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  • Ohio State joins Texas A&M across $200M revenue line
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Ohio State joined Texas A&M in crossing the $200 million threshold in athletic department operating revenue in 2018, according to a story in USA Today on Wednesday.

    • A&M broke the barrier last year, and has revenues of $190 million or more for four straight years. The information came from official filings with the NCAA.

      Ohio State also exceeded $200 million in operating expenses, but while A&M appears under that level, the accounting does not include capital project expenses such as stadiums.

      This comes on the heels of a Forbes story in September naming the Aggies the most valuable football program in the country. From 2014-2016, Texas A&M's program brought in $148 million in revenue, with $107 million of it profit.

      Texas was second with $133 million in revenue and $87 million in profit, with Michigan recording $127 million in revenue and $75 million profit.

      Ohio State's boost in revenue was thanks in large part to a $17 million boost in TV rights money and a $7.6 million increase in ticket revenue, up to $69.1 million.

      The Buckeyes had $205.6 million in operating revenue and $203.8 million in operating expenses in 2018, and while Texas A&M's official count showed $212.4 million in operating revenue and $165.8 million in expenses, but when capital projects were included, A&M athletics CFO Jeff Toole told USA Today the Aggies ended the year with a $3 million surplus.

      Rounding out the top 10 in Forbes' September story were Alabama ($127 million revenue, $59 million profit), Ohio State ($120 million/$69 million), Oklahoma ($118 million/$72 million), Notre Dame ($112 million/$72 million), Auburn ($112 million/$61 million), LSU ($112 million/$56 million) and Florida ($111 million/$67 million).

      Money hasn't translated into wins, though. Texas A&M, Texas and Michigan haven't appeared in the College Football Playoff since it debuted in 2015. The most recent conference championship for any of those programs came in 2009, when the Longhorns won the Big 12 title.

      Last December, Texas A&M lured coach Jimbo Fisher from Florida State with a 10-year, $75 million fully guaranteed contract.

      --Field Level Media

  • Virginia Tech QB Jackson decides to transfer
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson announced Wednesday night that he is transferring from the school.

    • Jackson has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      "After much thought, consideration and discussion with my family, we think it'd be best for me to pursue my academic and football career elsewhere," Jackson said in a note posted on Twitter.

      Jackson is the fourth Virginia Tech player to depart the program in two days. Sophomore running back Deshawn McClease announced his intention to transfer about an hour prior to Jackson, while junior receiver Eric Kumah and junior tight end Chris Cunningham announced decisions to leave on Tuesday.

      Jackson was limited to three games in 2018 after fracturing his left fibula in the Hokies' loss to Old Dominion on Sept. 22. He passed for 575 yards and five touchdowns against one interception.

      He enjoyed a strong redshirt freshman campaign in 2017 when he passed for 2,991 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

      Hokies coach Justin Fuente released a statement earlier Wednesday as speculation over Jackson percolated just one day after the first two players left.

      "As head coach, I certainly understand when young men desire to explore their options by entering themselves in the NCAA's transfer portal," Fuente said in the statement. "I respect the fact that each individual's circumstances and situation are different. We will continue to support all our student-athletes and wish them best whether their future is at Virginia Tech or another institution."

      --Field Level Media

  • QB Starkel to leave Texas A&M as grad transfer
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Former Texas A&M starting quarterback Nick Starkel plans to leave the Aggies as a graduate transfer, he announced Tuesday night.

    • Starkel, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, won't participate in spring practice and wrote that he would graduate in June.

      He has early interest in Duke, Ohio State, SMU and Arizona, he told AggieSports.com. At Arizona, he would be reunited with former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.

      Under Sumlin, Starkel won the starting job over Kellen Mond to start the 2017 season but suffered a broken ankle in the opener against UCLA. Starkel returned to start four games late in the season, passing for 1,793 yards, with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions, in seven appearances. Starkel completed 42 of 63 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns in the Belk Bowl against Wake Forest.

      Mond, however, won the job directing Jimbo Fisher's pro-style offense before the 2018 season. Mond started every game as Starkel made five appearances, completing 15 of 22 passes.

      The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Starkel told AggieSports.com he plans to be on his new campus by July 1. He was a three-star recruit out of Argyle, Texas.

