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Thanks Keith, Now Dear Readers…
Dear “Inside the Irish” fans, “Inside the Irish” foes and, of course, my parents – Dear curious purveyors, my stand-alone predecessor and Tim Raines – Mostly, dear Notre Dame fans, Notre Dame spectators and...
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Former Syracuse coach Scott Shafer hired as Middle Tennessee’s defensive coordinator
Middle Tennessee is giving former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer a chance to get back in the game. Shafer has been hired to be the new defensive coordinator for the Blue Raiders, the school announced...
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Alabama RB Derrick Gore transfers to ULM
It seems to happen every now and then, but Alabama is losing a running back to a transfer this spring. Derrick Gore, a redshirt junior, is transferring to Louisiana-Monroe to continue his college football...
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NCAA proposal to shut down spring break off-campus practices passes
Michigan’s spring break trip to conduct spring practices at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida will be its last. An NCAA proposal to ban such trips outside of the college football season passed by a...
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And in that corner… Introducing Douglas Farmer
It’s time to turn over the keys. On a day where our great nation makes a peaceful transition, so does our humble blog. I’d love to say I was smart enough to time my departure for the same day as...
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Washington State coach Mike Leach fires a shot at the SEC
Washington State coach Mike Leach is known across the country as one of college football’s most interesting characters, rambling on from time-to-time about everything from pirates to the history of ...
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Notre Dame makes Alexander and Balis hires official
Notre Dame confirmed the news that Del Alexander and Matt Balis are joining Brian Kelly’s staff. As expected, Alexander will coach wide receivers while Balis was named director of football performance...
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Willie Taggart completes Oregon coaching staff with familiar face from USF
It probably took a little longer than most to dot the I’s and cross the T’s, but Willie Taggart has completed his coaching staff at Oregon and the latest addition is a familiar face. The school...
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Despite Auburn interest, Texas A&M OC Noel Mazzone staying put in College Station
Gus Malzahn’s quest to find a new offensive coordinator has zigged and zagged in the past few days since the surprising departure of Rhett Lashlee to UConn. One place it will not be going however, is...
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Jim Harbaugh, Michigan coaches ride go-karts with five-star recruit in Georgia
National Signing Day is just around the corner and that means a flurry of in-home visits by coaches across the country trying to lock up the next class of impact players for their program. We’ve seen...
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Florida QB Luke del Rio to miss spring practices following surgery
Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio will be out of action this spring in Gainesville, the school announced on Thursday. Del Rio will instead be taking time to recover from shoulder surgery. Del Rio underwent...
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San Diego State extends Rocky Long’s contract through 2021
Coming off a second straight 11-3 season, San Diego State has rewarded head football coach Rocky Long with a contract extension. The school announced a new contract that tacks on five additional seasons to...
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Former Illini rushing leader announces intent to transfer from Illinois
Illinois running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn is moving on from the Illini. The sophomore announced, via Twitter, he will transfer to a new school in 2017. "If You Don't Know Where You Are Going Any...
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Pitt and UCF add home-and-home series for 2018 and 2019
The Pitt Panthers have filled out their non-conference slate for the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the addition of a home-and-home series with UCF. The scheduling deal, announced Thursday morning, confirm UCF...
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Mississippi lawmaker proposes bill to fine NCAA for extended investigation process
Politicians will always look for ways to play to their constituents, and that sometimes means tugging at the heartstrings of local sports fans. There is no other reason why a lawmaker in Mississippi is...
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LSU dismisses nose guard Travonte Valentine
LSU has dismissed nose guard Travonte Valentine. The dismissal for a violation of team rules was announced Thursday night with an emailed release with head coach Ed Orgeron sharing a brief statement. “At...
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Matt Canada being paid $1.5 million per year to be LSU offensive coordinator
LSU has certainly invested in its coaching staff, now under the leadership of Ed Orgeron. New details about the contract for new offensive coordinator Matt Canada reveal LSU’s newest coordinator will...
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Proposal for 10th assistant coach gains support of NCAA Division 1 Council
The NCAA’s Board of Directors is expected to approve a proposal that will allow college football programs to add a 10th assistant to the coaching staff. The proposal has received the support of the...
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Colorado adds defensive coordinator DJ Eliot from Kentucky
Colorado has a new defensive coordinator, but that means Kentucky is now shopping the market. DJ Eliot will leave his job as defensive coordinator at Kentucky to take on the same role at Colorado. The news...
