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  • Tressel to run Michigan State defense
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    Michigan State has named Mike Tressel as the football team's defensive coordinator after Harlon Barnett's departure to Florida State.

    • Tressel and Barnett had been co-defensive coordinators for the Spartans last season.

      Tressel, the nephew of former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, has been on the staff for all of Mark Dantonio's 11-year run as Michigan State's coach.

      Michigan State also announced Friday that Paul Haynes has been hired as the Spartans' secondary coach.

      Haynes, who coached Michigan State defensive backs in 2003-04 on John L. Smith's staff, was fired in November after five seasons and a 14-45 record as head coach at Kent State. He had also been an assistant for Jim Tressel at Ohio State.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Wisconsin extends Chryst's contract again
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    The University of Wisconsin athletic board has approved a one-year contract extension for football coach Paul Chryst through the 2022 season.

    • Chryst will earn $3.3 million in 2018, with his salary increasing by $100,000 a year for the duration of the contract. Other terms of the contract were not disclosed.

      It's the third year in a row that Chryst's deal has been extended by one year, in effect giving him a rolling five-year contract. Chryst is 34-7 in three seasons since arriving at his alma mater from the University of Pittsburgh.

      The Badgers capped a 13-1 season with a victory over Miami in the Orange Bowl. The 13 wins set a school record.

      The athletic board also renewed contracts for volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield, women's soccer coach Paula Wilkins and men's soccer coach John Trask on Friday.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Stanford LB Beecher battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    Stanford junior inside linebacker Ryan Beecher revealed Friday that he is battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

    • Beecher said he is receiving treatments and hopeful of making a full recovery. He isn't ruling out a return for his senior season.

      "In December, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma," Beecher wrote on his Twitter account. "I am receiving treatments while attending classes at Stanford. I look forward to making a full and healthy recovery. With the help and support of my family, friends and teammates, I remain inspired to once again contribute to the Cardinal football team."

      Beecher played in 13 games last season and had three tackles. He was originally a walk-on in 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Oklahoma State taps Stitt to boost offense
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Oklahoma State is dipping down in search of more offense, with Sports Illustrated reporting former Montana and Colorado School of Mines coach Bob Stitt is expected to join the Cowboys as an offensive analyst.

    • Stitt, 53, was let go at Montana after three seasons with a 21-14 record, a 7-4 2017 season culminating with a loss to in-state rival Montana State that proved to be the last straw. The Grizzlies' offense ranked among the top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision last season.

      Stitt rose to prominence at Colorado School of Mines with offensive innovations that included the fly-sweep-touch base, which has even trickled into the NFL.

      He was 108-62 at the helm of the Division II Orediggers over 14 seasons, leading them to three trips to the playoffs.

      The analyst position is a non-coaching role that does not feature an active role in recruiting or on game day.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama tabs Banks to head special teams
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Alabama head coach Nick Saban hired Jeff Banks as his special teams coordinator Thursday.

    • Banks joins Alabama after five seasons as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator under Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M. In the wake of Sumlin's firing, Banks served as the Aggies' interim head coach in their 55-52 Belk Bowl loss to Wake Forest on Dec. 29.

      "We are pleased to be able to add a coach the caliber of Jeff Banks to our staff as special teams coordinator," Saban said in a statement. "Jeff is well-respected across the country for his knowledge of the game and his ability to recruit. He is a great teacher and someone who will help our football team be successful."

      Under Banks' guidance, the Aggies ranked third nationally in net punting and second in punt-return average last season.

      Banks' resume includes a one-week stint as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Virginia in 2013 (before he left to join Texas A&M) and nine years in the same role at UTEP (2004-12). Banks served as an assistant coach at Idaho State from 2000-03.

      "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Coach Saban's staff at The University of Alabama and work with such a talented group of student-athletes," Banks said in a statement. "Coach Saban has built an unbelievable program that has a long tradition of success. I'm really excited to get out on the road recruiting, and I look forward to doing my part to help continue the success this program has enjoyed."

