Sunday, July 15, 2018
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Gators schedule McElwain alma mater

GAINESVILLE — Florida will host football coach Jim McElwain's alma mater in 2020 when Eastern Washington travels to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, UF announced Wednesday.

McElwain quarterbacked the program from 1980-83 and graduated from there in 1984. He also was an assistant at Eastern Washington from 1985-94.

"This is pretty cool to be able to add Eastern Washington to the schedule," McElwain said in UF's announcement. "I spent 15 years at Eastern, and it is such a huge part of my life. I met my wife, Karen, there and all of my children were born there. I have so many great memories of my time at Eastern, and I still have friends there to this day."

The game is scheduled for Sept. 5, 2020.

The Gators also announced they will host Northern Colorado on Sept. 16, 2017, completing their nonconference schedule for next season.

BRILES APOLOGIZES: Art Briles, who was fired as coach in June for his role in Baylor's years-long sexual assault scandal, has since tried to clear his name by filing a motion to dismiss the Title IX lawsuit brought on by a Baylor rape survivor and declaring that he lived his life in "a righteous manner."

But Wednesday in an interview with ESPN, Briles apologized for his role in the scandal.

"I made mistakes. I did wrong, but I'm not doing this trying to make myself feel better for apologizing," Briles said. "I understand I made some mistakes. There was some bad things that went on under my watch. I was the captain of this ship. The captain of the ship goes down with it.

"So, I understand that I made some mistakes, and for that I'm sorry. But I'm not trying to plead for people's sympathy. I'm just stating that, 'Hey, I made some mistakes. I was wrong. I'm sorry. I'm going to learn. I'm going to do better."

In early August when he declared, "I've never done anything illegal, immoral or unethical." What has changed in that time? Briles hired a new agent in hopes of landing a job in college coaching, and it's believed that to get that second chance in coaching he must show accountability for his actions in Waco.

Alabama: Freshman defensive tackle Raekwon Davis is eligible to play against Western Kentucky in Saturday's home opener. Coach Nick Saban said the NCAA cleared the 6-foot-7, 325-pound four-star prospect out of Meridian, Miss. Also, guard Alphonse Taylor served a one-game suspension. Taylor was found not guilty in August on a charge of driving under the influence.

NOTRE DAME: DeShone Kizer was named starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Nevada, beating out Malik Zaire. The Irish used a two-quarterback system for part of Sunday's loss at Texas. "As of now, I'm expected to be the only guy," Kizer said. "We'll see how the game goes. Malik is an amazing athlete.''

Wisconsin: Athletic director Barry Alvarez signed a contract extension through Jan. 31, 2021. It took effect Sept. 1. Financial terms were not immediately announced. His salary was $1.125 million as of July 1. Alvarez, 69, has been athletic director since 2004.

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