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Big Ten votes to add USC, UCLA as members starting in 2024 – Cache Valley Daily

FILE – UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr., right, tries to get by Southern California forward Isaiah Mobley during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on March 5, 2022, in Los Angeles. UCLA and Southern California are planning to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference in a seismic change that could lead to another major realignment of college sports. A person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, June 30, 2022, on condition of anonymity because the schools’ talks with the Big Ten have not been made public said the schools have taken steps to request an invitation to join the conference. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) In a surprising and seismic shift in college athletics, the Big Ten voted Thursday to add Southern California and UCLA as conference members beginning in 2024. The expansion to 16 teams will happen after the Pac-12’s current media rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire and make the Big Ten the first conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The announcement, which caught the Pac-12 off-guard, came almost a year after Oklahoma and Texas formally accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025. Big

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Utah State athletics to celebrate Juneteenth with 5K on Saturday – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State Athletics will be hosting the Juneteenth 5K Fun Run on Saturday, June 18, as part of the university’s three days of events in observance of the end of slavery. Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Celebrations broke out among the 250,000 newly freed black people in Texas, and Juneteenth was born. That December, slavery in America was formally abolished with the adoption of the 13th Amendment. Saturday’s 5K Fun Run, which is open to people of all ages, will take place on the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course and begin at 8:30 a.m. Manny Martins, who is entering his second year at the helm of Utah State’s soccer program, will be the guest starter. Student-athletes from the football, soccer and men’s and women’s cross country programs will be among the many volunteers on hand for the event. Preregistration for the fun run is encouraged, but you can also register at

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Utah State football has 12 players named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Mountain West Team – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State safety Ajani Carter (12) returns an interception against San Jose State during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, San Jose, Calif. Utah State won 48-17. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) LOGAN, Utah – Defending Mountain West and Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Champions Utah State had 12 football players named to Phil Steele’s preseason all-Mountain West team, it was announced by the publication on Wednesday. Utah State’s 12 all-conference selections ranked as the fifth-most in the league behind Fresno State (15), Boise State (14), Colorado State (13) and San Diego State (13). Utah State had four players named to the first team in senior cornerback Ajani Carter, senior wide receiver Justin McGriff, junior punter Stephen Kotsanlee and sophomore long snapper Jacob Garcia. Two more offensive players were named to the second team in graduate senior quarterback Logan Bonner and graduate senior offensive lineman Alfred Edwards. Four Aggies garnered preseason third-team accolades in graduate senior wide receiver Brian Cobbs, senior defensive tackle Hale Motu’apuaka, senior inside linebacker AJ Vongphachanh and junior defensive end Byron Vaughns. And, two more players were named to the preseason fourth team in graduate senior running back Calvin Tyler Jr. and senior

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Utah State football has 12 players named to Athlon Sports preseason All-Mountain West teams – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State running back Calvin Tyler Jr. (4) runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the LA Bowl NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Inglewood, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) LOGAN, Utah – Defending Mountain West and Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Champions Utah State had 12 football players named to The Athlon Sports preseason all-Mountain West team, it was announced by the publication on Thursday. Utah State’s 12 all-conference selections ranked as the third-most in the league behind Boise State (15) and San Diego State (13), and ahead of Air Force (11), Fresno State (10), San José State (10) and Wyoming (10). Utah State had two players named to the first team in graduate senior offensive lineman Alfred Edwards III and junior punter Stephen Kotsanlee. Two more offensive players were named to the second team in graduate senior quarterback Logan Bonner and graduate senior running back Calvin Tyler Jr. Three Aggies garnered preseason third-team accolades in graduate senior offensive lineman Chandler Dolphin, senior wide receiver Justin McGriff and junior defensive end Byron Vaughns. And, four more players were named to the preseason fourth team in graduate senior wide receiver Brian

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Utah State football has nine more games selected for national broadcast this fall – Cache Valley Daily

Blake Anderson leads the Utah State Aggie football team onto Merlin Olsen Field on Sept. 25, 2021. Photo by Clint Allen LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football will have nine more games nationally televised this fall as the Mountain West announced the remainder of its national television package Thursday. Utah State will have four games televised by Fox Sports, including three at home on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, three games televised by CBS Sports Network, including two at home, and one road game each on the SEC Network and ESPN. During the non-conference portion of its schedule, Utah State will open its season on Fox Sports 1 as it hosts Connecticut on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. USU will then appear on the SEC Network the following weekend as it plays at Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m. (MT), while its in-state game at BYU will be televised on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. Seven of Utah State’s eighth MW games will be televised on either CBS Sports Network or one of the Fox Sports Networks. In all, Utah State will have three games broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, including its conference

