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Son of Ted Roof transfers from Georgia Tech to Indiana

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Georgia Tech added one player to its roster via a transfer this week. Wednesday, they officially lost one the same way.

T.D. Roof, Indiana confirmed, has enrolled at the university and will be continuing his collegiate playing career with the Hoosiers. That continuation won’t begin until 2019, however, as he’ll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

That would then leave him with three years of eligibility to use beginning next year.

“T.D. Roof is a young man that we recruited heavily in the previous recruiting cycle,” said a statement from IU head coach Tom Allen said. “We are thrilled to have him join us as a transfer from Georgia Tech. We’re really excited about what he will bring to our linebacking corps and ultimately to our football program.”

The linebacker is the son of Ted Roof, who left late last year as the defensive coordinator at Tech after five seasons to take a job at North Carolina State. The younger Roof got to play for his father for one season prior to both going their separate ways.

Roof was a three-star member of the Yellow Jackets’ 2017 recruiting class. He played in 11 games as a true freshman, totaling 17 tackles and a pair of sacks.

Indiana hires South Alabama DC as 10th assistant

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As expected, the 10th assistant rule is having a negative impact on Group of Five programs.

The latest example of that is South Alabama, which has lost defensive coordinator Kane Wommack to Indiana.  The Hoosiers announced Wommack’s hiring as linebackers coach late Monday morning.

With Wommack’s addition, William Inge will shift from linebackers coach to special teams coordinator.

“Kane is one of the bright, young coaches in our profession. He has done a tremendous job as a defensive coordinator at two different stops,” IU head coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “I have a strong relationship with his family, but more importantly, he is an excellent football coach. Kane is the kind of person that I want in our program mentoring our young men and that will represent Indiana University in an excellent way. He is a guy that I know and trust, and I am very excited to have him join the IU Football family.”

Wommack, who played his college football at Arkansas in a playing career that ended in 2006, spent the past two seasons as the coordinator at South Alabama.  That was his first job at the FBS level.

The NCAA’s 10th on-field coach rule officially goes into effect today.

Indiana announces addition of ex-Miami starting center Nick Linder

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While a trio of Miami transfers made headlines the last couple of days, it was a prior Hurricanes transfer who’s making news today.

Indiana announced Wednesday that Nick Linder has been added to Tom Allen‘s football roster and will finish out his collegiate playing career as a Hoosier.  Lender comes in as a graduate transfer, meaning he will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.

This upcoming season will serve as the offensive lineman’s final year of eligibility.

“Nick Linder had a very strong career at Miami and we are excited to welcome him to our football program,” Tom Allen said in a statement. “He will be completing his master’s degree through the Kelley School of Business and he will be an important addition to our football team.”

Linder received a degree in finance and entrepreneurship from U-M last year.

In August of 2017, it was announced that Linder had decided to transfer from the Hurricanes and would be sitting out the season.  Prior to that, he started 26 games for the ‘Canes — 22 at center, four at left guard.

Linder, whose brother, Brandon, is the starting center for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, played his high school football in Fort Lauderdale.  A three-star 2014 signee, Linder was rated as the No. 54 guard in the country.

Reports: Willie Taggart hires Rick Trickett’s replacement as Florida State offensive line coach

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As one Florida State institution remains on campus, another is reportedly set to leave.

According to a report from Warchant, Seminoles offensive line coach Rick Trickett will not be retained by new head coach Willie Taggart. The site reports that Trickett has informed his players he will not be back for 2018 but will remain on for Wednesday’s Independence Bowl appearance against Southern Miss.

Trickett has been on Florida State’s staff since 2007 and coaching in college football in general for 44 years. A Vietnam veteran, Trickett’s offensive line in 2013 propelled Florida State to the national championship and his entire starting lineup to the NFL.

Trickett also served as Florida State’s assistant head coach under Jimbo FisherWarchant reported that Trickett is still owed $602,000 on a 3-year contract, which Fisher himself or Texas A&M will have to pay.

The Trickett clan has been an institution in garnet and gold. Beyond patriarch Rick, Travis Trickett served as an offensive graduate assistant in 2010 and is now the offensive coordinator at Georgia State, Clint Trickett played quarterback for the ‘Noles for three seasons before transferring to West Virginia and now coaches tight ends at Florida Atlantic, and Chance Trickett worked in the recruiting office as an undergraduate student and is now in the scouting department of the Los Angeles Rams.

Replacing Trickett, according to a report from FootballScoop, will be Greg Frey. (Full disclosure: I also work for FootballScoop.) Frey is currently the run game coordinator and tackles and tight ends coach at Michigan, and prior to that spent six seasons as the offensive line coach at Indiana. His Hoosiers lines produced three 1,000-yard rushers in his final three seasons: Tevin Coleman finished second in the nation in 2014 with 2,036 yards, Jordan Howard rushed for 1,213 yards in ’15 and Devine Redding churned out 1,122 yards a year ago.

In a previous stint at Michigan, Frey helped the Wolverines lead the Big Ten in total offense in 2010 and also served as the foreman to West Virginia’s dynamic Pat WhiteSteve Slaton offense in 2007.

Frey is a Clearwater, Fla., native who won a national championship at Florida State in 1993 and served as a graduate assistant on South Florida’s founding staff from 1996-98.

Indiana WR Taysir Mack transfers to Pitt

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In the midst of the first Early Signing Period, Pitt has bolstered its roster numbers via a more traditional personnel maneuver.

The Panthers confirmed Thursday that they have added transfer wide receiver Taysir Mack. Prior to the Twitter announcement from Pitt’s head coach, this was the first mention of Mack even transferring from his now-former school, Indiana.

The reason or reasons behind this abrupt divorce and remarriage are not yet known.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, Mack will be forced to sit out the 2018 season. He’ll then have two seasons of eligibility remaining that he can begin using in 2019.

Mack was a three-star 2016 recruit who was rated as the No. 7 player at any position in the state of New York. After redshirting as a true freshman, he caught 23 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. Those numbers were good for fifth, fifth and tied for third, respectively, on the team.