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CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 01: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass under pressure from Scott Pagano #56 of the Clemson Tigers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Nearly three dozen teams show interest in Clemson grad transfer


It was expected there would be a significant market for a Clemson defensive lineman leaving the Tigers as a graduate transfer. Suffice to say, that is indeed the case.

This past week, Dabo Swinney‘s football program confirmed that Scott Pagano would be leaving the team and transferring elsewhere. The head coach also revealed that the tackle would “probably” end up at a West Coast school to finish out his career.

Teams in that part of the country are indeed interested in the one-year rental, as are myriad others as 247Sports.com is reporting that 32 made contact with the lineman in the hours after his impending pending departure was announced. Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, USC, Washington and Hawaii are among the teams out west who have expressed interest.

A handful of Power Five programs further east have expressed interest as well, including Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Texas and Texas A&M. Group Five teams that have shown interest include Charlotte, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, SMU, Temple and Utah State.

Coming out of high school in Hawaii as a four-star 2013 recruit, Pagano was rated as the No. 24 tackle in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state. Pagano started 13 games the past two seasons, four of which came in 2016.

Starting WKU LB officially follows Jeff Brohm to Purdue

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Not long after Jeff Brohm left Western Kentucky for the head job at Purdue, WKU confirmed that T.J. McCollum would be transferring from the Hilltoppers.  A little over a week after the player’s decision to move on came to light, a reunion involving the player and coach has come to fruition.

Brohm’s new employer confirmed in a press release that the head coach’s former player has transferred into his new football program.  As McCollum will be coming to West Lafayette as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play for the Boilermakers in 2017.

This upcoming season will be the linebacker’s final season of eligibility.

Originally a UAB signee, McCollum transferred to WKU after the 2014 season when that former program was, temporarily as it turned out, shuttered.

The past two seasons, McCollum started 26 games for WKU. In 2015, he led the Hilltoppers in tackles and tackles for loss; in 2016, he was third in the former category and seventh in the latter.

McCollum was also one of three defensive captains for the 2016 season.

Jeff Brohm finalizes first Purdue staff, reveals titles

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In early December, Jeff Brohm was hired as Purdue’s head football coach. Two months later, his initial Boilermaker coaching staff is officially complete.

The program announced Thursday Brohm’s nine-man staff as well as their specific job titles. Most of hires were previously known, although Brohm had held off naming their respective responsibilities until the staffing work was completed.

Below is Brohm’s nine-man on-field staff, including five with “coordinator” in their titles:

Brian Brohm – co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Nick Holt – co-defensive coordinator/linebackers
Tony Levine – specials teams coordinator/co-offensive coordinator/tight ends
Anthony Poindexter – co-defensive coordinator/safeties
JaMarcus Shephard – passing game coordinator/wide receivers
Chris Barclay – running backs
Derrick Jackson – cornerbacks
Reggie Johnson – defensive line
Dale Williams – offensive line

Those coaches helped Brohm pull in an initial recruiting class that was 71st nationally and 14th in the 14-team Big Ten. Purdue will open the Brohm Era with a neutral-field matchup against Louisville, the alma mater of both the head coach and his co-OC/quarterbacks coach.

Big Ten National Signing Day recap: Ohio State lands historic class, Michigan not far behind

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines after a 42-13 Ohio State win at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Big Ten is the same as it ever was after National Signing Day with Ohio State and Michigan once again leading the way thanks to a boat load of talent headed their way. Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh both have proven to be some of the top coaches in college football and that is certainly apparent every February when the two land a pair of top five classes like they did this year.

The Buckeyes’ haul is particularly notable as one of the few groups that can keep pace with No. 1 ranked Alabama, even edging the Tide’s class when it comes to the average star ranking of the 21 signees. That historic haul for OSU includes the top cornerback, outside linebacker, offensive guard and top junior college defensive back. As if that isn’t enough talent headed to Columbus, the second-ranked defensive end, dual-threat quarterback and all-purpose back are also in the fold.

The Wolverines were no slouch either and managed to already enroll 11 top players early. In addition, Harbaugh and his staff reached into the South for defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon and several IMG Academy stars. Defending champion Penn State made a late surge as well and Nebraska made a very nice push into Southern California to land a quality class.

Top recruits (all rankings via 247Sports Composite): No. 7 overall Jeffrey Okudah (CB, Ohio State), No. 8 overall Chase Young (DE, OSU), No. 11 Baron Browning (LB, OSU), No. 12 overall Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Michigan)

Top 25 classes: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan, No. 15 Penn State, No. 18 Maryland, No. 23 Nebraska

Biggest storyline: Ohio State, Michigan find plenty of success nationally

Everybody knows the two Big Ten powerhouses will perform well on the recruiting trail given their coaching staffs, history of success and ability to put players in the league. But what might be most impressive this year is the amazing reach the two displayed in mining the entire country for talent. Meyer went to Nevada for a top quarterback, landed more blue-chippers from Texas than any in-state school and beat out just about everybody in the South for prospects from Florida. The Wolverines, meanwhile, beat out Alabama and Georgia for a five-star defensive tackle and recruited even more nationally than Notre Dame with signees from 14 different states.

Biggest surprise: Maryland lands a top 20 class

There’s always a head-turner in the team rankings each year and in 2017 that might be the fact that Maryland landed a top 20 classes and the fourth-best in the Big Ten. That includes a whopping nine four-star recruits for D.J. Durkin’s team, led by tailback Cordarrian Richardson straight from the heart of SEC territory. The team had a nice turnaround last season and appear primed to climb more based on how they did Wednesday.

Don’t sleep on: Nebraska, Iowa

Mike Riley is no stranger to the West Coast thanks to his days at USC and Oregon State and he’s clearly leaning heavily on those ties in putting together a great group for the Cornhuskers in 2017. Big Red wrestled away Nevada receiver Tyjon Lindsey away from Ohio State and beat out a bunch of names for early enrollee quarterback Tristan Gebbia from Southern California. There’s been a major infusion of speed and quickness with this class. As for the Hawkeyes, they managed to lure a surprising commitment from a five-star defensive end and really upgraded some of the skill position talent.

We’ll see about: Michigan State, Wisconsin

The usual suspects dominated the top spots in the team rankings but that wasn’t quite the case for two teams that love to recruit, develop and then crank out talent for the next level in Michigan State and Wisconsin. The two schools combined for just six four-star players on Wednesday but still managed to finish with a pair of top 40 classes. Given how well the coaching staffs have been able to find some hidden gems, chances are high that will be the case once again with their 2017 signees, even if it takes a few seasons before those results will be realized.

Former Purdue interim head coach Gerad Parker lands at Cincinnati

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 22: Interim head coach Gerad Parker of the Purdue Boilermakers watches his team warm up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
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Former Purdue interim head coach Gerad Parker has joined Cincinnati’s staff, the program announced Monday.

Parker coached wide receivers at Purdue before his elevation to interim head coach, but he’ll handle running backs for the Bearcats.

“I’m happy to welcome Gerad, his wife Kandi and their three daughters to our program,” Fickell said. “He’s another great family man and coach and I’m excited to see him get to work with our running backs this spring. We have put together a staff with some great recruiters and football minds. I am proud they have all taken a leap of faith to come to Cincinnati.”

This will mark the first time in Parker’s career he has coached running backs. A former Kentucky wide receivers, Parker previously coached wideouts at Marshall before joining the Purdue staff as tight ends coach in 2013.

With Parker’s hiring, Cincinnati lacks just a cornerbacks coach to complete Fickell’s inaugural staff.