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Rice and LSU set for afternoon kickoff

HOUSTON: Rice and LSU will line up for an afternoon meeting on September 19 at NRG Stadium as kickoff for the first meeting between the two schools in Houston since 1983 has been set for 2:30 p.m. to accommodate television scheduling.

Final broadcast details for the game will be announced in the near future.

Tickets for the defending national champion's first regular season appearance in Houston since facing the Owls in 1983 will go on a sale on Friday, May 15 with a portion of ticket sales between now and the end of May benefiting COVID-19 relief efforts in Houston.

Tickets start as low as $35 and will be available online on Friday, however interested fans can sign up for a special pre-sale on Thursday by registering in advance.

The Owls and Tigers will resume their series in Houston that began in 1915. This will be the 57th meeting between the two schools overall. The schools met continuously from 1932-52 and then again from 1955-83 and renewed the series in 2018 when Rice traveled to Baton Rouge. This will be the first time Rice has hosted a defending national champion since 2006 when the Owls hosted Texas at then-Reliant Stadium.
 
Season tickets for the Owls 2020 campaign, which include the Rice-LSU game as well as six games at Rice Stadium, are also currently on sale.

 By Chuck Pool (cpool@rice.edu)

 

Football

29 LSSE Event Alumni Drafted

Each college football game played on the field at NRG Stadium features future NFL stars, they just don’t know it yet. This year, 29 players from LSSE events were drafted to the NFL and more have now been signed as undrafted free agents.

Texas A&M – Texas Bowl 2019, Texas Bowl 2016

1. Justin Madubuike – Baltimore Ravens – Round 3, Pick 71

2. Braden Mann – New York Jets – Round 6, Pick 191

Texas – Rice vs UT 2019, Texas Bowl 2017

3. Brandon Jones – Miami Dolphins – Round 3, pick 70

4. Devin Duvernay – Baltimore Ravens – Round 3, Pick92

5. Collin Johnson – Jacksonville Jaguars – Round 5, Pick 165

Houston – Texas Kickoff 2019

6. Josh Jones – Arizona Cardinals – Round 3, Pick 72

Washington State - Texas Kickoff 2019

7. Dezmon Patmon – Indianapolis Colts – Round 6, Pick 212

Baylor – Texas Bowl 2018

8. Denzel Mims – New York Jets – Round 2, Pick 59

9. James Lynch – Minnesota Vikings – Round 4, Pick 130

10. Bravvion Roy – Carolina Panthers – Round 6, Pick 184

11. Clay Johnston – Los Angeles Rams – Round 7, Pick 234

Vanderbilt – Texas Bowl 2018

12. Ke’Shawn Vaughn – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Round 3, Pick 76

Texas Tech – Texas Kickoff 2018

13. Jordyn Brooks – Seattle Seahawks – Round 1, Pick 27

14. Broderick Washington Jr. – Baltimore Ravens – Round 5, Pick 170

Missouri – Texas Bowl 2017

15. Jordan Elliott – Cleveland Browns – Round 3, Pick 88

16. Albert Okwuegbunam – Denver Broncos – Round 4, Pick 118

LSU – Texas Kickoff 2017

17. K’Lavon Chaisson – Jacksonville Jaguars – Round 1, Pick 20

18. Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings – Round 1, Pick 22

19. Patrick Queen – Baltimore Ravens – Round 1, Pick 28

20. Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Kansas City Chiefs – Round 1, Pick 32

21. Grant DeLpit – Cleveland Browns – Round 2, Pick 44

22. Kristian Fulton – Tennessee Titans – Round 2, Pick 61

23. Lloyd Cushenberry – Denver Broncos – Round 3, Pick 83

24. Jacob Phillips – Cleveland Browns – Round 3, Pick 97

25. Saahdiq Charles – Washington Redskins – Round 4, pick 108

26. Rashard Lawrence – Arizona Cardinals – Round 4, Pick 131

27. Blake Ferguson – Miami Dolphins – Round 6, Pick 185

28. Stephen Sullivan – Seattle Seahawks – Round 7, Pick 251

Oklahoma – Texas Kickoff 2016

29. Neville Gallimore – Dallas Cowboys – Round 3, Pick 82

 

Get your college football fix this fall at NRG Stadium and don’t miss your chance to see the NFL stars of the future while they wear their college uniforms.

 

2020 Texas Kickoff: Ole Miss vs Baylor, September 5

Rice vs LSU, September 19

95th Battle of the Piney Woods: SFA vs Sam Houston State, October 3

2020 Texas Bowl: teams announced in December, December 2020

Soccer

Concacaf Statement regarding the suspension of the Concacaf Nations League Finals, Road to Gold Cup Qualifiers and Flow Caribbean Club Championship

Miami, FL (Friday, April 3, 2020) - At Concacaf our thoughts are with all the communities affected by the spread of COVID-19 at this difficult time. As we continue to assess our competitions scheduled to be played in the coming months, the welfare of everyone involved in football across our region remains our first priority.

