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  • Washington State reportedly set to hire Chun as AD
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Washington State is planning to hire Florida Atlantic athletics director Pat Chun for the same role in Pullman, Wash., multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

    • It is believed Chun would be the first Asian-American hired as an AD by a Power 5 school.

      He is expected to be introduced at a Wednesday press conference.

      Florida Atlantic hired Chun away from Ohio State in 2012 and saw its fortunes rise during his tenure, first engineering the school's move to Conference USA and most notably with the hire of Lane Kiffin to coach the football team before last season.

      The Owls started 1-3 under Kiffin but went undefeated in conference play and then crushed Akron 50-3 in the Boca Raton Bowl.

      Chun worked 15 years at Ohio State, his alma mater, where he was a premier fundraiser in the athletic department. He was promoted six times during his tenure with the Buckeyes.

      --Field Level Media

  • CFB notebook: Stanford RB Love bypasses NFL
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Heisman Trophy finalist Bryce Love resisted the pull of the NFL to return to Stanford for his senior season.

    • Love, according to reports, took his decision down to the wire Monday, the deadline set by the NFL for underclassmen to enter the 2018 draft. Love was the runner up to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in Heisman voting in December.

      The diminutive back was formerly the backup to 2017 first-round draft pick Christian McCaffrey but flourished as the full-time starter for the Cardinal.

      Love was named the Doak Walker Award winner (top running back) and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year following his breakout season, rushing for 2,118 yards, second most in the FBS behind San Diego State's Rashaad Penny, despite missing one game with an ankle injury.

      --All-Big 12 fullback Winston Dimel announced that he will leave Kansas State as a graduate transfer for his final season of eligibility.

      Dimel was a big threat in the red zone during his time at Kansas State, totaling 25 touchdowns in his three seasons with the school. The popular thought is Dimel could transfer to UTEP, where his father Dana, K-State's former offensive coordinator, was hired as head coach last month.

      --Los Angeles Chargers tight ends coach John McNulty is returning to Rutgers as offensive coordinator, Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash announced.

      McNulty, who spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator under Greg Schiano and five seasons overall at Rutgers, replaces Jerry Kill, who retired because of health concerns. Reports of his return to Rutgers began surfacing over the weekend, and NJ.com reported McNulty received a three-year, $1,875,000 contract.

      McNulty oversaw one of the most robust offenses in Rutgers history in 2007 as the Scarlet Knights became the first program FBS team to have a 3,000-yard passer (Mike Teel), a 2,000-yard rusher (Ray Rice) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood). They led the Scarlet Knights to a school-record 426 points.

      --With Brian Daboll joining the Buffalo Bills after one year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is searching for an offensive coordinator for the seventh time during Nick Saban's tenure, and it appears former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is a candidate.

      The Tuscaloosa News first reported Freeze was at the team's complex on Monday, and Clay Travis reports Freeze was interviewing for the offensive coordinator job. According to a report from CBS Sports, Freeze's interest in joining the Tide is not necessarily exclusive to the offensive coordinator position.

      Freeze, 48, resigned as the Rebels' head coach in July after a lengthy investigation by the NCAA into recruiting violations at the school and the discovery of calls made to an escort service from his school-issued phone. His resulting two-game suspension applies only to being a head coach, meaning he would not have to miss any games if hired as an assistant.

      --Field Level Media

  • K-State FB Dimel to transfer
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    All-Big 12 fullback Winston Dimel announced Tuesday that he'll be leaving Kansas State as a graduate transfer for his final season of eligibility.

    • "Deciding to leave K-State was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make," Dimel wrote in a note he shared on his Twitter. "I just want to say thank you to all of the fans, Manhattan community, my teammates and my family for all of the support throughout the years. These last 4 years have been an amazing experience that I will forever be thankful for."

      Dimel was a big threat in the red zone during his time at Kansas State, totaling 25 touchdowns in his three seasons with the school. He had five in 2017 -- four on the ground and one receiving. He was named second-team All-Big 12 after being first-team in 2015 and '16.