      --Field Level Media

  • 'Cadillac' returns to Auburn as RBs coach
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Auburn has named former All-American Carnell "Cadillac" Williams as its running backs coach, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Wednesday.

    • Williams starred for the Tigers' undefeated team in 2004 and was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2005. He played six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who drafted him No. 5 overall, and one season with the St. Louis Rams.

      "I'm ecstatic, super excited and humbled to have the opportunity to return home to Auburn and coach at a place that helped me become the man I am today," Williams said in statement. "I'm very grateful and appreciative of Coach Malzahn, the staff and the Auburn administration for this opportunity. Words can't explain the emotions I had when I received the offer from Coach Malzahn."

      An Alabama native, Williams played at Auburn from 2001-04 and rushed for 3,831 yards and 45 touchdowns.

      In his NFL career, he rushed for 4,038 yards with 21 scores. He also caught 148 passes for 1,002 yards and four touchdowns.

      "Carnell Williams is one of Auburn's all-time greats and we're excited to welcome him home," Malzahn said. "Cadillac is a great fit for our program. He understands and cares deeply for this university and the Auburn football program, while bringing a great knowledge of the game. He knows first-hand what it takes to be a successful running back at the highest level and has a tremendous work ethic."

      Williams has coaching experience at Henderson State in Arkansas, the University of West Georgia and IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Until his appointment at Auburn, he was the running backs coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football.

      --Field Level Media

  • Montana football player Harris dies at 22
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Andrew Harris, a football player at Montana, was found dead in his home Tuesday. He was 22.

    • His death was being investigated as a suicide, Sgt. Travis Welch of the Missoula Police confirmed to the Montana Standard.

      "We extend our deepest sympathies to Andrew's family and friends at this difficult time," university president Seth Bodnar said. "The entire UM family mourns his loss and our hearts go out to all who knew him."

      Harris was from Kalispell, Mont., and was a first-team all-state player at Glacier High School in 2014.

      For the Grizzlies, he was a redshirt senior defensive end. He saw action in one game in 2016, and he appeared in two games in 2017. He played in eight games last season, primarily on special teams.

      Harris' father, Greg, played for the Grizzlies from 1971-75, and his older brother, Josh, was a defensive end there from 2008-12.

      His death comes just a week after the one-year anniversary of the death of another college football player in the Northwest. Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski committed suicide on Jan. 16, 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Miami WR Ezzard enters NCAA transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Miami wide receiver Marquez Ezzard has left the program and entered the NCAA's transfer portal, the school confirmed Wednesday.

    • A four-star recruit in the Class of 2018, Ezzard appeared in three games as a freshman and caught two passes for 24 yards. Because he played in just three games, he is eligible to redshirt.

      "Marquez and I talked, and we decided that it was in his best interests to pursue opportunities at another school," new Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz said in a statement. "We wish him all the best in his future plans."

      According to a 247Sports report, Ezzard's decision was influenced by receiver Jeff Thomas' recent decision to return to Miami and the addition of Buffalo's K.J. Osborn as a graduate transfer.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nebraska working on extensions with Frost, staff
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Nebraska got the man it wanted when it hired Scott Frost as head football coach in late 2017.

    • Now, the Huskers are working to make sure he and his staff stay on board.

      The Omaha World-Herald reported Wednesday that Frost and each of his assistant coaches have been offered contract extensions. Four of the contracts for assistant coaches have been finalized while others are pending.

      Some of the extensions will need approval from Hank Bounds, the university president, because of their value.

      Frost's assistants all signed contracts through Dec. 31, 2019, and the extensions are for one year, the newspaper reported.

      The contract Frost signed in 2017 was for seven years and $35 million. Bounds also must approve an extension for Frost because of both the value and length. Details about Frost's extension were not released.

      Frost previously coached Central Florida, where he posted a 19-7 record in two seasons, including an undefeated 13-0 mark in 2017. In his first season at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers were 4-8 (3-6 Big Ten) but rebounded from an 0-6 start.

      --Field Level Media

  • Deion Sanders' son Shilo commits to South Carolina
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Cornerback Shilo Sanders, son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, isn't quite following in his father's college footsteps.

