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Big Ten announces extension of Football Championship Games, Basketball Tournaments venues

Rosemont, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced today that the Council of Presidents/Chancellors unanimously approved a recommendation from university administrators for future Big Ten Football Championship Games to be held in Indianapolis and for upcoming Big Ten Basketball Tournaments to be hosted by both Chicago and Indianapolis.

 

The Big Ten Football Championship Game will remain at Lucas Oil Stadium through the 2021 season. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will rotate between Chicago and Indianapolis, with the United Center hosting the event in 2019 and 2021 and Bankers Life Fieldhouse serving as the tournament’s home in 2020 and 2022. Bankers Life Fieldhouse will also host the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament from 2017 through 2022.

 

“The Big Ten Conference and member institutions are excited to return to Chicago and Indianapolis for future football championship games and basketball tournaments,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “These two cities have been tremendous hosts and partners with first-class facilities and an outstanding base of Big Ten alumni and fans who support conference events. We are proud of the history that we have developed with these two great cities and look forward to maintaining a significant presence in both locations.”

 

“To announce today that our community will host the first 11 Big Ten Football Championship Games at Lucas Oil Stadium and consistently bring the premier basketball events of the country’s marquee conference to Bankers Life Fieldhouse is simply incredible,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp President. “We continue to enjoy an amazing partnership with the Big Ten Conference, and we thank Commissioner Delany and the university leadership for placing their trust in Indianapolis once again. Locally, the support we receive from our financial partners, government entities, venues, committee members, and volunteers allows us to continually host the nation’s best events. It is truly a team effort.”

 

“Hosting the Big Ten Tournament in 2013 was an amazing experience for Chicago and with our hundreds of thousands of Big Ten alumni, the city was buzzing with excitement,” said Chicago Sports Commission Executive Director Kara Bachman. “We eagerly await the tournament’s return to our world-class city in 2015, and with it look forward to seeing an even broader, national fan base with the additions of Rutgers and Maryland, two great institutions with strong alumni networks in Chicago. We applaud Commissioner Delany’s vision and can’t wait to see it further realized in 2019 and 2021 when the tournament returns to the United Center. ”

 

The inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game was held at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2011, the start of a five-year agreement with Indianapolis which now extends through 2021. The annual championship game has featured four different teams in the first three years, with two appearances each by Michigan State and Wisconsin and one trip for both Nebraska and Ohio State. The Badgers were victorious in the first two title contests, while the Spartans earned the win last December. The 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game produced the highest attendance yet, with 66,002 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament has been held in either Chicago or Indianapolis through the first 17 years of its existence. The annual event returns to the United Center for the ninth time in 2015 and will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the 10th time in 2016, before making its first appearance on the East Coast when the 2017 event is held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The site of the 2018 tournament will be announced at a later date. Six Big Ten programs have officially won the tournament, including Michigan State claiming a fourth crown in March. Each of the last two tournaments have been sold out, including a conference record of more than 124,000 fans at the United Center in 2013 and over 111,000 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse earlier this year, the largest attendance in Indianapolis. More than 1.6 million fans have enjoyed the tournament since the inaugural event in 1998.

 

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has been played in Indianapolis in 18 of 20 years since 1995. Bankers Life Fieldhouse has hosted the tournament in 12 of the last 13 seasons, while Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., served as the event’s home in 2013 and will host again in 2015. Seven different Big Ten teams have claimed the tournament title, including Nebraska winning the event for the first time in March. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has averaged more than 30,000 fans each year, including each of the last six events held in Indianapolis, with a tournament record attendance of 38,748 in 2012.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Brett McWethy; COURTESY BIG TEN COMMUNICATIONS

 

Arkansas announces new ticket payment plan for football

 

Fans can break payment of tickets into two or three monthly installments

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With less than 90 days left until the opening kickoff of the 2014 football season at Auburn on Aug. 30, the Arkansas Department of Athletics is announcing new monthly payment plans for new season ticket purchases.

“Our fans are instrumental in giving our team a home field advantage and their support is the lifeblood of our program,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “We are grateful to all of our current season ticket holders and realize that other prospective season ticket holders may benefit from an opportunity to purchase tickets utilizing a monthly payment plan.”

Fans looking to purchase season tickets for the upcoming season now have two options allowing them to split the cost of season tickets into two or three monthly installments, making the purchase more affordable for Razorback fans. Season tickets start at $300 per seat.

To take advantage of the flexible payment plans, the season tickets must be purchased using a credit card and the order must be placed by calling the Razorback Ticket Center at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or 479-575-5151. The card used at sign-up will be automatically charged for each payment.

“Our goal is to bring the experience of Razorback Football to even more fans around the state while providing convenient payment options for their investment in the lives of our more than 460 student-athletes competing at the University of Arkansas,” Long continued.

The Arkansas football team returns seven starters on offense and six on defense for Head Coach Bret Bielema’s second season in Fayetteville. Keying the Razorbacks offense will be junior quarterback Brandon Allen and a powerful running game that includes a pair of 900-yard plus rushers in junior Jonathan Williams and sophomore Alex Collins. At the center of the Razorbacks’ defense will be senior defensive end and all-America candidate Trey Flowers who posted 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks last year.

