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‘Personal reasons’ trigger Nebraska coaching staff shuffling

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With a little over a month until summer camp kicks off, Mike Riley has been forced to tweak his Nebraska coaching staff.

The Cornhuskers announced that, because of unspecified personal reasons, Bob Elliott will not be able to perform his on-field duties as safeties coach for the Cornhuskers.  Instead, he’ll slide into an off-field role as a defensive analyst.

With the 63-year-old Elliott out, NU announced the promotion of the recently-hired Scott Booker to take his place.  In addition to his duties as safeties coach, Booker will also serve as special teams coach for the Cornhuskers.

Booker has spent 14 years of his coaching career at the FBS level, most recently at Notre Dame from 2010-16.  The last five years, Booker held titles of special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.  In March, he was hired by Riley as a special teams consultant.

Elliott, who beat a rare form of blood cancer nearly two decades ago and had to receive a kidney transplant earlier this decade, was hired in February.

“We are sorry to see Bob Elliott leave our full-time on-field staff,” Riley said in a statement. “Bob is a wonderful man and a great football coach and he has built a great rapport with our staff and the players in our program. We respect Bob’s decision and we are confident that he will continue to have a positive impact on our program. …

“It’s an unusual time to make a coaching hire. But we are fortunate that Scott worked with our staff this past spring and brings great experience and energy to our program. We are confident that he will add to our program as a coach, teacher and recruiter.”

Middle Tennessee fills linebackers coach hole with Notre Dame analyst

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Middle Tennessee filled a late-in-the-year hole on its staff on Thursday.

The Blue Raiders have announced the hiring of Siriki Diabate as their new linebackers coach, filling a hole created when David Bibee resigned late last month.

“This is a tremendous opportunity with a program that has done a lot of great stuff under Coach (Rick) Stockstill,” Diabate said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get there and join the staff, meet the players and begin preparing for the season.”

Diabate spent the past two seasons coaching safeties at Colgate, and in March joined the Notre Dame staff as a defensive analyst.

“I am excited to have Siriki join our staff,” Stockstill said. “He will be a great example and leader of our linebackers. I love his energy, enthusiasm and passion he possesses for the game of football. He played for Coach (Scott) Shafer, so he comes in with a great understanding of our defense which was critical considering how close we are to our report date.”

Diabate’s hiring was no doubt strongly influenced by new Blue Raiders defensive coordinator Scott Shafer. Diabate played at Syracuse and spent two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant under then-Orange head coach Shafer.

“Coach Shafer is someone who has been very influential in my career, and to have a chance to keep learning under him is like a dream come true,” Diabate said. “I can’t wait to team up with him and work extremely hard to put the best possible product on the field this fall.”

Oregon coach throws Rudy-themed shade at Notre Dame over recruit flip

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The recruiting game, it’s on 24/7/365 — especially given the fact that Twitter is always open as well.

Braden Lenzy is a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018 and is rated as the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Oregon.  While a high priority for the Oregon Ducks as a talented in-state player, the athlete verbally committed to Notre Dame in late February of this year.

Nearly four months later, however, Lenzy flipped from the Fighting Irish to the Ducks. “Oregon is my home. I am proud to be a Duck,” the prospect told The Oregonian.

Suffice to say, the UO coaching staff was overjoyed at the development. In particular, safeties coach Keith Heyward

While that was a scene from “Encino Man,” it’s also a clip that shows actor Sean Astin, who famously portrayed Notre Dame icon Rudy Ruettiger in “Rudy,” flirting with a girl before her boyfriend intervenes and puts the kibosh on his advances.

Well-played, coach. Well-played.

Notre Dame transfer Parker Boudreaux tweets move to UCF

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Earlier this month, Parker Boudreaux announced that he would be transferring Notre Dame.  Less than a week later, he has a new home.

On his personal Twitter account Tuesday night, Boudreaux announced that he will be coming back home and playing for Central Florida.  Because of NCAA transfer rules, the offensive lineman will have to sit out the 2017 season.

Beginning with the 2018 season, the Winter Garden, Fla., native will have three years of eligibility remaining.

A three-star member of the Fighting Irish’s 2016 recruiting class, Boudreaux was rated as the No. 18 guard in the country and the No. 55 player at any position in the state of Florida.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman.

Notre Dame adds former Navy safety Alohi Gilman via transfer

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Former Navy safety Alohi Gilman is transferring to one of Navy’s top rivals. On Friday, Notre Dame announced the addition of Gilman to the football program via transfer.

“I’m extremely grateful to be a part of the Notre Dame family,” Gilman said in a released statement. “I’m thankful to the coaching staff and the man above for not only believing in me, but also providing this opportunity. I’m excited for this next chapter in my journey.”

Gilman started 12 games for Navy last season and played in all 14 games. He also played three different positions for the Midshipmen, which suggests he could even bring some flexibility to the Notre Dame defense should the need arise at linebacker or cornerback.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Gilman will be required to sit out the 2017 season and will be eligible again for the 2018 season. Gilman will have three years of eligibility to use at Notre Dame.