      Last season, Joe Pannunzio held the dual roles of Alabama's tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. He apparently will focus solely on the tight ends this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • CFB notebook: Death of WSU QB Hilinski ruled suicide
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski's death was officially ruled a suicide by the Whitman County (Washington) Coroner's office on Thursday.

    • Hilinski, 21, was found dead Tuesday night in his apartment in Pullman, Wash. The Pullman police department issued a statement confirming his death and said that there was a suicide note and rifle near his body.

      The official cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the coroner's office.

      Pullman police are interviewing those close to Hilinski in an effort to determine a potential reason for his suicide, according to Pullman police chief Gary Jenkins, who estimated the interviews would be done by next week.

      --Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield was named winner of the Manning Award as the nation's top quarterback on Thursday.

      Mayfield, who threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdown passes in 2017, is the first walk-on and Oklahoma passer to earn the only season honor in college football that takes bowl games into account. Voting is done by a national media panel, along with former star college quarterbacks Archie Manning and sons Peyton and Eli.

      Mayfield led the Sooners to a Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff, where Oklahoma lost a double-overtime thriller to Georgia.

      --Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph will sit out this month's Senior Bowl because of a left foot sprain, according to a report from NFL Network.

      The injury won't require surgery and is stable, but doctors recommended at an appointment Wednesday that Rudolph give his foot two more weeks rest as a precaution, according to the report. He still plans to attend the Senior Bowl for measurements and interviews.

      Rudolph amassed 13,618 passing yards, 92 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in his four seasons with Oklahoma State. As a senior, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards with 37 TD passes and nine interceptions.

      --Texas sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele underwent surgery Thursday for a torn adductor/abdominal muscle suffered during the Longhorns' Dec. 27 Texas Bowl victory over Missouri, the school's athletic department announced.

      Buechele was limited to nine games in 2017 -- just three at home -- because of shoulder and ankle injuries, but started the season opener as well as the bowl game before giving way to Shane Ehlinger in the second half. He threw seven touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for two more TDs.

      Buechele, son of former Major League Baseball player and current Texas Rangers coach Steve, is expected to be ready for the start of spring practice on March 5.

      --FAU quarterback Jason Driskel made the surprise announcement Thursday that he is walking away from football with a year of college eligibility remaining.

      Driskel took over the starting job after the Owls started the 2017 season 1-2. He lost his first start at Buffalo, then helped lead FAU to 10 consecutive victories to close out the season with a program-record 11 wins. Driskel passed for 2,247 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions, and was third on the team with 427 rushing yards and second with eight rushing touchdowns.

      "After a lot of thinking, talking with friends and family, and prayer, I have made the decision to end my college football career," Driskel wrote in a lengthy Twitter post. "I undoubtedly will miss my teammates and the game with all of its trials and tribulations; but I will not regret the decision to move into the next chapter of my life."

      --Field Level Media

  • WSU QB Hilinski's death ruled suicide
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski's death was officially ruled a suicide by the Whitman County (Washington) Coroner's office on Thursday.

    • Hilinski, 21, was found dead Tuesday night in his apartment in Pullman, Wash. The Pullman police department issued a statement confirming his death and said that there was a suicide note and rifle near his body.

      The official cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the coroner's office.

      Pullman police are interviewing those close to Hilinski in an effort to determine a potential reason for his suicide, according to Pullman police chief Gary Jenkins, who estimated the interviews would be done by next week.

      The police went to Hilinski's apartment Tuesday to do a welfare check after the redshirt sophomore failed to show up for practice earlier in the day.

      Hilinski was a backup for the Cougars but started the team's Holiday Bowl game against Michigan State last month. He completed 39 of 50 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a 42-17 loss.

      Hilinski was widely expected to be the starter heading into the 2018 season after ending last year 130-of-179 (72.6 percent) for 1,176 yards with seven TD passes and seven interceptions.

      "We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler's passing," Washington State coach Mike Leach said in a statement Tuesday. "He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

      A native of Claremont, Calif., Hilinski went to Upland High School in southern California before spending three years in Pullman.

