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CFB notebook: Bama-Texas set 2022-23 home-and-home

Sports Xchange - Thursday 17th May, 2018

Alabama and Texas have agreed to play a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023, the schools announced on Wednesday.

The Crimson Tide will travel to Texas on Sept. 10 in 2022, while the Longhorns will trek to Tuscaloosa (Ala.) on Sept. 9, 2023.

Texas owns an all-time 7-1-1 record against Alabama, but the Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns in the last meeting -- the 2010 BCS national championship game.

"We are pleased and happy to be able to add an opponent the caliber of the University of Texas to our non-conference schedule," Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "The Crimson Tide and Longhorns have played a lot of memorable games over the years and the addition of this home-and-home series will be great for not only our fans, but fans of college football."

In lieu of this agreement, Texas and Ohio State have shuffled their previously scheduled home-and-home set to 2025 and 2026. The Longhorns will host the first encounter before visiting Ohio State the following year.

Texas also announced that its 2023 game against Central Florida has been canceled to make room on its schedule for Alabama.

--Duke kicker Austin Parker was reinstated to the Blue Devils' roster five months after he was kicked off the team, head coach David Cutcliffe announced.

Parker was dismissed from the team before the Quick Lane Bowl against Northern Illinois in December, after he was suspended from school for violating unspecified university academic policy.

Cutcliffe said Parker "displayed humility and wisdom while, through his actions, regaining our trust" during the suspension.

Parker, who has been reinstated to school and started summer school on Wednesday, made 17 of 21 field goals attempts and 33 of 35 extra point tries last season. He also averaged 42 yards per punt and placed 10 of his 61 punts inside the 20-yard line.

--National champion Alabama will play Louisville in ABC's first Saturday Night Football game on Sept. 1, and Miami will play LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend, ESPN announced.

The network announced its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games.

After Alabama meets Louisville in Orlando, Fla., at 8 p.m. ET, Miami and LSU will play the next day at ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the third straight season ABC airs a Sunday night game on Labor Day weekend, when college football doesn't compete against the NFL.

On the second Saturday, Penn State will play Pittsburgh in the ABC Saturday Night Game, with Ohio State going against TCU in Arlington the following Saturday night.

--Andy Johnson, who led Georgia to a victory in the 1971 Gator Bowl and later played nine seasons for the New England Patriots, died after a long illness in Athens, Ga., at the age of 65, the school announced.

Johnson took over as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback as a sophomore in 1971 and led the team to an 11-1 record, including a 7-3 victory over North Carolina in the Gator Bowl victory.

During that season, he set a Southeastern Conference sophomore rushing record and finished second in the league with 870 yards on the ground and scored 13 touchdowns.

Johnson started two more seasons for the Bulldogs and finished his career with 1,799 rushing yards.

A fifth-round pick by New England, Johnson played 94 games -- including 43 starts -- before finishing his career with the Boston Breakers of the USFL. He rushed for a career-high 699 yards with six touchdowns for the Patriots in 1976.

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