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Saying Goodbye: Five things I learned writing Inside the Irish
As Lloyd Christmas said, “I hate goodbyes.”But after eight seasons of covering the day-to-day happenings of Notre Dame football, it’s time to say just that. It’s crazy to think that...
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Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich no longer candidate for Auburn
As Auburn looks to fill its vacancy on the football staff at offensive coordinator (previously filled by UConn-bound Rhett Lashlee), it appears that search will no longer include Oklahoma State’s Mike...
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NCAA Division 1 Council turns down proposed June signing period
The fight for an early signing period will continue, but a proposed rule to open up a signing period in the month of June has been rejected by the NCAA’s Division 1 Council. According to the...
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Northern Michigan OL Anthony Herbert passes away
Northern Michigan offensive lineman Anthony Herbert has passed away following a workout Tuesday, the school has confirmed. He was 20. Herbert is the second college football player to pass away in less than...
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Pac-12 announces 2017 schedule
The Pac-12 announced its 2017 schedule on Wednesday, beginning with a New Mexico State-Arizona State/North Dakota-Utah double-header and ending with the conference title game, once again set for Levi’...
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Washington QB Jake Browning reportedly undergoes surgery on throwing shoulder
Washington quarterback Jake Browning has undergone surgery on his throwing shoulder, according to a report from The Seattle Times. The Times reports Browning injured his right shoulder during a 44-18 win...
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Oregon suspends strength coach in wake of player hospitalizations
Three Oregon players were hospitalized after grueling winter workouts conducted by new strength coach Irele Oderinde, and now the school has suspended Oderinde for one month without pay. The original report...
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Appalachian State, East Carolina announce 4-game series
North Carolina’s eastern and western Group of 5 programs are going to rekindle their rivalry. Appalachian State and East Carolina — or is that East Carolina and Appalachian State? —...
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Arkansas promotes Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator
Arkansas has promoted Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator, the program has announced. Like a college player going pro or a high schooler freshly offered a scholarship, Bret Bielema made the announcement...
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Clemson LB Ben Boulware trolls Desmond Howard with CFP trophy tattoo on his heel
Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware is the quintessential “player you hate if he’s on the other team and player you love if he’s on your team.” Boulware constantly searches — often...
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Report: Tarean Folston won’t return for fifth year
Tarean Folston will declare for the NFL Draft. The senior running back, who has a fifth-year of eligibility available after a medical redshirt in 2014, will instead turn his focus to preparing for the...
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Arizona State hires former Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson
Arizona State has hired former Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson to coach its offensive line, the Sun Devils announced Tuesday. Henson spent seven seasons on staff in Columbia, the last three as...
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Oregon hires Mario Cristobal away from Alabama
Oregon has hired Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal to serve as the Ducks’ co-offensive coordinator and run game coordinator, the Ducks announced Tuesday. Though it was just announced today...
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Frank Beamer headlines class of new CFP selection committee members
Now three years into the new system, the College Football Playoff’s selection committee roster is beginning change. Gone are Barry Alvarez, Condoleezza Rice and Lloyd Carr (Carr had already stepped...
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Penn State DT Antoine White announces transfer to Albany
Penn State defensive tackle Antoine White will plug gaps and chase passers in a new destination next season. White revealed he will leave Happy Valley to play for Albany in 2017. As a redshirt sophomore in...
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Cal hires Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator
New Cal head coach Justin Wilcox‘s first hire is a big one. Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin has left his red field of fire to become the offensive coordinator in Berkeley. “This one is...
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Grueling workouts put multiple Oregon players in hospital, per report
The Willie Taggart era at Oregon is barely a month old, and already the first crisis has arrived. A report from The Oregonian uncovered that at least three Ducks football players have been sent to the...
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Phillip Fulmer reportedly a candidate for Tennessee AD job
Tennessee is still in search of its next athletics director, which has become a point of contention lately — and especially over the past 24 hours. Alabama hired Greg Byrne away from Arizona without...
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Missouri State RB Richard Nelson fatally shot in front of home
Missouri State running back Richard Nelson was fatally shot in the back while attempting to break up a fight on Saturday night. He was 18 years old. According to a description of the altercation from the ...
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College football records highest-ever scoring season in 2016
The average college football team topped 30 points per game for the first time in the game’s history, according to data compiled and released by the NCAA. The typical team scored 30.04 points per game...
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USC star Adoree’ Jackson declares for 2017 NFL draft
One of college football’s most versatile players in the country is taking his game to the next level. Adoree’ Jackson of USC announced, via Twitter, he is declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft....
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NCAA denies appeal for extra year for Louisiana-Lafayette QB Anthony Jennings
The football-playing career for Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Anthony Jennings has officially come to a close.
