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BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

August 23, 2018
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Note that the story slugged Michigan-Counting on Patterson will now move Friday instead of Thursday.


FRIDAY, Aug. 24


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh was hailed as the savior when he came back to Michigan, where he was a star quarterback, to turn around college football’s winningest program. Harbaugh hasn’t been able to do it yet in part because quarterback wasn’t a position of strength in his first three years. It is now. Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson is expected to be under center, and perhaps taking shotgun snaps, when the Wolverines open the season in a highly anticipated matchup under the lights at Notre Dame. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 5 p.m. Thursday.

SUNDAY, Aug. 26


AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force defensive back Garrett Kauppila wears No. 22 in honor of the 22-month gap between him and his older brother. It’s a strong bond that was only fortified last season. His brother suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident in California and a few days later Kauppila broke his collar bone while blocking a punt. Kauppila de-enrolled from the academy for a semester to heal and help take care of his brother -- living in a trailer outside the hospital. No. 22 is back on the field and has a big fan in his older brother, who’s still recuperating. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon Sunday.

MONDAY, Aug. 27


PULLMAN, Wash. — Mark and Kym Hilinski keenly remember the swirl of activity. Rushing to Pullman after learning their son, Tyler, had taken his life. Planning memorial services both on the Washington State campus and back home in Southern California. Dealing with authorities as they tried to determine why 21-year-old Tyler was gone. The Hilinskis could have been overwhelmed by the grief and sadness. Then the letters and boxes began arriving at their Newport Beach, California, home, sent by Cougars players, fans and others, saying how much they had been touched by Tyler’s story. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. EDT Aug. 27.

TUESDAY, Aug. 28


Barry Sanders’ Heisman-winning 1988 season has stood the test of time as one of the best in college football history. Sanders set 34 NCAA records for Oklahoma State that season, and many of those marks still stand — among them, his 2,628 yards rushing, 238.9 yards rushing per game and 37 rushing touchdowns. Thirty years later, he believes his records will be caught someday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Tuesday.


CLEMSON, S.C. — Quarterback Harris Roberts spends his time in class at Clemson and practice time on the football field at Furman. In an odd twist, the Paladins’ QB is a fulltime student at Clemson. His dual worlds will clash when he and his Furman teammates play at Clemson on Sept. 1. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.



The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. The league needs the ACC Network to provide a reliable revenue boost after falling behind its power-conference peers in recent years. In an interview with The Associated Press, league Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC is reviewing options for the men’s basketball and football schedules to set up attractive matchups that could help get the channel off to a good start in 2019-20. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by noon.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Willie Taggart grew up as a Florida State fan and said he felt like the goal of becoming the Seminoles’ head football coach would become a reality since his first job at Western Kentucky in 2010. He will reach his goal on Sept. 3 when the 19th-ranked Seminoles take on Virginia Tech. While the Bradenton native has enjoyed a honeymoon with fans and his own team, he has to prove to skeptical outsiders that he can do the job. Despite turning around Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon, Taggart’s career record is under .500 and a recent coaches poll named him one of the most overrated in FBS. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.


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