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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 01:  Walter Tucker #44 of the Miami Hurricanes takes the field during a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels  at Sun Life Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Social media post indicates ex-Miami FB Walter Tucker’s headed to FIU

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While Walter Tucker has left Miami, it doesn’t appear he’l be leaving the state of Florida.

On social media over the weekend, Walter Tucker, by way of Matt Porter of Palm Beach Post, has indicated that he will continue his collegiate playing career at FIU. That football program has not announced one way or the other the fullback’s connection to the football program.

In his Instagram post, Tucker, in addition to revealing his father has cancer, posted a photo of himself superimposed over FIU’s football stadium as well as the hashtags “#FIUNATION,” “#PANTHERNATION.” and “#PANTHERPRIDE.”

 

It’s unclear if Tucker would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 with the Panthers.

Tucker played in 32 games the past three seasons, mainly on special teams. He carried the ball three times for eight yards in 2015, and caught one pass for eight yards the year before.

In February, new Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt announced that Tucker had decided to transfer from The U.

57 centers named to Rimington Award spring watch list

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You know how I know we’re getting closer to the start of a new season?  The first watch list of the offseason has arrived.

The first for that honor this year is the Rimington Award, which on Tuesday released its spring watch list that is 57 players strong.  The Rimington Award, named in honor of former Nebraska standout Dave Rimington, is presented annually to the top center in the nation and is determined by the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams — Walter Camp. Sporting News and FWAA.

None of the finalists for the 2015 award, won by Alabama’s Ryan Kelly, are included on this year’s initial watch list as all three have since moved on with expired eligibility.

The ACC and SEC pace all conferences with eight watch listers apiece, followed by the AAC and Big 12 with seven each.  The Big Ten placed six, while the Pac-12’s three was the least of all of the Power Five programs.

All 10 of the FBS leagues, plus one independent (Notre Dame), are represented on the spring watch list, the full roster of which appears below.

AAC
Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati, senior
Ryan Crozier, UConn, redshirt sophomore
Will Noble, Houston, sophomore
Drew Kyser, Memphis, sophomore
Evan Brown, SMU, junior
Brendan McGowan, Temple, redshirt senior
Chandler Miller, Tulsa, sophomore

ACC
Jay Guillermo, Clemson, senior
Alec Eberle, Florida State, redshirt sophomore
Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech, redshirt senior
Nicholas Linder, Miami, junior
Lucas Crowley, North Carolina, senior
Alex Officer, Pittsburgh, redshirt junior
Jason Emerich, Syracuse, redshirt senior
Jackson Matteo, Virginia, senior

BIG TEN
Joe Spencer, Illinois, senior
Sean Welsh, Iowa, junior
Brendan Moore, Maryland, sophomore
Mason Cole, Michigan, junior
Dylan Utter, Nebraska, senior
Michael Dieter, Wisconsin, sophomore

BIG 12
Kyle Fuller, Baylor, senior
Dalton Risner, Kansas State, sophomore
Jonathan Alvarez, Oklahoma, junior
Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State, junior
Austin Schlottman, TCU, junior
Tony Morales, Texas Tech, senior
Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia, redshirt senior

CONFERENCE USA
Michael Montero, FIU, senior
Dillon DeBoer, FAU, redshirt senior
Daniel Stephens, Middle Tennessee State, senior
Nick Clarke, Old Dominion, sophomore
Cameron Tom, Southern Miss, senior
Max Halpin, Western Kentucky, redshirt senior

MAC
Tim McAuliffe, Bowling Green redshirt junior
James O’Hagan, Buffalo, sophomore

MOUNTAIN WEST
Jake Bennett, Colorado State, junior
Asotui Eli, Hawaii, redshirt sophomore
Nathan Goltry, Nevada, senior
Arthur Flores, San Diego State, senior
Austin Stephens, Utah State, senior

PAC-12
Toa, Lobendahn, USC, junior
Coleman Shelton, Washington, junior
Riley Sorenson, Washington State, senior

