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South Carolina football adds Jacksonville State to finalize 2023 nonconference games

COLUMBIA – First ever battle of the Gamecocks is coming to Williams-Brice Stadium in 2023.

South Carolina announced Wednesday the addition of Jacksonville State to its 2023 schedule, filling its fourth and final non-conference date that season. The Gamecocks will host the Gamecocks on Nov. 4, 2023.

USC opens 2023 with a neutral site game against North Carolina in Charlotte on Sept. 2 and hosts instate FCS foe Furman the following week. The Gamecocks round out its non-conference slate with the annual Palmetto Bowl showdown at rival Clemson on Nov. 25.

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Is the Big Ten eliminating divisions in football?

The days of a two division format in the Big Ten and other conferences could be numbered. The NCAA is working to review a rule change that would allow conferences to have the ability to determine how a conference championship game can be arranged, allowing conferences to abandon the long-standing NCAA policy that only division champions may compete in any sanctioned conference championship game.

And this could be a major change for the Big Ten.

When Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, it allowed the Big Ten to hold its first conference championship game in football. The NCAA previously required conferences to have at least 12 members in order to be eligible to organize a conference championship game, made popular by the SEC following its addition of Arkansas. With Nebraska bringing the conference membership to 12, the Big Ten split its membership into the awkwardly-named Legends and Leaders Divisions.

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Other Chris Paul making his own name on, off football field

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Chris Paul the football player knows he shares a name with a much more famous athlete.

“There might be another named Chris Paul,” he said with a grin. “I think he plays basketball — I’m not sure.”

While the veteran NBA guard guides the Phoenix Suns on another playoff run, the other Chris Paul is trying to make a name for himself on and off the football field. Drafted by the Washington Commanders, the 6-foot-4, 324-pound guard is also an artist who just released his first music video and has 100 more songs in the vault while he embarks on his NFL career.

“There’s what I’m doing right now, my passion as an NFL football player, and then there’s that,” Paul said. “They’re on completely different ends of the spectrum, and I feel like that really sums up my personality and me as a person.”

It’s

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Miami Freedom Park a potential future home for UM football

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Soccer stadium deal

After a nine-year odyssey, retired footballer David Beckham scored a key victory Thursday when Miami commissioners voted 4-1 to lease 73 acres of city-owned land for a Major League Soccer stadium and commercial center, a massive complex that will host home games for Inter Miami.

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The City of Miami commission meeting was dragging on into Hour 4 on Thursday, heading toward nightfall, as commissioners and Inter Miami owners Jorge and Jose Mas hashed out the details of the Miami Freedom Park proposal, which eventually passed on a 4-1 vote.

All of a sudden, during one of Joe Carollo’s long-winded requests for updates to the deal, he mentioned something that perked the ears of every University of Miami sports fan in the room and surely those watching the live stream, as well.

Carollo floated the idea of having the UM football team share the

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