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Utah State’s Wesley Bailey arrested for failing to appear

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Yep, time to reset that “Days Without an Arrest” ticker.  Again.

Utah State’s student newspaper, the Utah Statesman, is reporting that Wesley Bailey was arrested Monday for failing to appear at a required probation meeting.  The paper writes that “[c]ourt documents also state Bailey failed to appear for a drug and alcohol screening and failed to make the payments required as part of his probation.”

Since January of last year, Bailey has twice been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.  Both of those charges were misdemeanors.

A USU official declined to comment on the latest arrest and what it may do to the defensive back’s status with the football program moving forward.

A junior college transfer, Bailey took a redshirt his first season with the Aggies in 2015.  Last year, the 6-1, 195-pound rising senior started six of the 11 games he played at cornerback.

LSU reportedly adds Utah State to 2019 slate

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Alabama has reportedly added a Group of Five (for now) opponent to its future non-conference schedule.  Now, an SEC West rival has done the same.

LSU, FBSchedules.com is reporting through a public records request, has reached an agreement to play Utah State in 2019.  The Tigers will square of with the Aggies in Death Valley Oct. 5 of that year.

The two programs have met twice in football.  Both of the games were played at Tiger Stadium (1993, 2001) and both resulted in wins for the home-standing Tigers.

For traveling to Baton Rouge, the Mountain West Conference member will be paid $1.5 million.

LSU has never played a team from the MWC that was a member of the conference at the time — USU joined in 2013 — and have no future games scheduled against teams from that league.  USU’s last game against the SEC came against Tennessee, a 38-7 loss to the Vols in Knoxville in 2014.  All told, the Aggies have played nine games all-time against SEC teams.

With the USU agreement, LSU’s non-conference slate for the 2019 season is complete.  LSU will face one Power Five team (at Texas, Sept. 7), two from the Group of Five (USU; Georgia Southern, Aug. 31) and one from the FCS level (Northwestern State, Sept. 14).

Utah State hires former Cal special teams coordinator to same post

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With his long-time boss, Sonny Dykes, out of a job, Mark Tommerdahl found himself in a similar predicament.  Monday, however, the coach was once again gainfully employed.

The coach with more than three decades of experience in the profession, Utah State confirmed in a press release, has been hired by Matt Wells to serve as the Aggies’ special teams coordinator.  Tommerdahl had spent the past four seasons in the same job at Cal.

“We are very excited to welcome Mark and Annette to the Aggie football family,” said Wells in a statement. “Mark brings a tremendous amount of veteran coaching experience with his knowledge of both special teams and offenses, and he will be a valuable part of our staff moving forward.”

All told, Tommerdahl has spent 22 of his 33 seasons as a special teams coordinator.  In addition to his time with Dykes at Berkeley, he was also the coordinator for the head coach at Louisiana Tech from 2010-12 after being retained following the 2009 season.

Additionally, he’s been a coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe (2008), Texas A&M (2003-07), Alabama (2001-02), TCU (1998-2000), New Mexico (1997) and Minnesota (1995-96).

“I have a lot of respect for what Matt Wells stands for and I have a high level of comfort with this offensive staff, having worked with both Steve Farmer and Luke Wells in the past, in addition to coaching against David Yost for over 15 years,” said Tommerdahl. “I also have a lot of respect for the special teams foundation that has been laid here at Utah State by both Stacy Collins and Dave Ungerer, and I look forward to building on that foundation.”

Nearly three dozen teams show interest in Clemson grad transfer

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It was expected there would be a significant market for a Clemson defensive lineman leaving the Tigers as a graduate transfer. Suffice to say, that is indeed the case.

This past week, Dabo Swinney‘s football program confirmed that Scott Pagano would be leaving the team and transferring elsewhere. The head coach also revealed that the tackle would “probably” end up at a West Coast school to finish out his career.

Teams in that part of the country are indeed interested in the one-year rental, as are myriad others as 247Sports.com is reporting that 32 made contact with the lineman in the hours after his impending pending departure was announced. Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, USC, Washington and Hawaii are among the teams out west who have expressed interest.

A handful of Power Five programs further east have expressed interest as well, including Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Texas and Texas A&M. Group Five teams that have shown interest include Charlotte, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, SMU, Temple and Utah State.

Coming out of high school in Hawaii as a four-star 2013 recruit, Pagano was rated as the No. 24 tackle in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state. Pagano started 13 games the past two seasons, four of which came in 2016.

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

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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