      --Field Level Media

  • Heisman-winning Mayfield wins Manning Award as top QB
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield was named winner of the Manning Award as the nation's top quarterback on Thursday.

    • Mayfield, who threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdown passes in 2017, is the first walk-on and Oklahoma passer to earn the only season honor in college football that takes bowl games into account. Voting is done by a national media panel, along with former star college quarterbacks Archie Manning and sons Peyton and Eli.

      Mayfield led the Sooners to a Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff, where Oklahoma lost a double-overtime thriller to Georgia. To win the Manning Award, the senior QB beat out a group of finalists including Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Clemson's Kelly Bryant, Southern California's Sam Darnold, Alabama's Jalen Hurts, Louisville's Lamar Jackson, Penn State's Trace McSorley, UCF's McKenzie Milton, Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, Auburn's Jarrett Stidham and Arizona's Khalil Tate.

      Mayfield becomes the fourth Big 12 quarterback to win the award, which has been presented annually since 2004. All previous 13 winners have been selected in the first round of the NFL draft except 2009 winner Colt McCoy, who was picked in the third round after that season.

      --Field Level Media

  • FAU QB Driskel retiring from football
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    FAU quarterback Jason Driskel made the surprise announcement Thursday that he is walking away from football with a year of college eligibility remaining.

    • Driskel took over the starting job after the Owls started the 2017 season 1-2. He lost his first start at Buffalo, then helped lead FAU to 10 consecutive victories to close out the season with a program-record 11 wins. Driskel passed for 2,247 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions, and was third on the team with 427 rushing yards and second with eight rushing touchdowns.

      "After a lot of thinking, talking with friends and family, and prayer, I have made the decision to end my college football career," Driskel wrote in a lengthy Twitter post. "I undoubtedly will miss my teammates and the game with all of its trials and tribulations; but I will not regret the decision to move into the next chapter of my life."

      Despite his productive junior season, Driskel was not assured of keeping the starting job. FAU coach Lane Kiffin had already confirmed that former Florida State Seminoles quarterback De'Andre Johnson and fellow transfer Chris Robinson (Oklahoma) will be part of the competition.

      Daniel Parr, who was benched after starting the first three games last season, announced last month that he is transferring to Duquesne University. That leaves Johnson as the only quarterback on the roster who has taken significant snaps in college, and he hasn't played since undergoing surgery in September for blood clots in his arm.

      Driskel tweeted on Thursday: "@Lane_Kiffin @kendalbriles @Coachbwright4 @CoachPartridge @CoachTTrickett - Thank you all!

      Driskel was named to Conference USA's All-Academic Team last season after posting a 3.3 GPA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Oklahoma State QB Rudolph to miss Senior Bowl
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph will sit out this month's Senior Bowl because of a left foot sprain, according to a report from NFL Network.

    • The injury won't require surgery and is stable, but doctors recommended at an appointment Wednesday that Rudolph give his foot two more weeks as a precaution, according to the report. He still plans to attend the Senior Bowl for measurements and interviews.

      A medical team at the University of Southern California advised the signal-caller to remain in a walking boot -- as a precaution -- through Jan. 31.

      Rudolph injured his foot during the second half the Cowboys' Camping World Bowl win over Virginia Tech. He went on to complete the game, totaling 351 passing yards and two touchdowns in the 30-21 victory.

      Rudolph amassed 13,618 passing yards, 92 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in his four seasons with Oklahoma State. As a senior, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards with 37 TD passes and nine interceptions.

      He is expected to be a full participant in all of the NFL draft's activities moving forward, according to the NFL Network report.

      The Senior Bowl will take place Jan. 27 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Alabama expected to promote Locksley to OC
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Alabama is expected to promote co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Mike Locksley to fill its vacancy at offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    • Locksley has been considered the popular choice for the opening in the days since the NFL's Buffalo Bills hired Brian Daboll away from the Crimson Tide on Sunday. Daboll will serve as the Bills' new offensive coordinator.

      Locksley joined Alabama in 2016 as an offensive analyst and previously served as the interim head coach at Maryland for the final six games of the 2015 season. He was the Terrapins' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012-15 and was head coach at New Mexico from 2009-11.

