Jalen Whitlow

Ex-UK QB Jalen Whitlow one of three FBS players to transfer to E. Illinois

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Dorian Green-Beckham may or may not end up at Eastern Illinois when it’s all said and done.  In the meantime, another former SEC player will look to continue his player career with the FCS program.

The Panthers, it was announced Wednesday, have added former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow to their roster.  As he’s dropping down a level, Whitlow will be eligible to play in 2014.

It was announced last month, shortly after Whitlow both lost the quarterback competition and was asked to switched positions, that the player would be transferring from UK.

At Eastern Illinois, Whitlow will get the opportunity to replace Jimmy Garoppolo, who was a second-round selection in the NFL draft earlier this month. It was Garoppolo who broke nearly all of the significant school passing standards previously held by Tony Romo, so Whitlow, who’ll bring experience to the competition, would have sizable shoes to fill were he to win the job.

The past two seasons with the Wildcats, Whitlow threw for 1,831 yards and 10 touchdowns as he started 15 games. He also contributed nine touchdowns on the ground.

In addition to Whitlow, Eastern Illinois announced the additions of wide receiver Stephen Bravo-Brown a transfer from South Florida, and defensive back Anthony Standifer, a transfer from Ole Miss.  The former caught seven passes in 10 games for the Bulls before graduating and moving on, while Standifer, a three-star member of the Rebels’ 2012 recruiting class, was dismissed by the program last October.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.