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LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 19: General view outside the stadium before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Maryland Terrapins at Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
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Nebraska makes hiring of Notre Dame staffer, longtime coach official

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Once again, Mike Riley‘s Nebraska coaching staff is whole.

Following up on reports that surfaced late last week, Nebraska announced Monday that Bob Elliott has been hired as the Cornhuskers’ new safeties coach.  Elliott fills the staff void created by the departure of Brian Stewart, who left Lincoln to become the defensive coordinator at Rice.

“Bob Elliott has great respect throughout football for his defensive knowledge and ability as a coach, teacher and recruiter,” Riley said in a statement. “The experience he brings to our staff will be a great asset as we install a new defensive system and build toward the future success of the Blackshirts.”

The 63-year-old Elliott has a connection to Riley’s current staff, having served with new Cornhuskers defensive coordinator Bob Diaco at Notre Dame from 2012-13.  Elliott coached safeties under Diaco with the Fighting Irish as well.

The past two seasons, Elliott has been a special assistant to ND head coach Brian Kelly.

In a coaching career that began in 1976, Elliott has spent time at, among others, Iowa State (2010-11), San Diego State (2006-08), Kansas State (2002-05), Iowa State (2000-01, 1981-82), Iowa (1987-98) and North Carolina (1983-86).  He’s been at Notre Dame for the last five seasons.

“I have been very fortunate throughout my career to work at outstanding universities and with great coaches,” Elliott said. “The opportunity to work under Coach Riley is an unbelievable honor. His reputation in the coaching profession is second to none. When you couple that with working in a program with the tradition and history of success of Nebraska, I couldn’t be more excited.”

Michigan WR Freddy Canteen reportedly heading to Notre Dame

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19: Freddy Canteen #17 of the Michigan Wolverines can't come up with a fourth quarter touchdown catch while being defended by Tim Hough #13 of the UNLV Rebels September 19, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 28-7. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Michigan wide receiver Freddy Canteen announced shortly after the Wolverines’ Orange Bowl loss to Florida State he would leave Ann Arbor.

It appears he’s found his destination.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported Saturday Canteen had chosen Notre Dame as his next destination. Canteen later confirmed that through a tweet.

Canteen was a bit player in his three seasons in maize and blue. He caught five passes for 22 yards as a freshman in 2014, then notched just one grab for no gain in 2015. He did not record a reception last season as shoulder injuries plagued him.

 

Mike Riley expected to add veteran assistant Bob Elliott to Nebraska coaching staff

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
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Mike Riley appears to be on the verge of making his Nebraska coaching staff whole again.

Citing a person close to the situation, the Omaha World-Herald is among the media outlets reporting that Riley is expected to add veteran assistant Bob Elliott as his safeties coach.  The hiring would come a couple of days after Riley interviewed Elliott for the job.

Elliott would fill the staff void created by the departure of Brian Stewart, who left Lincoln to become the defensive coordinator at Rice.

The 63-year-old Elliott has a connection to Riley’s current staff, having served with new Cornhuskers defensive coordinator Bob Diaco at Notre Dame from 2012-13.  Elliott coached safeties under Diaco with the Fighting Irish as well.

The past two seasons, Elliott has been a special assistant to ND head coach Brian Kelly.

In a coaching career that began in 1976, Elliott has spent time at, among others, Iowa State (2010-11), San Diego State (2006-08), Kansas State (2002-05), Iowa State (2000-01, 1981-82), Iowa (1987-98) and North Carolina (1983-86).  He’s been at Notre Dame for the last five seasons.

TE Devin Asiasi reportedly considering transfer from Michigan back to West Coast

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 29: Devin Asiasi #2 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to outrun the tackles of Riley Bullough #30 and Ed Davis #43 of the Michigan State Spartans during a first quarter run at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Devin Asiasi played his high school football on the Left Coast. It appears that the tight end will now look to continue his collegiate playing career in that part of the country as well.

Citing what they described as “a reputable source,” 247Sports.com reported over the weekend that Asiasi is considering a transfer from Michigan. Specifically, the website writes, “Asiasi is in the early process of seeking a transfer to attend school… on his native West Coast.”

Other than seemingly wanting to be closer to home, no reason as to why Asiasi is considering a transfer from Ann Arbor was given.

USC and UCLA are currently rumored to be among Asiasi’s potential landing spots. One of Asiasi’s former high school teammates, Boss Tagaloa, plays defensive tackle for the Bruins and the two players had talked of going to the same school when they were recruits. The Trojans were a finalist before Asiasi opted for the Wolverines as well.

As a 6-3, 287-pound true freshman last season, Asiasi played in all 13 games. He caught two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.

A four-star recruit in last year’s class coming out of high school at Concord De La Salle High School, Asiasi was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country and the No. 12 player at any position in the state of California. In addition to UM, USC and UCLA, Asiasi held offers from, among others, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.

Rudy Ruettiger’s Notre Dame helmet, jersey fetch six-figures at auction

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He was five foot nothing, 100 and nothing, and he had barely a speck of athletic ability, but boy was his jersey valuable.

Former Notre Dame walk-on Rudy Ruettiger, best known for his story told in the movie Rudy, auctioned off the helmet and jersey from the Irish on Saturday and collected a whopping $241,500 for the two items, per the Associated Press.

The auction for the items was held in conjunction with Super Bowl LI down in Houston, with a portion of the proceeds being turned over to NFL charities. The AP did not note who won the two items or (or paid the six figures), but safe to say they’ve seen the movie more than once and wanted in on a piece of history.

Ruettiger famously recorded a sack during the team’s last game of the 1975 season against Georgia Tech, leading to him being carried off the field by his fellow players in one of the more memorable moments of the program involving a walk-on. The helmet and jersey were kept at Ruettiger’s father’s house but were placed back in his possession after his father’s passing.

Three-quarters of a million dollars is a pretty hefty price for a walk-on’s game used jersey but given the history of the story, it was certainly all worth it for one Notre Dame fan.