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Giant killers unite as Evansville tweets at UMBC after upsetting top-ranked Kentucky

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Giant killers unite as Evansville tweets at UMBC after upsetting top-ranked Kentucky

Evansville believes they are the new, 2019-20 version of the UMBC Retrievers following their monumental upset over the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. 

On Tuesday the Purple Aces shocked the near-unanimous No. 1 team in the country on their home floor, handing Kentucky their first loss of the season. It was only the fifth time since 2010 that the top team in the country has fallen on their home court to an unranked team.

Following the victory, Evansville basketball's Twitter account thought they had quickly joined the annals of NCAA basketball "Giant Killers." They tweeted at UMBC, the famous Cinderella story to be the first No. 16 seed to unseat a No. 1 seed in 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Spiderman meme linking the two together.

The always socially-savvy UMBC was quick to respond with an epic handshake to acknowledge the upset. 

Gotta love the support mid-major programs have for each other. Evansville isn't quite on the historic level of UMBC or garnered the fame of other famous Cinderella programs, but an incredible win for the program nevertheless. 

Based out of Evansville, Indiana, and the Missouri Valley Conference, the Aces have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1999. They weren't expected to end that 20-year drought this season either as they were picked eighth in the MVC.  Probably a good chance for many MVC voters to reconsider. 

Who would have thought that through two weeks of the college basketball season Evansville would hold the biggest victory so far? Now, it's just time for them to find that magic it in the NCAA Tournament. 

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Maryland football loses multiple key players to opt outs amid coronavirus pandemc

Maryland football loses multiple key players to opt outs amid coronavirus pandemc

Maryland football players Austin Fontaine, Johnny Jordan, Josh Jackson, Vincent Flythe, Jalen Alexander and TJ Kautai have all opted out of the 2020 college football season, head coach Mike Locksley told the media on Friday.

Additionally, tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo will miss the season due to a medical condition.

Opt outs are expected to become a common occurrence in the college football world as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a risk. Numerous first-round talents such as Penn State's Micah Parsons, Miami's Greg RousseauVirginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman have all announced they will not play in 2020.

For Maryland, while the health and safety of players comes first, the opt outs will have a great impact on the talent of the roster. Fontaine and Jordan were expected to start on the offensive line, a position that doesn't have much depth, while Flythe would have an impact on the secondary. Okonkwo was projected to see major playing time at tight end as well. 

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Quarterback Josh Jackson wasn't guaranteed to start, but he was one of only three scholarship passers on the roster and QB transfer Taulia Tagovailoa still awaits a decision on his waiver request to play immediately by the NCAA. It's conceivable that redshirt freshman Lance LeGendre, a four-star recruit from Louisiana, is the lone scholarship quarterback on the roster at a school where depth at that position has long been an issue. A thin position becomes even thinner. 

As of now, there's no guarantee that a college football season will be played at all, but Wednesday's schedule release proved that the Big Ten is hoping to play a conference-only slate in 2020. If that does happen, Maryland will have to compete without some important pieces.

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Louisville dismisses 3 soccer players, suspends 3 others for party linked to coronavirus spread

Louisville dismisses 3 soccer players, suspends 3 others for party linked to coronavirus spread

Louisville has dismissed three men’s soccer players and suspended three other team members after they were found responsible for hosting a party that led to the spread of the coronavirus and forced four programs to temporarily suspend workouts, the athletics department announced Thursday.

According to ESPN, the party resulted in 29 positive tests—all student-athletes. Louisville was forced to pause team activities for men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball.

“I'm extremely disappointed in these young men and particularly with the three that have been dismissed,” head coach John Michael Hayden said in a statement. “They have demonstrated with their actions now and previously that they do not echo the culture of this program. Our student-athletes are held to a high standard of conduct as representatives of our program and university.”

Though Louisville didn’t reveal the names of the players, it did note in its announcement that all three students that were dismissed “each had prior team violations.”

"I fully support John Michael's decision," Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said. "It is clear that these student-athletes did not meet the code of conduct of the university or their team. Ignoring the safety protocols issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the athletic department, is unacceptable and dangerous. Their history of actions are not in alignment with the values of this university and athletics department."

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