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ESPN acquires Miami Beach Bowl, will move it out of Florida

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The state of Florida will play host to one less bowl game when the 2017 postseason rolls around.

The American Athletic Conference, which created the Miami Beach Bowl and has owned and operated the event since 2014, announced Friday that the game has been purchased by ESPN.  The AAC will continue its affiliation with the bowl game; it’s expected Conference USA, the MAC and Sun Belt will do the same.

The conference also confirmed that the game will no longer be played at Marlins Park or in the state of Florida.  A new venue will be announced at a later date, although the state of Texas is the early favorite to land the bowl.

“We are proud of the postseason opportunities that we have been able to provide to student-athletes through our founding of the Miami Beach Bowl, and we appreciate the relationships that we have built with the Miami Marlins, Marlins Park and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach,” said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. “This transfer makes sense on many levels. We are excited to enhance our overall relationship with ESPN and to continue our affiliation with the bowl.”

Memphis (2014), Tulsa (2016) and USF (2015) have previously represented the AAC in the game.  The first two won their matchups with BYU and Central Michigan, respectively, while the latter dropped a 10-point decision to Western Kentucky.

Houston WRs coach Darrell Wyatt ‘steps down,’ replaced by Kenny Guiton

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There’s been a somewhat surprising shakeup to Major Applewhite‘s first coaching staff at Houston.

The football program announced Friday that Darrell Wyatt had stepped down from his post as Cougars’ wide receivers coach “to pursue other career opportunities,” although there are rumors that the assistant had been dismissed.  In the same release, UH also confirmed that Kenny Guiton has been hired as Wyatt’s replacement.

“We’re very appreciative of Darrell’s contributions over the last 15 months and certainly wish him well,” said Applewhite in a statement. “We are excited for Kenny’s return to our program and know he’ll be welcomed by both our current and future student-athletes.”

The hiring of Guiton is a return of sorts as he had spent the past two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant working with UH’s receivers.  In December he left to join ex-UH coach Tom Herman at Texas as a quality control coach for receivers.  He spent four months in that job.

Guiton played his college ball at Ohio State, with Herman serving as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator the quarterback’s last two seasons in Columbus.

Clemson grad transfer CB opts for Oklahoma State over Houston, UCF

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That certainly didn’t take long.

Earlier today, it was reported that Adrian Baker (pictured, center) had whittled his transfer to-do list down to Oklahoma State, Houston and UCF.  This evening, the former Clemson defensive back has confirmed to Jake Trotter of ESPN.com that he has made a decision as to where he’ll continue his collegiate playing career — the Big 12 OSU.

“I think they have an opportunity to compete for a national championship,” Baker told Trotter. “I’m hoping I can come in there and help.”

Baker will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer for the secondary-needy Cowboys.  The 2017 season will, barring an unexpected bid for a sixth year from the NCAA, be his final season of eligibility.

A three-star member of Clemson’s 2013 recruiting class, Baker took a redshirt as a true freshman before playing in four games the following season.  He started three of 13 games in 2015, intercepting a pair of passes in the process.

Expected to contend for a starting job in 2016, Baker instead missed the Tigers run to a title last season because of a knee injury sustained in spring practice.  In early February, Baker opted to transfer from the reigning national champions.

Clemson transfer Adrian Baker down to trio of landing spots

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A little over two months after deciding to transfer from the reigning national champions, Adrian Baker is zeroing in on a new college football home.

According to ESPN.com‘s Jake Trotter, Baker has whittled his transfer to-do list down to Oklahoma State, Houston and UCF.  Baker has visited all three of those schools and told Trotter that he would like to make a decision on his next destination next month.

Earlier this month, the defensive back had visited the Big 12 OSU.

Regardless of where the cornerback ends up, he’ll be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.  The 2017 season will, barring an unexpected bid for a sixth year from the NCAA, be his final season of eligibility.

A three-star member of Clemson’s 2013 recruiting class, Baker took a redshirt as a true freshman before playing in four games the following season.  He started three of 13 games in 2015, intercepting a pair of passes in the process.

Expected to contend for a starting job in 2016, Baker instead missed the Tigers run to a title last season because of a knee injury sustained in spring practice.

Tom Herman takes a swing at demolishing Texas locker room, doesn’t go so smoothly

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Texas generates more revenue than any college program in the country so it’s probably not too surprising to hear that the Longhorns are pumping some of that money into re-doing their football locker rooms. After all, this is the start of a new era in Austin as Tom Herman takes over as head coach of the team.

Because everything is captured on video nowadays, the school naturally posted what it was like to take a sledgehammer to the old shells of the lockers. In the case of Herman, well, that first swing probably didn’t go quite how the coach imagined. Fast forward to the 90 second mark or so to take in the action.

If you want to skip the video, just take in the gif:

Now to be fair to Herman, the following swings were much, much better. That first one though, is certainly a case of life coming at you fast.