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LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 10: Khalil Herbert #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks tries to pick up yards as he is brought down by Ohio Bobcats defenders in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Kansas taps the MAC for latest coaching hire

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This past September, Ohio of the MAC defeated Kansas of the Big 12 in Lawrence.  As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em.

The Jayhawks have announced yet another addition to David Beaty‘s coaching staff, confirming that Jesse Williams has been brought in to be KU’s defensive line coach.  Williams had spent the past five seasons as the line coach at, you guessed it, Ohio University.

“Jesse brings a wealth of technical knowledge that will be extremely valuable in our defensive line room because it all starts with those guys up front, especially in the Big 12 Conference,” Beaty said in a statement. “The productivity he has gotten from his players from a run and pass rush standpoint is impressive. His defensive lines have consistently become a unit other teams game plan around because of his ability to find, evaluate and teach the position.”

In addition to Ohio, Williams has also been on FBS coaching staffs at New Mexico State, Colorado State and San Jose State in a coaching career that spans a quarter of a century.  Obviously, this will be his first on-field job at a Power Five football program.

“I’m extremely excited to be able to work with Coach Beaty and his staff.” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to working with the caliber of a guy like (defensive coordinator) Clint Bowen and the talent that is already in that defensive line room – I can’t help but be excited. I’ve never heard a bad thing about Lawrence and my family and I are extremely grateful for this opportunity.”

Wyatt Shallman announces grad transfer from Michigan to Ohio

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Wide receiver Jonathan Keizer #89 and running back Wyatt Shallman #33 of the Michigan Wolverines run out onto the field before the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After spending his first four seasons of college football at the University of Michigan, Wyatt Shallman has decided to finish it in That State Down South.

In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, Shallman (pictured, No. 33) announced that he will be enrolling in classes at Ohio University (the actual Ohio University, not Brady Hoke‘s condescending version) and playing for the football Bobcats. The linebacker is slated to graduate from Michigan in the coming months, meaning he’s eligible to play for Ohio in the upcoming season.

This year will mark the fifth-year senior’s final season of eligibility.

A four-star 2013 recruit, Shallman was rated as the No. 1 fullback in the country and the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Michigan. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Shallman ran for 14 yards the next two seasons.

Shallman was ultimately moved to linebacker after Jim Harbaugh took over the Wolverines. In 2016, he played in six games.

Independents and Group of Five National Signing Day Recap: Irish bounce back, Memphis tops AAC

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is seen during the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on October 15, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 17-10. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Outside of the Power Five conferences, recruiting went about as expected in 2017.

Notre Dame continued to pound the national trail and landed a top 12 class full of players who will be expected to play early. BYU managed another impressive group that was one of the most diverse out there. The schools with a talent-rich backyard to draw on did well in the AAC.  Boise State was once again tops in the Mountain West and did better than a few peers in the region. And yes, Lane Kiffin earned that recruiting reputation by pulling in the best class of Conference USA.

Though there wasn’t much drama outside the top schools, there nevertheless was plenty of action for many programs on National Signing Day.

Top recruits (all rankings via 247Sports Composite): No. 67 overall Brock Wright (TE, Notre Dame), No. 154 overall Chaz Ah You (DB, BYU), Aisa Kelemete (DE, Boise State), Nick Robinson (TE, Memphis), Nicholas Sims (RB, Toledo)

Top classes: Notre Dame (No. 11 overall), Memphis (No. 58 overall), Boise State (No. 60 overall), BYU (No. 65 overall), Florida Atlantic (No. 71 overall), Toledo (No. 74 overall), Texas State (No. 87 overall)

Biggest storyline: Irish still land solid recruiting class

Despite the worst season in South Bend since Charlie Weis and a nearly brand new coaching staff, Notre Dame still managed to cobble together a top 12 class on Signing Day. Tight end Brock Wright was the highest rated player and should see early playing time but the number of quality offensive linemen was really evident in the group Brian Kelly signed. Will it be enough to help with a big turnaround? We’ll see.

Biggest surprise: Memphis runs away with things in the AAC but new coaches still fared well

Given all the turnover in the American this year, it should probably come as no surprise that the Tigers pulled the top recruiting class in the conference. That’s a testament to what Mike Norvell is building with the program and the fact that they don’t have to go far for players. Many of the same factors played a role in Scott Frost landing the second-best class at UCF. It was also pretty impressive what Luke Fickell did on the recruiting trail at Cincinnati and Charlie Strong did at USF given those two didn’t have a ton of time to get things lined up.

Don’t sleep on: Boise State, Colorado State

The Broncos were once again the class of the Mountain West on the recruiting trail and fended off several Pac-12 schools for prospects. That will put them firmly in the mix to win the league again in 2017 but don’t overlook another good job by Mike Bobo and staff at Colorado State in landing 17 three-star players.

We’ll see about: Everybody else

Report: Ohio Bobcats RB arrested for alleged intoxicated accident and fleeing scene

LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 10: Maleek Irons #21 of the Ohio Bobcats rushes for a first down against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Ohio running back Maleek Irons was arrested over the weekend for his role in fleeing a possible drunk driving accident.

The Athens News reports Irons was arrested Saturday morning by police responding to a call about “an intoxicated male driving a vehicle, colliding with other vehicles, and fleeing the scene.” The vehicles connected to the call was found off the road at 3:39 a.m. When police discovered the car, Irons got out of the car and started to run tow a dorm on Ohio’s campus, failing to stop when commanded by the officer.

Irons has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. He was released on bond and has a court appointment scheduled for Tuesday morning. There has been no statement from Ohio on his status with the program, although an indefinite suspension of some sort may be expected as is usually the case when an issue like this arises.

With Irons finding himself in some legal hot water, that means The Fulmer cup season is officially underway.

Troy captures 10th win in Dollar General Bowl thanks to Ohio turnovers

MOBILE, AL - DECEMBER 23: Running back B.J. Smith #26 of the Troy Trojans stiff arms linebacker Quentin Poling #32 of the Ohio Bobcats on December 23, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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The Armed Forces Bowl preceded the Dollar General Bowl on Friday night and, in the former, the defenses could do few things right.

In the latter? Well, the script was flipped and it was the offenses who had trouble getting going.

Ohio turned the ball over five times — four in the first half — and Troy chipped in with two more, but ended up with a close 28-23 win that was sloppy and entertaining at the same time.

Bobcats quarterback Greg Windham threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns but had a night to forget otherwise with four interceptions and a lost fumble. The ground game for the MAC runners up wasn’t much better as no player had over 25 yards rushing on the night.

The bulk of those turnovers allowed Troy to find the end zone despite a lackluster offensive outing, turning three takeaways into three touchdowns. Signal-caller Brandon Silvers, who grew up about an hour away from Ladd-Peebles Stadium, didn’t do much better holding on to the ball (two interceptions) and could only muster 235 yards and a score through the air.

Despite all those struggles and the inability to really put away a pesky Ohio team that has played just about everybody close, Troy still came away with the victory and hit the double-digit win marker for the first time as a program.

It capped an impressive season for the Trojans and one of the bigger turnarounds in all of college football under first year head coach Neal Brown.