      The popular thought is Dimel could transfer to UTEP, where his father Dana, K-State's former offensive coordinator, was hired as head coach last month. Winston Dimel told the Wichita Eagle he's received scholarship offers from Missouri and Texas A&M and that Wisconsin has been in contact with him as well.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rutgers hires McNulty as offensive coordinator
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Los Angeles Chargers tight ends coach John McNulty is returning to Rutgers as offensive coordinator, Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash announced Tuesday.

    • McNulty, who spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator under Greg Schiano and five seasons overall at Rutgers, replaces Jerry Kill, who retired because of health concerns.

      McNulty oversaw one of the most robust offenses in Rutgers history in 2007 as the Scarlet Knights became the first program FBS team to have a 3,000-yard passer (Mike Teel), a 2,000-yard rusher (Ray Rice) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood). They led the Scarlet Knights to a school-record 426 points.

      "I'm excited to welcome John back to the Rutgers football family," Ash said in a statement. "He has a wealth of football knowledge and experience, and I look forward to him helping develop our quarterbacks."

      McNulty started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan in 1991. His NFL resume includes positions with the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans after leaving Rutgers and two seasons with the Chargers.

      Reports of his return to Rutgers began surfacing over the weekend. NJ.com reported McNulty received a three-year, $1.875 million contract.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Stanford RB Love returns for senior season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Heisman Trophy finalist Bryce Love resisted the pull of the NFL to return to Stanford for his senior season.

    • Love, according to reports, took his decision down to the wire Monday, the deadline set by the NFL for underclassmen to enter the 2018 draft.

      ESPN rated Love as the second-best running back eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft behind Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who did enter the draft.

      Love was the runner up to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in Heisman voting in December.

      The diminutive back was formerly the backup to 2017 first-round draft pick Christian McCaffrey but flourished as the fulltime starter for the Cardinal.

      Love was named the Doak Walker Award winner (top running back) and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year following his breakout season, rushing for 2,118 yards, second most in the FBS, despite missing one game with an ankle injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Ex-Rebels coach Freeze interviews at Alabama
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 15, 2018

    With Brian Daboll joining the Buffalo Bills after one year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is searching for an offensive coordinator for the seventh time during Nick Saban's tenure, and it appears former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is a candidate.

    • The Tuscaloosa News first reported Freeze was at the team's complex on Monday, and Clay Travis reports Freeze was interviewing for the offensive coordinator job. According to a report from CBS Sports, Freeze's interest in joining the Tide is not necessarily exclusive to the offensive coordinator position.

      Freeze, 48, resigned as the Rebels' head coach in July after a lengthy investigation by the NCAA into recruiting violations at the school and the discovery of calls made to an escort service from his school-issued phone. His resulting two-game suspension applies only to being a head coach, meaning he would not have to miss any games if hired as an assistant.

      In Freeze's five seasons at Ole Miss, the Rebels averaged 32.6 points per game, finishing eighth in the nation with 40.8 points per game in 2015. Ole Miss scored 43 points in each of its last two meetings with Alabama under Freeze, the most scored against the Crimson Tide by any opponent since Nov. 29, 2014.

      --Field Level Media

  • UCLA lands transfer QB Carta-Samuels from Washington
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 15, 2018

    After announcing his intention to transfer in December, former Washington Huskies quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels will join the UCLA Bruins, according to multiple reports Monday.

    • As a graduate transfer, Carta-Samuels will be able to play immediately under new head coach Chip Kelly.

      The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder will compete with former four-star prospect Devon Modster and freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson for the starting quarterback job following the departure of Josh Rosen to the NFL.

      Carta-Samuels played in 25 career games at Washington, tallying 310 passing yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

      --Field Level Media

  • CFB notebook: Georgia LB Smith leaving for NFL
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 15, 2018

    Georgia All-American linebacker and 2017 Butkus Award winner Roquan Smith announced on Monday that he is leaving school early for the 2018 NFL Draft.

