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Minnesota assistant Ed Warinner tweets he’s ‘never been contacted’ about Kent State job

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You just have to love the vagaries of the annual coaching rumor mill.

The offensive line coach and running-game coordinator at Minnesota, Ed Warinner has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Paul Haynes as the head coach at Kent State.Β  In fact, just yesterday, the former Ohio State and Notre Dame assistant had been labeled as a “strong candidate” for the opening.

Thursday night, however, FootballScoop.com tweeted that Warinner is no longer a candidate.

Less than 20 minutes after that tweet, Warinner took to his personal Twitter to confirm he is not only not a candidate for the job but claimed that he has “never been contacted by anyone involved with the school.” Left unsaid is whether those representing or associated with him had been in contact with the university.

Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen (HERE) and Syracuse offensive coordinator Sean Lewis (HERE) are the latest names du jour connected to the opening at the MAC school.

Kent State’s one of two jobs at the FBS level that remain open, although the other, Louisiana, could be closed in short order.

Three DBs among four who have left Syracuse since end of season

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Especially when it comes to the defensive side of the ball, Syracuse’s roster has seen a significant amount of attrition over the past couple of weeks.

Since the end of the 2017 regular season 17 days ago, a total of four players have left the Orange football program. Three of those who have taken their leave are defensive backs — Juwan Dowels, Daivon Ellison, Cordell Hudson — while the other is defensive tackle Kayton Samuels (pictured).

Dowels and Samuels were the latest to part ways, with both announcing on social media their decisions to transfer over the weekend.

Both of those two, along with Hudson, are leaving the Orange as graduate transfers. That transferring trio would all be eligible to play in 2018 if they move on to another FBS program.

Samuels played in 34 games during his time with the ‘Cuse, while Dowels played in 24. The latter’s 2016 season was cut short because of a knee injury in Week 2.

AP All-American Team highlighted by Mayfield and Sooners on First Team

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The Oklahoma Sooners will bring three AP First Team All-Americans into the College Football Playoff this year, including Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. Mayfield was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press on Monday, and he is joined by fellow Sooners offensive tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews.

Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, and Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell were also named to the AP’s First Team to combine to match Oklahoma’s First Team total. Other First Team All-Americans included Heisman finalist and Doak Walker Award winner Bryce Love of Stanford, Biletnikoff Award winner James Washington. Lombardi Award winner Saquon Barkley of Penn State was named to the First Team as an all-purpose player, and the nation’s leading rusher, Rashaad Penny of San Diego State joined Love as a First Team running back.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback β€” Baker Mayfield, senior, Oklahoma.

Running backs β€” Bryce Love, junior, Stanford; Rashaad Penny, senior, San Diego State.

Tackles β€” Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame.

Guards β€” Quenton Nelson, senior, Notre Dame; Braden Smith, senior, Auburn.

Center β€” Billy Price, senior, Ohio State.

Tight end β€” Mark Andrews, junior, Oklahoma.

Receivers β€” James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State; Anthony Miller, senior, Memphis.

All-purpose player β€” Saquon Barkley, junior, Penn State.

Kicker β€” Matt Gay, junior, Utah.

DEFENSE

Ends β€” Bradley Chubb, senior, North Carolina State; Clelin Ferrell, sophomore, Clemson.

Tackles β€” Hercules Mata’afa, junior, Washington State; Maurice Hurst, senior, Michigan.

Linebackers β€” Roquan Smith, junior, Georgia; Josey Jewell, senior, Iowa; T.J. Edwards, junior, Wisconsin.

Cornerbacks β€” Josh Jackson, junior, Iowa; Denzel Ward, junior, Ohio State.

Safeties β€” Minkah Fitzpatrick, junior, Alabama; DeShon Elliott, junior, Texas.

Punter β€” Michael Dickson, junior, Texas.

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback β€” Lamar Jackson, junior, Louisville.

Running backs β€” Jonathan Taylor, freshman, Wisconsin; Kerryon Johnson, junior, Auburn.

Tackles β€” Mitch Hyatt, junior, Clemson; Isaiah Wynn, senior, Georgia.

Guards β€” Cody O’Connell, senior, Washington State; Will Hernandez, senior, UTEP.

Center β€” Bradley Bozeman, senior, Alabama.

Tight end β€” Troy Fumagalli, senior, Wisconsin.

Receivers β€” David Sills V, junior, West Virginia; Michael Gallup, senior, Colorado State.

All-purpose player β€” Dante Pettis, senior, Washington.

Kicker β€” Daniel Carlson, senior, Auburn.

DEFENSE

Ends β€” Sutton Smith, sophomore, Northern Illinois; Nick Bosa, sophomore, Ohio State.

Tackles β€” Ed Oliver, sophomore, Houston; Christian Wilkins, junior, Clemson.

