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Police cracking down at ‘World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party’

Thousands of fans are getting ready for Saturday's Georgia-Florida college football game. The annual game between the longtime Southeastern Conference rivals is a huge economic boost for Jacksonville, Florida, and security will be in full force.

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Police say the Georgia-Florida game is one of the busiest and biggest weekends when it comes to crowd control and underage drinking. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco are making sure people are having fun at the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” but also following the rules. 

For many fans, the weekend is about food, football and alcohol. The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco is making sure the drinks aren't getting into the wrong hands.

"We know that there is a small percentage of people out here that are underage and possessing alcohol beverages," said Lt. Eugene Baker of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

Those are the fans Baker and the teams of officers are looking for.

"We look at people, if they got a young appearance, then we'll stop and have a conversation with them and basically see what's going on, ask them for their IDs. This particular event, the chief judge for the 4th Judicial Circuit has went ahead and mandated a $75 penalty for this and what we'll do is issue them a notice to appear," said Baker.

The officers stopped several people, but all of them were of legal age.

"I love that they're out here checking IDs. I think it's very important. It's very important to let the kids, to know what they can or cannot do, and the kids of age, should be able to do the things that they want to do," said Dara Salky.

Baker said drinking underage is a second degree misdemeanor and offenders will have 30 days to pay that ticket.

The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. ET at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Florida (5-1, 3-1 SEC) is ranked 14th in the polls, while Georgia is 4-3, 2-3.

WATCH: Samford football player Deion Pierre pops the question in epic postgame proposal

This weekend’s best college football moment in the state of Alabama had nothing to do with the Alabama Crimson Tide or Auburn Tigers.

No, that title goes to the Samford Bulldogs.

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Samford, which is a Birmingham-based FCS program that will play at Mississippi State on Oct. 29, took care of Virginia Military Institute 55-21 for its third consecutive victory on Saturday. But even that had little to do with the moment of the week, which goes to Bulldogs LB Deion Pierre for the postgame proposal he orchestrated for his girlfriend.

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You can check out the whole thing here, but be warned that it’s sure to tug at your heartstrings:

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Teammates broke out into a chant after the successful proposal: “She said yes! She said yes!”

“I won twice today,” Pierre can be heard saying in the video. Indeed, Deion. Indeed.

Former NFL player, Auburn defensive star Quentin Groves dead at 32

Former NFL defensive lineman and Auburn standout Quentin Groves, 32, died Saturday.

The cause of death has not been officially confirmed, though  according to SB Nation, Groves suffered a heart attack. During the 2008 NFL combine, he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which caused a rapid heartbeat. After a minor surgical procedure, Groves was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Groves spent two years at Jacksonville, and then played for several teams, including the Raiders, Browns and Titans. He last played in the regular season in 2014.

At Auburn, Groves was an All-SEC star, tying the school's career sack record at 26 and setting a single-game record with four sacks.

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh names homecoming queen during recruiting trip

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh kept busy during the Wolverines’ bye week — he announced the homecoming queen at a California high school game.

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ESPN reported that Harbaugh was on a recruiting trip at Antioch High School to see highly recruited running back Najee Harris, who is committed to Alabama. 

Harbaugh attended Antioch’s homecoming game against Liberty High School, and school officials asked him to announce the homecoming queen at halftime, ESPN reported.

Harbaugh called the name of Tatiana Mendez as the crowd roared.

Harbaugh said he'd never been asked to handle the microphone during a recruiting visit.

"That was an all-time first for me," Harbaugh told ESPN. "That was really cool." 

Texas mascot Bevo sent flowers to LSU’s Mike the Tiger days before he died

UPDATE: LSU announced Tuesday that Mike the Tiger has died.

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If any school knows how much a mascot can mean to its team, it’s Texas. What are we without our trusty steer (and his tiny, adorable horns)?

That’s why young Bevo XV (and his Texas Silver Spurs handlers) didn’t hesitate to send LSU’s Mike the Tiger flowers after the recent news that the big cat’s cancerous tumor had resumed growth. The school announced in May that the tiger had been diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma.

The sweet note accompanying the bouquet, a picture of which was tweeted out and posted to the mascot’s Instagram account, promises to keep Mike in “our thoughts and prayers.”