    • The younger Sanders, a three-star football recruit from Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, committed Tuesday night to play at South Carolina. He announced his decision on Twitter.

      Deion "Prime Time" Sanders played college football at Florida State, where he earned All-America honors before becoming an All-Pro during a 14-year NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He also was a kick and punt return specialist and occasionally played on offense.

      Over the weekend, Shilo Sanders, a 6-foot, 178-pound defensive back, made his second visit to the campus in Columbia, S.C.

      He chose the Gamecocks over offers from Tennessee, Nebraska and Colorado State, among others. ESPN reported that he made an unofficial visit with family members in order for them to build a relationship with South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and staff before making the decision.

      Shilo Sanders was a member of a highly regarded defensive backfield at Trinity Christian, helping the Tigers capture a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division II state championship in 2018. Shilo's father was an assistant coach there, and Shilo's brother, Shedeur, was the quarterback who finished with 243 yards passing and three touchdowns in the 49-24, title-winning victory over Austin Regents.

      According to 247Sports composite rankings, Shilo Sanders was the No. 61 cornerback in the country and No. 80 overall prospect in Texas.

      --Field Level Media

  • Florida State apologizes for MLK graphic
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    The Florida State football recruiting department issued an apology Monday for posting a Photoshopped image on Twitter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that included the team's slogan, "Do something," on the holiday that honors the late civil rights leader.

    • The tweet, which was removed after it received severe backlash, showed King wearing a football glove and appearing to do the tomahawk chop. It included the words "Happy MLK day! #GoNoles #DoSomething #MLK2019," and at the bottom was the MLK quote, "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."

      The account (@FSU_Recruiting), which brands itself as "the official page of Florida State football recruiting" and has about 37,000 followers, provided a written statement less than an hour after the original tweet was posted:

      "In a well-intentioned effort to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. on this special day, a member of our recruiting staff created a graphic using one of Dr. King's quotes -- 'If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.' The quote resonated with our program's Do Something mantra," the tweet read.

      "However, in our attempt to more closely connect the message to FSU, we foolishly posted a graphic that was not in line with our intent. We are sorry for missing the mark in our attempt to celebrate Dr. King's legacy."

      Martin Luther King Jr. Day, recognized as a federal holiday, was first observed on Jan. 20, 1986, and is celebrated annually on the third Monday of January. King was born on Jan. 15, 1929.

      --Field Level Media

  • Buh leaves Maryland to become Rutgers DC
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    Former Maryland defensive coordinator Andy Buh was officially hired by Rutgers on Monday to take the same position, along with the job as linebackers coach. Multiple outlets first reported the impending move two weeks ago.

    • "We are excited to add Andy to the Rutgers football family," head coach Chris Ash said in a statement. "He is an outstanding linebackers coach and has extensive experience in the Big Ten. Andy and I share a defensive philosophy and he is very familiar with the scheme we run, which will benefit the continued development of our defense."

      The Scarlet Knights, who finished 1-11 and were one of the worst-ranked defenses in 2018, did not retain Jay Niemann, who was the defensive coordinator from the time Ash took over the program three years ago.

      The hire reunites Ash and Buh, who were on Wisconsin's defensive coaching staff in 2012.

      Buh, 45, who has more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, spent the past three seasons leading Maryland's defense, which last season ranked second in the Big Ten (fifth nationally) in interceptions (18), fifth in the league in takeaways (23) and sixth in passing yards allowed (206.5).

      Buh has also served as defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and California, and coached outside linebackers at Kentucky in 2015 before he was promoted to special teams coordinator.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas, A&M look into renewing rivalry game
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Presidents of Texas and Texas A&M said they would like to figure out a way to bring back the rivalry game between their schools' football teams.

    • Once an annual affair, the game hasn't been played since 2011, the year Texas A&M decided to switch conferences from the Big 12 to the SEC.

      "It's a storied rivalry," Texas president Greg Fenves told the Austin American-Statesman on Friday. "We've told our ADs to figure out a plan and bring it to us."

      The president, however, told the newspaper it isn't as easy as it sounds.

      "You have to get the weekend that coincides and works together," Texas A&M president Michael Young said. "It is complicated. Our schedules don't match very well. They have nonconference games in the beginning; we have ours interspersed more throughout the season. All of this makes it very hard to schedule."