    • As a junior in 2017, the inside linebacker led Georgia in tackles (137), tackles for loss (14) and sacks (6.5). In addition to being named the nation's top linebacker, Smith also picked up SEC Defensive Player of the Year and SEC Championship Game MVP honors while helping the Bulldogs reach the College Football Playoff title game.

      In a statement announcing his decision, Smith said, "As you know this is somewhat of a crossroads for me. I've had discussions with coaches and family and a lot of thought and prayer. The decision to leave is not easy but I know it is the right one. Georgia will always be my school and my home and I sincerely wish all the best to the coaches, staff, and players as they continue to reach higher goals in the years to come."

      Most draft analysts rate Smith as the No. 1 inside linebacker available the draft, projecting him as a first-round pick.

      --Clemson standout defensive lineman Christian Wilkins has elected to return for his senior season.

      Wilkins, a two-time All-American, was considered to be a first-round pick if he entered the NFL draft, with some forecasts tabbing him as a potential top-10 pick.

      Wilkins made 55 tackles in 2017 with 8.5 going for losses, including 4.5 sacks. He has deflected 15 passes over the past two seasons. Also on Monday, Wilkins was named as one of 21 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award.

      --Mekhi Brown, the Alabama linebacker whose sideline altercation with a Crimson Tide assistant coach during college football's championship game was seen on national television, is transferring to Tennessee State.

      The 6-foot-5, 240-pound redshirt sophomore, reportedly had begun the transfer process more than a month before the national championship victory against Georgia. Brown appeared in 12 games and made seven tackles this season while playing primarily on special teams.

      Alabama coach Nick Saban scolded Brown for receiving a personal foul penalty after punching Georgia's Wyatt Payne in the national championship game. Brown was then caught on camera trying to get to an assistant coach while a teammate grabbed and held Brown back.

      --Field Level Media

  • Clemson DT Wilkins returning to school
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 15, 2018

    Clemson standout defensive lineman Christian Wilkins has elected to return for his senior season.

    • Wilkins, a two-time All-American, was considered to be a first-round pick if he entered the NFL draft with some forecasts tabbing him as a potential top 10 pick.

      Wilkins made 55 tackles in 2017 with 8.5 going for losses, including 4.5 sacks. He has deflected 15 passes over the past two seasons.

      Also on Monday, Wilkins was named as one of 21 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award.

      Wilkins played defensive tackle in 2017 after playing defensive end the previous season.

      Wilkins' decision comes two days after four other Clemson defenders -- defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant, linebacker Kendall Joseph and cornerback Mark Fields -- announced their returns for the 2018 campaign. All-American offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt announced his return last week.

      The Tigers ranked second in scoring defense (13.6) and fourth in total defense (276.7) this season. Clemson led the nation with 46 sacks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama LB in sideline incident transfers to Tennessee State
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 15, 2018

    Mekhi Brown, the Alabama linebacker whose sideline altercation with a Crimson Tide assistant coach during college football's championship game was seen on national television, is transferring to Tennessee State.

    • The 6-foot-5, 240-pound redshirt sophomore, reportedly had begun the transfer process more than a month before the national championship game against Georgia.

      Brown appeared in 12 games and made seven tackles this season while playing primarily on special teams.

      He will be eligible to play immediately at Tennessee State, an FBS school that had recruited Brown out of high school in Columbus, Ga.

      Head coach Nick Saban scolded Brown for receiving a personal foul penalty after punching Georgia's Wyatt Payne in the national championship game. Brown was then caught on camera trying to get to an assistant coach while a teammate grabbed and held Brown back.

      Brown apologized in the Alabama locker room for his behavior after the game.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Georgia LB Smith declares for NFL draft
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 15, 2018

    If the Georgia Bulldogs are to get back to the College Football Playoff Championship Game, they'll have to do it without their best defensive player from the 2017 season.

    • In a move that likely surprised few, All-American linebacker and 2017 Butkus Award winner Roquan Smith announced on Monday that he is leaving school early for the 2018 NFL Draft.