      The 48-year-old also served as the offensive coordinator at Illinois from 2005-08.

      Locksley would be Alabama's third offensive coordinator in three seasons. Daboll was with the team for only a year, filling the shoes of Lane Kiffin, who was hired to take over as head coach at Florida Atlantic in December 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • LSU seeks SEC approval to hire Kevin Faulk
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    LSU is in the final stages of working out a deal to bring back all-time leading rusher Kevin Faulk as a member of its support staff, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    • The move is pending Southeastern Conference approval as Faulk is working at his high school alma mater, Carencro, in Lafayette, La. The Individual Associated With a Prospect (IAWP) rule prohibits NCAA programs from hiring high school coaches and others associated with a recruit for a two-year period before and after the recruit's enrollment. The conference must confirm that Faulk has no such conflicts.

      Faulk is expected to serve in a player-development-type role for coach Ed Orgeron, according to the (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate. The 41-year-old interviewed for the position last week.

      Faulk made his mark with the Tigers, setting school records that still stand in career rushing yards (4,557 yards) and rushing touchdowns (46). He also holds the SEC record for most career all-purpose yards with 6,883.

      Faulk was a second-round pick by the New England Patriots in 1999 and spent all 13 of his NFL seasons with the team, winning three Super Bowls while serving in a variety of roles, including running back, receiver and punt/kick returner.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas QB Buechele to have surgery, still be ready for spring
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Texas sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele will undergo surgery Thursday for a torn adductor/abdominal muscle suffered during the Longhorns' Dec. 27 Texas Bowl victory over Missouri, the school's athletic department announced.

    • Buechele was limited to nine games in 2017 -- just three at home -- because of shoulder and ankle injuries, but started the season opener as well as the bowl game before giving way to Shane Ehlinger in the second half. He threw seven touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for two more TDs.

      The former four-star recruit started all 12 games as a freshman in 2016, throwing for a Texas freshman record 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns.

      Buechele, son of former Major League Baseball player and current Texas Rangers coach Steve, is expected to be ready for the start of spring practice on March 5.

      --Field Level Media

  • CFB notebook: Oregon's Mullens is new CFP selection chairman
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens is the new chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

    • Mullens replaces Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt. He will serve as chairman for two seasons.

      "College football plays a vital role in intercollegiate athletics, and it is an honor to continue to serve on the CFP Selection Committee," Mullens said in a news release. "I look forward to partnering with the other committee members and the staff to build on the strong foundation which has been created in the first four years of the CFP."

      Ronnie Lott, the Pro Football Hall of Famer with the San Francisco 49ers and College Football Hall of Famer for Southern California, is one of six new additions to the 13-member panel. The other new members are Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione, former Clemson coach Ken Hatfield, Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury, Florida AD Scott Stricklin and former sports columnist Paola Boivin.

      --Former Florida State great Deion Sanders reportedly will not be joining new Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart's staff after speculation surfaced last month.

      There was mutual interest in Sanders returning to FSU as defensive backs coach, but college football writer Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday morning the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer has decided not to join the Seminoles' coaching staff.

      Sanders was a two-time All-American cornerback at Florida State in 1987 and 1988. He also played baseball and ran track at the school. Sanders was nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion" during his playing career, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and into the College Football Hall of Fame, both in 2011.

      --Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin has hired 24-year old Charlie Weis Jr. as offensive coordinator.

      Weis, the son of former Notre Dame coach and longtime NFL assistant Charlie Weis, becomes the youngest offensive coordinator in college football. Weis Jr. was an offensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons, and Kiffin told ESPN on Wednesday that he hired him Monday after the NFL team's divisional playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

      Weis Jr. previously worked with Kiffin as an offensive analyst at Alabama and then briefly as FAU tight ends coach before landing the position with the Falcons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Oregon AD Mullens named CFP chairman
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens is the new chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

    • Mullens replaces Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt. He will serve as chairman for two seasons.