Given the ongoing public health situation, and following consultation with FIFA regarding the international football calendar, we have made the decision to suspend the Concacaf Nations League Finals, which was scheduled for June 4th – 7th 2020 in the Houston and Dallas areas.

The event, which includes the Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and USA men’s national teams, will be rescheduled to take place at a later date in venues to be determined. This will be confirmed following further discussions with FIFA regarding the remaining international windows in the football calendar, and will obviously be subject to public health authorities deeming it safe for professional sports events to resume.

Additionally, following the same considerations and discussions with FIFA, we have made the decision to suspend the Road to Gold Cup qualification matches scheduled in the June international window and the Flow Caribbean Club Championship scheduled for May. We will discuss with stakeholders format and scheduling options for these matches and communicate our plans in due course.

We are grateful to fans across the region for their continued support for these events. In the case of the Concacaf Nations League Finals, fans who purchased tickets via Ticketmaster, SeatGeek or AXS will receive refunds automatically. Fans who purchased tickets directly at the stadium box office or through third party vendors should contact those organizations directly for more details regarding the refund process.

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Declaración de Concacaf con respecto a la suspensión de las Finales de la Liga de Naciones Concacaf, la Clasificatoria a la Copa Oro de Concacaf y el Campeonato Caribeño de Clubes Concacaf Flow

Miami, FL (viernes, 3 de abril de 2020) - En Concacaf, nuestros pensamientos están con todas las comunidades afectadas por la propagación de COVID-19 en estos momentos difíciles. A medida que continuamos evaluando nuestras competiciones programadas para los próximos meses, el bienestar de todos los involucrados en el fútbol en nuestra región sigue siendo nuestra principal prioridad.

Dada la situación actual de salud pública, y luego de consultar con la FIFA sobre el calendario internacional de fútbol, hemos tomado la decisión de suspender las Finales de la Liga de Naciones Concacaf 2020, programadas del 4-7 de junio de 2020 en las áreas de Houston y Dallas.

El evento, que incluye a los equipos nacionales masculinos de Costa Rica, Estados Unidos, Honduras y México se reprogramará para una fecha posterior y en sedes por determinar. Esto se confirmará después de más discusiones con la FIFA sobre las ventanas internacionales restantes en el calendario de fútbol, y obviamente estará sujeto a que las autoridades de salud pública determinen que es seguro reanudar los eventos deportivos profesionales.

Además, siguiendo las mismas consideraciones y discusiones con la FIFA, hemos decidido suspender los partidos de la Clasificatoria a la Copa Oro 2021 de Concacaf a llevarse a cabo en la ventana internacional de junio y el Campeonato Caribeño de Clubes Concacaf Flow, programado para mayo. Discutiremos con los interesados el formato y las opciones de programación para estos partidos y torneos, y comunicaremos nuestros planes a su debido tiempo.

Agradecemos a los aficionados de toda la región por su continuo apoyo a estos eventos. En el caso de las Finales de la Liga de Naciones Concacaf, los aficionados que compraron boletos a través de Ticketmaster, SeatGeek o AXS recibirán reembolsos automáticamente. Los que compraron boletos directamente en la taquilla del estadio o a través de proveedores externos deben comunicarse con esas organizaciones directamente para obtener más detalles sobre el proceso de reembolso.

 

Soccer

Texas to Host First-Ever Concacaf Nations League Finals in June 2020

Houston and Dallas will host the inaugural edition of the Concacaf Nations League Finals, featuring Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States

Miami, FL (Monday, March 9, 2020) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced that Houston and Dallas will host the inaugural Concacaf Nations League Finals, with semi-final games at BBVA Stadium and NRG Stadium in Houston, and the Final and third-place game taking place in AT&T Stadium in Arlington. 

The matches, which will feature Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States, will serve to crown the first-ever champion of a competition created to provide high quality competitive football for all 41 Concacaf Member Associations, and maximize the official match dates available within the FIFA international calendar.

In the inaugural edition, the Semifinals will be played across two venues in Houston on Thursday, June 4, with Honduras vs United States taking place in BBVA Stadium, followed by Mexico vs Costa Rica at NRG Stadium. The Semifinal matchups were determined by the outcome of group stage play in September, October and November with the four League A winners qualifying for this eagerly anticipated Finals.

The third-place match and the Final will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Sunday, June 7. The four matches are scheduled to take place during the June FIFA match window. 

