Rice junior defensive end Blain Padgett, who had 3.5 career sacks with the Owls, was found dead in his apartment. He was 21. No cause of death has been given.
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Legendary coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown have been selected for the College Football Hall of Fame, part of a class of 13 that includes former players Ed Reed, Calvin Johnson and Charles Woodson.
Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer
New Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren is hiring Michigan secondary coach Brian Smith as his defensive coordinator and North Carolina Central head coach Jerry Mack (31-15, four seasons, three MEAC titles) to run the Owls' offense. Bloomgren worked with Smith at the New York Jets a decade ago, and with Mack at Delta State prior to that.
Ivan Maisel, Jake Trotter and Adam Rittenberg discuss Rice's hire of Mike Bloomgren and debate how he can succeed bringing his approach to the state of Texas.
Mike Bloomgren has been hired as the coach at Rice.
Rice is finalizing the hire of Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren to be its next head coach, according to sources.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Sources: Rice is finalizing the hire of Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren as coach. Yahoo! Sports first reported the decision. Bloomgren has spent the last seven seasons with Stanford, working primarily with the offensive line. South Carolina offensive coordinator Kurt Roper also was a strong candidate here.
After a 1-11 season, Rice has fired football coach David Bailiff, who led the program for 11 years.
Nic Smith rushed for a career-high 178 yards and a score and North Texas warmed up for the Conference USA championship game with a 30-14 victory over Rice on Saturday.
Steven Williams threw for 188 yards and ran for two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 37 seconds left, to lead Old Dominion in a 24-21 win over Rice on Saturday.
Kwadra Griggs completed 22 of 31 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns and Ito Smith ran for 150 and two scores to propel Southern Mississippi to a 43-34 victory over Rice on Saturday.
A.J. Erdely threw three touchdown passes, Spencer Brown ran for three scores and became the school's sixth freshman to top 1,000 rushing yards, and UAB beat Rice 52-21 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the fifth time in program history.
Boston Scott powered straight up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown and Trey Spencer returned a pick-6 -- both in the final minute -- as Louisiana Tech rallied to a 42-28 win over Rice on Saturday.
Marcus Davenport scored on a 34-yard fumble return with eight minutes left in the first quarter and UT-San Antonio led the entire way in a 20-7 homecoming win over Rice on Saturday night.
Kell Walker ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns and Ahmad Bradshaw added 115 yards rushing and two more scores as Army forced turnovers on four straight possessions in the first half to build a big lead early in a 49-12 win over Rice on Saturday.
Max Browne returned at starting quarterback and threw four touchdown passes in Pittsburgh's 42-10 rout of the Rice on Saturday.
Jose Borregales kicked field goals from 37 and 44-yards out to help give Florida International a 13-7 win over Rice in its Conference USA opener Saturday night.
Kyle Allen threw for two touchdowns as Houston ran up a big first-half lead and held it to beat Rice 38-3 on Saturday night.
Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer
Bands from Houston and Rice with a display of unity at halftime, performing a joint rendition of "Amazing Grace" in honor of victims of Hurricane Harvey.