Jimbo Fisher wanted Alabama, not Auburn, in BCS Championship

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Florida State edged Auburn in a dramatic BCS Championship Game last January, and nobody in Tallahassee will trade that in for anything. Head coach Jimbo Fisher will forever cherish the championship over Auburn, but deep down inside he wanted a piece of Alabama.

While talking to the Florida State softball team before a regional game, Fisher talked about the desire to be the best and take down the best competition possible. In doing so, Fisher mentioned he was hoping Florida State would get a chance to play Alabama, the two-time defending national champions at the time.

“I didn’t want to be in the SEC and win a championship,” Fisher said. “I wanted to be in the ACC and win (a national title). I wanted to break that mold. I wanted to play. We were begging to play an SEC team and we were hoping it was Alabama.”

Fisher was not taking a swipe at his BCS opponent, Auburn, but backing up his idea that was once made popular by Ric Flair in the pro wrestling world. To be the man, you have to beat the man (WOOO). Until the final moments of the Iron Bowl last fall, Alabama was The Man in college football. Of course, Fisher is a former assistant of Alabama head coach Nick Saban as well, so there may have been something a little more personal about the opportunity to go up against his former boss.

Perhaps Fisher and Florida State can get Alabama on the schedule at some point in the future. It is a match-up that has not happened nearly enough. The two programs have played just four times, with Alabama holding a slight 2-1-1 lead dating back to 1965. Alabama and Florida State have played just once since 1974, with a 2007 match-up going to the Seminoles.

Florida State will have its non-conference scheduling requirement under the new ACC scheduling policy fulfilled with an annual game with Florida, but with so many early-season neutral site games out there, and Alabama and Florida State clearly willing to participate in them, maybe this will be the best way to get the two powerhouses on the field at the same time.

Of course, there is always the playoffs…

Helmet sticker to Dr. Saturday.

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.