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Vols add UNC DB coach Charlton Warren to coaching staff
Following a somewhat disappointing season in Knoxville, changes are in the air for the Tennessee Vols coaching staff. Among the first changes of the offseason comes at the defensive back coaching position....
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Mike Locksley promoted to full-time offensive assistant at Alabama
With some room to work on the Alabama coaching staff this offseason, head coach Nick Saban has found the right opportunity to promote Mike Locksley to a full-time offensive assistant role in Tuscaloosa. The...
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Report: Ohio Bobcats RB arrested for alleged intoxicated accident and fleeing scene
Ohio running back Maleek Irons was arrested over the weekend for his role in fleeing a possible drunk driving accident. The Athens News reports Irons was arrested Saturday morning by police responding to a...
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Alabama to hires Arizona AD Greg Byrne for same position
Alabama head coach Nick Saban may be the most powerful person within the Alabama sports department, but even he has a boss.  Now, he will have a new boss. Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle is...
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Notre Dame OL Quenton Nelson announces return to school
It’s not yet Signing Day, but Notre Dame has already secured a major commitment for what Brian Kelly hopes is a major bounce-back 2017 season. Offensive lineman Quenton Nelson announced Sunday he is...
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Quenton Nelson will return for his senior season
Brian Kelly’s talked about the rare 6-star recruit: Harrison Smith, Manti Te’o, Michael Floyd, Zack Martin. Well, add Quenton Nelson to the list. Notre Dame’s starting left guard has made...
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Sonny Dykes reportedly joins TCU staff
Former California head coach Sonny Dykes is set to join TCU’s staff in a to-be-determined role, multiple outlets reported Sunday evening. Jeremy Clark of TCU’s 247 site broke the news. Sources...
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Memphis promotes Darrell Dickey to offensive coordinator
Chip Long is off to call plays at Notre Dame, and now Tigers head coach Mike Norvell has moved his remaining staff up a line. The Tigers announced Sunday associate head coach/running backs coach Darrell...
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Michigan OL David Dawson announces transfer to Iowa State
Michigan offensive lineman David Dawson announced shortly after the Wolverines’ Orange Bowl loss to Florida State he would seek a home elsewhere, and now he has found that home. Dawson announced...
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With Chargers skipping town, San Diego State places focus on new stadium
The San Diego Chargers wanted a new stadium in San Diego but were turned down.
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Back for Moore: South Carolina LB Skai Moore to return in 2017
After missing the entire 2016 season due to a herniated disk in his neck, South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore will return to the field in 2017 to play for the Gamecocks. It was previously expected Moore...
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Luke Fickell’s focus on Cincinnati recruiting will be welcome change for high school coaches
Ohio State will always figure to dominate the in-state recruiting efforts within the state of Ohio, but former Buckeye assistant and new head coach of Cincinnati Luke Fickell will do all he can to recruit...
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Report: Michigan RB coach Tyrone Wheatley expected to leave for NFL’s Jaguars
Former Michigan running back and current running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley could be heading back to the NFL.
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Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora leaving for NFL Draft
Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora will leave Waco and enter the NFL Draft this spring. Zamora confirmed the news of his decision on Twitter after human performance training company EXOS announced he was...
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SEC’s leading tackler Zach Cunningham declares for the 2017 NFL Draft
It’s not often that Vanderbilt is a must-stop sight on the Pro Day circuit for NFL scouts but it might be this year. Commodores star linebacker Zach Cunningham has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft...
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Cal officially names Justin Wilcox as new head coach of the Bears
It’s been in the works for several days but finally became official on Saturday afternoon: Justin Wilcox is the new head coach at Cal. “It has been a dream of mine to lead a college football...
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Washington DT Vita Vea returning for another season with the Huskies
After a magical season that culminated in a Pac-12 championship and berth in the College Football Playoff, Washington was not surprisingly hit hard by several underclassmen declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft...
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Louisville reportedly pulls O-line coach Mike Summers away from Florida
After a white-hot start, Louisville belly flopped through the end of the 2016 season. After rising as high as No. 3 in the polls, finishing seven yards shy of knocking off eventual national champion Clemson...
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Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks announces retirement
In addition to a plethora of players, Clemson will have to replace one of its assistant coaches as it gears up for a title defense this fall. At the Tigers’ national championship celebration on...
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Connecticut names Villanova’s Billy Crocker defensive coordinator
New UConn head coach Randy Edsall has named Billy Crocker his defensive coordinator, the program announced Saturday. Crocker arrives from Villanova, where he helped the Wildcats build one of the most...
