to return for the start of the Blue Devils’ season. He also missed the 2013 season because of an injury to his right Achilles tendon.

    Original story: Friday, Aug. 26 – 11:30 p.m. ET

    Duke starting quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the season after reinjuring the Achilles tendon he tore in February, according to multiple reports.

    According to reports, the injury occurred Thursday and Sirk was evaluated Friday. The school has not made an official announcement.

    This is the third Achilles injury for Sirk since 2013.

    Sirk led the Blue Devils in passing with 2,625 yards and rushing with 803 yards last season. Sirk was the co-MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl.

    In Sirk’s absence, redshirt freshman Daniel Jones has been taking the bulk of the first-team snaps.

    For more Duke news, visit DevilsIllustrated.com.

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    The player two former Kansas rowers accused of sexual assault reportedly transferred to Indiana State to continue his football career.

    According to the Kansas City Star, someone familiar with one of the allegations identified the player as long snapper Jordan Goldenberg. He transferred to the FCS school but was taken off the school’s roster this week. Here’s what Indiana State said in a statement to the Star.

    “Jordan Goldenberg Jr. has been removed from the Indiana State University football team, effective Aug. 25. The upper administration of the athletics department and football team recently learned more information about Goldenberg and after a review, decided it was best for him to focus on obtaining his degree.”

    “Steps have been taken to ensure this situation is not repeated. Because of privacy limitations, the University will not release further details.”

    Goldenberg did not play in the Jayhawks’ final five games of 2015. According to the Star, former KU special teams coordinator Gary Hyman was hired by Indiana State earlier this year.
    Lawyers for Goldenberg denied the allegations. Both Sarah McClure and Daisy Tackett say that a former football player, identified in lawsuits as John Doe G., sexually assaulted them in the same KU housing complex.
    Kansas asked in May for Tackett’s lawsuit against it to be thrown out. She filed suit in March, alleging that KU was indifferent to her accusations. Tackett’s lawsuit was amended in August to say that Kansas expected women’s rowers to be in attendance at football games and she had previously stated in her suit that she was barred from traveling with the team after she reported her assault.
    McClure filed a Title IX suit against the school in April. Her lawsuit said her assailant had been expelled from KU in March.  McClure’s father told the Star this week that it was “horrific” her accused assailant got to transfer to another school to continue his playing career.

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  • Mike White transferred from South Florida to Western Kentucky (Getty Images).

    With the college football season a week away – unless you’re Cal and Hawaii – teams are running out of time to name starting quarterbacks. And numerous teams made their starters known on Friday.

    • Indiana said junior-college transfer Richard Lagow would start the team’s season-opening game vs. Florida International on Sep. 1. Lagow beat out Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron for the starting gig. Both Cameron and Diamont are listed as the team’s No. 2 QB. Lagow wears No. 21, which will take some getting used to. Not too many players start at quarterback while wearing No. 20 or greater.

    Diamont threw 31 passes in 2015 while Cameron threw 16 as Nate Sudfield was the team’s primary quarterback.

    • Western Kentucky named South Florida transfer Mike White its starter. White succeeds Brandon Doughty, who was a senior in 2015. White transferred from South Florida after the 2014 season. He spent time as the team’s starter in both 2013 and 2014 and had a completion percentage of 51.5 percent in those two seasons. That percentage will have to be much higher if WKU wants to continue the success it had with Doughty at QB.

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    • Oregon named FCS tranfer Dakota Prukop as the opening day starter. Given Prukop’s production at Montana State, it would have been incredibly surprising if Jeff Locke had won the starting job.

    • Justin Holman will start at QB for Central Florida. Holman, who threw the majority of passes for the team in 2015, beat out Boise State transfer Nick Patti. Holman was 127-250 passing for 1,379 yards, seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season as UCF failed to win a game.

    • Tulane said redshirt freshman Glen Cuiellette would start against Wake Forest in Week 1. Cuiellette beat out Johnathan Brantley and Darius Bradwell for the role, though new coach Willie Fritz said two quarterbacks would play. According to the Advocate, he declined to name who the second quarterback would be. Fritz came to Tulane from Georgia Southern and Bradwell had previously committed to GSU.

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