      As a junior in 2017, the inside linebacker led Georgia in tackles (137), tackles for loss (14) and sacks (6.5). In addition to being named the nation's top linebacker, Smith also picked up SEC Defensive Player of the Year and SEC Championship Game MVP honors.

      In a statement announcing his decision, Smith said, "As you know this is somewhat of a crossroads for me. I've had discussions with coaches and family and a lot of thought and prayer. The decision to leave is not easy but I know it is the right one. Georgia will always be my school and my home and I sincerely wish all the best to the coaches, staff, and players as they continue to reach higher goals in the years to come."

      Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart was equally effusive:

      "Words cannot describe how much Roquan has meant to our program. The accolades he has received are a testimony to his ability as a player. But he has also demonstrated on and off the field the qualities of a great leader who has commanded the respect of all his teammates as well as our coaching and support staffs. As the head coach, it's been a privilege to see him develop as a student-athlete and inspirational leader who has made immeasurable contributions to our team and to the program we are building. While we will miss him, we wish him all the best and know that great success awaits him at the next level."

      Most draft analysts rate Smith as the No. 1 inside linebacker available the draft, projecting him as a first-round pick.

      After winning the SEC title game, the Bulldogs knocked off Oklahoma in double overtime in the Rose Bowl before falling to Alabama in overtime in the national championship game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Washington RB Gaskin returning for senior season
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Washington Huskies record-setting running back Myles Gaskin announced Sunday night that he will return for his senior season.

    • Gaskin made his simple announcement via his Twitter account.

      "I'm coming back. #GoDawgz," Gaskin wrote.

      Gaskin ranks second in Washington history with 4,055 rushing yards and holds the school mark of 45 rushing touchdowns. He needs just 52 yards to pass Napoleon Kaufman (4,106 from 1991-94) as the career yardage leader.

      Gaskin rushed for 1,380 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2017, topping 1,300 yards for the third straight season.

      --Field Level Media

  • CFB notebook: Arizona hires Sumlin as coach
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Arizona reached an agreement to hire former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as its next head coach, according to multiple reports Sunday.

    • Sumlin was 51-26 in six seasons at Texas A&M before being fired after the Aggies went 7-5 in the 2017 regular season. He was replaced by former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who signed a 10-year, $75 million contract.

      One of Sumlin's top priorities will be developing quarterback Khalil Tate into more of a passer. Tate proved he is one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation, rushing for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in his first season as a starter.

      The 53-year-old Sumlin replaces Rich Rodriguez, who was fired earlier this month after six seasons in the wake of a sexual harassment allegation and a recent notice of a hostile-workplace lawsuit to be filed against him.

      --Before Sumlin's hiring became apparent, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo took his name out of consideration for the job at Arizona.

      Niumatalolo confirmed his decision through a text message to ESPN on Sunday afternoon.

      "After much prayer and pondering, it has become crystal clear the USNA is a special place with special people and I LOVE IT HERE!!!" he texted. "Plus I have unfinished business to finish."

      In 10-plus seasons as the head coach at Navy, Niumatalolo is 84-48 and has led the Midshipmen to a bowl game in all but one season.

      --Marshall quarterback Chase Litton announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

      "After deliberations with my family and close friends, I would like to officially announce that I am declaring for the NFL draft," Litton wrote in a post on his Twitter account. "My time in this prestigious program has readied me for this challenge and I will carry the 'M' around with me forever."

      Litton threw for 3,115 yards, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his junior season. A starter all three of his seasons with the Thundering Herd, Litton ranks fifth in school history with 8,332 passing yards and fourth with 72 touchdowns.

      --Southern California junior defensive lineman Rasheem Green declared for the 2018 NFL Draft before the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to enter.

      Green had 10 sacks in 2017 to finish second in the Pac-12.

      "I wouldn't be the player and person that I am without you guys," Green said in a statement. "My three years at USC have been a blessing and I am forever grateful for the people that I have encountered on this journey."

      --Clemson's 2018 stock received a boost as coach Dabo Swinney announced underclassmen defenders Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, Kendall Joseph and Mark Fields will all return to school next season.

      Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret tweeted that Swinney made the announcement at a team banquet, noting that no information was shared by the coach regarding junior defensive lineman Christian Wilkins.

      Ferrell, a sophomore defensive end, had 61 tackles and 8.5 sacks last season; junior defensive end Bryant had 54 tackles and 7.5 sacks; Joseph, a junior linebacker had 80 tackles, while junior cornerback Fields played in just five games due to an ankle injury.

      -- Former Auburn quarterback Woody Barrett announced Sunday that he continue his career at Kent State. Barrett delivered the news via his Twitter account.

      "I appreciate everyone in my corner who supported me throughout this process," Barrett wrote. "I'm officially signing to @KentStFootball and building a team with relentless effort and a chance to set new standard and play #FLASHFAST Football!!"

      Barrett was part of Auburn's 2016 recruiting class and redshirted that season. He transferred the following spring as it became clear Baylor transfer Garrett Stidham would be the team's starting quarterback in 2017 and played this season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Miss.), passing for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns against three interceptions while also rushing for 485 yards and six scores.

      --Former Ole Miss defensive back Breon Dixon will transfer to Nebraska, the 19-year-old announced Sunday on Twitter.

      Widely considered a four-star recruit out of high school in Loganville, Ga., Dixon appeared in six games as a true freshman for the Rebels in 2017. The 5-foot-11, 206-pounder finished the season with five tackles and a sack.

      Ole Miss granted permission for many players to seek transfers after the NCAA levied penalties, including a 2018 postseason ban, against the school in December. It is unclear if Dixon will be eligible to play right away.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Auburn QB Barrett chooses Kent State
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Former Auburn quarterback Woody Barrett announced Sunday that he will continue his career at Kent State.

    • Barrett delivered the news via his Twitter account.

      "I appreciate everyone in my corner who supported me throughout this process," Barrett wrote. "I'm officially signing to @KentStFootball and building a team with relentless effort and a chance to set new standard and play #FLASHFAST Football!!"

      Barrett was part of Auburn's 2016 recruiting class and redshirted that season. He transferred the following spring as it became clear Baylor transfer Garrett Stidham would be the team's starting quarterback in 2017.

      Barrett played this season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Miss.), passing for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns against three interceptions. He also rushed for 485 yards and six scores.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Ole Miss DB Dixon transfers to Nebraska
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Former Ole Miss defensive back Breon Dixon will transfer to Nebraska, the 19-year-old announced Sunday on Twitter.

    • "It's all love & Im officially All N !#Huskers #GBR," Dixon tweeted.

      Widely considered a four-star recruit out of high school in Loganville, Ga., Dixon appeared in six games as a true freshman for the Rebels in 2017. The 5-foot-11, 206-pounder finished the season with five tackles and a sack.

      Ole Miss granted permission for many players to seek transfers after the NCAA levied penalties, including a 2018 postseason ban, against the school in December.

      It is unclear if Dixon will be eligible to play right away. The Rebels' seniors-to-be were granted transfers without penalty, but Dixon is an underclassman. Quarterback Shea Patterson's appeal for immediate eligibility in his own transfer to Michigan could set a precedent for Dixon.

      --Field Level Media

  • Arizona set to hire ex-Texas A&M coach Sumlin
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Arizona reached an agreement to hire former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as its next head coach, according to multiple reports Sunday.

    • Sumlin was 51-26 in six seasons at Texas A&M before being fired after the Aggies went 7-5 in the 2017 regular season. He was replaced by former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who signed a 10-year, $75 million contract.

      A source close to Sumlin told ESPN that he is "fired up" about his new opportunity to coach at Arizona.

      One of Sumlin's top priorities will be developing quarterback Khalil Tate into more of a passer. Tate proved he is one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation, rushing for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in his first season as a starter.

      Sumlin also went 36-17 in four seasons as head coach at Houston, including a 13-1 record in 2011.

      The 53-year-old Sumlin will replace Rich Rodriguez, who was fired earlier this month after six seasons in the wake of a sexual harassment allegation and a recent notice of a hostile-workplace lawsuit to be filed against him.