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Jake Spavital set to reunite with Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia
Jake Spavital worked for Dana Hologrsen three different times spread across four years, and now the two are set to reunite again. According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Spavital will return to West...
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Cal reportedly hands new head coach Justin Wilcox a 5-year contract
Cal interviewed Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox earlier this week, and now the two sides have reportedly made their mutual interest official.
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LSU receiver Malachi Dupre latest junior off to the NFL Draft
Add another talented junior to the list of underclassmen who are skipping their senior season for the 2017 NFL Draft.
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Nebraska reportedly hiring ex-UConn coach Bob Diaco as next defensive coordinator
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley surprised many when he let longtime defensive coordinator Mark Banker go this week but didn’t leave Cornhuskers fans wondering what direction he was going to go on that...
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Report: Western Michigan to hire Tim Lester as P.J. Fleck’s replacement
Western Michigan appears to have found a new captain to row the boat. According to FootballScoop and several others, former Broncos quarterback and recent Purdue coach Tim Lester is set to be hired as the...
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Ex-Alabama QB David Cornwell announces transfer to Nevada
Few programs deal with a January full of roster turnover quite like Alabama and that was certainly the case with a few expected decision coming from players looking to continue their careers outside of...
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Report: Ohio State AD Gene Smith joining CFP Selection Committee
There's still plenty of business left to do for the organization responsible for the postseason.
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A second Clemson Tiger reportedly transferring
Earlier Friday, we noted that offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen had decided to transfer from Clemson.  A few hours later, another Tiger has parted ways with the reigning national champions. According to...
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Top deep-ball threat will take grad transfer route out of Kentucky
When Kentucky looked for a home-run ball or chunk yardage in the passing game in 2016, quite often they’d turn to Jeff Badet.  This coming season, they’ll be forced to look in another direction...
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Alabama trio officially rolls early to NFL draft
Alabama is losing handful of underclassmen to the NFL, albeit a smaller handful than some had projected.
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Clark Lea formally named Linebackers Coach
Notre Dame formally introduced new linebackers coach Clark Lea on Thursday. The press release for the 35-year-old  included the following quote from the new assistant who has worked at Bowling Green, UCLA...
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Reports: Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal leaving for co-OC job at Oregon
It appears Nick Saban will have another hole to fill on his Alabama coaching staff. According to 247Sports.com, Mario Cristobal is leaving Saban’s staff to join Willie Taggart at Oregon as co-...
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Starting center leaving Minnesota for Oklahoma State
The interior of Oklahoma State’s offensive line the season after next has just gotten stronger, to the detriment of Minnesota’s. Earlier this month, rumblings were bubbling that Tyler Moore was...
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FSU confirms WR Travis Rudolph leaving ‘Noles for NFL
It was reported Thursday that the 2016 season was the last for Travis Rudolph at Florida State.  A day later, that’s been confirmed. FSU announced via a press release that Rudolph is foregoing his...
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Reports: OL Jake Fruhmorgen transferring from Clemson
For the first time since claiming the national championship, Clemson has seen a player abandon the winning ship. While the football program has yet to confirm it, TigerNet.com is reporting that Jake...
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Craig Bohl ‘excited’ QB Josh Allen’s returning to Wyoming
If you listened to some of the growing draft chatter, Josh Allen had the kind of talent that wowed scouts and could’ve led to the redshirt sophomore being the first quarterback taken in the upcoming...
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On Twitter, Shai McKenzie announces transfer from Hokies
Shai McKenzie began his Virginia Tech career as one of the most decorated members of the Hokies’ 2014 recruiting class.  In the end, and thanks in part to injury, he’ll fall far short of the...
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Les Miles reportedly ‘out’ as a candidate at Western Michigan
Well, at least theoretically it was fun while it lasted. In a television interview Wednesday, former LSU head coach Les Miles intimated that he would be open to the Western Michigan job if it was offered....
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UConn moves 2017 football game against Boston College to Fenway Park
Bowl season is over but playing football games in baseball stadiums is not. UConn announced on Thursday evening that their non-conference matchup with Boston College on November 18, 2017 is being moved to...
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Bo Jackson: No way I would allow my kids to play football today
Bo Jackson, one of the greatest athletes of his generation, didn’t know everything when it came to the game of football.
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P.J. Fleck still working on taking ‘Row the Boat’ to Minnesota
Will P.J. Fleck keep rowing the boat in the Twin Cities? The new Minnesota head coach certainly would like to.
