The New England Patriots will face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Super Bowl 53.
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The Brady-Belichick Super Bowl era seemingly has come full circle.
Sunday will be 17 years to the day since New England’s epic upset of the (St. Louis) Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, the first of Tom Brady’s five Super Bowl wins with head coach Bill Belichick.
It’s the Patriots vs. the Rams again, with some wondering if the franchise from Los Angeles has the NFL’s coach-QB combo of the future.
SUPER BOWL LIII
Who: New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams
When: Sunday, Feb. 3
Where: Merecedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will have the call for CBS from the booth, with Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn on the sidelines.
Gladys Knight will sing the national anthem, and Maroon 5 is the halftime act in Atlanta.
The Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl, the ninth for Brady, with a 37-31 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Rams also won on the road, and in OT, beating the New Orleans Saints, 26-23.
This is New England’s third straight Super Bowl trip
Donnie Corley, who was kicked off the Michigan State football team following his freshman season after being charged with sexual assault, picked his next college.
The wide receiver and defensive back announced via Twitter Friday evening he is headed to Texas Southern. Corley spent the 2018 season at Coahoma Community College in Mississippi, will be eligible to play in the fall and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Texas Southern in an FCS program and member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The traditional signing day for college football is Wednesday.
A former four-star prospect from Detroit Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Corley signed with Michigan State’s 2016 recruiting class. He appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman (two starts) while playing both ways and had 33 receptions for 453 yards and three touchdowns to go with five tackles.
Corley, along with fellow freshmen Josh King and Demetric Vance, were dismissed from the team by coach Mark Dantonio in June 2017 after they were charged sexual assault stemming from an incident in January that year at an East Lansing apartment. All three were expelled from the university for violating its relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy after a Title IX investigation.
King faced up to life in prison for charges of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Corley and Vance each faced a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct – punishable by up 15 years in prison. However, all three accepted plea deals in Ingham County Circuit Court in April 2018 to a felony charge of seduction while King also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of surveilling an unclothed person.
All three were sentenced in June to 36 months of probation and required to complete sex offender treatment, individual and group therapy, cognitive therapy, 100 hours of community service and pay $1,300 in court costs and fines. They were also granted status under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which will keep their records non-public if they fulfill the terms of the agreement.
Corley, King and Vance all played at Coahoma Community College during the 2018 season. Corley had 40 receptions for 459 yards and six touchdowns.
LJ Scott missed the Senior Bowl but will get another chance to impress NFL scouts.
The former Michigan State running back announced via Twitter Friday afternoon he received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. The combine is Feb. 26 through March 4 in Indianapolis
An official list of invitations, which will exceed 300, has not yet been released and Scott is the only Spartan who has announced an invitation so far. Cornerback Justin Layne, who left for the draft after his junior season, and safety Khari Willis are among the former Michigan State players who are leading candidates to receive an invitation. Receiver Felton Davis, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon in October, said in December he will not be healed in time to be part of the combine.