      Reports surfaced Friday that Ken Niumatalolo of Navy had been offered the Arizona head-coaching position. But Niumatalolo announced Sunday he will remain at Navy.

      --Field Level Media

  • Navy's Niumatalolo pulls name from Arizona coaching search
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has taken his name out of consideration for the job at Arizona.

    • Niumatalolo confirmed his decision through a text message to ESPN on Sunday afternoon.

      "After much prayer and pondering, it has become crystal clear the USNA is a special place with special people and I LOVE IT HERE!!!" he texted. "Plus I have unfinished business to finish."

      Arizona is set to hire former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin for its opening, according to multiple reports Sunday.

      The Washington Post reported that Niumatalolo returned to Annapolis on Saturday after spending two days at Arizona to interview for the job.

      No offer officially was made, but Niumatalolo and Arizona discussed financials and other issues, according to ESPN.

      When asked if an offer had been made, Niumatalolo told ESPN in a text message, "I would rather not go into too much detail but I will say that there was strong interest on both sides."

      In 10 full seasons as the head coach at Navy, Niumatalolo is 84-48 and has led the Midshipmen to a bowl game in all but one season.

      Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez earlier this month in the wake of a sexual harassment allegation the university began investigating in October.

      Niumatalolo's decision to stay at Navy could have been impacted after the since-deleted tweet Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate fired off on Friday, saying he didn't come to Tucson to run the triple option, which Navy uses. The tweet came shortly after the Arizona Daily Star reported the school had offered its head-coaching position to Niumatalolo.

      The reported offer to a prospective head coach may have had the Wildcats fearing Tate could be running out of the program.

      Tate was recruited by Rodriguez in large part because of his running ability. With 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in his first season as a starter, Tate proved he is one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation.

      --Field Level Media

  • Marshall QB Litton declares for NFL draft
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Marshall quarterback Chase Litton announced Sunday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

    • "After deliberations with my family and close friends, I would like to officially announce that I am declaring for the NFL draft," Litton wrote in a post on his Twitter account. "My time in this prestigious program has readied me for this challenge and I will carry the 'M' around with me forever."

      Litton threw for 3,115 yards, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his junior season. A starter all three of his seasons with the Thundering Herd, Litton ranks fifth in school history with 8,332 passing yards and fourth with 72 touchdowns.

      "We thank Chase for his contribution to Marshall Football and wish him the best of luck moving forward," Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday said in a statement released by the team.

      --Field Level Media

  • USC's Green to enter NFL draft
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Southern Cal junior defensive lineman Rasheem Green declared for the 2018 NFL Draft before the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to enter.

    • Green had 10 sacks in 2017 to finish second in the Pac-12.

      "I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play the game that I love," Green said in a statement. "I also want to thank the Trojan Family for all of their support. I especially want to thank Coach KU [Kenechi Udeze, defensive line coach] and the coaching staff along with the members of 'The Lab.'

      "I wouldn't be the player and person that I am without you guys. My three years at USC have been a blessing and I am forever grateful for the people that I have encountered on this journey."

      Green is the fourth USC underlcassman to enter the draft, including quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones II.

      --Field Level Media

  • DE Ferrell among key underclassmen returning to Clemson
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 13, 2018

    Clemson's 2018 stock received a boost Saturday as coach Dabo Swinney announced underclassmen defenders Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, Kendall Joseph and Mark Fields will all return to school next season.

    • Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret tweeted that Swinney made the announcement at a team banquet, noting that no information was shared by the coach regarding junior defensive lineman Christian Wilkins.

      Bourret later added in a separate tweet that Wilkins spoke to the crowd at the end of the banquet and confirmed he's yet to make a decision on his future. Wilkins had 47 tackles -- 8.5 for loss -- and 4.5 sacks last season.

      Ferrell, a defensive end, is the top name of the group and was projected to be an early first-round pick if he had declared for the draft. The redshirt sophomore had 61 tackles -- 17 for loss -- and 8.5 sacks last season.

