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Clemson transfer chooses East Carolina over Michigan, Oregon

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Consider this the first Group of Five upset of Power Five teams for the 2017 season?

Earlier this week, Korrin Wiggins confirmed that he had whittled his list of potential transfer destinations down to four — East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan or Oregon.  On his personal Twitter account Thursday evening, Wiggins confirmed that he had opted to transfer to, to what’s certainly the surprise of some, ECU.

In an interview with TigerNet.com, the North Carolina high school product expounded on his decision.

“Me and my family discussed my decision and decided that it’s time for me to come home,” Wiggins told the Clemson-centric website.”It was hard to turn down those other schools, but the vision [Pirates head coach Scottie Montgomery] has there is something I liked so I’m done with the process.”

Wiggins graduated from Clemson last month, and will be eligible to play for ECU immediately. The 2017 season will be his final year of eligibility.

In 2015, Wiggins started six of the 13 games in which he played. However, a torn ACL in summer camp the following year cost him the entire 2015 season. As a reserve last season, the safety played in seven games. He started one of those contests.

All told, Wiggins played in 32 games before deciding to transfer from the Tigers in mid-May.

Michigan, Oregon among final four in play for Clemson transfer Korrin Wiggins

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While no decision has been made, a Clemson transfer has whittled his to-do-list down to a quartet of potential landing spots.

Speaking to TigerNet.com Monday, Korrin Wiggins confirmed that he will transfer to either East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan or Oregon.  Kansas and North Carolina State, among others, had previously been mentioned as possibilities for the transferring defensive back.

As Wiggins graduated last month, he’ll be eligible to play immediately at whichever FBS program he chooses.  The 2017 season will be his final year of eligibility.

In 2015, Wiggins started six of the 13 games in which he played. However, a torn ACL in summer camp the following year cost him the entire 2015 season. As a reserve last season, the safety played in seven games. He started one of those contests.

All told, Wiggins played in 32 games before deciding to transfer from the Tigers in mid-May.

Oklahoma confirms promotion of Lincoln Riley, making him youngest FBS head coach

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The corollary to Bob Stoops’ shocking retirement at Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon is that the Sooners need a new head coach.

It didn’t take long and the school didn’t have to go but down the hallway to find their replacement however as the program confirmed that the team’s offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley would be taking over the reigns as head coach in Norman.

“I’m sincerely honored to be given this opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma. I want to thank Coach Stoops for bringing me here two years ago and making me part of the Sooner family. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, at any level. I’m absolutely thankful for our friendship and for the mentorship he has provided,” Riley said in a statement. “Coaching at Oklahoma is a dream come true for me and my family. I am extremely grateful to President Boren, Joe Castiglione, Chairman Bennett and the OU Board of Regents for believing in me and affording me this opportunity. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that Coach Stoops and so many others before him have instilled in this great program.”

Riley, just 33, instantly becomes the youngest head coach in all of FBS, besting Memphis’ Mike Norvell by nearly two years. He has been credited for a big part in the Sooners’ recent resurgence on the national and Big 12 scene and won the 2015 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach in his first year on the job at OU.

“I am thrilled that Lincoln Riley is in position to take over as the head coach. He is widely regarded as one of the brightest minds in college football and there is no question in my mind that he is the complete package. Our program is in very good hands,” added athletic director Castiglione. “Lincoln and I have a great relationship and I can’t wait to embark on this new era with him. I am sure our fans share my enthusiasm. We celebrate a tremendous legacy today and because of what Bob did here and the coach we have identified, we look forward to our future with great optimism.”

While Riley is plenty young, he has had success just about everywhere he’s been. The ‘Air Raid’ offense disciple was at East Carolina from 2010-2014 and prior to that spent seven seasons at his alma mater-turned-Big 12-rival Texas Tech. The Sooners are expected to have a pre-season top 10 team in 2017 so the new coach is walking into a good situation even if he does have to follow one of the legends of the game in the big chair.

Clemson, East Carolina represented with school-themed NASCAR paint jobs

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It’s no secret that two of the most popular sports in the Southeastern part of the country are college football and NASCAR. Now the two are coming together once again it appears.

Rick Ware Racing has partnered with both East Carolina and Clemson to showcase the two schools with some themed paint jobs on the #51 Chevy car driven by Cody Ware. The Pirates’ car was bumping and grinding at Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism while the Tigers will see their car celebrate the school’s recent College Football Playoff national title next week at the Pocono 400 and then later in the season at Darlington.

We’ve seen several schools get honored with paint jobs during NASCAR races but these are two recent ones are pretty slick paint jobs. The Carolinas are home to the bulk of stock car racing teams, media and organizations so ECU and Clemson are bound to have more than a few fans excited at seeing these designs out on the track.

Miami Beach Bowl officially moves to Frisco, Texas

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The Miami Beach Bowl was an unnecessary bowl game played in a metro area already populated by bowl games — but at least it was in Miami. Bowl games may have lost their luster over the past decade-plus, but it’s hard to complain about being sent to South Beach in December for a football game.

The Miami Beach Bowl is no more, and it’s now been reincarnated as another unnecessary bowl game to be played in a metro area even more populated by bowl games — and it won’t be anywhere near as interesting as Miami.

Meet the Frisco Bowl, the newest ESPN-created postseason college football game to be played in the scenic locale of Frisco, Texas.

The north Dallas suburb will host the game at Toyota Stadium, a 20,500-seat outdoor venue that’s home to MLS club FC Dallas as well as the FCS National Championship every January. The Frisco Bowl will also compete for sponsorship dollars and public attention with the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, the Heart of Dallas Bowl in Dallas and the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth.

“We are pleased to be able to host this game in one of the most vibrant football markets in the country,” said ESPN vice president of events Clint Overby. “The infrastructure and facilities that exist in Frisco are outstanding and will be an excellent venue for the teams, players, administrators and fans traveling into the marketplace. We look forward to working with civic organizations and businesses in the area to create an annual event that embraces the spirit of the community.”

The first annual Frisco Bowl will pit an American Athletic Conference team against a to-be-determined conference at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 20.