Luck introduces Dana Holgorsen as WVU head coach, addresses rumors (sort of)

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In a matter of a  day, West Virginia officially moved on from the Bill Stewart era and into a new direction with offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who was named the school’s 33rd head coach this evening by athletic director Oliver Luck.

A full audio file of the press conference can be heard HERE.

The decision for Stewart to resign comes several days after rumors began circulating that Stewart tried to undermine Holgorsen by asking reporters to “dig up dirt” on him.

“It was the right thing to do,” said Luck in the press conference.  “I do want to thank him for his dedication to Mountaineer football.”

Luck would not address the allegations against Stewart, but said the university could not validate them.

“I’d rather not discuss any of the allegations,” Luck said. “That’s in the past.”

Luck said the university would adhere to Stewart’s contract by paying him an undisclosed amount of money as part of the buyout agreement. Looking back, Luck felt the coach-in-waiting decision made “good management sense” at the time, but admitted that hindsight often tells a different story.

Holgorsen took the podium next, saying he will still run the offense and act as head coach. No plans have been made to hire an offensive coordinator for this season. When asked about the expedited move to name him head coach and what he would do going forward, Holgorsen said he’s simply taking it a day at a time.

“What’s our first game, Marshall?” Hologorsen asked rhetorically. “I’m taking it one day at a time.”

Holgorsen also alluded to the fact that the expectations for him on and off the field have risen. Holgorsen was kicked out of a Cross Lanes casino last month for belligerent behavior while reportedly intoxicated.

“I understand what the expectations are to wear the blue and gold and those expectations both on and off the field are something I look forward to living up to,” Holgorsen said. “We’ll be united as coaches, united as players, as administrators and as fans to help bring championships here to Morgantown.”

“He is ready for this challenge and understands the enormous responsibility that goes along with it,” Luck added. “I have a 100 percent confidence in Coach Holgorsen and in our offensive and defensive assistant coaches.”

Alabama gets commitment from Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s younger brother

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa may not be playing in the spring game due to an injury, but there is still plenty of Tagovailoa news coming out of Tuscaloosa today. Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of the national championship game hero, has reportedly committed to play for the Crimson Tide.

The newest commitment for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide is a four-star dual-threat quarterback and will be a part of Alabama’s Class of 2019. Alabama won the recruiting battle against schools like Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, and Michigan among others. According to Al.com, Lane Kiffin made a push to lure Tagovailoa to FAU as well.

Tagovailoa will go down as an in-state recruit for Alabama because the Tagovailoa moved to Alabama after Tua Tagovailoa enrolled at Alabama. If Tua wins the starting job at Alabama, then it is possible Alabama’s offense could be run by a Tagovailoa for the next six years. A dynasty within a dynasty? That’s dynasty inception, not to put too much pressure on either Tagovailoa brother.

WATCH: Nebraska football players celebrate after student wins $25,000 at spring game

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A record-setting crowd at Memorial Stadium had plenty of reasons to cheer on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska. Aside from a good amount of highlights from Nebraska’s football players, including freshman Adrian Martinez, Nebraska fans celebrated as a student in attendance was given a chance to win $25,000. All he had to do was field a punt during a break in the action.

He nailed it, and the celebration following was pretty good too. After getting his hands on the ball to secure the $25,000 prize, players from both sidelines rushed the field to celebrate.

File this away with all of those fun spring game moments.

Nebraska fans set new school record for spring attendance in Scott Frost debut

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Nebraska has generally been one of the traditional heavy hitters when it comes to the not-at-all-important stat of spring game attendance, but never before have so many Huskers fans crammed into Memorial Stadium to see their beloved team play the spring game.

Nebraska is reporting a spring game crowd of 86,818 in Lincoln this afternoon, easily making them the new leader in the nation for spring game attendance this season (other contenders Alabama and Penn State are also in action today, so we’ll see if Nebraska hangs on to this lead). The massive crowd on-hand to witness the spring debut of new head coach Scott Frost also catapulted Nebraska into the top 10 leaderboard for all-time spring game attendance figures. Nebraska’s 86,818 fans is good for the eighth-most fans for a spring game, and Nebraska’s only appearance on the top 10 list.

It’s worth a quick reminder that these are paying fans as well, and the weather isn’t fantastic, although it is far better than a number of spring games have seen this season.

Florida State previously had the highest-attended spring game going into this weekend, but the crowd of 60,934 stood very little chance of staying ahead of some of the schools in action on Saturday, including the combination of Nebraska, Alabama, Penn State, and Georgia.

Wisconsin QB announces intent to transfer

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Wisconsin’s quarterback position looks to be pretty solid heading into the 2018 season with Alex Hornibrook back to lead the offense, but the depth at the position will get a little more shallow with a pending departure. Karé Lyles is set on leaving Madison by way of a transfer, according to a message posted to his Twitter account Friday night.

“Thank you UW for the memories, but it’s time to focus on a new chapter and a new beginning,” Lyles said in his message on Twitter. “The best is yet to come! Just a kid with a dream, and I didn’t come this far just to come this far.”

Lyles would have been floating on the depth chart at Wisconsin this season behind locked-in starter Hornibrook, with Jack Coan rising to be the top backup option ahead of Lyles for the Badgers. Wisconsin has some other younger in-experienced quarterbacks on the roster as well to fill some of the space on the depth chart in the fall.

Lyles, a redshirt sophomore in the fall, will have to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible to play again in 2019 with two years of eligibility to use at another FBS program. If he transfers to a lower division school, then Lyles would be eligible to play immediately this fall.

Helmet sticker to Bucky’s 5th Quarter.