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Bob Elliott, Nebraska assistant and coaching veteran, dies

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Veteran college football assistant Bob Elliott passed away on Saturday, just one month after taking a leave of absence from his position as Nebraska’s safeties coach.

The news was first reported by the Des Monies Register and later confirmed by the Iowa State football program.

Elliott played defensive back for Iowa from 1972-75, earning All-America honors as a junior and a senior. He launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant for his alma mater one year later and proceeded to spend the next four decades in the profession. His first full-time position came as secondary coach at Kent State in 1977 and later made 10 different stops, most notably as the defensive coordinator at Iowa, Kansas State and San Diego State.

Elliott coached safeties and outside linebackers on Brian Kelly‘s Notre Dame staff from 2012-14, then spent 2015-16 as a special assistant to the head coach. Mike Riley hired him to his Nebraska staff in February, but Elliott moved to a defensive analyst position in June after cancer, which he battled throughout his coaching career, returned to his body.

The Register reported Elliott passed away in hospice care in Iowa City, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Joey, two children and his father, former Iowa athletics director Chalmers “Bump” Elliott.

California’s state-funded travel ban to discriminating states raises mild football scheduling concerns

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The state of California is banning state-funded travel to the states of Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota. Those states are added to the previous state-funded travel bans that included Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee due to what California lawmakers say are laws that allow for discrimination against gay and transgender people.

So what does this have to do with college football? My colleague, Bryan, notes this latest decision from the state means scheduling any potential road games for a handful of schools just got a tad trickier.

This development poses a couple of issues for some California schools to address moving forward.

San Jose State is the school affected by this latest news right off the bat. San Jose State has a road game scheduled at Texas on September 9 this season. San Jose State may have to rely on some of that guaranteed money from Texas to cover the expenses, which would put a dent in the total takeaway from playing the game in the first place.

Cal is also scheduled to play at North Carolina on September 2. Cal also plays at TCU in 2021 and at Auburn in 2024. If the ban is still in operation at those times, then Cal will have to budget ahead of time to tackle the expenses. UCLA will play at Memphis on September 19.

The state-funded travel ban to these states may not be an issue for the postseason, as bowl game expenses tend to be carried by the conference and their revenue shares.

Fresno State has a road game at Texas A&M scheduled in 2020. San Diego State has no future scheduling hassles to worry about for the time being.

Ex-Rutgers QB officially enrolls at San Diego State

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Three months after it was initially indicated, Chris Laviano officially has a new college football home.

According to a press release, Laviano has signed an offer-in-aid and is enrolled in classes for the summer session at San Diego State.  The move paves the way for the quarterback to join the Aztecs football team for the upcoming season.

As Laviano is moving on to SDSU as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2017.  This will be Laviano’s final season of eligibility.

In late November of last year, Laviano opted to transfer from Rutgers.  Prior to that, Laviano had started 18 consecutive games for the Scarlet Knights until he was benched in October of last year.

In 2015, Laviano completed nearly 61 percent of his passes for 2,247 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The completion percentage was the best for an RU player since 2008, while the yardage was good for eighth in school history.

Overall, he tossed 21 touchdowns and 15 picks during his time in Piscataway.

At SDSU, Laviano will compete with, among others, the incumbent Christian Chapman for the starting job. The 2016 starter missed spring practice this year as he recovered surgery on his thumb he underwent this offseason.

In his first full season as the starter, Chapman completed 153-of-251 passes for 1,994 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions.  His 149.2 pass efficiency was second among Mountain West signal-callers.

Oregon State’s Joah Robinett announces transfer to San Diego State

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Ah yes, that time of year when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of boarding the transfer train.

The latest to see such a personnel shift is Oregon State, with Joah Robinett confirming via Twitter that he has decided to transfer from the Beavers.  Additionally, the San Diego native confirmed that he has “decided to go back home in order to be close to family and continue playing football at” San Diego State.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, Robinett will be forced to sit out the 2017 season.  He’ll then have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2018.

A three-star 2016 signee, Robinette was credited with five tackles in two games as a true freshman at outside linebacker before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. The 6-8, 236-pound sophomore, who also missed spring practice because of the injury, was slated to move from defense to tight end when the Beavers kicked off summer camp in August.

WR Obi Obialo opts to transfer from Oklahoma State

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The mini-run of Big 12 wide receivers exiting their programs continues, with Oklahoma State the latest to lose a player at that position.

On his personal Twitter account Thursday, Obi Obialo announced that he has “decided to transfer from Oklahoma State and re open (sic) my recruitment.”  No specific reason was given for the walk-on’s decision to leave the program.

“I want to thank all the coaches and staff for everything,” the sophomore added.

Coming out of his junior season in high school in 2014, Obialo, a three-star prospect out of Texas, held offers from Iowa and San Diego State, and was getting looks from Baylor as well. However, a serious leg injury midway through his senior season in 2015 led to those offers disappearing even as he committed to the Aztecs in December of that year. Obialo opted to become a preferred walk-on with the Cowboys in February of 2016.

As a true freshman, he caught two passes for 11 yards. Despite a touchdown catch in this year’s spring game, the 6-3, 200-pound Obialo was facing an uphill climb making gains on one of the deepest receiving corps in the conference.