      "College football plays a vital role in intercollegiate athletics, and it is an honor to continue to serve on the CFP Selection Committee," Mullens said in a news release. "I look forward to partnering with the other committee members and the staff to build on the strong foundation which has been created in the first four years of the CFP."

      Ronnie Lott, the Pro Football Hall of Famer with the San Francisco 49ers and College Football Hall of Famer for Southern California, is one of six new additions to the 13-member panel. The other new members are Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione, former Clemson coach Ken Hatfield, Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury, Florida AD Scott Stricklin and former sports columnist Paola Boivin.

      "These are high integrity people who know and love college football," CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. "Each one of them has built a distinguished career based on diligence and doing things the right way. We're delighted that they will be joining the committee."

      The committee holdovers are former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, former Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower, former Central Michigan football coach Herb Deromedi, Robert Morris University president Chris Howard, former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson and Ohio State AD Gene Smith.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kiffin hires Weis Jr., 24, as Florida Atlantic OC
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin has hired 24-year old Charlie Weis Jr. as offensive coordinator.

    • Weis, the son of former Notre Dame coach and longtime NFL assistant Charlie Weis, becomes the youngest offensive coordinator in college football.

      Weis Jr. was an offensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons and Kiffin told ESPN on Wednesday that he hired him Monday after the NFL team's divisional playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

      Weis Jr. previously worked with Kiffin as an offensive analyst at Alabama and then briefly as FAU tight ends coach before landing the position with the Falcons.

      "He's way ahead of his time in how he sees the game, his football IQ and just his overall intelligence," Kiffin told ESPN. "He's been around the game with his dad being a coach, a lot like I was when I was growing up, and has a bright future."

      Weis Jr. attended the University of Florida when his father was the Gators' offensive coordinator and then followed his dad to Kansas, where he graduated in 2015. The younger Weis was on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama as an offensive analyst in 2015 and 2016 and worked with both Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian during the 2016 season.

      Weis Jr. replaces Kendal Briles, who became offensive coordinator at Houston.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Deion Sanders passes on Florida State coaching job
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Former Florida State great Deion Sanders reportedly will not be joining new Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart's staff after speculation surfaced last month.

    • There was mutual interest in Sanders returning to FSU as defensive backs coach, but college football writer Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday morning the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer has decided not to join the Seminoles' coaching staff.

      Sanders was a two-time All-American cornerback at Florida State in 1987 and 1988. He also played baseball and ran track at the school.

      The 50-year-old Sanders was asked about the speculation during Florida State's game against Southern Miss at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 27.

      "You never know. I've been known to make big plays with these colors on," Sanders said at the time during an ESPN sideline interview. "That's all I'm going to say."

      Sanders, who currently works as an NFL Network analyst, has only coached at the high school level, serving as the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill in Cedar Hill, Texas, where his sons go to school. The team won the Division II State Championship of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools last season.

      Sanders was nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion" during his Hall of Fame playing career. He played 14 seasons in the NFL and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and into the College Football Hall of Fame, both in 2011. Sanders also had a nine-year part-time baseball career.

      --Field Level Media

  • WSU quarterback Hilinski found dead in apparent suicide
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, 21, was found dead Tuesday night in Pullman, Wash.

    • Hilinski died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his apartment. The Pullman police department issued a statement confirming his death and said that there was a suicide note near his body.

      "Pullman Police detectives and the Whitman County Coroner's Office are conducting a thorough investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death," the statement read in part.

      The police went to his apartment to do a welfare check after the redshirt sophomore failed to show up for practice earlier in the day.

      Hilinski was a backup for the Cougars but started the team's bowl game against Michigan State last month. He completed 39 of 50 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a 42-17 loss.

      Hilinski was widely expected to be the starter heading into the 2018 season after ending last year 130 of 179 (72.6 percent) for 1,176 yards with seven TD passes and seven interceptions.

      Washington State University president Kirk H. Schulz tweeted, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family"

      A native of Claremont, Calif., Hilinski went to Upland High School in southern California before spending three years in Pullman.

      --Field Level Media

  • 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