      It wasn't clear how many years it would be before the teams could see each other back on the field.

      "There are some real practical and contractual issues with scheduling nonconference games," Fenves said. "The SEC is different from the Big 12. We have nonconference games scheduled 10 years out."

      --Field Level Media

  • Martin returns to Tennessee as assistant coach
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin is returning to the program as an assistant coach.

    • His title and duties have yet to be announced.

      Martin spent the past seven seasons at USC, where he coached wide receivers, then became passing game coordinator and eventually offensive coordinator at the end of the 2015 season. He was one of three Trojans assistant coaches fired in November.

      "I'm excited to welcome back Tee Martin as one of our assistant coaches," head coach Jeremy Pruitt said in a statement announcing Martin's hiring. "He coordinated some of the nation's top offenses at USC, and he develops and identifies players as well as any coach in the country. He's an excellent recruiter, and he is terrific at building relationships with his players. He cares about developing young men on and off the field."

      247Sports named Martin the National Recruiter of the Year in 2016.

      As a player, Martin was the quarterback of the 1998 team that won the first-ever BCS national championship game.

      After college, he played three seasons in the NFL, one in the NFL Europe league and two in the Canadian Football League. He started his collegiate coaching career at New Mexico (2009) and Kentucky (2010-11) before joining USC.

      "I truly love this university and I bleed Orange and White," Martin said. "My time here was the greatest four years I could've ever imagined on and off the field. It's my goal to help our Tennessee football student-athletes have the same experiences I had when I was a student here. It's great to be home."

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Texas QB Thompson not transferring
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    After dipping his toes in the NCAA transfer waters, Texas redshirt freshman quarterback Casey Thompson reportedly has decided to remain with the Longhorns.

    • Thompson entered his name in the transfer portal last month to explore his options but informed Texas coaches on Friday that he is not leaving Austin, OrangeBloods.com first reported.

      Thompson, a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018, will enter spring camp as the backup to rising junior Sam Ehlinger.

      Thompson leapfrogs two departing players on the QB depth chart, with Cameron Rising having transferred to Utah and graduating senior Shane Buechele exploring his own transfer options.

      Ehlinger led the Longhorns to a 10-4 season and a Sugar Bowl victory as a sophomore, completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 3,292 yards with 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 482 yards and 16 touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • RB Snead leaves Ohio State
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Freshman running back Brian Snead has left the Ohio State football program.

    • He gave no reason for his departure when he made his announcement Friday on Twitter. He said he had decided to "part ways with Ohio State University" and play football elsewhere, adding it was in his "best interest to pursue other options." He did not state where he might play.

      Snead joined the Buckeyes as a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018 and as the nation's No. 3 running back, according to the 247Sports composite. He is from Seffner, Fla.

      He played in two games for the Buckeyes and carried the ball 11 times for 37 yards and a touchdown.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Utah State LB Green convicted of rape
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    A former Utah State football player was convicted Friday of five counts of rape and other charges.

    • After 16 hours of deliberation, the Utah jury presented its verdict in the case of Torrey Green, who played 25 games at linebacker for the Aggies from 2013-15.

      During the trial, six women testified that Green had forced sexual contact. When he took the stand, Green said he didn't sexually assault anyone and instead said the women were bitter than he didn't want a long-term relationship with them.

      "I wish I didn't break their hearts. I could have done a better job of letting them know I didn't want to be in a lasting relationship, and I'm sorry for that," he testified during the two-week trial.

      In addition to the rape charges, he was convicted of one charge of object rape, one count of forcible sexual abuse and one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery.

      "There were convictions for all six of these survivors," Spencer Walsh, the deputy attorney in Cache County, said after the verdicts were read, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. "We're very happy about that. They were believed."

      Green had been charged with 11 felonies in connection with assaults women said took place when he was a Utah State student. The jury acquitted him of one count each of object rape, aggravated kidnapping and forcible sexual abuse, and also downgraded one charge from felony forcible sexual abuse to misdemeanor sexual battery.

      Green will be sentenced on March 27. Prosecutors are seeking 25 years to life in prison for Green.

      He had NFL aspirations and signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. The Falcons released him when they learned of the allegations against him.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Wisconsin extends coach Chryst
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    The contract of Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst was extended through the 2023 season, the school announced Friday.