Houston is a remarkably diverse city, boasting fans from the four competing nations, all of whom will be able to enjoy the first-ever Concacaf Nations League Finals matches in two world-class stadiums.

BBVA Stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo, one of Major League Soccer’s most storied clubs, has hosted high-profile matches since it’s inauguration in 2012, including Concacaf Champions League and Gold Cup clashes. NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, is no stranger to international soccer, with the stadium hosting five Concacaf Gold Cups, as well as the Copa America Centenario in 2016. 

“The Concacaf Nations League group stages showcased outstanding football across our region and Houston and Dallas are ideal cities for hosting the first-ever Finals of this important international competition,” explained Philippe Moggio, Concacaf General Secretary. “The combination of world class venues, passionate support, and diverse fanbases representing all four of the participating nations, ensure that these two cities are uniquely positioned to host a very successful inaugural event. Houston, home to the third-largest Hispanic population in the country, and Dallas, a proven soccer market, will host an unforgettable first edition of this new tournament.”

AT&T Stadium, the 80,000-seat stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, has also hosted top-level soccer competitions in the past, including four editions of the Gold Cup, numerous Mexican National Team U.S. Tour matches and international club soccer events. The Dallas area is a hotbed for soccer in the country, and those fans are sure to enjoy the Final, as well as the third-place match, in what should be a thrilling doubleheader. 

The three venues are state of the art facilities and have hosted some of the country’s most important sporting and entertainment events, such as the Super Bowl, Copa America Centenario, WrestleMania, NBA All-Star Game and college football championship and bowl games.

At the close of the first-ever Concacaf Nations League Group Stage play in November, the following national teams have qualified to the Finals (final standing are available here): United States (Group A), Mexico (Group B), Honduras (Group C) and Costa Rica (Group D).

As per the competition regulations, the four League A Group winners have been ranked to determine the semifinal matchups, with the highest ranked team playing the lowest ranked team. The final standings are as follows:

1. Mexico (12 pts, +10)

2. Honduras (10 pts, +7)

3. USA (9 pts, +12)

4. Costa Rica (6 pts, +1)

The 2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League kicked off in September with the first six days of group stage matches, delivering exciting competition and setting the course for the journey to the Concacaf Nations League Finals, as well as the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Tickets for the Concacaf Nations League Finals will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 17, at 10 a.m. local time. For an exclusive presale opportunity, sign up at ConcacafNationsLeague.com.

2020 Concacaf Nations League Finals Schedule
*Listed in local time (ET)

Thursday, June 4, 2020
6:30 pm CST (7:30 pm ET) Honduras vs United States - BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX, USA
9:00 pm CST (10:00 pm ET) Mexico vs Costa Rica - NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, USA

Sunday, June 7, 2020
4:30 pm CST (5:30 pm ET) Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2 - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, USA
7:00 pm CST (8:00 pm ET) Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, USA

Visual Assets for Media Members
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CFB Insider

Aranda Talks Burrow, Bears and Texas

New Baylor Coach Dave Aranda interviews with the gang from In the Loop, Sports Radio 610

New Baylor head coach Dave Aranda joined Sports Radio 610’s Landry Locker, John Lopez and John McClain this Tuesday for an episode of In The Loop.

Hot off the heels of the NFL Combine, the conversation starts with 2019 LSU QB1 and potential top draft pick Joe Burrow and what his professional career might look like. When asked if Burrow could translate his one year of college football success to the NFL with potentially the worst team in the league as a top draft pick, Aranda replies, “if there’s a guy that can do it, it’d Joe.” Speaking to the senior’s winning season at LSU he explains Burrow’s cerebral approach to leading his offense, “you’re talking about an Offensive Coordinator who is playing quarterback.”

Aranda brings experience as a National Championship coach as well as 24 years of coaching before that to his new position as the Baylor Bears head coach. When asked what the most important thing his varied experience has taught him he says he learned, “you can be yourself. Connect with your coaches, connect with your players—they need to know you care about them—then you can take off from there.” About his squad’s first game at NRG Stadium for the 2020 Texas Kickoff against Ole Miss, Aranda says, “I’m excited about the challenge and I feel really good about our team. I know we’ll be prepared.”

September won’t be the first time Aranda makes an appearance in Houston in 2020. This Friday the Houston Rodeo is hosting Baylor night and the new head coach will make his rodeo debut. During his tenure as the University of Houston, he never made it out to the rodeo but he jokes, “I remember the traffic, though.” (Can we get an amen from all the Houstonians out there?)

Listen to the full interview below or at SportsRadio610.radio.com.

Don’t miss Aranda’s head coaching debut in Houston at NRG Stadium September 5 vs Ole Miss at the Texas Kickoff. CLICK HERE to sign up for the waitlist to be notified as soon as tickets go on sale.