Stanford moves to new facilities, Luck auditorium

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C

STANFORD – The Stanford football program moved into new digs this week, a few steps from its former home.

The new base of operations is a 27,000-square-foot addition to the athletic department that features a gorgeous locker room, offices, meeting rooms and the Andrew Luck Auditorium.

Luck was one of many former players who contributed to the $21 million project – Jim Plunkett and John Elway were also major donors.

The locker room is organized by position and has a section for players who make the NFL and return to campus for offseason workouts.

"There's more space, they upgraded technology in the meeting rooms – it's better than I hoped," said coach David Shaw, who was involved in the planning and expects the upgrade to benefit recruiting.

Minnesota – Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy.

The university announced the decision Thursday. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will be the acting head coach for the Gophers, who don't play this weekend.

Kill said in a statement distributed by the university that "this was a difficult decision but the right decision." He has had five seizures on game days.

Navy – Two of the three Naval Academy midshipmen accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate at an off-campus party in 2012 will be tried during a court-martial, the academy announced Thursday.

Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller ordered courts-martial for Midshipmen Eric Graham and Joshua Tate. Graham is charged with abusive sexual content and Tate is charged with aggravated sexual assault. Both are charged with making false official statements.

No. 8 Louisville 24, Rutgers 10 in Louisville, Ky. – Louisville's unbeaten season survived Thursday night, thanks to a stout defense.

The eighth-ranked Cardinals fought off 19-point underdog Rutgers, 24-10, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Louisville (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) led 17-0 before going into survival mode with a defense that totaled eight sacks and four interceptions.

San Diego State 27, Air Force 20 at Air Force Academy, Colo. – Quinn Kaehler threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Donnel Pumphrey scored on a 10-yard run with 1:39 remaining, helping San Diego State rally for a 27-20 victory over Air Force on Thursday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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