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  • With AD Bill Battle set to retire, Alabama lands Arizona's Greg Byrne

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Alabama athletic director Bill Battle is retiring, and it appears the school already has his successor lined up.

    After multiple reports emerged Sunday night, the school confirmed that Battle, 75, will step down from his position and transition into a “Special Assistant to the President” role at the university. Alabama President Stuart R. Bell said Battle “will continue to lead the (athletic) department” until a successor is named. According to multiple reports (including Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde), and first reported by the Arizona Daily Star, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne will be the one to step in as the Crimson Tide’s athletic director.

    Though it confirmed Battle will step down, the school did not confirm Byrne as his replacement.

    Byrne makes about $700,000 per year at Arizona.

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  • Official: Former Cal OC Jake Spavital takes same position at West Virginia

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago


    Spavital was announced as West Virginia’s offensive coordinator Saturday afternoon.

    “West Virginia is a great place for not only me, but my wife, Mehgan, as well,” Spavital said in a school statement. “Coming back to work for one of the best football programs in the country, work for my mentor and one of the best coaches in the country and be supported by one of the best fan bases in the country is special. There is not a better fit for me or more perfect timing. I’m excited to come back to West Virginia, and I can’t wait to get started.”


    Cal offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has reportedly found a new job as the Bears have found a new head coach.

    According to Fox Sports, Spavital will move across the country and become the offensive coordinator at West Virginia. Friday night, it was reported that Cal had hired Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox as its new head coach. The Bears fired Sonny Dykes last weekend.

  • Former UConn coach Bob Diaco hired as Nebraska's defensive coordinator

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Bob Diaco has a new gig two weeks after being fired by Connecticut.

    Nebraska announced Saturday morning that Diaco would be the team’s new defensive coordinator. Diaco was officially fired at the beginning of 2017 by UConn after three years with the school.

    “When we began looking for a new defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco quickly rose to the top of the list,” Nebraska coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “He has coordinated a top-level defense, has proven himself as a great teacher and recruiter, and we are excited to have him join our football program. Bob is an energetic coach and is ready to get started immediately, beginning with hitting the recruiting trail to find future Blackshirts.”

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    Before he was hired at UConn, Diaco was Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator for four seasons. He won the Broyles Award in 2012 — given to the nation’s best assistant coach — as the Irish made the BCS Championship Game.

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  • Western Michigan introduces former Bronco QB Tim Lester as coach

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Western Michigan turned to a former player to replace P.J. Fleck.

    The Broncos introduced Tim Lester as the team’s new head coach Saturday morning. Lester spent 2016 as the quarterbacks coach at Purdue.

    "We should expect to compete for MAC Championships year in and year out." @CoachTimLester

    — WMU Football (@WMU_Football) January 14, 2017

    Lester played at Western Michigan from 1996-99. In 1999, the Broncos made the MAC title game. He inherits a team that went 13-0 in the regular season, won the MAC title and lost to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.

    Fleck was hired as Minnesota’s new head coach earlier this month after the Gophers fired Tracy Claeys.

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    WMU hired Fleck before the 2013 season to replace Cubit. After going 1-11 in 2013, the Broncos have been to three-straight bowl games.

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  • Cal officially hires Wisconsin's Justin Wilcox as head coach

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago


    Cal announced Wilcox’s hire Saturday afternoon.

    “Justin [Wilcox] is a smart, driven person of high character with a proven record of success,” Cal athletic director Mike Williams said in a statement. “As a former assistant coach for us, Justin understands what it takes to be successful at Cal – in the classroom and on the field. He has deep West Coast roots, having grown up and spent the bulk of his career in the Pac-12 and the conference footprint. Justin just led the No. 7 defense in the country at Wisconsin and his teams have consistently ranked among the best in the nation. I am confident we have found someone who is clearly the right fit for Cal.”


    It didn’t take long for Cal to find Sonny Dykes’ replacement.

    After announcing the firing of Dykes on Sunday, the school has reportedly reached an agreement with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to be its next head coach. This will be the first head-coaching job for Wilcox, who just finished his first season with the Badgers.

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  • Report: Ohio State athletic director to join CFP committee

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The College Football Playoff selection committee is reportedly trading one Big Ten athletic director for another.

