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New Pac-12 policy to prohibit transfers with misconduct issues


In May of 2015, the SEC announced that it had enacted a rule that would bar conference schools from accepting transfers who had been disciplined for “serious misconduct” at that student-athlete’s previous institution, with “serious misconduct” defined as sexual assault, domestic violence and sexual violence.  Nearly a year later, a fellow Power Five member is taking a similar tack.

Saturday, the Pac-12 announced that its presidents and chancellors — the Pac-12 CEO Group — have “approved a policy prohibiting [future transfers] from receiving athletic aid or participating in athletics if the transfer student-athlete is unable to re-enroll at a previous institution due to student misconduct.” For the purpose of this new policy, “student misconduct” is defined as “assault, harassment, academic fraud, and other violations of campus behavior conduct policies.”

The policy further stipulates that “[i]t will not apply to academic performance reasons unrelated to misconduct.”

As part of this new policy, transfers into any Pac-12 institution in any sport will be required to self-disclose whether they would be eligible to re-enroll at the university from which they are transferring. It will be up to each member institution to institute an appeals process for those potential transfers who are deemed ineligible under the new policy.

The conference itself will not play a role in handling appeals.

“This is an important step to strengthen our student-athlete transfer admission processes and to address the safety of our students,” said UCLA chancellor and CEO Group president Gene Block.

Fresno State adds road trips to Arizona State and Texas A&M to future schedules

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Fresno State is busy arranging more future games against power conference opponents. On Thursday the school announced future road games against Texas A&M and Arizona State to be played in 2020 and 2023, respectively.

Fresno State is scheduled to play at Texas A&M on September 26, 2020. The Bulldogs will visit Arizona State on September 16, 2023. It was reported yesterday Fresno State has agreed to a future game against Oregon to be played in Eugene on September 4, 2021.

“These games offer Fresno State the continued opportunity to showcase Bulldog football across the country against elite competition,” Fresno State director of athletics Jim Bartko said in a released statement. “They reflect our scheduling philosophy to create opportunities to produce necessary income and bring long-term consistency in our scheduling model.”

Fresno State will play at least one opponent from a power conference each season through 2023, with the lone exception right now being 2020. No non-conference games have been announced for Fresno State for the 2022 season.

The addition of Fresno State to the schedule for Texas A&M does not satisfy the non-conference scheduling requirement in the SEC for the Aggies, but that requirement is already met with a game scheduled against former Big 12 foe Colorado, now of the Pac-12. The addition of Fresno State in 2020 does complete Texas A&M’s non-conference slate (games are also scheduled against North Texas and Abilene Christian).

Arizona State has no such non-conference scheduling obligation to include a power conference opponent in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils, however, are scheduled to venture into SEC territory with a road trip to LSU on September 9, 2023.

UNLV losing an assistant to Arizona State

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Instead of losing an assistant as has ofttimes been the case of late, it appears Todd Graham is gaining one for his Arizona State coaching staff.

According to a report from the Arizona Republic, Graham is set to hire Joe Seumalo as the Sun Devils’ defensive line coach.  Seumalo would replace Jackie Shipp, who left earlier this month for the same job at Missouri.

Seumalo spent the 2015 season as the line coach at UNLV.  The Las Vegas Sun notes that Seumalo is the first assistant to leave the Rebels staff since Tony Sanchez took over the football program in December of 2014.

Prior to his time in Sin City, Seumalo spent six seasons as an assistant at Oregon State.  He was an assistant at Fresno State for one year before that.

The last six months, Graham has seen six assistants leave for various reasons.  The latest was Kodi Burns, who was hired as ASU’s running backs coach a month ago but left Monday for a job at his alma mater Auburn.  According to the Republic, and with Seumalo’s pending hire, “ASU’s defensive staff appears set.”

That leaves Graham with needing to find a replacement for Burns at running backs coach to complete his staff.  For now, at least.

Michigan lands verbal from Christian McCaffrey’s brother, a four-star 2017 QB

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The latest commitment to Michigan’s next recruiting class has a surname very familiar to college football fans, particularly those out on the West Coast.

Monday night, Colorado high school quarterback Dylan McCaffrey announced that he has decided to commit to play his college football at the University of Michigan.  McCaffrey is the younger brother of Christian McCaffrey, the rising junior Stanford running back who was the runnerup to 2015 Heisman winner Derrick Henry.  His dad, of course, is former Denver Broncos standout Ed McCaffrey.

The quarterbacking McCaffrey is rated by as the No. 6 dual-threat signal caller in the Class of 2017, while has him rated as the No. 2 pro-style prospect in that class.  Overall, the latter recruiting website has him rated as the No. 45 player in its national composite rankings.

Given his position and lineage to go along with his 6-5, 200-pound frame, McCaffrey had received offers from, among others, Arizona State, Duke, LSU, Nebraska, Penn State and UCLA.  According to both recruiting sites cited above, McCaffrey had not received an offer from his brother’s school, although most observers viewed the Cardinal the next-best bet behind the Wolverines.

Auburn confirms addition of Kodi Burns as WRs coach

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Following up on reports from over the weekend and on into Monday, Auburn has officially confirmed that it has swiped an assistant from Todd Graham‘s Arizona State coaching staff.

In a tweet posted to its Twitter account, Auburn welcomed Kodi Burns back as the latest addition to Gus Malzahn‘s Tigers staff.  Burns will serve as wide receivers coach in replacing Dameyune Craig, the position coach and co-offensive coordinator who left for a job at LSU over the weekend.

Additionally, Burns has been given the title of co-offensive coordinator at the tender age of 27.

The move from Arizona State, where he was just hired early last month as running backs coach, back to The Plains is a return home for Burns as he played quarterback and wide receiver for the Tigers from 2007-10.  Malzahn was his coordinator the last two seasons.

Burns was also a grad assistant under Malzahn, first at Arkansas State and then at Auburn in 2013.

“We’re excited to welcome Kodi back to our program,” Malzahn said. “He was a wide receiver on our national championship team in 2010 and was on our staff in 2013 when we played in the national title game. He is very familiar with our system and understands what it takes to win championships here at Auburn. Kodi is a bright football mind who coached two 1,000-yard receivers last year. He will be a big asset to our program.”

The first on-field job of Burns’ career came as running backs coach at Samford in 2014.  His first FBS job came the following season as wide receivers coach at Middle Tennessee State.