      Bryant, also a defensive end, had 54 tackles -- 14.5 for loss -- and 7.5 sacks in his junior season. Joseph, a linebacker and also a junior, was second on the team with 80 tackles -- four for loss.

      Fields, a cornerback, played in just five games in his junior season, missing time because of an ankle injury.

      Earlier this week, All-American offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt announced that he will return to Clemson for his senior season.

      Tigers junior wide receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud, guard Taylor Hearn and safety Van Smith are all headed to the draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at age 89
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 13, 2018

    Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson, considered the voice of college football for more than a half-century, died late Friday night. He was 89.

    • Forever remembered for his signature "Whoa, Nellie" call on ABC Sports, Jackson was one of the most popular play-by-play personalities in the business. He was surrounded by his family when he passed way.

      "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Turi Ann, and his family."

      Jackson, using his homespun phrases, was credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl "The Granddaddy of Them All" and Michigan's stadium "The Big House."

      Jackson began calling college football games for ABC Sports when it acquired the broadcast rights for NCAA football in 1966. He also worked NFL and NBA games, numerous World Series, 10 Olympics and auto racing, and he traveled to 31 countries for "Wide World of Sports." In addition, he was the first play-by-play announcer in "Monday Night Football" history when the NFL program debuted in 1970.

      Jackson announced he would retire from college football play-by-play after the 1998 season, but he ended up continuing with ABC Sports.

      His final game was the classic 2006 Rose Bowl between USC and Texas when Vince Young scored on fourth-and-5 in the final seconds near the goal line to win a national title for the Longhorns.

      Bob Griese, who was Jackson's long-time broadcast partner on college football games starting in 1985, was asked what he would remember about him.

      "That big smiling face, and just the thrill and the love he had for doing college football," Griese told ESPN. "He did it for a long, long time. ... He never intruded on the game. It was always about the kids on the field. Never, never shining the light on himself. And that was one of the things that I most admired about him."

      --Field Level Media

  • Bob Stoops' son, Drake, commits to Oklahoma
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 12, 2018

    Another Stoops is set to join the Oklahoma football family.

    • High school wide receiver Drake Stoops, son of former Sooners head coach Bob Stoops, announced Friday on Twitter that he "decided to stay home to go to school and play football at the University of Oklahoma."

      Drake Stoops will head to Oklahoma as a preferred walk-on, meaning he has a spot on the roster but not a scholarship.

      In his senior season at Norman North High School in Norman, Okla., Drake Stoops caught 66 passes for 1,093 yards and 15 touchdowns. The three-star prospect received offers from Iowa, Air Force and Memphis, among others.

      Bob Stoops coached at Oklahoma from 1999 until stepping down last summer. He is the winningest coach in program history, leading the team to a 190-48 record in his 18 seasons at the school.

      Mike Stoops, Drake's uncle, is still on staff as the Sooners' defensive coordinator under head coach Lincoln Riley.

      --Field Level Media

  • CFB notebook: South Carolina's Muschamp lands rich extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 12, 2018

    In just two seasons, Will Muschamp has turned the South Carolina football program from a nine-game loser to a nine-game winner. Now he's getting a few more years to see how much more winning he can do with the Gamecocks.

    • According to multiple reports, the university's board of trustees on Friday approved a new contract for the coach, adding three years to the original deal to make it a six-year deal that keeps him employed through 2023.

      According to The Post and Courier, the total value of the contract is $28.2 million. A USA Today survey of salaries listed Muschamp's 2017 base pay at $3.1 million, 11th out of 14 SEC coaches.

      The Gamecocks' nine wins in 2017 were the program's most since three straight 11-win seasons from 2011-13. But it was only the seventh nine-win season in program history, and the first by a coach other than Steve Spurrier since 2001.

      --North Carolina State junior running back Nyheim Hines announced he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

      "I think this is the best decision for me and my body," Hines said. "I'm trying to get the most out of my career that I can."

      Hines rushed for 1,112 yards with 12 touchdowns in 11 full games in 2017, and led the ACC with 1,868 all-purpose yards. That despite missing two games and part of a third while being evaluated for a concussion.

