Notre Dame-UConn at Fenway Park? Possibly

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If modern-day college football’s good enough for Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field, why not the Beantown Bandbox?

According to the Boston Globe, it very well could be as the paper is reporting that discussions have commenced on a proposal could bring a future Notre Dame-UConn game to historic Fenway Park, home of the MLB’s Boston Red Sox.  Before you get too excited, though, the talks are described as being in the very preliminary stages.

Citing sources, the Globe writes that “UConn officials feel the idea has merit and Notre Dame may be willing to shift a home game to Boston.”

The Irish and Huskies currently have no games or series scheduled through the 2021 season and, as SNYU.com notes, UConn’s future schedules are in a state of flux due to Big East expansion.

The last time a football game was held at the venerable ballpark was in 1968, an NFL matchup pitting the Cincinnati Bengals against the then-Boston Patriots.  The paper also notes that, prior to that game, Fenway Park had served as the venue for a host of games at the professional, collegiate and high school level. On the collegiate side, Dartmouth College, Boston College and Boston University have all played games at the park.

Wrigley Field has already played host to the November 2010 game between Illinois and Northwestern that featured just one usable end zone due to the friendly confines of the cozy stadium.  It’s unclear whether such a situation would arise at Fenway.

Kansas State-Syracuse and Syracuse-Army have played games in recent years at Yankee Stadium, which also serves as the home to the Pinstripe Bowl.

There were also talks in 2010 about Missouri playing a game at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

UPDATED 2:42 p.m. ET: In the report mentioned above, the talk was that a 2014 Notre Dame-UConn game was under discussion.  The Irish responded to the report, well, this way.

“Media reports today that we will play UConn in Fenway Park in 2014 are inaccurate,” athletic director Jack Swarbrick stated.

Of course, the report didn’t state that the Irish and Huskies will definitely play in Fenway in 2014, or any other year for that matter.  It should also be noted that Swarbrick’s denial made no mention of 2013 or 2015 and beyond.

Western Kentucky’s Joel Iyiegbuniwe declares early for draft

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There’s a new leader in the clubhouse for “Early Entrant With the Most Vowels in his Surname.”

On his personal Twitter account over the weekend, Joel Iyiegbuniwe announced that he is leaving Western Kentucky early and making himself available for the April NFL draft. The linebacker, a native of Bowling Green, Kent., stated that he came to his decision “[a]fter much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, coaches and advisors.”

This past season, Iyiegbuniwe led the Hilltoppers in tackles with 117, tackles for loss with 11.5 and forced fumbles with three. He was named first-team All-Conference USA following the regular season.

Including last season, Iyiegbuniwe had started 27 straight games at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers.

Today is the deadline for draft-eligible players to inform the NFL of their intentions.

Kent State announces signing of ex-Auburn QB Woody Barrett

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One day after Woody Barrett announced that he has found a new college football home, the school has confirmed as much.

Kent State sent out a press release Monday evening acknowledging that Barrett has signed with the football program. After spending the 2017 season at a Mississippi junior college, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.

Counting this coming season, Barrett will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“We’re excited about Woody’s potential, his ability and his raw tools both throwing and running the football,” new Golden Flashes head coach Sean Lewis said in a statement. “And we’re excited to have him on campus to be training with our team as we get ready for spring ball.”

A four-star member of Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class, Barrett was rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country that cycle. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then opted to transfer from the Tigers in May of last year, ultimately ending up at the JUCO level.

At Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past season, Barrett passed for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games, adding another 485 and six on the ground.

Michigan confirms hiring of Sherrone Moore as TEs coach

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One hole on Jim Harbaugh‘s coaching staff has been filled.

The football program confirmed Monday that Sherrone Moore has been hired and will serve as Harbaugh’s tight ends coach. Moore will replace Greg Frey, who moved on to a job on Willie Taggart‘s staff at Florida State.

The 31-year-old Moore — he’ll turn 32 in early February — spent the past four seasons coaching tight ends at Central Michigan. This past season, he added the title of assistant head coach as well as taking over as the MAC program’s recruiting coordinator.

Moore began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Louisville from 2009-12. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 2012, spending that season as well as 2013 in that role.

NC State QB Jalan McClendon puts his name on graduate transfer market

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Ryan Finley announced earlier this month he will return to NC State for his senior season, which means his backup is leaving. Jalan McClendon revealed Monday he will pursue his options elsewhere for his final season of college football as a graduate transfer.

“I’ve enjoyed every bit of this university,” McClendon said in a statement. “My teammates and coaches, the fans, the atmosphere, even the food! I appreciate everything that NC State has done for me and I wouldn’t take it back for anything.”

McClendon appeared in 20 games as a member of the Wolfpack, completing 26-of-47 passes for 262 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions while adding 46 carries for 223 yards.

“Jalan has been phenomenal throughout his career,” head coach Dave Doeren said in a statement.  “He’s been a great leader and a great teammate and has done everything we could’ve asked a young man to do. We wish him the best and will always consider him an important part of the Wolfpack family.”

McClendon was a 3-star recruit out of West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.