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Mich. St.’s Mark Meyers moving on to Miami (OH) as grad transfer

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At the same time Michigan State announced the departure of one (allegedly) slapped defensive back, they announced the departure of another.

Mark Meyers, the school confirmed, has decided to leave the MSU football program and transfer elsewhere.  Not only that, but the school confirmed the elsewhere — Miami of Ohio.

As Meyers will be heading to the MAC school as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2016.  The upcoming season will be the safety’s final year of eligibility.

Meyers played in 33 career games for the Spartans, including six in 2015.

Last September, the defensive back pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  He ultimately served a six-game suspension before returning for MSU’s run to the College Football Playoffs.

Michigan, Ohio State as co-B1G favorites among Bovada conference title odds

25 Nov 1995:  General view of a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Michigan won the game, 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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You know how I know we’re getting closer to the start of the 2016 season?  I look at the calendar, of course.  Well, that and another batch of odds being released by a Las Vegas book.

Bovada.lv has once again served as the releaser, with the oddsmaker releasing its conference championship odds.   Last year’s title game participants, Alabama and Clemson, are solidly(ish) favored to win the SEC and ACC, respectively, while a College Football Playoff semifinalist, Oklahoma, is set as the overwhelming favorite to claim the Big 12.

One of the more interesting set of odds comes from another Power Five conference.

In the Big Ten East, two-time defending division winner Ohio State is listed as a 1/1 favorite, slightly ahead of rival Michigan at 5/4.  That’s for the division championship; when it comes to the overall conference championship, Bovada has the Buckeyes and Wolverines listed as co-favorites at 7/4.  Those numbers are well ahead of the next B1G squad, 2015 CFP semifinalist Michigan State (7/1), with all of those odds for the conference further illustrating how little is thought of the B1G West.

Below are the complete set of conference championship odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the AAC Championship
Houston 1/1
South Florida 7/2
Cincinnati 11/2
Temple 15/2
Memphis 11/1
Navy 11/1
UConn 20/1
East Carolina 33/1
Tulsa 33/1
SMU 75/1
Central Florida 100/1
Tulane 200/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the ACC Atlantic Division
Clemson 10/11
Florida State 5/4
Louisville 6/1
NC State 14/1
Boston College 40/1
Syracuse 50/1
Wake Forest 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the ACC Coastal Division
Miami 3/2
Pittsburgh 3/1
Virginia Tech 3/1
North Carolina 17/4
Georgia Tech 10/1
Duke 20/1
Virginia 40/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the ACC Championship
Clemson 3/2
Florida State 9/4
Miami 9/1
Louisville 10/1
North Carolina 10/1
Pittsburgh 14/1
Virginia Tech 14/1
Georgia Tech 16/1
NC State 20/1
Duke 40/1
Syracuse 75/1
Virginia 75/1
Wake Forest 75/1
Boston College 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Big Ten East Division
Ohio State 1/1
Michigan 5/4
Michigan State 6/1
Penn State 101
Indiana 33/1
Maryland 33/1
Rutgers 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Big Ten West Division
Iowa 1/1
Nebraska 2/1
Wisconsin 4/1
Northwestern 9/1
Minnesota 14/1
Illinois 25/1
Purdue 33/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Big Ten Championship
Michigan 7/4
Ohio State 7/4
Michigan State 7/1
Iowa 9/1
Nebraska 9/1
Wisconsin 14/1
Penn State 18/1
Northwestern 33/1
Minnesota 40/1
Illinois 50/1
Indiana 50/1
Maryland 50/1
Purdue 100/1
Rutgers 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma 2/3
Oklahoma State 5/1
TCU 5/1
Baylor 8/1
Texas 17/2
West Virginia 12/1
Kansas State 33/1
Texas Tech 33/1
Iowa State 100/1
Kansas 250/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Conference USA Championship
Southern Miss 9/4
Marshall 11/4
Western Kentucky 7/2
Middle Tennessee 5/1
Louisiana Tech 6/1
FAU 16/1
Rice 20/1
UTEP 25/1
FIU 33/1
Charlotte 100/1
North Texas 100/1
UTSA 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the MAC Conference Championship
Western Michigan 5/2
Northern Illinois 11/2
Toledo 11/2
Bowling Green 13/2
Akron 15/2
Central Michigan 15/2
Ohio 15/2
Buffalo 14/1
Kent State 14/1
Miami (Ohio) 18/1
Ball State 40/1
Eastern Michigan 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Mountain West Conference Championship Game
Boise State 5/4
San Diego State 11/4
San Jose State 10/1
Air Force 15/2
Utah State 10/1
Colorado State 12/1
Nevada 12/1
New Mexico 18/1
Fresno State 33/1
UNLV 33/1
Hawaii 50/1
Wyoming 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Pac 12 North Division
Stanford 8/5
Washington 7/4
Oregon 3/1
Washington State 13/2
California 10/1
Oregon State 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Pac 12 South Division
UCLA 7/5
USC 7/4
Utah 5/1
Arizona State 13/2
Arizona 15/2
Colorado 20/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Pac 12 Championship Game
Stanford 3/1
UCLA 7/2
Washington 4/1
Oregon 11/2
USC 11/2
Utah 12/1
Washington State 14/1
Arizona 20/1
Arizona State 20/1
California 22/1
Colorado 50/1
Oregon State 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the SEC East Division
Tennessee 4/5
Georgia 2/1
Florida 9/2
Missouri 16/1
Kentucky 25/1
South Carolina 25/1
Vanderbilt 25/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the SEC West Division
Alabama 4/5
LSU 9/4
Auburn 7/1
Ole Miss 12/1
Arkansas 14/1
Texas A&M 14/1
Mississippi State 20/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the SEC Championship
Alabama 7/4
LSU 7/2
Tennessee 7/2
Georgia 9/1
Ole Miss 10/1
Texas A&M 16/1
Auburn 18/1
Florida 18/1
Arkansas 20/1
Kentucky 50/1
Missouri 50/1
Mississippi State 50/1
South Carolina 66/1
Vanderbilt 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to Win the Sun Belt Championship
Appalachian State 9/4
Arkansas State 9/4
Georgia Southern 5/2
UL Lafayette 8/1
Troy 10/1
Georgia State 14/1
Idaho 25/1
South Alabama 25/1
New Mexico State 33/1
UL Monroe 40/1
Texas State 100/1

