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Stockstill o New TV Deal, an Ohio State Coach Helps With Continuity

Nov 17, 2018; Lexington, KY, USA; Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders head coach Rick Stockstill looks on during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half at Kroger Field. Kentucky defeated Middle Tennessee 34-23. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Conference USA has a new television deal for the 2019 season. CUSA games were previously broadcast on beIN Sports, but the conference is moving away from a network that primarily promotes international soccer to the NFL Network this year. CUSA and the NFL Network agreed to a four-year deal back in May, and as part of the deal there will be at least one midweek game broadcast on the network per week and every team in the conference will be featured at least once. Middle Tennessee State head coach Rick Stockstill is cautiously optimistic on the move, but he did express his concerns recently. While the NFL Network is more of a natural fit, Stockstill and others have wondered how aggressively NFL Network will promote their conference.

There’s been a lot of change in Columbus this offseason. Ryan Day is replacing the retired Urban Meyer, and there are a lot of new faces on the coaching staff. One coach that stayed on to help bridge the gap from Meyer to Day is Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance Mickey Mariotti. Mariotti is seen as more than just a Strength and Conditioning coach, and Meyer put a lot of faith in Mariotti and his methods while he was Ohio State’s head coach. Day has the same faith in Mariotti, as this glowing piece indicates.

It’s been a grim decade for the Kansas Jayhawks. They have failed to win more than three games in any season, and their combined record in the 2010s is 18-90. Bill Connelly’s previews are typically very optimistic, but even he has given up on Kansas’ chances of turning things around. Although some are bullish on Les Miles and his ability to get this program on the right path, at this point you have to see it to believe it with Kansas.


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