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Ex-Penn State WR Shorter transfers to Florida

Ex-Penn State WR Shorter transfers to Florida

Former five-star wide receiver Justin Shorter said Sunday he is transferring from Penn State to Florida.Shorter, who entered the transfer portal in November, will have to sit out the 2020 season under NCAA transfer guidelines, barring a waiver."Officially committed," he posted on Twitter, along with three photos wearing a white Gators uniform.
College football notebook: Baylor hires Fedora as OC, QBs coach

College football notebook: Baylor hires Fedora as OC, QBs coach

Baylor hired former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora as its next offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the school announced Saturday.Fedora, 57, spent last season as an analyst for the University of Texas. He compiled a 45-43 record at North Carolina from 2012-18 but was fired after his teams posted 3-9 and 2-9 records in his last two seasons in Chapel Hill. His Tar Heels made four bowl appearances.He joins the staff of new Bears coach Dave Aranda, the former LSU defensive coordinator who was hired last week to replace Matt Rhule. Rhule left Waco to become head coach of the NFL's Carolina Panthers."I'm excited about Coach Fedora joining our staff as offensive coordinator," Aranda said. "Larry has a track record of explosive, prolific offenses. He will do a great job of spreading the ball around and making the defense have to defend every blade of grass. He will maximize our playmakers and put them in space to create mismatches. He is a great motivator and a former head coach that I will rely on for advice. I'm excited about working with him and maximizing our offense's potential."--Miami defensive end Scott Patchan has entered the NCAA transfer portal.Patchan, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 249 pounds, will be eligible to play his final season elsewhere in 2020 as a graduate transfer.Patchan started six games and played in all 13 for the Hurricanes in 2019, finishing with a career-high 33 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He played in 30 games for Miami and registered 63 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.--San Jose State has signed former Arkansas and Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel, who will compete for the starting job for the 2020 season.
Miami DE Patchan enters transfer database

Miami DE Patchan enters transfer database

Miami defensive end Scott Patchan has entered the NCAA transfer portal.Patchan, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 249 pounds, will be eligible to play his final season elsewhere in 2020 as a graduate transfer."It has always been my dream to play at the University of Miami. I will cherish the relationships fostered with my teammates, coaches and others," he posted Saturday on Twitter. "I will be a Cane for life. I now look forward to new challenges. God bless."Patchan started six games and played in all 13 for the Hurricanes in 2019, finishing with a career-high 33 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Report: Baylor hiring ex-UNC coach Fedora as OC

Report: Baylor hiring ex-UNC coach Fedora as OC

Baylor plans to hire former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora as its next offensive coordinator, Yahoo Sports reported Saturday.Fedora, 57, spent last season as an analyst for the University of Texas.He joins the staff of new Bears coach Dave Aranda, the former LSU defensive coordinator who was hired last week to replace Matt Rhule. Rhule left Waco to become head coach of the NFL's Carolina Panthers.Fedora compiled a 45-43 record at North Carolina from 2012-18 but was fired after his teams posted 3-9 and 2-9 record in his last two seasons in Chapel Hill. His Tar Heels made four bowl appearances.He was 34-19 as the head coach with four bowl appearances in four seasons at Southern Miss from 2008-11.
Ex-A&M, Arkansas QB Starkel lands at San Jose State

Ex-A&M, Arkansas QB Starkel lands at San Jose State

San Jose State has signed former Arkansas and Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel, who will compete for the starting job for the 2020 season.Starkel began his college career at Texas A&M (2016-18) and Arkansas (2019). A graduate transfer, he can play immediately and has one year of eligibility remaining.He announced his decision to transfer on Dec. 13, just days after former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman was hired as the Razorbacks' head coach.Starkel redshirted at Texas A&M in 2016 and played in 11 games (five starts) over the next two seasons. He tallied 1,962 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions with the Aggies, and he set the Texas A&M bowl game record with for 499 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-52 loss to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl in 2017.
Notre Dame signee faces burglary, other charges

Notre Dame signee faces burglary, other charges

A Notre Dame football signee is among three teenagers accused of breaking into a business and stealing nine guns, according to a report on Saturday.Lexington, Ky., television station WKYT said Landen Bartleson, 18, and two 16-year-olds face charges of criminal mischief, burglary and receiving stolen property.Bartleson, ranked as a three-star cornerback on the 247Sports composite, signed with Notre Dame on Dec. 18 and was expected to enroll in June.
Southern Cal hires Orlando as defensive coordinator