Miami (Ohio) the new home for ex-Auburn lineman Jordan Diamond

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 6: Running back Roc Thomas #9 of the Auburn Tigers runs the ball in for a touchdown as offensive linesman Jordan Diamond #76 of the Auburn Tigers blocks safety Forrest Hightower #12 of the San Jose State Spartans on September 6, 2014 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn defeated San Jose State 59-13.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Nearly two months after leaving his first college football home, Jordan Diamond has found his second.

While the new destination has yet to announce his addition to the roster, Diamond took to his Twitter account late last month to announce that he will be continuing his playing career at Miami of Ohio.  Because he’s coming to the RedHawks as a graduate transfer, Diamond will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

The upcoming season will be the offensive lineman’s final year of eligibility.

Diamond had announced back in April that he would be transferring from Auburn.

A four-star member of the Tigers’ 2012 recruiting class, Diamond was rated as the No. 28 offensive tackle in the country. In large part because of injuries, however, he never quite climbed to the heights the recruiting pedigree would suggest, playing in just seven games during his AU career.

Interestingly, Auburn was the landing spot for graduate transfer Marshall Taylor, who decided in March to transfer from Miami.

Kevin Wilson adds veteran OC Shawn Watson as Indiana staffer

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A little over three months after being dumped by Texas, Shawn Watson has found himself back in back in the coaching game.  Sort of.

Following up on the reports that began to surface earlier this week, Indiana confirmed that Watson has been added to head coach Kevin Wilson‘s football support staff.  Specifically, Watson will serve as offensive quality control coach.

Watson has been an assistant at the collegiate level for 34 years, with stints as an offensive coordinator at Texas (2014-15, although he was demoted in that latter year), Louisville (2011-13), Nebraska (2007-10) and Colorado (2000-05).  Watson and Wilson also have a previous relationship, having worked on the same coaching staff at Miami of Ohio from 1990-93.

“I’ve known Shawn for a long time and am very pleased he is joining us,” Wilson said in a statement. “Shawn brings a strong pedigree as a former head coach and a coordinator at the highest level. The timing is perfect for him, and we are happy to add a big-time coach.”

In addition to the stops already mentioned, Watson has also served on staffs at Northwestern and Illinois.  He was also the head coach at Southern Illinois of the FCS from 1994-96.

Auburn, Florida, Louisville, Mich. St. in play for MAC grad transfer Marshall Taylor

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A member of a Group of Five program for the first portion of his career, Marshall Taylor (pictured, No. 21) now has his sights set on the Power Five for his next chapter.

Th erstwhile Miami of Ohio defensive back has confirmed to al.com that he has already visited Louisville as he looks for a new football home, and is expected to visit Auburn, Florida and Michigan State as well in the coming weeks.  All four of those schools have offered him a scholarship, although it appears the latter three have some catching up to do with presumptive front-runner Louisville.

From the Courier-Journal:

Potential graduate transfer Marshall Taylor, a big cornerback from Miami of Ohio, said the University of Louisville “is definitely at the top” and “the team to beat” in his new recruitment after an official visit on Friday and Saturday.

Taylor… said U of L set a high bar on a visit in which he left “with no negatives.”

“Man, Louisville was awesome,” he said. “They have a really, really talented team. They are going to shock a lot of people next year.”

Taylor will graduate from the MAC Miami in May, meaning he will be eligible to play immediately in 2016 regardless of which school in his current quartet he selects.  The upcoming season will be the fifth-year senior’s final year of eligibility.

The last two seasons, the 6-3, 200-pound Taylor started 22 games at cornerback for the RedHawks.  He also started five games as a true freshman in 2012.

In 2015, he was second on the team with two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.