Thomas Neumann 

Three miles north of Super Bowl LI site NRG Stadium, sits Rice Stadium -- which played host to Super Bowl VIII on Jan. 13, 1974. The Miami Dolphins beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-7.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Before Marvin Wilson came in, one student played a joke, added a sixth hat (Rice).

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford officially announces a game against Rice in Australia to open the 2017 season. The game will be Aug. 26 (Aug. 27 in Australia) and will replace the Cardinal's originally scheduled road game at Rice on Sept. 2. Stanford will now have a longer time to prepare for its Sept. 9 showdown at USC.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Senior Bowl: Three wide receivers that stood out on the practice field this week -- Ryan Switzer (UNC), Chad Williams (Grambling) and Taywan Taylor (WKU).

Western Kentucky's Lamp a top prospect

Mel Kiper Jr. has OG Forrest Lamp as his No. 3 prospect in this year's Senior Bowl. Kiper calls Lamp his top-ranked guard, and he predicts Lamp's versatility will make for a long career at the next level. Senior Bowl top 15 (Insider)

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Hendrickson named Defensive MVP of Shrine Game

Florida Atlantic defensive end Trey Hendrickson picked up a strip sack during Saturday's East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., but his East team lost the exhibition 10-3. Box score

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Will Hernandez poised for big season

A three-year Miners starter at left guard, Hernandez didn't allow a sack or quarterback hurry in 2016. He'll be back for more in 2017. Top returning players: Nos. 26-50 (Insider)

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Kiffin era will begin against Navy

The Lane Kiffin era is a must-see, and his first game as the Florida Atlantic head coach isn't an easy one as they host Navy in Boca Raton, Fla. on Sept. 2. The Midshipmen have won 45 games over the last five years. Countdown to 2017

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Rice is hiring Nebraska defensive backs coach Brian Stewart as defensive coordinator, sources tell colleague Sam Khan Jr. and me. Stewart has been defensive coordinator at Maryland, Houston and the Dallas Cowboys. He spent the past two seasons at Nebraska.

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C-USA ties for most G5 bowl wins

Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion won bowl games to give Conference USA a 4-3 bowl record. No other Group of 5 conference earned more wins.

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Kiffin's back as a head man

Lane Kiffin won't coach in the national title game and will resume duties full-time as the next Florida Atlantic head coach. He's had mixed results in previous tenures.