Southern Cal hires Orlando as defensive coordinator

Southern California filled its defensive coordinator vacancy on Friday by announcing the hiring of Todd Orlando.The 48-year-old Orlando was fired as Texas' defensive coordinator after the 2019 season. He was hired as Texas Tech's assistant head coach on Jan. 8 but departed that gig earlier this week."We are excited to have Todd join our Trojan football program," USC coach Clay Helton said in a statement. "He is an experienced and successful defensive coordinator who has made an impact everywhere he has coached. He brings a passion, energy, toughness and discipline to his coaching and those characteristics were evident in our discussions. His defensive system poses an extreme challenge to offenses."Orlando replaces the fired Clancy Pendergast, who ran USC's defense for the past four seasons.Orlando, 48, was defensive coordinator at Texas for three seasons. The Longhorns ranked 65th in scoring defense (27.5 points per game) and 97th in total defense (431.5) in 2019.He has also run defenses at Connecticut, Florida International, Utah State and Houston.
Report: LSU to pay Orgeron $42M in new deal

Report: LSU to pay Orgeron $42M in new deal

LSU coach Ed Orgeron agreed to a six-year contract that will pay him $42 million in total compensation, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported Friday.The national champion Tigers were undefeated in 2019, capping a perfect 15-0 season with a title game victory over Clemson. LSU is 11-1 in its past 12 against teams ranked in the top 10 and was 7-0 in those games in 2019.Oregeron, 58, made $4 million in 2019, which was tied for 28th in college football according to USA Today Sports' database on college coaching salaries.Since being named interim head coach in 2016, Orgeron has a 40-9 record and is 23-7 in the Southeastern Conference.
Miami QB Williams reportedly entering transfer portal

Miami QB Williams reportedly entering transfer portal

Miami Hurricanes starting quarterback Jarren Williams is putting his name in the transfer portal, according to multiple media reports Thursday.The news comes days after former Houston quarterback D'Eriq King announced he is transferring to Miami.Williams would need a waiver to be able to play at another school in 2020.Williams, 20, completed 169 of 276 passes for 2,187 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2019 in 12 games (10 starts), but also threw seven interceptions for the 6-7 Hurricanes. His best game might have been in a 52-27 victory over Louisville, when he set a Miami record with six touchdown passes.In 2018, when he went 1-for-3 passing for 17 yards and rushed for a touchdown in his only game, he was suspended one game for an unspecified team rules violation.
Stanford LB Pryts withdraws from transfer portal

Stanford LB Pryts withdraws from transfer portal

Stanford's leading tackler has reportedly withdrawn his name from the NCAA transfer database.Inside linebacker Andrew Pryts will return to the Cardinal for his final season in 2020, 247Sports.com reported on Wednesday.The redshirt junior started all 12 games and registered a team-high 71 tackles in 2019, adding one tackle for loss and one interception. He posted a season-high 10 tackles in a 24-20 loss to rival California in the "Big Game" on Nov. 23.
Auburn DC Steele agrees to three-year extension

Auburn DC Steele agrees to three-year extension

Auburn's Kevin Steele has agreed to a three-year contract extension that reportedly will make him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football.The school did not provide financial terms on the deal during its announcement late Wednesday night, however ESPN cited sources as saying that the contract will pay Steele $2.5 million per year.Steele's new deal will run through the 2022 season.Steele, 61, is making $1.9 million annually on his current contract, which puts him with Clemson's Brent Venables and Texas A&M's Mike Elko as the lone coordinators to earn at least that much.Previously, LSU's Dave Aranda was the highest-paid assistant in college football at $2.5 million before he left the school to take the head coaching position at Baylor earlier this month.
Texas DTs Christmas-Giles, Wilbon to transfer

Texas DTs Christmas-Giles, Wilbon to transfer

Texas defensive tackles D'Andre Christmas-Giles and Gerald Wilbon both entered the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports.com reported.Both are graduate transfers and will be eligible to play for another FBS school in 2020.Christmas-Giles (6-3, 315) appeared in 20 games for the Longhorns, registering six tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. Because he only played in one game in 2019, he has one year of eligibility remaining.
Police: Ex-Mississippi State WR Wilson victim of homicide

Police: Ex-Mississippi State WR Wilson victim of homicide

Police in Birmingham, Ala., are investigating the death of former Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson as a homicide.Wilson, 25, was found dead on Tuesday in a home in the city after police received a call about an unresponsive person. Sgt. Johnny Williams of the Birmingham Police Department said he had only "limited details on the investigation" but that police were seeking people in the area with "additional information as to what may have occurred during this homicide."Wilson, who attended high school in Birmingham, played for Mississippi State from 2013-15 and was a favorite target of quarterback Dak Prescott.In three seasons with the Bulldogs, Wilson had 133 catches for 1,936 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. He is No. 6 in receptions on the Bulldogs' all-time list and tied for second in touchdown receptions.He caught 19 touchdown passes from Prescott, making them the No. 1 quarterback-to-receiver TD duo ever for the Bulldogs.
Ex-ASU coach Graham hired at Hawaii