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Thank you, Bevo XV, for the flowers. #mascotssticktogether A photo posted by Mike VI, LSU's Live Mascot (@miketigervi) on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:21pm PDT

Unfortunately, things aren’t looking up for Mike. The school announced last week that it was prepared to euthanize the tiger when he begins to show signs of suffering. Tuesday he was removed from his public viewing pen and placed in hospice care.

According to Geaux 247, Mike is a “a 10-year old Siberian-Bengal mix male.” LSU won the 2007 BCS National Championship during his first year in the role.

With the loss of beloved Bevo XIV, who was found to have cancer in 2015, only a year behind us, the impending loss is felt by tigers and longhorns alike.

East Carolina fans boo own marching band for national anthem protest

Following in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes around the country, East Carolina band members kneeled during the national anthem Saturday ahead of the team’s tilt with Central Florida.

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The band was also booed during halftime.

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Reactions were varied after the stance:

Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem in protest of racial inequality, prompting other athletes to follow suit.

(H/T 247sports)

LSU fires Miles as football coach

LSU fired Les Miles as its head football coach Sunday, the school confirmed to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Cam Cameron also was fired as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will be introduced as interim coach on Monday, the school said.

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LSU, ranked No. 5 in the preseason Top 25, fell to 2-2 on Saturday night after an 18-13 loss at Auburn. It was the worst start for LSU since Miles took over as coach in 2005.

 “Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.”

Miles, who turns 63 in November, went 114-34 in 11 seasons at LSU and led the Tigers to the BCS national championship in 2007.

LSU (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) opened the season with a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin, the Tigers’ first defeat in a season opener since 2002. The Tigers beat Jacksonville State and Mississippi State before Saturday's loss at Auburn (2-2, 1-1). LSU hosts Missouri at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. 

Orgeron was head coach at Mississippi from 2005 to 2007. He also served as interim head coach in 2013 at Southern California after Lane Kiffin was fired during that season, going 6-2.

Writer criticizes women’s choice of clothes at ’Bama-USC game

A Texas-based freelance writer admonished young women attending the Alabama-USC college football game earlier this month, writing that they should “cover it up.”

In a story published in the Huffington Post, Rebecca Walden wrote that she was surprised to see some of the clothes worn by women at the game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 3. Top-ranked Alabama won 52-6 in the season opener for both teams.

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According to AL.com, Walden, a Birmingham native, wrote that she recalled shopping for her own gameday outfits as a student at the University of Alabama 20 years ago.

"What we didn't want, and what we never did, was to show up for a college football game looking like we belonged in a Victoria's Secret fashion show," Walden wrote.

The Huffington Post later removed the column from its site. Part of the column was captured in a screenshot that was posted online.

WATCH: Central Michigan upsets No. 22 Oklahoma State on officials' error, Hail Mary

Central Michigan scored a stunning upset against No. 22 Oklahoma State on Saturday, with the Chippewas using a Hail Mary and a lateral to steal the win with no time on the clock.

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Steal is indeed the key word there, as MAC officials ruled that the play Central Michigan scored on should have never happened.

The reason the play shouldn’t have happened is because of what happened on the previous play. Oklahoma State had the ball on 4th-and-13, where they were called for an intentional grounding penalty as time expired. Usually, penalties allow for an extra play to take place, but since intentional grounding results in a loss of down, an extra play shouldn’t have been allowed by NCAA rule.

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As the Big 12 mentioned in their statement, the game is over and the ruling cannot be reversed. Instead, Central Michigan gets its first victory over a ranked opponent since 1991, and Oklahoma State takes a big loss for the Big 12.

Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that he had dismissed starting safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after both were arrested in separate incidents in Indiana over the weekend.

Redfield was a two-year starter who was fourth on the team in tackles last season. He also faces an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

Four other four players arrested with Redfield on misdemeanor possession of marijuana will be disciplined internally, Kelly announced. University officials could impose more penalties on top of what the athletic department decides.

In a separate incident, Butler was arrested during a bar fight between two women. According to police, Butler was asked to move back and the player “shouted profanities at the officers and starting swinging his fist.” One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a sore wrist.

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Kelly issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday.

“There are times when a player’s conduct fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said. “This is such an instance.”

From a football perspective, Kelly’s decision will hurt the Irish secondary. With Redfield now gone, freshman Devin Studstill is projected to start. His backup is also a freshman. Butler was still rehabilitating a broken foot injury suffered in June. He was not expected to play until October.

No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4.

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