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  • Phillip Fulmer is reportedly a candidate for Tennessee's AD job

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    With Tennessee’s search for a new athletic director continuing to trudge along, a new name has emerged as a potential candidate.

    Well, the name is certainly not new in the world of Tennessee athletics at all. In fact, it’s very familiar.

    According to ESPN and USA Today, none other than Phillip Fulmer, the Vols’ longtime football coach, is in the running to replace Dave Hart, who announced his retirement back in August. ESPN’s Chris Low reported Monday that Fulmer is a “prime candidate” for the position.

    Fulmer spent 17 years as UT’s head coach and won a national title in 1998. The 66-year-old also played offensive line for the Vols and was an assistant from 1980 to 1992 before landing the head-coaching gig. He had a 152-52 record at Tennessee, but was forced out in 2008 after a 5-7 season. Since then, the Vols have had three different head coaches and haven’t reached the SEC title game a single time.

    When reached by Low, Fulmer said he “wants what’s best” for Tennessee.

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  • Multiple Oregon players hospitalized following strenuous workouts

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Multiple Oregon football players have been hospitalized as a result of intense strength and conditioning workouts.

    According to The Oregonian, at least three Ducks players — offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick — are listed in fair condition at a hospital just outside Eugene and have been there since late last week. Poutasi’s mother told The Oregonian her son has been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis.

    From The Oregonian:

    Poutasi’s mother, Oloka, said that her son complained of very sore arms after the workouts and had been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a syndrome in which soft muscle tissue is broken down with “leakage into the blood stream of muscle contents,” according to the NCAA medical handbook. Depending on the severity, it has the potential to lead to damaged kidneys.

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  • Cal hires Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    New Cal coach Justin Wilcox dipped into the FCS ranks to find his new offensive coordinator.

    At a press conference Monday, Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin announced he was leaving the program to run Wilcox’s offense in Berkeley. Baldwin spent the last nine seasons as Eastern Washington’s head coach and had an 85-32 overall record, including the 2010 FCS National Championship.

    BREAKING: @EWUFootball head coach Beau Baldwin accepts the Off. Coordinator job at Cal, effectively ending his 9-year run with the Eags. pic.twitter.com/cFWNFxCFCQ

    — EWU Athletics (@EWUAthletics) January 16, 2017

    This season, Baldwin’s Eagles averaged 529.6 yards and 42.4 points per game, the second and third best numbers in the FCS.

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    Cal went 5-7 in 2016.

    For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.com.

  • USC star Adoree' Jackson declares for 2017 NFL draft

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    The versatile Adoree’ Jackson is headed to the next level.

    Jackson, who served as a cornerback, receiver and explosive kick returner during his three-year career at USC, announced Monday that he will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL draft. Monday was the final day underclassmen could declare for the draft.

    Jackson’s decision comes a few weeks after USC capped off its season with a comeback win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. After a 1-3 start, the Trojans finished the season on a nine-game winning streak. Jackson left the Rose Bowl with an injury, one that was later deemed minor.

    “After the Rose Bowl, I had many thoughts running through my head. What was on my mind was that nothing is guaranteed in life and to take advantage of every opportunity that is put in front of you. With that being said, I would like to announce that I have decided to forgo my final season of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL draft,” Jackson wrote in a message posted on his Twitter account.

    For more USC news, visit TrojanSports.com.

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

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Alabama athletic director Bill Battle is retiring, and 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.

    On Monday morning, Alabama confirmed that its next athletic director will be Greg Byrne, the current AD at Arizona. Byrne will become the athletic director at Alabama, effective March 1.

    The news of Byrne’s hire was first reported by the Arizona Daily Star.

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

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  • UCLA reportedly fires OL coach Adrian Klemm

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Adrian Klemm’s time at UCLA has reportedly come to an end.

    Klemm, the team’s offensive line coach since 2011 and one of the best recruiters in the Pac-12, has been let go by the program, according to multiple reports. Scout.com first reported the news, which comes just a few weeks before national signing day.

    Klemm is currently under a two-year show-cause penalty because of NCAA violations. Klemm, the NCAA said, “admitted to paying $2,400 for housing and private training sessions on behalf of two prospects.” As a result, Klemm was suspended by the NCAA from March 2015 to June 2015. The team thensuspended Klemm for the first two games of the 2015 season. He was also fined.

    According to the Los Angeles Daily News, UCLA “would have been required to submit an oversight plan to the NCAA until 2018” if Klemm stayed on staff.

    For more UCLA news, visit BruinSportsReport.com.

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

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    UPDATE

    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.”

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    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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 days ago

    UPDATE

    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.”

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    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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