    • The one-year extension comes after the Badgers went just 8-5 overall and 5-4 in Big Ten play during Chryst's fourth year as coach. Chryst's salary was $3.75 million last season.

      Chryst, 53, is 42-12 at Wisconsin with three seasons of least 10 wins. He has an overall mark of 61-31 in seven seasons as a head coach. He went 19-19 in three seasons at Pittsburgh from 2012-14 before becoming the Badgers' coach.

      --The NCAA quarterback carousel continued to turn, with former Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall confirming he will play at West Virginia.

      As a graduate transfer, he can play immediately and will have two years of eligibility. The Mountaineers are losing quarterback Will Grier to graduation.

      "Thank you Sooner nation for an amazing three years. I will never forget the connections and opportunities at OU," Kendall posted on Twitter. "I am excited for this next step in my life and opportunity at West Virginia University. #HailWV"

      --The Tennessee Volunteers officially brought former Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Deangelo Gibbs into the fold as he announced his transfer on Twitter.

      Gibbs, who appeared in six games as a freshman in 2017 and made three tackles, played seven games for Georgia as a sophomore in 2018, making seven tackles. After leaving the Bulldogs a month ago, he has joined an SEC East rival.

      --New Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz continues to fill out his coaching staff, announcing two more hires.

      Taylor Stubblefield was hired as wide receivers coach after filling the same role the past two years at the Air Force Academy, while Stephen Field was hired as the tight ends coach.

      Stubblefield was a star wideout for Purdue. His 316 catches were an NCAA record when he left school in 2004.

      --Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia, the former CEO of TD Ameritrade who swapped the boardroom for the film room, announced his resignation from coaching.

      Moglia, 69, said he will fulfill his contract through June 2021 as the school's chairman of athletics, overseeing the football program. He is handing the coaching reins to offensive coordinator Jamey Chadwell, who was the interim head coach in 2017 when Moglia was on a leave of absence due to health issues.

      Moglia went 56-22 in six seasons as the head coach, including a 5-7 mark last season. Moglia directed the program to two top-10 finishes and five consecutive playoff appearances in the FCS before the Chanticleers moved into the Sun Belt Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2017.

      --Recently retired Ohio State coach Urban Meyer might not be ready to leave college football behind after all.

      The Sporting News reported that Meyer and Fox Sports are nearing a deal that would make Meyer a part of the network's college football coverage.

      The 54-year-old Meyer would have his choice of working as an analyst in the studio or in the broadcast booth. It would be a return to television for Meyer, who worked as a studio analyst for ESPN in 2011 after leaving Florida and before taking the Ohio State job.

      --Tom Manning will return to Iowa State as offensive coordinator after a year in as the Indianapolis Colts' tight ends coach. Head coach Matt Campbell made the announcement Friday in a statement.

      --Field Level Media

  • Georgia DB Gibbs transfers to Tennessee
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    The Tennessee Volunteers officially brought former Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Deangelo Gibbs into the fold on Friday as he announced his transfer on Twitter.

    • "Welcome To Rocky Top," was Tennessee's message.

      Gibbs, who appeared in six games as a freshman in 2017 and made three tackles, played seven games for Georgia as a sophomore in 2018, making seven tackles. After leaving Georgia a month ago, he has joined an SEC East rival.

      "Thank you to the great fans of the University of Georgia for your unwavering love and support," Gibbs announced Friday on his personal Twitter account. "Thank you to the coaching and support staff that do all they can to make the players the best they can be on and off the field. ... From the moment I arrived in Rocky Top I was flooded with all the wonderful memories all the time I've spent here. With that being said, I am 100 percent committed to giving everything I have to the Vol Nation. Pleased to announce I will be attending the University of Tennessee."

      Prior to the Sugar Bowl, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said the defensive back was no longer with the team.

      Multiple outlets reported that Gibbs is already enrolled at Tennessee and will play wide receiver for the Vols and head coach Jeremy Pruitt. At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Gibbs is from Oxford, Ga., and has two years of eligibility remaining. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he likely will have to sit out a season.