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Utah State’s football game at Boise State will be nationally televised on CBS – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State faces Boise State on Merlin Olsen Field on Sept. 25, 2021. Photo by Clint Allen LOGAN, Utah – For the second-straight season, Utah State’s football game versus Boise State will be nationally televised on CBS as the Mountain West announced a portion of its national television package Wednesday. Utah State’s MW and regular season finale at Boise State will be televised on CBS on Friday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m. The matchup will mark the second-straight season the two teams have played one another on CBS in a mid-morning kickoff. Utah State, the defending MW Champions, opens the season with three straight non-conference games as it hosts Connecticut on Saturday, Aug. 27, plays at 2021 national runner-up Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 3, and hosts Weber State on Saturday, Sept. 10. After utilizing its first bye of the season, Utah State starts conference play at home as it hosts UNLV on Saturday, Sept. 24. Following its league opener, USU will conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule with a road game at BYU on Thursday, Sept. 29. Utah State then returns to MW play as it hosts Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 8, in its only home game of the

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Mountain West announces elimination of football divisions in 2023 – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State quarterback Logan Bonner (1) drops back to pass as Utah State linebacker Tyson Chisholm (43) rushes in the first half during an NCAA college football game for the Mountain West Conference Championship, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/John McCoy) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West announced Friday that beginning with the 2023 season, the league will eliminate its two-division format. The two teams with the highest Conference winning percentage will compete in the championship game. The enhanced structure will ensure the top two teams meet in the championship game and put the Mountain West in the best position for a place in the College Football Playoff. A scheduling model and tiebreaking procedures for future seasons are being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks. “Our membership has been working on concepts since last summer, as part of our strategic planning for the future of the Mountain West,” said MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. “A single-division approach provides maximum flexibility to adapt the Conference schedule as the landscape continues to evolve, while also allowing member institutions to play each other more frequently.” The MW will continue with its existing Mountain and West Divisions in

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Utah State football committed to continuing BYU series – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State University takes home the old wagon wheel in celebration of their victory over Brigham Young University on Friday, October 5, at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. Utah State won the game 45 to 20. (Megan Nielsen) LOGAN, Utah – Utah State and BYU’s football game this fall, which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, in Provo, will be the last in the near future as the Cougars begin their affiliation with the Big 12 Conference in 2023. The two schools were scheduled to face one another four more times through the 2026 season, but the contract contained language that would void the existing agreement based on conference affiliation. “Utah State and BYU have a long-standing history of annual competition on the football field and our goal is to continue the rivalry,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell. “While we are disappointed to see the series go away for now, we are committed to working with BYU to find scheduling opportunities in the future.” Utah State and BYU have met 90 times, which is the second-most played series in school history. The first game between the two schools was played in 1922. Fans can follow

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Utah State University to graduate 62 student-athletes this week – Cache Valley Daily

FILE PHOTO: Old Main at the Utah State University campus LOGAN, Utah –Utah State University’s 135th undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May 5, at 9 a.m., in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and among those graduating will be 64 USU student-athletes who completed their degrees during the 2021-22 academic year. Among those student-athletes graduating are 13 football players, eight women’s track & field athletes, seven soccer athletes, six players each from women’s basketball and softball, five women’s track & field athletes, four athletes each from men’s basketball, gymnastics and volleyball, two athletes from both golf and women’s tennis and one student-athlete from men’s tennis.  Utah State‘s student-athletes traditionally rank among the best in the Mountain West with an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 93 percent, which is the highest in the conference, and a cumulative 3.35 grade-point average. For the 2021-22 academic year, USU has had 74 student-athletes earn academic all-Mountain West honors so far and 241 were recognized at its annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Luncheon for earning a 3.2 or better GPA.   2021-22 Utah State Student-Athlete GraduatesFootball – 13Chandler Dolphin, Marketing Alfred Edwards, Kinesiology Jarrod Green, Kinesiology Zahodri Jackson, Interdisciplinary Studies Andy Koch, Kinesiology Justin McGriff, Interdisciplinary Studies Wade Meacham, Psychology Kevin

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University Lacrosse team has qualified for the Nationals, now they just have to get there – Cache Valley Daily

From l – r: Hunter Combe, Spencer Bishop and Jace Griffeth. Courtesy Jason Williams LOGAN — The community has an opportunity to help a team at Utah State University that has gone above and beyond in their performance this season. The USU Men’s Lacrosse team has qualified for the Nationals and it’s the third time in program history that this has happened. They are fundraising on GoFundMe.com for travel expenses to get the entire 35 member team to Round Rock, Texas to represent USU and compete against the top teams in the country. And hopefully bring home a championship. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, our guests were teammates Hunter Combe, Spencer Bishop and Jace Griffeth. Bishop talked about what it takes to qualify for the nationals. “So, Utah State Lacrosse right now, we’re competing in the, it’s called the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference with…I think there (are) eight teams in our conference, and I think in the entire league, which is the MCLA, there’s about 75 teams. And so that’s all across the country, and only 16 teams are actually invited to this national tournament. So it’s pretty huge for the program,” Bishop said. He said it’s

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