EA Sports picked a heck of a time to pull a stunt on starving NCAA Football fans

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For the first time since July 29, 2014 somebody with the ability to post updates on the Facebook page for EA Sports’ NCAA Football video game posted an update that quickly set the Internet ablaze.

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EA Sports, of course, has been forced to shut down its NCAA Football franchise due to legal concerns over the use of player likenesses in the game, and to promote the game. That was disheartening to a number of passionate fans of the franchise, but it was easy to see why EA Sports had to shut down the franchise with rising legal costs and risks with continuing the franchise. Last July, a judge approved a $60 million settlement in the a player-likeness lawsuit against the NCAA and EA Sports. The NCAA chose not to renew its licensing deal with EA Sports in 2013 as the lawsuits were preparing to go to court. That came after a handful of schools and conferences took the initiative to pull out of deals to allow their logos and names to be used in the NCAA Football franchise.

This is what makes this latest Facebook update so noteworthy. Could this be a sign that the franchise will be revived in the future? That is clearly the initial reaction many had to the Facebook update, but it appears that may not be the case.

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It should be noted there was no such update the day of last year’s College Football Playoff. As mentioned, the most recent Facebook update before today’s post was in July 2014. Is EA Sports pulling a massive troll job on its loyal fans, or is there more to this than the company is ready to shed light on? I would suggest fans don’t hold their breath just yet on the beloved franchise making a return any time too soon, but you just never know sometimes.

Texas State hires Incarnate Word coach Kinne to lead Bobcats

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Texas State hired Incarnate Word coach G.J. Kinne on Friday to lead a Sun Belt program that has had only one winning season since moving up to the Bowl Subdivision in 2012.

The 34-year-old former Tulsa quarterback has made a fast rise in coaching since ending his professional career in 2017.

After three years as an offensive analyst at SMU, Arkansas and the Philadelphia Eagles, Kinne became offensive coordinator at Hawaii in 2020. He held the same role for UCF in 2021 before landing the head coaching job at FCS Incarnate Word this season.

Incarnate Word is 10-1 and averaging 53 points and 8.3 yards per play, both FCS highs, heading into its playoff game Saturday against Furman. Kinne will remain with Incarnate Word through their playoff run.

“It’s with great honor that I’m accepting the call to be next head football coach of the Texas State Bobcats,” Kinne said. “We are going to play fast, have relentless energy, and when the going gets tough, have the mental confidence to win tight games in the second half and represent the state of Texas. Eat ‘Em Up!”

Texas State fired Jake Spavital last week after the Bobcats won just 13 games in his four seasons.

Kinne signed a five-year contract, the school said. Terms were not immediately released.

“My goal was to hire someone with demonstrated leadership experience, success as a head coach, established relationships with Texas football coaches, and success with recruiting and developing players,” said Texas State President Kelly Damphousse. “I sought a leader with a plan to capitalize on our location in the heart of the best high school football in the country.”

Florida Atlantic hires Tom Herman as football coach

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Former Texas and Houston head coach Tom Herman will take over at Florida Atlantic as it heads into its first season in the American Athletic Conference.

The hire comes just days after FAU fired Willie Taggart, who went 15-18 in his three seasons with the Owls. Details of the contract with Herman were not immediately available.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Tom Herman to Paradise,” FAU Director of Athletics Brian White said Thursday. “Throughout the process and the more we talked with Coach Herman, the more it became apparent to me that he was the right person to lead our football program. Beyond his knowledge of the game, which is obvious by his success over the years, he also truly cares about the young people in his program.”

FAU’s final season in Conference USA ended with a 5-7 record and an overtime loss to Western Kentucky. The Owls will be in the American next season.

Herman returns to college football after spending the 2021 season with the Chicago Bears as an offensive analyst.

Herman was 22-4 at Houston, a mark that helped him land the head coaching job at Texas where he went 32-18 with four straight bowl trips in 2017-2020. He also was an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State during the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship season, as well as stops at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State.

“All the pieces are in place at FAU for us to be successful,” Herman said. “There are already great young men on this team, great facilities, a great location, a great recruiting base and great leadership, all of which are important to building a successful program.”