      Gibbs reportedly had placed his name in the transfer portal, along with Georgia safety Tray Bishop.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wisconsin extends Chryst's contract through 2023 season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    The contract of Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst was extended through the 2023 season, the school announced Friday.

    • The one-year extension comes after the Badgers went just 8-5 overall and 5-4 in Big Ten play during Chryst's fourth year as coach. Chryst's salary was $3.75 million last season.

      Overall, Chryst is 42-12 at Wisconsin with three seasons of least 10 wins.

      The Badgers are hopeful of a resurgence next season behind Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 2,194 yards as a sophomore and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.

      Chryst, 53, has an overall mark of 61-31 in seven seasons as a head coach. He went 19-19 in three seasons at Pittsburgh from 2012-14 before becoming Wisconsin's coach.

      --Field Level Media

  • Moglia steps down as Coastal Carolina's head coach
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia, the former CEO of TD Ameritrade who swapped the boardroom for the film room, announced his resignation from coaching on Friday.

    • Moglia, 69, said he will fulfill his contract through June 2021 as the school's chairman of athletics, overseeing the football program. He is handing the coaching reins to offensive coordinator Jamey Chadwell, who was the interim head coach in 2017 when Moglia was on a leave of absence due to health issues.

      "I believe that it is truly in the best interest of our program for Coach Chadwell to have the responsibility now so that he and the staff can focus on the next two seasons and be ready to go in the future," Moglia said in a statement.

      Moglia went 56-22 in six seasons as the head coach, including a 5-7 mark last season. Moglia directed the program to two top-10 finishes and five consecutive playoff appearances in the FCS before the Chanticleers moved into the Sun Belt Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2017.

      At one point, Moglia was said to preside over client assets worth more than $300 billion while at TD Ameritrade, where he was CEO from 2001 to 2008. He then joined Bo Pelini's Nebraska staff as an unpaid volunteer assistant before becoming a head coach in the United Football League.

      Moglia won the 2015 Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS national coach of the year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Iowa State rehires OC Manning
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Tom Manning will return to Iowa State as offensive coordinator after a year in the NFL.

    • Head coach Matt Campbell made the announcement Friday in a statement.

      "We are thrilled to have Tom return as a valuable member of our staff," Campbell said. "He is familiar with our program, and played a big role in helping establish our culture here.

      "He is an excellent coach and brilliant offensive mind, has been a highly successful play-caller and he already has respect within our walls."

      Manning was the offensive coordinator with the Cyclones in the 2016-17 seasons, then joined the Indianapolis Colts as tight ends coach and was credited with improving that group. He previously coached at Toledo with Campbell from 2012-15.

      The Cyclones finished 8-5 last season without an official offensive coordinator.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Meyer nearing deal to join Fox team
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Recently retired Ohio State coach Urban Meyer might not be ready to leave college football behind after all.

    • The Sporting News reported Friday that Meyer and Fox Sports are nearing a deal that would make Meyer a part of the network's college football coverage.

      The 54-year-old Meyer would have his choice of working as an analyst in the studio or in the broadcast booth. It would be a return to television for Meyer, who worked as a studio analyst for ESPN in 2011 after leaving Florida and before taking the Ohio State job.

      A Fox Sports spokeswoman declined to comment to the Sporting News.

      Meyer walked away from Ohio State after the Buckeyes' defeat of Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. He cited health issues as the reason for his retirement, which ended a tough season that saw him suspended for the first three games over his handling of a staff member's alleged domestic violence.

      He won three national championships as a coach and compiled a 187-32 record in 17 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

      Meyer's already announced post-retirement plans involve teaching a class at Ohio State and serving as assistant athletic director.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Oklahoma QB Kendall confirms transfer to WVU
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    The NCAA quarterback carousel continued to turn Friday, with former Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall confirming he will play at West Virginia.

    • As a graduate transfer, he can play immediately and will have two years of eligibility. The Mountaineers are losing quarterback Will Grier to graduation.

      "Thank you Sooner nation for an amazing three years. I will never forget the connections and opportunities at OU," Kendall posted on Twitter. "I am excited for this next step in my life and opportunity at West Virginia University. #HailWV"

      Kendall, a North Carolina native, was a four-star recruit and the No. 9-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2016, according to the 247Sports composite.

      But as the backup quarterback to two Heisman Trophy winners -- Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray -- his opportunities were limited.

