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Maryland QB Caleb Henderson gives up playing career, will remain with team

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At this time last year, it looked like Caleb Henderson was in line to win the quarterback battle for D.J. Durkin‘s second Maryland team. A 6-foot-3 signal-caller from Burke, Va., Henderson signed with North Carolina out of high school but transferred to Maryland ahead of the 2016 season, meaning he would become eligible in 2017.

But he broke his foot in spring practice and then injured his elbow during the season, and is now hanging it up.

Henderson appeared in two games as a Terp, throwing one incomplete pass.

He will remain on with the program, but his exact role has not been determined.

Former Notre Dame DL coach one of two hired by Colorado State

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Just a few days before National Signing Day kicks off, Mike Bobo has put the finishing touches on filling the holes on his Colorado State coaching staff.

The football program confirmed Wednesday in a press release that Bobo has hired Chase Gibson and Keith Gilmore as assistant coaches Nos. 9 and 10.  The former will coach linebackers, while the latter will handle the defensive line.

Additionally, Gibson will take on the role of special teams coordinator for the Rams.

From 2009-16, Gilmore served as the line coach at three different Power Five football programs, most recently at Notre Dame from 2015-16.  He also spent time in the same capacity at North Carolina (2013-14) and Illinois (2009-12).

The past two seasons, Gibson was the linebackers coach at FCS Eastern Kentucky.  His only job at the FBS level came as a quality control/assistant secondary coach at Tennessee with John Jancek, who was named defensive coordinator at CSU in the middle of last month.

Ex-A&M, Nebraska assistant Terry Joseph hired by Notre Dame

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Notre Dame has added a very experienced Power Five assistant to Brian Kelly‘s coaching staff, with the football program announcing the hiring of Terry Joseph Tuesday.

Joseph comes to Notre Dame after spending one season as the defensive backs coach at North Carolina.  In fact, Joseph has spent the eight seasons as the defensive backs/secondary coach at Power Five programs, including stops at Texas A&M (2014-16), Nebraska (2012-13) and Tennessee (2010-11).

“Having the chance to coach at Notre Dame is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Joseph in a statement. “There are a lot of great programs in the nation but there is truly only one Notre Dame. I’m looking forward to working with Coach Kelly, the rest of the staff and embracing the opportunity to compete on a national stage in pursuit of this program’s mission: to graduate all of its players and win a national championship.”

“Terry has an excellent reputation as a quality teacher and coach, as well as a committed recruiter,” Kelly said. “He has developed all-conference caliber players at each of his earlier stops, including Power Five programs North Carolina, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Tennessee. Our players will certainly benefit from Terry’s teaching in terms of football, but I’m probably more excited to see our players benefit from his leadership skills away from football.

Joseph’s first job at the FBS level came as the secondary coach at Louisiana Tech from 2007-09.  He also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs during his time in Ruston.

ACC releases complete 2018 football schedule

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The 2017 season was put to bed a little over a week ago, so the focus of the college football world has shifted to 2018.

In that vein, the ACC Wednesday released its football schedule for the upcoming season.  The first game featuring a team from the conference will have Wake Forest traveling to Tulane on Thursday, Aug. 30.  The first league game sees Virginia Tech traveling to Tallahassee on Labor Day to face Florida State in a primetime matchup.

Opening weekend will also see the ACC involved in a pair of neutral-site nonconference matchups: Louisville against defending national champion Alabama in Orlando Saturday, Sept. 1, and Miami facing LSU the next day in Arlington.

There are also five previously-announced games against scheduling partner Notre Dame, including road trips to South Bend for FSU (Nov. 10) and Pitt (Oct. 13).  Wake (Sept. 22) and Virginia Tech (Oct. 6) will play host to the Irish, while Syracuse and Notre Dame will square off at Yankee Stadium Nov. 17.

The release announcing the schedule notes that ACC teams will play more games (19) against Power 5 competition than any other P5, and their members will also play 27 games against non-conference opponents that participated in bowl games last season, the highest total among Power 5 conferences.

“The 2018 ACC Football schedule provides our schools and programs the opportunity to build upon the numerous football successes that have been achieved in recent years,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford in a statement. “Once again, our teams will be facing both a daunting conference schedule and what is collectively the most challenging non-conference schedule in the country. There will be no shortage of excitement for fans on a weekly basis.”

You can click HERE for the composite schedule, HERE for the team-by-team schedule and HERE for the ever-popular logo schedule.

Ex-North Carolina LB Tommy Thigpen returns to Tar Heels as assistant

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For the umpteenth time in the last couple of months, a coach has proven you can indeed go home again.

In a press release, North Carolina announced Tuesday that Tommy Thigpen has been hired as part of Larry Fedora‘s Tar Heels’ coaching staff.  Just what specific title Thigpen will hold or duties he’ll perform weren’t specified by the program.

Thigpen played linebacker for the Tar Heels from 1989-1993 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UNC from 1998-99.  He also served as a linebackers coach at his alma mater from 2005-08.

“We are excited to bring Tommy back to Carolina,” Fedora said in a statement. “He will bring intensity into the building both as a coach and as a recruiter, and I know he has a great passion for this program and this University. We welcome him, his wife Jacinda and their two daughters back into the Tar Heel family.”

“I am very thankful to be coming back home and even more thankful to Coach Fedora for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his staff,” said Thigpen.

The last five seasons, Thigpen was the linebackers coach at Tennessee.  From 2009-2012, he was an assistant at Auburn.