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FIU makes hiring of Aubrey Hill as WRs coach official

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The poaching of one Conference USA coaching staff by another member of the league has been confirmed.

Florida International confirmed in a press release Thursday that Butch Davis has hired Aubrey Hill as wide receivers coach.  Hill will replace Kevin Beard, who left earlier this month for the same job at Tennessee.

Marshall had confirmed in an understandably terse statement earlier this week that Hill would be leaving Doc Holliday‘s coaching staff after being hired less than a week earlier.

“We’ve hit a home run in adding Aubrey Hill to the FIU coaching staff,” the first-year FIU head coach said in a statement. “He’s a heck of a coach and an outstanding recruiter. He’s got a tremendous ability to develop wide receivers. He will make our team that much better.”

Hill last coached at the collegiate level at his alma mater Florida in 2012.  He abruptly resigned less than a month before the start of the 2012 season for what were described as personal reasons.  He subsequently received a two-year show-cause from the NCAA for violations stemming from his time as an assistant at Miami.

The past four seasons, Hill was the head coach at a South Florida high school.  Last season, Hill led Miami Carol City High School to the Class 6A state title, the first in the school’s history.

Marshall confirms Aubrey Hill no longer on Herd staff

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It appears the speculation is indeed accurate.

March 1, Marshall announced that Aubrey Hill had been added to Doc Holliday‘s coaching staff as wide receivers coach.  Less than a week later, rumors began surfacing that Hill had decided to leave Huntington for the same job at Florida International.

While not confirming the specific destination, Marshall did acknowledge in a statement that Hill is no longer a part of the football program.

Assistant football coach Aubrey Hill is no longer on staff at Marshall. The Thundering Herd has begun an immediate search for his replacement.

FIU has yet to react to the rumors of Hill joining the coaching staff.

Hill last coached at the collegiate level at his alma mater Florida in 2012.  He abruptly resigned less than a month before the start of the 2012 season for what were described as personal reasons.  He subsequently received a two-year show-cause from the NCAA for violations stemming from his time as an assistant at Miami.

Tennessee reportedly fills wide receivers vacancy with FIU coach

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Athletic director is apparently not the only position Tennessee is filling on Tuesday.

Hot on the heels of naming John Currie as the school’s new AD, the Vols are reportedly expected to name Florida International assistant Kevin Beard as the team’s new wide receivers coach.

CanesInSight’s Peter Ariz first reported the move.

Beard will replace former assistant Zach Azzani, who took the same position with the Chicago Bears.

The former Miami receiver joined the FIU staff this offseason after serving as a quality control coach with Georgia last year. Prior to that, Beard was the receivers coach with the Hurricanes for two seasons alongside now-Tennessee offensive coordinator Larry Scott.

For a rather random Tuesday at the end of February, things certainly are busy on Rocky Top.

Nearly three dozen teams show interest in Clemson grad transfer

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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.

Aggies officially hire Ron Cooper as new secondary coach

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Coaching announcements have been coming fast and furious since the conclusion of National Signing Day and the latest move became official in College Station after several days of rumors.

Texas A&M officially named Ron Cooper as the team’s new secondary coach on Friday, formally replacing Terry Joseph after he departed for the same position at North Carolina.

“I am excited about the opportunity Coach (Kevin) Sumlin has given me at Texas A&M,” Cooper said in a release. “I look forward to getting to know our players and working with our staff. I have been across the field from the Aggies on a few occasions. I look forward to being a part of the Aggie family.”

Cooper recently served as interim head coach for Florida International after Ron Tuner was let go and has a lengthy resume from stops across the country. The veteran coach is also quite familiar with Aggies’ defensive coordinator John Chavis, having worked together at LSU from 2009-2011 where they developed several stars like Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.