This week the 2015 NCAA football season gets underway. As the games begin, there are also plenty of rumors flying around the sport and with NCAA Football betting fans. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent news items to emerge.
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Eastern Kentucky or Coastal Carolina, Who Will be in in the Sun Belt Conference
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The Sun Belt Conference was looking for a 12th and final member, and the two finalists were Eastern Kentucky and Coastal Carolina. According to USA Today’s Dan Wolken and ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina will claim that top spot. They will join in football in 2017-18 but a year earlier in all other sports.
Eastern Kentucky had the advantage of a bigger athletic infrastructure, but Coastal Carolina has two major advantages: access to a lot of money (their new head coach Joe Moglia, is a billionaire who just left the world of banking behind) and recent football success (Moglia is no weak link in the coaching ranks, as he has gone 32-10 over three seasons and taken the Chanticleers to the FCS quarterfinals the past two years.
This will allow the Sun Belt to form two divisions and host a championship game. Coastal Carolina will be in the East, with Appalachian State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Troy and South Alabama. The West will have Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas State, Texas State, New Mexico State and Idaho. Coastal Carolina will need a stadium upgrade, as FBS teams must have an average of 15,000 in paid attendance over a rolling two-year time frame. Coastal Carolina currently plays in Brooks Stadium, which can acccommodate 9,214 fans.
USC Could Use a Break
Out west, USC athletic director Pat Haden has had a trying two weeks. First there was head coach Steve Sarkisian getting all in his cups at a local bar. Now, former defensive end Morgan Breslin is suing the university. His claim is that the school misled him when he wanted disability insurance. In 2012, as a junior, Breslin was All-Pac-12. However, in November 2013, his senior season came to an early end as he had hip surgery. In 2014, he had a look with the San Francisco 49ers, but that surgery really ended his career.
Before his senior year, though, Breslin and asked USC to collaborate with him on finding a disability insurance program. He said a university-appointed broker took him through the process of buying from AmTrust at Lloyd’s. However, AmTrust has denied his claim and voided his policy. Now Breslin is going after USC, saying that the coverage was not sufficient. The suit claims that the unviersity manages all communication between the insurer and the student-athlete, running it through the Compliance Department and the medical and training staff. Breslin’s suit asks for “unspecified damages.”
Brandon Harris To Be Starting QB for LSU
At LSU, it looks like Brandon Harris will be starting at quarterback. The sophomore beat out junior Anthony Jennings for the job. In 2014, Harris’ rating was about 60 points higher than Jennings, although Jennings played a lot more. Neither quarterback is a Heisman candidate, though. Instead, the LSU quarterback is a game manager, keeping turnovers down and handing the ball to Leonard Fournette.