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Texas A&M CB Nick Harvey to pursue graduate transfer

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A former top-100 recruit is now back on the market. Texas A&M cornerback Nick Harvey announced Monday he will leave College Station to pursue a graduate transfer elsewhere.

“To Texas A&M University, I want to say thank you for giving me an opportunity to play college football and make my parents proud by receiving my Bachelor’s degree at such an amazing University (sic),” Harvey wrote in a Twitter post. “In order for me to prepare for life after football, I have decided to pursue my Masters at another institution.”

A product of Richmond Travis High School in the Houston area, Harvey was a 4-star recruit and the fourth-highest rated player in a 21-man class that ranked No. 6 nationally according to Rivals in 2014.

Harvey appeared in 38 of 39 possible games as an Aggie, starting 12 games at cornerback in 2016 and leading the team with 10 pass breakups. However, Harvey missed the entire 2017 campaign after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, and has opted for a fresh start elsewhere rather than earn his keep with Jimbo Fisher‘s coaching staff.

Arizona State hires longtime NFL offensive lineman Kevin Mawae as offensive analyst

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Arizona State has hired longtime NFL center Kevin Mawae as an offensive analyst, the program announced Monday.

“Kevin Mawae is one of the most respected voices in football,” head coach Herm Edwards said in a statement. “He will add a tremendous amount of credibility and knowledge to our coaching staff. I am thrilled that I get the opportunity to reunite with one of my favorite players to coach.”

Mawae played college ball at LSU from 1989-93, where he was a two-time All-SEC honoree. A second-round pick in the 1994 NFL draft, Mawae built an accomplished career as a pro, earning seven All-Pro honors and eight Pro Bowl trips over a 16-year career as a Seattle Seahawk, a New York Jet (where he played for Edwards) and a Tennessee Titan. He also deposited a stint as the president of the NFL Players Association.

Mawae played his last season in 2009, and spent 2016 as the assistant offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears.

The release does not specify what Mawae’s assignment will be. His daughter, Abigail, is a scholarship athlete for the Sun Devils’ swim team, and Mawae’s quote implies today’s news spanned from that connection.

“I have a lot of respect for Coach Edwards, whom I played for for five years,” he said. “His character and integrity are second to none. I knew that when my playing career was finished and I wanted to enter the coaching profession that he was the type of person that I wanted to work for. My daughter, Abigail, has signed a letter of intent to swim for Coach Bob Bowman and the Sun Devil swimming program. Both she and I fell in love with the University then.”

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger calls out Oklahoma, OU WR fires back

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Sam Ehlinger is doing his darndest to bring the Red River rivalry back. The Longhorns quarterback nearly beat Oklahoma by himself in October, throwing for 278 yards and rushing for a game-high 110 to led Texas back from a 20-0 deficit to take a fourth quarter lead before a Baker Mayfield bomb to Mark Andrews handed the Sooners a hard-fought 29-24 win.

On Monday, Texas linebacker Marquez Bimage tweeted this.

Ehlinger took the opportunity to subtly tweak former Oklahoma All-American left tackle Orlando Brown, who was the anti-star of the NFL Combine after throwing up a meager 14 reps on the bench press.

Naturally, Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown fired back with a look-at-the-scoreboard tweet.

This is pretty tame as far as Twitter beefs go, but it’s an interesting look at Ehlinger’s mindset. The sophomore is going out of his way to be the most hated Longhorn, and seems to welcome the scorn he brings upon himself. You could say that makes him similar to another Austin native-turned-Red River rivalry star: Baker Mayfield.

J.T. Ibe becomes third former Rice player in two days to announce graduate transfer

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It’s Selection Sunday weekend in college basketball, but in college football we’re celebrating a different holiday. It’s Former Rice Owls Announce Graduate Transfers To Power 5 Institutions Weekend. (Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?)

After left tackle Calvin Anderson — arguably the most sought-after non-quarterback graduate transfer in the rule’s history — announced his commitment to Texas on Saturday and defensive lineman Preston Gordon revealed his commitment to Texas Tech, former Owls safety J.T. Ibe confirmed he is leaving for South Carolina.

“I love the environment of the coaches and players,” Ibe told “I want to play the biggest football and compete to win an SEC championship.”

In Ibe, South Carolina adds an experienced player to a green secondary. The Mansfield, Texas, native appeared in 33 career games for the Owls and registered 42 tackles with one forced fumble in 2017.

South Carolina loses both starting safeties — D.J. Smith and Chris Lammons — to graduation from the 2017 team. Ibe figures to compete with a fellow senior transfer Keisean Nixon or junior Javon Charleston for a starting spot.

Former Arizona DL Marcus Griffin announces graduate transfer to Central Michigan

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Former Arizona defensive tackle announced Saturday he will spend his final season of college football as a Chippewa. Griffin announced in January that he would leave Tucson, but was treated as a senior throughout the season.

A 4-star recruit out of powerhouse Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Wash., Griffin was one of the heralded recruits in Arizona’s 2014 class, but struggled to find his footing as a Wildcat. He appeared in just 11 games over his four seasons in Tucson, recording five tackles.

Griffin revealed his commitment to Central Michigan on Twitter.

Central Michigan went 8-5 in 2017, finishing second in the MAC West before falling to Wyoming in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Chips finished 24th nationally and second in the MAC in yards per play allowed.

Griffin could slide into the starting lineup for Central Michigan as defensive tackle Chris Kantzavelos was a senior in ’17.