College Football 2019 Week 2 What to Watch: A real test for Maryland

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College Football 2019 Week 2 What to Watch: A real test for Maryland

The rust is off and the season is back in full swing. Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and other local teams continue the season in Week 2.

Here is a breakdown of all the local action.

Virginia vs. William & Mary
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
How to watch: ACC Network

Mike London was the head coach at UVa for six seasons. Now he brings the Tribe into Scott Stadium looking for the upset. Virginia is coming off the heels of a complete win in Pittsburgh, where offense, defense and special teams all played a role in leading the Cavaliers to the ACC win. London and Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall met while London still coached the Cavaliers back in 2013-14 in a home-and-home between UVa and BYU. The series ended in a 1-1 split.

Maryland vs. Syracuse

When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Md.
How to watch: ESPN

It is hard to top a 79-0 performance, but Maryland will need to be clicking in all three aspects of the game yet again to pull off the win with No. 21 Syracuse coming to College Park. Dino Babers is in his fourth season at Syracuse and has the Orange humming after a 10-win season in 2018. Maryland looked impressive in Week 1 against Howard, but this game will provide a more accurate barometer of just how good the Terps are this season.

Virginia Tech vs. Old Dominion

When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
How to watch: ESPNU

Old Dominion pulled off the stunning upset last season against a 2-0 Hokies team. Virginia Tech would lose five of its next seven as the loss to ODU seemed to completely derail the season. It didn’t help that quarterback Josh Jackson, now at Maryland, broke his leg in the game. This year the Monarchs travel to Blacksburg for the Hokies’ home-opener. It may be early, but it would not be an exaggeration to call this a must-win for Virginia Tech for there to be any hope of keeping the bowl streak alive.

Game of the week: LSU vs. Texas

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
How to watch: ABC

A Texas win over Notre Dame in 2016 led many to declare that Texas was back, but those declarations proved to be premature. Saturday, however, provides a real chance for the Longhorns to declare to the nation that they are not only back, but legitimate playoff contenders.

Tom Herman has been building Texas back up to a national power and the Longhorns now have a chance to prove in year three that he has already brought them back to prominence. Quarterback Sam Elinger will be relied upon both in the air and on the ground to lead the Texas offense against a dominant LSU defense.

The Tigers put everyone on notice in Week 1. As several SEC teams fell n embarrassing fashion, LSU took care of business against Louisiana Tech. A team always in need of a quarterback may actually have one this season as Joe Burrow threw for 278 yards and five touchdowns in Week 1. The addition of Joe Brady as the passing game coordinator seems to have completely transformed the Tigers’ offense, at least through one week, and Texas can expect a very different high-flying LSU offense to arrive in Austin.

Other local teams:

Richmond at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ACCNX
James Maidson vs. St. Francis (PA) 6 p.m. Saturday
Towson vs. North Carolina Central, 6 p.m. Saturday

Virginia Tech spoils halftime lead, falls to No. 10 Duke

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Virginia Tech spoils halftime lead, falls to No. 10 Duke

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tre Jones was pleased that when No. 10 Duke fell behind early at Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils showed composure and gradually worked their way back.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski was glad he had Jones to lead the way.

“They follow his lead,” Krzyzewski said after Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half as Duke rallied to beat the Hokies 77-63 Friday night.

On a team with many prominent freshman, the sophomore point guard said seeing his teammates respond in the right way was “huge for us tonight just like on Tuesday" when the Blue Devils won 87-75 at Michigan State. “Another big road game. A big crowd. In past years we've struggled here.”

Freshmen Vernon Carey Jr. and Wendell Moore Jr. added 12 points each for the Blue Devils (9-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost three in a row in Cassell Coliseum. They used runs of 12-2 just after halftime and 12-3 a short time later to take command after trailing for almost the entire first half.

“We played an outstanding 18 minutes in the second half,” Krzyzewski said, “although I'll say this: We played an outstanding 12 minutes in the first half to stay in the game.”

P.J. Horne scored 15 points to lead the Hokies (6-3, 1-1), who lost their third in a row and ended their three-game home winning streak against the Blue Devils. Wabisa Bede and Tyrece Radford added 12 points each.

The Hokies made 10 of their first 14 shots and led by 12 early, but Duke slowly climbed back. The early 12-2 run in the second half gave them their first lead, 50-47, since the opening minute. After Virginia Tech pulled even at 52 on Horne's 3-pointer with 11:10 remaining, the Blue Devils scored 12 of the next 15 points and gradually pulled away.

Jones had four in that latter burst, which ended with the Blue Devils ahead 62-55.

“Tre Jones is so disruptive. He's made great progress with his game offensively but he is a mean dude defensively,” Hokies first-year coach Mike Young said.


Duke: The Blue Devils came in averaging seven 3-pointers and had three by the time Carey scored his first point (9:24 into the game) and six by halftime. Virginia Tech had 10 field goals before the game was 10 minutes old, and it took Duke 15 minutes to make 10 shots. Five of them were 3s, though, to keep the score close.

Virginia Tech: Landers Nolley II is the Hokies' leading scorer (20 ppg) and is second on the team in assists. He had three first-half assists, each time feeding a teammate for an easy lay-in when the defense came toward him. But Nolley had an otherwise pedestrian night, finishing with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and nine of their 14 turnovers. He also was called for a flagrant foul with the Hokies trailing 66-57 with 4:34 to play.

“I think they got up under his chin, and I didn't think he handled it very well,” Young said.


Carey arrived on a streak of seven double-doubles but played just 15 minutes and grabbed only five rebounds as Duke went with a smaller lineup.


The Blue Devils don't play again until Dec. 19 at home against Wofford.

The Hokies are at home against next Wednesday against Chattanooga.


Howard football coach Ron Prince resigns amid investigation into verbal abuse allegations

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Howard football coach Ron Prince resigns amid investigation into verbal abuse allegations

Ron Prince resigned from his position as head coach at Howard University on Friday. Prince had been on administrative leave since November after allegations of verbal abuse and mistreatment of players.

“Coach Ron Prince has resigned as head coach of Howard’s football program, effective immediately,” Howard athletics director Kery Davis said in a statement to ESPN. “The university and Coach Prince have agreed to mutually part ways. A national search for a replacement will begin immediately."

The allegations came to light after HBCU Gameday reported that Davis received a letter from a parent with the accusations against Price. The university put Price on administrative leave and launched an investigation into the matter.

Four Howard players joined the transfer portal in October, the most notable being quarterback Caylin Newton, the brother of former NFL MVP Cam Newton. Prince joined Howard after the 2018 season and has had 17 players enter the transfer portal during his tenure.

Price's previous experience includes coaching in the NCAA for Rutgers University and Michigan University, and in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts. He was the head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08. 

Howard assigned interim responsibilities to director of football operations Aaron Kelton, who will continue on in that role until a new coach is hired.