Penn St., Va. Tech revise series dates

UNIVERSITY PARK – The first gridiron meeting between Penn State and Virginia Tech has been moved to 2020, two years earlier than originally scheduled.

The Nittany Lions will travel to Blacksburg on Sept. 12, 2020 and the Hokies will visit State College on Sept. 6, 2025. The games were originally scheduled for Sept. 17, 2022 at Lane Stadium and Sept. 16, 2023 in Beaver Stadium and had been announced in 2013.

Despite having campuses located less than 400 miles apart, Penn State and Virginia Tech have never met on the football field.

Virginia Tech is among several regional opponents on Penn State’s upcoming schedules. The Nittany Lions will play nine Big Ten Conference games annually starting in 2016 and have three non-conference contests every year starting in 2016.

Penn State will host Army in 2015, as Coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions and the Black Knights meet for the first time since 1979. Long-time rivals Penn State and Pitt will meet every season from 2016-19 in their first contests since 2000. Penn State also will renew its rivalry with West Virginia, hosting the Mountaineers in 2023 and traveling to Morgantown in 2024.

Vandy trial begins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that a group of former Vanderbilt football players ruined the life of a promising young neuroscience student when they raped her in a dorm in January 2013.

In opening statements, Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman told jurors that the former players giggled, shot video and sent text messages while they sexually abused her in an assault that began in a hallway. He described in sometimes explicit language how one former player assaulted her with a water bottle while a teammate egged him on. The prosecutor said one of the players passed out condoms and assaulted her.

Thurman said one of the former players urinated on her and made a racial statement. Three of the ex-players are black and one is white. The victim is white.

Four former players are accused of raping the unconscious coed in a dorm on the Nashville campus.

Elsewhere:

n Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley will return to school next season rather than enter the NFL draft.

n LSU coach Les Miles has hired Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.