      --Quarterback Jacob Eason has officially parted ways with Georgia.

      Eason lost the starting job to Jake Fromm, the true freshman who led the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff game this season, after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener. He is expected to transfer to Washington and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      Eason announced his exit from Georgia on Friday on his Twitter account: "Thank you UGA for an incredible two years. The memories and relationships I have made will truly last a lifetime. I will miss suiting up in red and black, but Athens will always be a place I can call home. -Skinnyqb"

      --Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate was recruited by former coach Rich Rodriguez in large part because of his running ability. With 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in his first season as a starter, Tate proved he's one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation.

      But a reported offer to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo on Friday now has the Wildcats fearing Tate could be running out of the program. Thanks to a tweet by Tate himself.

      Shortly after the Arizona Daily Star reported the school had offered its head-coaching position to Niumatalolo, Tate tweeted "I didn't come to Arizona to run the tripple (sic) option." The tweet was deleted but captured by some outlets before it was removed.

      --Connecticut hired former Chicago Bears assistant coach John Dunn as the team's new offensive coordinator.

      Dunn replaces Rhett Lashlee, who left after just one year on the job to take the same position at SMU. Dunn, who will also coach the quarterbacks, agreed to a two-year contract worth $300,000 per year, Huskies head coach Randy Edsall announced.

      Dunn worked with Edsall previously, serving as his tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Maryland. Dunn was the Bears' offensive quality control coach during the 2016 season and was an offensive assistant in 2017.

      --Field Level Media

  • QB Eason officially departs Georgia
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 12, 2018

    Quarterback Jacob Eason has officially parted ways with Georgia.

    • Eason lost the starting job to Jake Fromm, the true freshman who led the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff game this season. He is expected to transfer to Washington.

      Eason announced his exit from Georgia on Friday on his Twitter account.

      "Thank you UGA for an incredible two years. The memories and relationships I have made will truly last a lifetime. I will miss suiting up in red and black, but Athens will always be a place I can call home. -Skinnyqb"

      Eason was a five-star recruit in Georgia's 2016 class and passed for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a true freshman. He started the first game in 2017 but departed with a knee injury. Fromm took over and never relinquished the position from there.

      Eason will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      The Seattle Times reported earlier this week that Eason will transfer to Washington. The Huskies will be in need of a quarterback in 2019 -- starter Jake Browning is a senior in 2018 -- and Eason played high school football at Lake Stevens (High), located northeast of Seattle.

      --Field Level Media

  • NC State RB Hines to enter NFL draft
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 12, 2018

    NC State junior running back Nyheim Hines announced on Friday that he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

    • "I think this is the best decision for me and my body," Hines said. "I'm trying to get the most out of my career that I can."

      Hines rushed for 1,112 yards with 12 touchdowns in 11 full games in 2017, and led the ACC with 1,868 all-purpose yards. That despite missing two games and part of a third while being evaluated for a concussion.

      Hines submitted his name to the NFL advisory board for feedback after helping the Wolfpack finish a 9-4 season with a victory over North Carolina in the regular-season finale. He was given a third- to fourth-round grade, according to the News and Observer.

      Hines tweeted on Friday: "I love Nc State and everyone apart of it. You all have made a hometown kid's dream come true. Thank you WolfPackNation for the journey."

      The 5-foot-9, 197-pound Hines closed out his NC State career with a three-touchdown performance in a Sun Bowl victory on Dec. 29.

      "I'm not going to get any taller" Hines said, discussing the factors that played into whether he would return for his senior year in an effort to improve his draft stock.

      "We felt like even if he came back, we didn't feel like his stock would go up more because of his size," Hines' father, Darren, told the News and Observer. "Look at (Stanford's) Bryce (Love), he ran for 2,000-plus yards and he's still being projected to go in the second round."

      Nyheim Hines is also an All-American relay sprinter in track who has shown he can be a big-play threat as a return man.

      "I'm confident I will test well, which will help," Hines said.

      --Field Level Media