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Cal announces addition of transfer from Oregon

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For the second time this offseason, Cal has brought in a transfer from a Power Five program.

Monday night, Cal announced that the football program had added three more players to its roster.  Included in that was offensive lineman Valentino Daltoso, who comes to Berkeley as a transfer from Oregon.

As Daltoso was a non-recruited walk-on with the Ducks, and is coming to the Golden Bears on a full scholarship, he’ll be eligible to play immediately at Cal in 2017 even as it’s an intra-conference transfer.  Counting this season, he’ll have four years of eligibility.

Steve Greatwood served as an Oregon assistant from 2000-2016.  The last 12 years, he was the Ducks’ offensive line coach before he was part of the December coaching purge in Eugene; in January, he was hired as Cal’s line coach.

Last month, Cal confirmed that Brandon McIlwain had transferred into the football program.  As a graduate transfer from South Carolina, the quarterback will be eligible to play for Cal in 2017.

Report: Oregon QB Travis Jonsen to transfer, leaving Ducks with two returning QBs

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Oregon quarterback Travis Jonsen intends to transfer, according to colleague Aaron Fentress of CSNNW.

Fentress writes that Jonsen’s motivation is an apparent indicator that incumbent Justin Hebert has pulled away in the derby to win the starting job for Willie Taggart‘s first Ducks team. Hebert finished last season as the starter, appearing in nine games with 1,936 passing yards on 63.5 percent completions with 19 touchdowns against four interceptions while rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Jonsen is a redshirt sophomore who has yet to accumulate game action but whose departure still stings. With Jonsen on his way out, the only remaining Ducks signal callers behind Hebert are redshirt senior Taylor Alie, who has never thrown more than nine passes in a game, and true freshman Braxton Burmeister. Redshirt freshman Terry Wilson, Jr., has already transferred this year.

Fentress also writes that Jonsen had to be talked out of transferring before spring practice even began but stuck around to serve as Hebert’s primary competition. Any facade of a quarterback derby ended after the Ducks’ spring game when Hebert hit 16-of-26 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns while Jonsen completed 5-of-15 passes for 86 yards and a pick.

Jonsen is a former 4-star recruit who is reportedly headed to Riverside City College, which would allow him to return to FBS in 2018.

Pac-12 Networks president denies schools were promised revenues like Big Ten, SEC ventures

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Ask any Pac-12 fan what their biggest source of frustration is right now and more likely than not ‘Pac-12 Networks‘ will be at, or near, the top of their list.

That can at times be the same response given by the league’s athletic directors as revenues from the venture fall further and further behind rivals like the uber-successful Big Ten Network and SEC Network. With those two leagues pushing conference payouts over the $50 million mark as soon as next year, the Pac-12 appears in danger of slipping further and further behind on the finance front.

Speaking to industry publication CableMax this weekPac-12 Networks’ outgoing president Lydia Murphy-Stephans understands that the balance sheet isn’t quite the same out West but parity with the two other conference networks was never something that was promised to schools when the channels were formed several years ago.

“There is a gap between what Pac-12 Networks delivers and the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network,” said Murphy-Stephans in a Q&A with the magazine. “What has to be factored in is the revenue specifically from Pac-12 Networks is only one part of the overall revenue each university receives from the Pac-12. I understand there is frustration, though no athletic director or administrator was ever told the Pac-12 Networks would deliver the same or more revenue than what its peer conferences are currently getting from their networks.

“I don’t think it’s fair in any way to call out Pac-12 Networks as the source of the deficiency the universities or maybe those particular athletic directors or administrators are citing.”

Not exactly the kind of comments that will thrill some around the Pac-12 when it comes time to pay for facility upgrades or to give a coach a raise but probably pretty on the nose as to what was said back when realignment was getting hot and heavy around the country. Murphy-Stephans is leaving her post in the not too distant future so it’s not like she will have to massage some of these comments with Pac-12 administrators like her boss Larry Scott will likely have to do in the coming days.

Clemson transfer chooses East Carolina over Michigan, Oregon

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Consider this the first Group of Five upset of Power Five teams for the 2017 season?

Earlier this week, Korrin Wiggins confirmed that he had whittled his list of potential transfer destinations down to four — East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan or Oregon.  On his personal Twitter account Thursday evening, Wiggins confirmed that he had opted to transfer to, to what’s certainly the surprise of some, ECU.

In an interview with TigerNet.com, the North Carolina high school product expounded on his decision.

“Me and my family discussed my decision and decided that it’s time for me to come home,” Wiggins told the Clemson-centric website.”It was hard to turn down those other schools, but the vision [Pirates head coach Scottie Montgomery] has there is something I liked so I’m done with the process.”

Wiggins graduated from Clemson last month, and will be eligible to play for ECU immediately. The 2017 season will be his final year of eligibility.

In 2015, Wiggins started six of the 13 games in which he played. However, a torn ACL in summer camp the following year cost him the entire 2015 season. As a reserve last season, the safety played in seven games. He started one of those contests.

All told, Wiggins played in 32 games before deciding to transfer from the Tigers in mid-May.

Michigan, Oregon among final four in play for Clemson transfer Korrin Wiggins

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While no decision has been made, a Clemson transfer has whittled his to-do-list down to a quartet of potential landing spots.

Speaking to TigerNet.com Monday, Korrin Wiggins confirmed that he will transfer to either East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan or Oregon.  Kansas and North Carolina State, among others, had previously been mentioned as possibilities for the transferring defensive back.

As Wiggins graduated last month, he’ll be eligible to play immediately at whichever FBS program he chooses.  The 2017 season will be his final year of eligibility.

In 2015, Wiggins started six of the 13 games in which he played. However, a torn ACL in summer camp the following year cost him the entire 2015 season. As a reserve last season, the safety played in seven games. He started one of those contests.

All told, Wiggins played in 32 games before deciding to transfer from the Tigers in mid-May.