Ex-ASU coach Graham hired at Hawaii

Hawaii will introduce Todd Graham as its head football coach on Wednesday.He will replace Nick Rolovich, who was named head coach at Washington State last week.Graham, 55, has 12 years of head coaching experience but has been out of football since he was fired at Arizona State following the 2017 season. His head coaching record is 95-61 at Rice (2006), Tulsa (2007-10), Pittsburgh (2011) and Arizona State (2012-17).Graham was 46-32 at Arizona State over six seasons, twice posting 10-win seasons and finishing in the AP Top 25 in 2013 and 2014.His final three seasons were less successful -- marks of 6-7, 5-7 and 7-6 -- leading to his dismissal.
Oregon hires ex-Mississippi State coach Moorhead as OC

Oregon hires ex-Mississippi State coach Moorhead as OC

Oregon named former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead as its offensive coordinator."I've admired Joe's offensive philosophy and ability as a play caller from afar, and after meeting with him I was even more impressed," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said Tuesday in a statement announcing Moorhead's hiring. 'He is a great teacher and communicator, and instills confidence and belief in his players. His offenses have been explosive, balanced, multiple and creative."Moorhead was fired on Jan. 3 after leading the Bulldogs to a 14-12 record and two bowl appearances in two seasons in Starkville. He was replaced by Mike Leach, formerly of Washington State.Moorhead, 46, replaces Marcus Arroyo, who left the Ducks to become the head coach at UNLV.
Top QB Vandagriff commits to Georgia

Top QB Vandagriff commits to Georgia

Georgia has landed its latest home-grown quarterback prospect.Brock Vandagriff, ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2021, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will play for the Bulldogs. He attends Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, Ga., just outside Athens.
Ex-Texas Tech QB Duffey headed to Central Michigan

Ex-Texas Tech QB Duffey headed to Central Michigan

Former Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey is joining Central Michigan as a graduate transfer, he wrote in a text to ESPN on Sunday.Duffey played in 10 games last season, the final eight as the starter after an injury to Alan Bowman. He passed for 2,840 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 65.1 percent of his passes and averaged 284.0 yards per game.He also ran for 212 yards and a touchdown for the Red Raiders (4-8).Duffey appeared in eight games, with three starts, in 2018, leading the team in rushing with 369 yards.Duffey appeared headed to Tulane earlier this month, but he was denied admission because of academics, according to nola.com.
Wisconsin WR Cruickshank transfers to Rutgers

Wisconsin WR Cruickshank transfers to Rutgers

Wisconsin wide receiver Aron Cruickshank announced Saturday he is transferring to Rutgers.A 5-foot-9 sophomore, Cruickshank played in all 14 games for the Badgers in 2019.He posted a photo to Instagram on Saturday wearing a Rutgers uniform with the headline "Committed."He rushed 13 times for 139 yards and one touchdown, caught three passes for 29 yards and returned 23 kickoffs for 674 yards and two scores in 2019.
College football notebook: Clemson's Simmons entering NFL draft

College football notebook: Clemson's Simmons entering NFL draft

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced Saturday that he plans to skip his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft."Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out," Simmons wrote on Twitter, leading into a lengthy post.The Tigers' leading tackler the past two seasons is expected to be chosen among the top 10 picks, projecting as a versatile linebacker-safety hybrid.A redshirt junior, Simmons finished the 2019 season with 102 tackles (16 for loss), eight sacks and three interceptions, earning the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. He totaled 236 tackles (28 for loss), 10 sacks and four interceptions during his Clemson career.--Clemson junior defensive tackle Xavier Kelly has entered the NCAA transfer portal.He appeared in 10 games for the national championship runner-up Tigers in 2019, tallying six tackles, a half-sack, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Kelly, who registered 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 28 games with the Tigers, will be eligible to play his final season in 2020 as a graduate transfer.--LSU and members of its national championship team are "unlikely" to face penalties from the NCAA stemming from players apparently accepting cash from Odell Beckham Jr. following the Tigers' 42-25 win over Clemson, according to a report by CBS Sports.CBS Sports cited two compliance experts, who noted that any junior or senior headed to the NFL draft would likely not be impacted, while underclassmen would be required to pay back the money to avoid suspension.
Clemson LB Simmons to enter NFL draft

Clemson LB Simmons to enter NFL draft

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced Saturday that he plans to forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft."Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out," Simmons wrote on Twitter, leading into a lengthy post.The Tigers' leading tackler the past two seasons is expected to be chosen among the top 10 picks.A redshirt junior, Simmons finished the 2019 season with 102 tackles (16 for loss), eight sacks and three interceptions, earning the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. He totaled 236 tackles (28 for loss), 10 sacks and four interceptions during his Clemson career.