Alabama and Southern California are set for their first regular-season matchup since some storied football games in the 1970s.
The Crimson Tide and the Trojans are scheduled to play in the 2016 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. The Labor Day weekend season opener at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium will be held Sept. 3, 2016.
The last time Alabama and USC met in the regular season was 1978, when the Crimson Tide was the AP national champion and the Trojans finished No. 1 in the UPI poll. Alabama's only loss that season was 24-14 to USC.
Defending national champion Florida State plays Oklahoma State in this year's Cowboys Classic on Aug. 30.
texas tech: Nigel Bethel II, a defensive back from Miami who last month broke the jaw of Raiders basketball player Amber Battle, will return to the team but sit out the first three games, after a Lubbock County grand jurors declined to indict him for aggravated assault Tuesday.
memphis: Memphis added former high school coach Keelon Lawson as an assistant coach. He is the father of 2015 recruit K.J. Lawson and 2016 prospect Dedric Lawson. Lawson had coached Hamilton High in Memphis since 2003. He also served as Hamilton's athletic director from 2003-08. He led Hamilton's 2006 team to an undefeated record and a state championship.
tennessee: Former Florida Gulf Coast forward Eric McKnight's bid to play as a graduate transfer was denied by the SEC. UT announced in May that McKnight planned to play during the 2014-15 season in his final year of eligibility. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 6.9 points and 5.1 rebounds last season.