College Football News June 25: Miami Bringing A Sellout to FAU

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Power Five conference programs, especially brand-name programs, don’t often play road games against Group of Five opponents. So the Miami Hurricanes taking to the road in Week 2 to face Florida Atlantic is generating significant buzz for the Conference-USA program.

“I feel very confident that we will have one of the best crowds in school history that night,” FAU director of sales Brian Treiser told Nate Taylor of the Sun Sentinel. “It’s huge for us and the experience factor is one of the big things moving forward. This is a great opportunity for us to show people FAU Stadium is a great atmosphere for families.”

Miami’s trip about an hour north to Boca Raton pits two programs legendary Howard Schnellenberger coached against each other. Playing diplomat quite effectively, Schnellenberger told the Sun Sentinel the Sept. 11 meeting is “a toss-up.”

Though the Owls expect to contend in C-USA East, Al Golden’s hot seat would turn radioactive if this game is indeed a toss-up.

Rookie Long Snapper Balances NFL and Navy

David Steele, Sporting News

The New England Patriots deviated from the typical NFL draft playbook when they selected Navy long snapper Joe Cardona, whom David Steele notes is just the fourth player ever drafted at his position.

In turn, Cardona is deviating from the typical rookie path. The former Midshipman will balance his obligation to the U.S. Navy with his new job in the NFL. His story is a must-read.

James Madison Dismisses Three Players

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Preseason FCS Top 10 team James Madison dismissed three players Wednesday, including two starters. Head coach Everett Withers informed Rhakeem Stallings, Jimmy Moreland and Keith Ford of their dismissals, which the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports was the result of a robbery this past winter.

Withers issued a statement:

“It is my responsibility to grow and mentor young people as we take our journey through the process of building a culture in the JMU football program…Unfortunately, these three young men are no longer associated with James Madison University football due to violations of our team core values and disregard for the legal system. When individuals threaten the integrity of our team appropriate action will be taken.”

Drake Adds, Then Immediately Drops A 12th Game

The Sports Network

Just hours after announcing it added a 12th game to its 2015 schedule, Drake athletics dumped a date with Southwest Baptist. The Nov. 7 game was to be the Bulldogs’ sixth home game. As it stands, they’ll play six on the road and five in Des Moines.

Not that traveling is of much concern for Drake: The Bulldogs are members of the Pioneer Football League, a conference that quite literally stretches across the country, from University of San Diego in the southwest, to Marist in the northeast and Jacksonville/Stetson in the southeast.

Drake also played the first-ever football game on the African continent when it participated in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in the spring of 2011.