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Ex-Michigan TE Devin Asiasi transfers to UCLA

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And the West Coast it is.

In early February, it was reported that Devin Asiasi was considering a transfer from Michigan with an eye on moving closer to home.  A couple of weeks later, Jim Harbaugh confirmed that the California native would be transferring.

Thursday, Asiasi’s move back to the Left Coast was confirmed by his new college football home.

As an aside: One of Asiasi’s former high school teammates, Boss Tagaloa, plays defensive tackle for the Bruins and the two players had talked of going to the same school when they were recruits.

As a 6-3, 287-pound true freshman last season, Asiasi played in all 13 games. He caught two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.

A four-star recruit in last year’s class coming out of high school at Concord De La Salle High School, Asiasi was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country and the No. 12 player at any position in the state of California.

Barring something out of the ordinary and completely unexpected, Asiasi will have to sit out the 2017 season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws.  Beginning in 2018, he’d then have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Report: Pac-12, Larry Scott strike deal on contract extension

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Depending on your vantage point, this is either tremendous news when it comes to stability or another sign that the league will continue to remain stuck in neutral behind the two current conference behemoths.

According to a report from Pete Thamel of SI.com, Larry Scott has reached an agreement on a contract extension with the Pac-12.  The new deal would keep Scott as the conference’s commissioner through 2022.

Scott had one year remaining on his old deal.

Thamel writes that “terms of the deal aren’t known.” According to a report from USA Today‘s Steve Berkowitz in May of last year and based on tax return filings, Scott was paid nearly $4.1 million for the 2014 calendar year, making him the highest-paid commissioner in collegiate athletics.  By comparison, the Big Ten’s Jim Delany pulled in $3.1 million for the same period.

Scott’s tenure with the Pac-12 was initially marked by what was a then-record television deal with ESPN and FOX Sports in 2011.  Since then, that conference has watched both the Big Ten and SEC secure new deals that earn its members anywhere from $8 million to $13 million more annually than their Pac-12 counterparts.

And then there’s the inability of the Pac-12, under Scott’s guidance, to secure a distribution agreement with DirecTV for its collection of conference networks, causing it to lag well behind the networks offered by the Big Ten and SEC.

Cassius Peat says he’s returning to Michigan State

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In early August, Mark Dantonio stated that Michigan State was giving Cassius Peat “an opportunity to work on his academics and get himself in order” as his status with the program was “in flux.” Not long after, MSU confirmed that the defensive lineman had been granted a release from his scholarship and would transfer.

Just a little over six months later?  He’s back, at least according to his Instagram account.

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A post shared by Cassius Peat (@cassiuspeat) on Mar 2, 2017 at 7:16am PST

In that interview with 247Sports.com, Peat expounded on his situation.

“Yup, I’m enrolling at Michigan State this summer,” Peat said. “I’m planning to enroll there for summer session one.”

Peat had spent the 2016 season at an Arizona junior college. It had originally been thought that Peat would be transferring from the JUCO to UCLA, but the former MSU Spartan decided he wanted to, once again, become a current MSU Spartan.

As of yet, the football program has not addressed his potential return to the team.

Peat, initially a UCLA commit during his first recruitment, was a three-star 2015 signee who was rated as the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Arizona. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, and had been listed as the No. 2 tackle heading into summer camp last year.

Jim Harbaugh confirms TE Devin Asiasi will transfer from Michigan

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The reports of a couple of weeks ago have indeed come to fruition.

Earlier this month, speculation had Devin Asiasi considering a transfer from Michigan back closer to his home on the West Coast. Tuesday night, the tight end’s head coach confirmed the transfer part of the equation.

“Yeah, he’s moving on, transferring,” Jim Harbaugh said according to mlive.com. “He leaves in great status. He was doing great in school, doing great in football, really popular and well-liked by his teammates.

“We wish him well.”

USC and UCLA are currently rumored to be among Asiasi’s potential landing spots. One of Asiasi’s former high school teammates, Boss Tagaloa, plays defensive tackle for the Bruins and the two players had talked of going to the same school when they were recruits. The Trojans were a finalist before Asiasi opted for the Wolverines as well.

As a 6-3, 287-pound true freshman last season, Asiasi played in all 13 games. He caught two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.

A four-star recruit in last year’s class coming out of high school at Concord De La Salle High School, Asiasi was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country and the No. 12 player at any position in the state of California. In addition to UM, USC and UCLA, Asiasi held offers from, among others, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.

UCLA swipes WRs coach Jimmie Dougherty from Oregon

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An assistant who’s had an interesting offseason to say the least has seen it take another twist.

In late December, Jimmie Dougherty was hired by Oregon to be the Ducks’ wide receivers coach.  A little over a month later, Dougherty is leaving Eugene to take a similar job at Pac-12 rival UCLA.

In addition to receiver coach, Dougherty will serve as the Bruins’ passing-game coordinator.

“Knowing Jimmie since 2009 and having been able to see him in action at practice, during games and in the meeting room, it’s exciting to add a coach of his caliber to our staff,” a statement from head coach Jim Mora began. “Not only is he one of the top wide receivers coaches in the country and a very, very good recruiter, his previous working relationships with Jedd (Fisch) and Hank (Fraley) will undoubtedly bring cohesion to our team.”

Dougherty replaces Eric Yarber, who left less than a week ago for the same job with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.

Dougherty spent the 2016 season as an offensive analyst at Michigan.  Fisch served as the quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach/passing-game coordinator for the Wolverines before moving on to the Bruins last month as offensive coordinator.

Late last month, Dougherty was the passenger in a car driven by Ducks co-offensive coordinator David Reaves, which was pulled over by police and led to a drunk-driving charge for the latter.  Dougherty was not charged with any crime and was not expected to be disciplined by the university prior to his move south; Reaves, however, resigned earlier this week.