Linebackers β€” Malik Jefferson, junior, Texas; Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, senior, Oklahoma; Dorian O’Daniel, senior, Clemson.

Cornerbacks β€” Jalen Davis, senior, Utah State; Carlton Davis, junior, Auburn.

Safeties β€” Derwin James, junior, Florida State; Justin Reid, junior, Stanford.

Punter β€” Johnny Townsend, senior, Florida.

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THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback β€” Mason Rudolph, senior, Oklahoma State.

Running backs β€” Ronald Jones II, junior, Southern California; Devin Singletary, sophomore, Florida Atlantic.

Tackles β€” David Edwards, sophomore, Wisconsin; Jonah Williams, sophomore, Alabama.

Guards β€” Beau Benzschawel, junior, Wisconsin; Tyrone Crowder, senior, Clemson.

Center β€” Frank Ragnow, senior, Arkansas.

Tight end β€” Jaylen Samuels, senior, North Carolina State.

Receivers β€” Steve Ishmael, senior, Syracuse; A.J. Brown, sophomore, Mississippi.

All-purpose player β€” D.J. Reed, junior, Kansas State.

Kicker β€” Eddy Piniero, junior, Florida.

DEFENSE

Ends β€” Austin Bryant, junior, Clemson; Mat Boesen, senior, TCU.

Tackles β€” Vita Vea, junior, Washington; Harrison Phillips, senior, Stanford.

Linebackers β€” Micah Kiser, senior, Virginia; Tremaine Edmunds, junior, Virginia Tech; Devin Bush, sophomore, Michigan.

Cornerbacks β€” Andraez Williams, redshirt freshman, LSU; Jack Jones, sophomore, Southern California.

Safeties β€” Armani Watts, senior, Texas A&M; Quin Blanding, senior, Virginia.

Punter β€” Mitch Wisnowsky, junior, Utah.

Notre Dame-Syracuse in 2018 to be played at Yankee Stadium

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For the second time this decade, it’ll be “play ball” for Notre Dame football at the new Yankee Stadium.

Notre Dame confirmed Thursday that it’s 2018 game against Syracuse will be played at the Bronx home of baseball’s New York Yankees.Β  This meeting will mark the ninth installment of the Shamrock Series — a home game the Fighting Irish turn into a neutral-field matchup — and the second to be played at Yankee Stadium.

The first came in 2010 against Army.

From the release on both football program’s histories at the old and new Yankee Stadiums:

Notre Dame has played 26 games at Yankee Stadium. In addition to the β€˜63 meeting with Syracuse, the Irish have played Army (1925-29, 1931-46, 1969, 2010), North Carolina (1949) and Rutgers (2013 Pinstripe Bowl).

Syracuse has played seven games at Yankee Stadium. In addition to the β€˜63 meeting with the Irish, the Orange defeated Pittsburgh in 1923, NYU in both 1940 and β€˜41, Kansas State in 2010 (Pinstripe Bowl) and West Virginia in 2012 (Pinstripe Bowl). Syracuse’s only loss at Yankee Stadium came in 1960 vs. Army.

Since it opened in 2009, the new Yankees home has played host to three regular-season FBS games as well as the annual Pinstripe Bowl, first played in 2010.Β  Two other regular-season games were scheduled for there but weren’t played — Maryland-Rutgers this past season (Yankees postseason run) and Army-Rutgers in 2013 (unspecified conflict).

Nation’s leading receivers named among 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists

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The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation has trimmed down the list of the nation’s top receivers to 10 semifinalists for this year’s BiletnikoffΒ Award. The award doesn’t necessarily have to go to a wide receiver, but this year’s award will maintain that tradition with 10 semifinalists all playing the wide receiver position.

Among the semifinalists are the nation’s leading receiver, Colorado State’sΒ Michael Gallup (1,298 yards), the nation’s leader in receiving touchdowns, West Virginia’s David Sills V (18 touchdowns), and the nation’s leader in receptions per game, SMU’s Trey Quinn (9.6 receptions per game). The semifinalist list also includes key players on conference contenders like Deontay Burnett of USC and James Washington of Oklahoma State.

A Big 12 receiver has won the award each of the past two seasons, so that may be good news for one of the three semifinalists from the Big 12 this season. Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook won the award a year ago, preceded by Baylor’s Corey Coleman in 2015.A Big 12 player has won the award a total of six times since 2007, with Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree and Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon each winning the award twice.

2017 Biletnikoff Semifinalists

  • Darren Andrews, UCLA
  • A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
  • Deontay Burnett, USC
  • Keke Coutee, Texas Tech
  • Michael Gallup, Colorado State
  • Steve Ishmael, Syracuse
  • Anthony Miller, Memphis
  • Trey Quinn, SMU
  • David Sills, West Virginia
  • James Washington, Oklahoma State