    According to ESPN, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will be replaced by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on the committee for 2017. Alvarez’s three-year term on the committee expired at the end of the 2016 season.

    The committee will be replacing three members for the 2017 season. In addition to Alvarez, former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson’s terms are up. Per ESPN, the replacements for the three will be officially announced by the end of the month.

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    Smith’s Buckeyes have made the playoff in two of three years. After winning the inaugural College Football Playoff at the end of the 2014 season, Ohio State lost the Fiesta Bowl to Clemson in 2016.

  • Jan. 13 draft declarations: 3 Bama players and top FSU WR head to NFL

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Alabama junior offensive lineman Cam Robinson, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and wide receiver ArDarius Stewart said they were heading to the NFL on Friday.

    The declarations aren’t surprising. Humphrey had two interceptions and 36 total tackles. Stewart was Alabama’s leading receiver with 54 catches for 864 yards and eight touchdowns while Robinson is regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in the country.

    Cam Robinson said he received a 1st round grade from the draft advisory board. ArDarius Stewart got a 2nd round grade.

    — Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) January 13, 2017

    Had Clemson not come back and scored a touchdown with a second left to beat the Crimson Tide in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Stewart might own one of the most memorable plays during Alabama coach Nick Saban’s tenure at the school. Stewart’s completion to tight end O.J. Howard after a throwback from quarterback Jalen Hurts set up Hurts’ 30-yard touchdown run that gave Alabama a 31-28 lead with 2:07 left.

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  • Reports: Oregon will hire Alabama assistant, ex-FIU coach Mario Cristobal as OC

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Oregon is reportedly getting its offensive coordinator from Alabama.

    According to Rivals’ DuckSportsAuthority.comand other outlets, Alabama assistant coach Mario Cristobal will be hired as Willie Taggart’s offensive coordinator and run game coordinator. Taggart was hired as Oregon’s head coach from South Florida after the school fired Mark Helfrich.

    Cristobal is Alabama’s assistant head coach and offensive line coach. He’s been one of the Tide’s primary recruiters in his four seasons at the school. He’ll presumably be one of Oregon’s key figures on the recruiting trail under Taggart.

    Cristobal came to Alabama after he was fired from Florida International following the 2012 season. In six years at FIU, Cristobal had a 27-47 record but took the Panthers to bowl games in 2010 and 2011. Those games are the only bowl games in FIU history — the school hasn’t had a winning season since. The team was 3-9 in Cristobal’s final season and athletic director Pete Garcia said at the time of Cristobal’s firing that the program had “gone backwards.”

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  • Washington senator pitches bill for state oversight of athletic departments in a deficit

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    A Washington state senator has proposed a bill that would give the state oversight of athletic departments that run a deficit for three consecutive years.

    The bill, if passed, could immediately become applicable to Washington and Washington State. The two athletic departments have been in deficits the previous two years. The bill proposed by Sen. Michael Baumgartner on Wednesday would mandate the budgets of the athletic departments be approved by the state’s commerce, labor and sports committee.

    Baumgartner, a Republican from Spokane, is the chair of that committee.

    “College sports play an important role in higher education, but we need to take a closer look at how schools are budgeting for these programs,” Baumgartner said in a release. “If they’re persistently underwater in terms of budgeting and over-relying on public subsidy, they need some oversight.”

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  • UConn getting over $1 million to move game to Fenway Park

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Connecticut is getting the biggest game guarantee in school history to move a home game vs. Boston College in 2017 to Fenway Park.

    UConn’s game vs. BC was announced Thursday along with a matchup between Massachusetts and Maine as college football games at the historic stadium of the Boston Red Sox. As part of the deal, UConn gets a guarantee of $1.125 million to move a home game and rights to 22,000 of the nearly 40,000 tickets that will be available.

    “We are thrilled to take part in the continuation of what we hope will be a long-time partnership with the Fenway Group and the Boston Red Sox,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “This game will present our players an unforgettable experience playing in one of the most-renowned venues in American sport and provide UConn fans with a front row seat. We could not be happier to take part.”

    Boston College doesn’t get any compensation for the game since it was scheduled to be the road team.

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