      He played briefly in just two games in 2016, redshirted the 2017 season and appeared in four games in 2018. In all, he completed 28 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

      His announcement ends a flurry of activity at Oklahoma this week. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts transferred to the program, and it was reported that Oklahoma would not grant permission to Kendall to play immediately at fellow Big 12 member West Virginia. Amid a backlash, the Sooners relented.

      --Field Level Media

  • Diaz adds two more coaches to Hurricanes staff
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    New Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz continues to fill out his coaching staff, announcing two more hires on Friday.

    • Taylor Stubblefield was hired as wide receivers coach after filling the same role the past two years at the Air Force Academy, while Stephen Field was hired as the tight ends coach.

      Stubblefield was a star wideout for Purdue. His 316 catches were an NCAA record when he left school in 2004.

      "We're excited to welcome these coaches to the Miami family," Diaz said in a statement. "Taylor was a Biletnikoff Award finalist as a college receiver and he boasts a terrific track record coaching that position. He also has strong ties to our offensive coordinator, Dan Enos, which is significant as we begin to build and shape our offense."

      Field was a specials teams coach for the Hurricanes in 2007-08 as a graduate assistant.

      Field had taken the job as director of recruiting at Louisville earlier this month before accepting the Hurricanes offer.

      "Stephen is an outstanding coach who has had great success at both the college and high school levels," Diaz said. "He is a proven recruiter on a national scale, and also has strong ties to The U and to South Florida. They will both be excellent additions to our staff."

      Last week, Diaz announced the hirings of Eric Hickson as running backs coach and Butch Barry as offensive line coach.

      The Hurricanes hired Enos away from Alabama as their new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: NIU hiring Ravens' Hammock as head coach
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Baltimore Ravens running backs coach Thomas Hammock is set to become the new head coach at Northern Illinois, according to an ESPN source. It will be his first job as a head coach.

    • The official announcement is expected to be made Friday at news conferences in DeKalb, Ill., and Chicago, where Hammock will be introduced. According to ESPN sources, another finalist for the job was SMU defensive coordinator Kevin Kane, who held that position at NIU before joining the Mustangs last year.

      A 1,000-yard running back at Northern Illinois in 2000 and 2001, Hammock finished ninth on the school's career rushing list. He returned to the Huskies as a running backs coach from 2005-06, and also coached at Minnesota and Wisconsin before joining Baltimore in 2014.

      He spent the past five seasons on the Ravens' staff, all as the running backs coach, helping lead a group that averaged 152.6 yards per game -- second best in the league behind the Seattle Seahawks.

      Hammock, 37, replaces Rod Carey, who left NIU last week to become head coach at Temple.

      --Field Level Media

  • Murray wins Manning Award as nation's top QB
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Oklahoma's Kyler Murray received the 2018 Manning Award, presented to the nation's best quarterback, on Thursday, following Baker Mayfield as the Sooners' second straight winner.

    • The award, presented annually since 2004 by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, was created to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie Manning and sons Peyton and Eli.

      "When it comes to quarterbacks, no family is more accomplished than the Mannings, and I will cherish this honor the rest of my life," Murray said in a statement.

      Murray guided the Sooners to a 12-2 record, an appearance in the College Football Playoff and a No. 4 final ranking. The redshirt junior passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 scores. He led the nation in total yards, points responsible for, yards per pass attempt and yards per completion.

      "Week in and week out, Kyler Murray made highlight-reel plays for one of the best teams in the country," said Archie Manning in a statement. "Kyler proved to be a great leader and exceptional athlete and passer worthy of recognition as the top quarterback in the country this year."

      Murray's lengthy list of awards includes the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award, AP Player of the Year, USA Today Player of the Year and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

      Murray announced earlier this week that he was leaving Oklahoma early to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

      Other finalists for the award included Notre Dame's Ian Book, Georgia's Jake Fromm, West Virginia's Will Grier, Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Houston's D'Eriq King, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Missouri's Drew Lock, UCF's McKenzie Milton, Washington State's Gardner Minshew and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.

      Voted on by a media panel and by each of the Mannings, the Manning Award is the only major quarterback award that takes into account a candidate's bowl performance.

      --Field Level Media