SEC
Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, junior
Brandon Kublanow, Georgia, senior
Jon Toth, Kentucky, senior
Ethan Pocic, LSU, senior
Jamaal Clayborn, Mississippi State, senior
Robert Conyers, Ole Miss, senior
Alan Knott, South Carolina, redshirt junior
Coleman Thomas, Tennessee, junior

SUN BELT
Devin Mondie, Arkansas State, senior
Andy Kwon, Georgia Southern, senior
Gabe Mobley, Georgia State, sophomore
Steve Matlock, Idaho, senior

INDEPENDENTS
Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, junior

Kentucky makes hiring of FIU DC Matt House official

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 13:  Head coach Mark Stoops of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on during the second half of the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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The lone opening on Mark Stoops‘ Kentucky coaching staff has officially been closed.

Wednesday, reports began to surface that Matt House was set to be hired by Stoops.  Thursday, the football program announced House’s hiring as inside linebackers coach.  House will also serve as the Wildcats’ special teams coordinator.

House spent 2015 as the defensive coordinator at FIU, what turned out to be his only season at the school.

“I’m very excited to bring Matt into the program,” Stoops said in a statement sent out with the school’s release. “He brings a wealth of experiences from the NFL and college football. I’ve spoken before about how I like having coaches with defensive coordinator experience in the staff room and Matt has that as well.”

Prior to his brief stint at FIU, House was an assistant at Pittsburgh for three years, including the last two as coordinator.  Before that, House spent four seasons as an assistant in the NFL.

“I’m excited to work with Coach Stoops, as he has a great reputation for defense,” House said. “I wanted the opportunity to be at a great university that competes in the best conference in college football.”

House replaces Andy Buh, who left his outside linebackers coach job to become the defensive coordinator at Maryland. Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, who coached inside linebackers in spring practice, will take over the outside linebackers.

Kentucky reportedly set to hire FIU DC Matt House to fill defensive vacancy

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 08: Mark Stoops the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats disagrees with an offical during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Commonwealth Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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A rare May coach poaching is set to go down as Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops is set to hire Florida International defensive coordinator Matt House, according to a report from Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

House’s hiring was necessitated when Maryland pulled outside linebackers coach Andy Buh away to serve as its defensive coordinator, which was in response to the Terps’ sitting defensive coordinator Scott Shafer abruptly leaving the staff in April.

House spent one season under Ron Turner at FIU, and the Golden Panthers promptly dropped from 51st to 81st nationally in yards per play allowed. House’s defenses ranked in the 60’s in that category for the two years he coordinated defenses at Pittsburgh prior to his move to South Florida.

At Kentucky, House would handle inside linebackers and serve as the club’s special teams coordinator. With the move, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot will switch from inside to outside linbackers.

Construction delays could send Miami out of Sun Life Stadium for home opener

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Upgrades to Sun Life Stadium are several weeks behind schedule. With the Miami Marlins now playing in their own facility, this is not an immediate problem. But eventually it will be.

The Miami Dolphins have stated they fully expect the stadium to be operational in time for their Aug. 25 preseason opener but, as the Miami Herald reports, Miami athletics director Blake James has been forced to scrounge together a contingency plan in the event the stadium is not ready for the ‘Canes’ Sept. 3 opener opposite Florida A&M.

That would likely call for Miami to use Florida International’s FIU Stadium with the Golden Panthers hosting Indiana two nights prior.

Miami is also home the following week against Florida Atlantic which, as Tom Fornelli points out, could lead to the entertaining scenario of Miami hosting FAU in FAU’s own stadium. (Marlins Park is not an option either night.)

Still, that would be more than two weeks beyond the scheduled complete date. The Dolphins say they have every assurance the project will be done in time. Should the contractor not understand the seriousness of the end-of-August deadline, here’s betting someone from the Dolphins or the NFL office takes him out to Biscayne Bay to explain what’s at stake here, if you know what I mean.