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Maryland, Virginia renew old rivalry with home-and-home series
Conference realignment broke up dozens of traditional rivalries back in the early part of this decade but one that probably wasn’t on the radar of most fans was the longstanding game between Maryland...
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Michigan confirms hiring of Pep Hamilton
The latest addition to Jim Harbaugh‘s staff is officially official. Following up on reports that have been simmering for a few days now, UM confirmed Thursday that Pep Hamilton has been hired as the...
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Deshaun Watson claims back-to-back Manning Awards
Deshaun Watson is off off to the NFL, but he's aking one more piece of hardware with him.
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Geoff Collins puts finishing touches on first Temple staff
A little over four weeks after landing his first head-coaching job, Geoff Collins has completed his first coaching staff. Temple announced Thursday that Collins has made three additions to his initial staff...
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Kirk Ferentz announces two more changes to Iowa’s offensive staff
As Kirk Ferentz looks to renovate his offensive coaching staff at Iowa, the demolition continues. The head coach announced in a press release early Thursday afternoon that Bobby Kennedy and Chris White (...
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TCU co-OC Doug Meacham heading to Kansas as solo OC
An odd set of offensive coordinator moves continues, with one Big 12 program losing one of its coordinators to another. In a press release, Kansas announced that it has hired Doug Meacham as its offensive...
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Ex-OSU WR Torrence Gibson following Luke Fickell to Cincinnati
Torrance Gibson may have left Ohio State, but he’s not leaving the state of Ohio. Back in August, it was announced that Gibson had been suspended for the entire 2016 season, a suspension with which...
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RB Derrick Gore opts to transfer from Alabama
When you have a stable full of running backs returning, one’s bound to get antsy and bust out. That’s the case with Derrick Gore, who took to Instagram Wednesday evening to announce that he has...
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Reports: ‘No way' Art Briles becomes Auburn’s next OC
Less than 24 hours into Auburn's search for their next offensive coordinator, we can safely cross one name off the list.
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Chargers move to LA won’t mean another team in the Coliseum
The turf at the famed Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum can breathe a little easier this morning. Last season, the famed venue served as the football home of the USC Trojans, of course, as well as the NFL...
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Jim Harbaugh welcomes child No. 7 into the world
If anything, Jim Harbaugh can now officially field one full side of a seven-on-seven drill. Late Wednesday afternoon, the 53-year-old Michigan head coach took to Twitter to announce the arrival of his...
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Dabo Swinney wins second straight Bear Bryant award
Dabo Swinney vanquished Bear Bryant‘s former team in the national championship game earlier in the week.
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D’Onta Foreman claims Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Underrated, undervalued and under-publicized all year long, D'Onta Foreman is finally taking home some additional hardware.  And the best part?  This one honors one of Texas’ football legends....
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Lorenzo Ward added to Louisville’s coaching staff
The reshaping of Bobby Petrino‘s Louisville defensive coaching staff has continued. Earlier in the day, Mississippi State confirmed that it had hired U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the...
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Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee leaves to take same job at UConn
UConn announced that new/old head coach Randy Edsall has hired Lashlee as his new coordinator on his Huskies coaching staff.
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QB Ryan Willis tweets transfer from Kansas to Virginia Tech
Kansas’ quarterback room will have a decidedly different look when spring practice opens in a couple of months. Rumors swirled earlier in the day Wednesday that Ryan Willis had decided to transfer...
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DC Mark Banker one of two coaches no longer on Nebraska staff
Once again, change has come to Mike Riley‘s Nebraska coaching staff. In a press release Wednesday, Riley announced the departures of a pair of his assistants.  One of those was a forced departure as...
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Georgia, Virginia to meet in 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
Georgia and Virginia will meet in a 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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Temple hires Taver Johnson as defensive coordinator
Taver Johnson will be Temple’s new defensive coordinator, the program announced Wednesday. Johnson arrives in Philadelphia from Purdue, where he served as defensive backs coach from 2014-16. Prior to...
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Artavis Scott joins parade of Clemson wideouts off to NFL
Clemson’s offense is going to look different next season. Very different.
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Former Iowa State K Cole Netten makes highlight reel of tweets from his haters
Coaches and players often say the, uh, free expression of today’s social media age is one of the hardest things about participating in college football. Not only can anyone who watches a game critique...
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Reports: Lea, Alexander added to Irish coaching staff
Brian Kelly is adding to his rebuilt coaching staff, reportedly finalizing deals with Wake Forest linebackers coach Clark Lea and Arizona State assistant DelVaughn Alexander. Lea will reunite with Mike Elko...
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