- Toledo inks 2019 grid date at Kentucky
- Akron loosens tailgating guidelines
- UB adds Nebraska to future schedule
- Broncos slates Georgia State for home-and-home
- Miami adds forward
- Buffalo heading to Happy Valley
The University of Toledo football team will play at Kentucky in 2019, according to UT vice-president and athletic director Mike O’Brien.
The game will be played on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. The contest will mark the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
“We are very pleased to add Kentucky to our football schedule in 2019,” said O’Brien. “It will be an exciting opportunity for our team to face off against a team from the SEC. Also, with Lexington less than five hours away, our fans and students will be able to attend the game and cheer on their Rockets.”
The Kentucky game will mark the fifth time Toledo has played a team from the SEC. The Rockets are 1-3 vs. the SEC, with the lone win coming last season in a 16-12 upset of No. 18 Arkansas in Little Rock.
Akron loosens tailgating guidelines
The University of Akron has revised its tailgating policies for home football games at InfoCision Stadium– Summa Field for this fall to help to enhance fans' game day experience.
The most notable changes include:
Parking lots 6, 8, 9 and 10 will open at 6 a.m. on game days, regardless of kickoff times. All other lots will open four hours prior to kickoff.
Small gas grills will be permitted in open surface parking lots, and charcoal grills will be allowed in Lots 8, 9, and 10. Grills are prohibited in parking decks.
"In our efforts to continually improve our game day experience, we wanted to offer our fans a greater opportunity to tailgate," said George Van Horne, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development & Marketing.
"Tailgating is one of the time-honored traditions of college football. The ability to spend more time on campus for our fans will help to build excitement around Zips' Football while creating a festive atmosphere."
The Akron Zips, under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Terry Bowden, open the 2016 season against VMI on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field.
UB adds Nebraska to future schedule
A first ever trip to Nebraska in 2021 highlights three future University at Buffalo football non-conference games. The Bulls have also finalized contracts with Rutgers and Delaware State.
Buffalo will travel to Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers on September 11, 2021. It will not only be the Bulls first trip to Lincoln, but the first time ever a UB football team will play in the Cornhusker State. UB head coach Lance Leipold was on the staff at Nebraska from 2001-2003.
"This is a great opportunity for our program to compete against a revered program like Nebraska," Athletic Director Allen Greene said. "The experience and exposure gained by playing this game will be invaluable."
After kicking off the 2018 season against Delaware State on September 1 at UB Stadium, the Bulls will travel to New Jersey to take on Rutgers on September 22. It will be the seventh meeting between the schools and the first since the 2007 campaign. The Scarlet Knights hold a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series. UB defeated Rutgers, 34-11, at High Point Solutions Stadium in 2002.
"Playing Big 10 programs like Nebraska and Rutgers is an exciting opportunity for our players and helps us gain valuable exposure as we are always looking to expand our recruiting footprint," Leipold said.
The 2016 season kicks off against Albany on September 2 at UB Stadium.
Broncos slates Georgia State for home-and-home
Western Michigan has announced a football home and home scheduling agreement with Sun Belt school Georgia State beginning in 2018. The Broncos will play in Atlanta on Sept. 22, 2018 before hosting the Panthers on Sept. 14, 2019.
The game against Georgia State will be the first meeting in the two programs’ history. The Panthers began their football program in 2010. Georgia State made its first bowl game last season, playing San Jose State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Head coach Trent Miles was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year after coaching quarterback Nick Arbuckle to Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year as well as the Freshman of the Year, wide receiver Penny Hart.
This year the Broncos are finishing a home-and-home with another Sun Belt school from Georgia. The Broncos host Georgia Southern on Sept. 24, after playing in Statesboro last season.
Western Michigan is 6-3 all-time against current Sun Belt schools.
Miami adds forward
The Miami RedHedHawks have announced the signing of 6-8 forward Ben Kazee. A native of Nigeria, Kazee moved to the U.S. in 2014 and comes to MU out of Logan High School in West Virginia. He averaged 15.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg and 4.0 bpg. He converted 80 percent from the free throw line.
“We are thrilled to have Ben join our program,” said Miami head coach John Cooper. “He is a very good student, and we’ve wanted to add another player who has the ability to play the post position for us. He’s 6-foot-8, has long arms and is a really good athlete who plays with a real motor.”
Buffalo heading to Happy Valley
The University at Buffalo football team has signed an agreement to play at Penn State in 2019. The game will be played at Beaver Stadium on September 7, 2019.
It will be the Bulls third trip to "Happy Valley" and the 107,282-seat Beaver Stadium. Although UB is looking for its first win at the historic stadium, the Bulls played well there in their previous two trips. In 2007, Buffalo led after one quarter of play, before eventually losing, 45-24. In 2015, UB trailed, 13-7, in the fourth quarter before falling 27-14.
UB and Penn State first met in 1900 in Buffalo. The Bulls defeated the Nittany Lions, 10-0.
Buffalo also signed an agreement to play Robert Morris at UB Stadium on August 31, 2019. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Bulls and the Colonials.