‘An icon’: Mike Tilleman, Hi-Line football legend and former NFL star, dies at 76 | University of Montana Grizzlies

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“We’re not here without him,” third-year MSU-Northern coach Andrew Rolin told 406mtsports.com with a heavy heart on Friday. “I’ve got a lot of gratitude for what he’s done.

Rolin said Tilleman was the first community member he met when interviewing for the job two years ago.

“And for very good reason,” he said. “He was an icon not just in Havre but the entire Hi-Line. There’s no Northern football without the Tillemans, and without Mike Tilleman specifically. He had a huge impact on a lot of lives in this area.”

Rolin, who said he hopes to honor Tilleman again in the spring when the Lights return to action on the field, added: “The guy, you could tell he just loves football. And I think he just really appreciated those who have the love of the game he did. He was a winner, a guy who wanted to win in

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NFL Week 2 game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips, odds, injuries and more

The Week 2 NFL schedule is stacked with great matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the keys to every game, a bold prediction for each matchup and final score picks.

Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information provides a stat to know for each game, and the Football Power Index (FPI) goes inside the numbers with a matchup rating (on a scale of 1 to 100) and a game projection. ESPN Fantasy’s Kyle Soppe and ESPN Chalk’s Dave Bearman hand out helpful nuggets as well. It’s all here to help get you ready for a loaded weekend of NFL football.

Let’s get into the full Week 2 slate, including a Sunday night showdown between Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll.

Jump to a matchup:

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Texans-Chiefs about much more than just football

This is about the team that blew a 24-0 lead in a playoff game returning to the football home of Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid and the reigning Super Bowl champions.

a person standing on a baseball field: Bill O’Brien, wearing a mask during a recent scrimmage, and the Texans kick off a unique season on Thursday in Kansas City that will be about more than football.

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Bill O’Brien, wearing a mask during a recent scrimmage, and the Texans kick off a unique season on Thursday in Kansas City that will be about more than football.

This is round three between Deshaun Watson, the Texans’ 24-year-old franchise quarterback, and Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ 24-year-old franchise QB, during the same year they received life-changing contract extensions totaling an absurd $659 million.

And this is the all-powerful, all-consuming NFL back on your TV screen during a season when seventh-year head coach Bill O’Brien will officially double as the Texans’ general manager, Tom Brady is a proud member of the remade (again) Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bill Belichick enters Week 1

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Football provides ‘normalcy’ and an escape

College Football season is upon us after all sorts of turbulence in the month of August. Two of the three Power Five conferences that’ll be playing football this fall, the ACC and Big12, are set to get things rolling this weekend and the SEC will start up on September 26 with its conference only schedule.

Since the 2020 National Championship game, the world has dealt with a pandemic and the United States has experienced all sorts of unrest over issues surrounding social justice and racial equality. Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee, an African-American man, has stood by his players as they’ve expressed their discontent racial inequality while also making his thoughts known in his own way.

He has joined them in their quest to make a difference in the local community with the “Dawgs for Pups” initiative and when he held his first ever meeting with

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Big Ten reacts to letter from leaders of six state legislatures wanting football

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The Big Ten released a letter in response to leaders of six legislatures in the conference’s footprint, asking commissioner Kevin Warren to reconsider the decision to postpone the fall football season.

The letter was written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

“Recent actions taken by other conferences around the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage,” the letter said. “These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week. Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships.

“This is even more frustrating when we think of how our Big Ten athletic programs are leading the way by providing outstanding health

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The Latest: Wisconsin football, hockey taking 2-week break

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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:


Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the school’s football and men’s hockey teams are taking a two-week break from team activities as part of the school’s COVID-19 testing protocols.

The announcement comes two days after Chancellor Rebecca Blank ordered undergraduate students to restrict their movements for the next two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Blank’s restrictions included closing all student gyms and recreational facilities through Sept. 21, dining halls offering carry-out only and dorms not allowing visitors.


Middle Tennessee is allowing 20% fan capacity, or about 7,000 fans, inside Floyd Stadium on Sept. 19 for the Blue Raiders’ home opener against Troy.

Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the update Wednesday.

Tailgating will not be allowed. Massaro says the plan was drawn up after consulting with university, local and state

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Shatel: Celebrating my Husker football anniversary … without Husker football | Shatel

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“She tells him how proud they are of him, how much they admire him, how wonderful it is to see him. He takes pictures with her and the president and they talk for a while. We walked back (to press row) and he was so excited to get these pictures.

“The next morning, he’s still talking about it. And he’s amazed that these people were so nice to him. I said, ‘Why wouldn’t be they nice to you, Coach?’

“He just shook his head and I can imagine what that head shake meant.

“But that, to me, said a lot about his life, to come from where he was earlier in life to where he was being embraced by presidents.”

» The Big Ten presidents voted 11-3 to postpone fall football. Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa were the three who said “Play ball.”

So now that the Big Ten has

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College Football Holds Its Breath as Season Approaches

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Alabama recently reported 1,200 positive COVID-19 tests among its students.

Auburn returned to practice Monday without 16 football players for virus-related reasons.

Iowa, while taking a Big Ten-ordered pandemic pause from games, called off all athletic practices because of a virus spike until Sept. 7.

Notre Dame just announced only students, players’ families, faculty and staff will be permitted inside its stadium on game day. 

Kansas will play football without any fans. 

In a virus-free world, the Michigan-Washington game would have been played Saturday.

OK, what football season?

As the college game pushes toward the FBS season openers on Thursday — roughly 60 percent of the teams are pursuing games while the others are sitting out the season — the novel coronavirus is still not cooperating. 

There remains a general sense that while the coming NCAA season will launch for most of the 76 hard-liners over the next month, it’s

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Mapping College Football Crowds and Covid Risk

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While public discourse around college football’s return has focused on the student-athlete risk, fan attendance could have a greater impact on overall public health. For the programs still planning to play this fall, yet another decision looms: Will there be fans at games? And if so, how many?

There have already been instances of the health risks that come from crowded sporting events. The first came Feb. 19, as nearly 2,500 fans of Spanish soccer club Valencia traveled to Italy to watch a Champions League match against Atalanta. They were among the 44,236 fans inside Milan’s San Siro Stadium, and several weeks later, after it was determined to be a coronavirus “super-spreading event” that played a significant role in outbreaks locally and in Spain, the match became known as “Game Zero.”

ESPN interviewed more than a dozen epidemiologists and infectious disease experts about the role college football could play in

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Annual Coweta vs. Wagoner football battle set to go on Sept. 4 | Sports

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Expect the unexpected.

That’s how the annual Coweta vs. Wagoner football games have seemed to go in the last few years.

As one coach recently put it, “We hope to have more big, crazy plays than they do.”

It’s that kind of game and atmosphere. And, when you add the cloud of COVID-19 to the mix, just playing the game will be an accomplishment of preparation and social distancing when possible during workouts.

What are Coweta’s strengths? 

“Hopefully, we can stay away from the coronavirus,” Coweta coach Tim Harper said. “They’ve practiced and played

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