The Hogs six home games in Fayetteville include non-conference opponents Nicholls State (Sept. 6), Northern Illinois (Sept. 20) and UAB (Oct. 25) and SEC matchups vs. Alabama (Oct. 11), LSU (Nov. 15) and Ole Miss (Nov. 22). The Razorbacks other home game will be played in Little Rock vs. Georgia on Oct. 18.

For more information on Arkansas Razorbacks, follow @ArkRazorbacks on Twitter.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jeri Thorpe, Mike Harris; COURTESY ARKANSAS MEDIA RELATIONS

Former Dayton Flyers DB Kyle Sebetic signs with New York Giants

Kyle Sebetic of UD (24) battles for football (courtesy of Dayton)

DAYTON– The New York Giants have announced the signing of former University of Dayton defensive back Kyle Sebetic.  He has reported to the Giants and is on their 90-man off-season roster.
“I’m ecstatic. It’s such a cool opportunity,” Sebetic said in a phone interview to Kenosha News. “I finally get to take a step and finally have a good chance of making my dream come true to play in the NFL. It’s just a relief to be signed and be here.”

Kyle Sebetic

Sebetic was a four year starter for the Flyers, and finished his career with 206 tackles, five interceptions, and 28 pass break-ups, including 15 in 2012 which led the NCAA FCS in passes defensed.
He was also a team captain, was selected First Team All-PFL in 2013, and was named to the 2013 PFL Academic Honor Roll.
“With Kyle signing with the New York Giants it’s a great opportunity for him and it shows the hard work he has put into his time here,” Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlain said.   It’s also a good showing of the UD football program and the type of young men we recruit here at UD.  That they have the ability to get that look at the next level”
Sebetic will look to become the first Dayton football player to play a regular season game in the NFL since 1975. Thirty-eight Flyers have played in the NFL, including four for the Giants – Mike Ciccolella, Tom Costello, Mark Ellison and Jim Katcavage.  Katcavage played 13 seasons for the Giants.  He and Ciccolella are members of the UD Athletic Hall of Fame
Dayton returns 41 letterwinners and 14 starters (including team captains Will Bardo at QB and Pat Dowd at DE) from last season’s team that finished 7-4.  The Flyers will open the 2014 campaign against the Georgetown Hoyas at home on Sept. 6.

Arkansas Football adds UNLV transfer, OL Cameron Jefferson

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Head coach Bret Bielema bolstered the Arkansas offensive line on Saturday, announcing the addition offensive lineman and UNLV transfer Cameron Jefferson.

 

A three-year starter at multiple positions along the offensive line for the Rebels, Jefferson will have one year of eligibility with the Razorbacks. Jefferson, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 300 pounds, made 33 consecutive starts to end his career at UNLV, spending most of his time at left guard.

 

“We’re thrilled to add Cameron Jefferson to the Razorback football program,” said Bielema. “As we continue to build our recruiting classes over the next few years, we will add players who fit academically, athletically and socially.  He comes from a football family with his father playing in the NFL and he worked his way into becoming an anchor for the line at UNLV.  We look forward to seeing the impact he will have at Arkansas.”

 

Jefferson, a native of Las Vegas, became a full-time start on the UNLV offensive line as a sophomore after a freshman campaign in which he played in all 12 games and started the final seven. A former basketball player who didn’t begin to play football until his junior year at Desert Oasis High School, Jefferson’s versatility and footwork was on full display in 2012 as a sophomore when he played three different positions, including left and right tackle.

 

A team captain and All-Mountain West honorable mention selection in 2013 on a UNLV offensive line that paved the way for 11 games of 100+ rushing yards and the sixth-most yards per game average (411 yards) in program history, Cameron’s father William Jefferson was a standout offensive lineman at Maryland, playing in the NFL for the Browns, Raiders and Colts.

 

For more information on Arkansas football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Patrick Pierson; COURTESY ARKANSAS MEDIA RELATIONS

Arkansas lands JUCO linebacker Josh Williams for 2014 recruiting class

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Linebacker Josh Williams has signed with the Arkansas football program and is scheduled to join the Razorbacks this summer as part of the 2014 signing class, head coach Bret Bielema announced Sunday.

 

Williams, who attended Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., played the 2013 season at Dodge City Community College in Kansas.

 

“We became aware of Josh while he was at Dillard, where he was teammates with Randy Ramsey,” Coach Bielema said. “Josh was a full qualifier out of high school. He is a great addition to our 2014 class who can come in and be eligible to contribute immediately. We are looking forward to having him as part of our family.”

 

Williams was an honorable mention all-conference performer in 2013 for the Conquistadors. He led Dodge City with 85 tackles, including four tackles for loss and 0.5 sack, and recovered two fumbles. His senior year at Dillard, Williams helped lead the Panthers to the 5A state playoffs while collecting 50 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and six sacks, from his defensive end position. As a junior playing linebacker and defensive end, he collected 50 tackles, including three sacks.

 

For more information on Arkansas football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Derek Satterfield, Zack Higbee; COURTESY ARKANSAS MEDIA RELATIONS

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