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SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 07:  A member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish holds up his helmet on the opening kickoff during the game against the Stanford Cardinal on October 7, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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‘Canes might be front-runner for transferring Irish WR Corey Holmes

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For the second time this week, Notre Dame is losing a player to transfer.

On his Twitter account Saturday afternoon, Corey Holmes indicating that he would be leaving the Fighting Irish and would be continuing his collegiate playing career elsewhere.  ND officials subsequently confirmed that the wide receiver will transfer out after the spring semester.

Holmes’ decision was triggered by a desire for a better shot at playing time.

According to the South Bend Tribune, Miami is expected to be the front-runner for Holmes’ services. The receiver also stated that Arizona State, North Carolina and UCLA “are some schools I’d be considering.”

Like it was with Malik Zaire, the quarterback who announced his transfer late last month, there will be no restrictions placed on Holmes by the university.

As it stands now, Holmes plans to graduate next August, which means he would have two years of eligibility remaining and would be eligible immediately in 2017 i he moves on to another FBS school.

A four-star 2014 recruit, Holmes was rated as the No. 27 receiver in the country and the No. 26 player at any position in the state of Florida. After redshirting as a true freshman then not seeing any action in 2015, Holmes caught 11 passes for 96 yards this past season. He had a career-high four receptions in what turned out to be his final game at the school in the regular-season finale against USC.

Pac-12 names Mike MacIntyre Coach of the Year, lists all-conference team

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 10:  Head Coach Mike MacIntyre of the Colorado Buffaloes sings along with the band and his team after a 56-7 win over the Idaho State Bengals at Folsom Field on September 10, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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In what will go down as the least surprising news of the year — if not the entirety of human existence itself — the Pac-12’s coaches have named Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre their Coach of the Year.

MacIntyre claimed the honor after leading Colorado to a 10-2 regular season mark and a Pac-12 South Division Championship, won after entering the season with a 2-25 Pac-12 mark in his three previous seasons in Boulder. Even more impressive, he managed to do so with only one player, linebacker Jimmie Gilbert, worthy of making the coaches’ First-Team offense or defense. Colorado’s opponent on Friday night booked nine First-Team offense or defense selections.

Elsewhere, Washington’s Jake Browning was named the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,162 yards with 40 touchdowns in the Huskies’ 11-1 season that culminated in the school’s first Pac-12 North championship.

USC defensive back Adoree Jackson was named the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year, his teammate Sam Darnold was named the Offensive Freshman of the Year and Washington defensive back Taylor Rapp took home the Defensive Freshman of the Year.

First-Team Offense
QB Jake Browning, Washington
RB Myles Gaskin, Washington
RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
WR Gabe Marks, Washington State
WR John Ross, Washington
TE Pharoah Brown, Oregon
OL Trey Adams, Washington
OL Zach Banner, USC
OL Garrett Bolles, Utah
OL Jake Eldrenkamp, Washington
OL Scott Quessenberry, UCLA
OL Chad Wheeler, USC

First-Team Defense
DL Hunter Dimick, Utah
DL Tak McKinley, UCLA
DL Elijah Qualls, Washington
DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford
LB Jayon Brown, UCLA
LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado
LB Azeem Victor, Washington
DB Budda Baker, Washington
DB Adoree Jackson, USC
DB Sidney Jones, Washington
DB Shalom Luani, Washington State

First-Team Specialists
PK Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State
P    Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
RS Adoree Jackson, USC
ST Ryan Moeller, Colorado

UCLA parts ways with offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Quarterback Mike Fafaul #12 of the UCLA Bruins throws the ball away as he is pressured by linebacker Cameron Smith #35 of the USC Trojans during the first quarter at Rose Bowl on November 19, 2016 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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UCLA head coach Jim Mora appears to be safe for at least one more year, because he is busy making staff changes in preparation for the 2017 season. Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu has been let go from his position on the staff after a dismal season with the Bruins offense.

UCLA finished its season ranked 92nd in total offense, 127th in rushing offense and 96th in scoring offense. The lone bright spot for the Bruins was the passing game, with Josh Rosen leading the way through the air when he was healthy. Unfortunately for UCLA, Rosen was banged up this season  and only played in six games. Senior Mike Fafaul took over and ended his season with 12 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. UCLA also ranked 99th in the nation in red zone scoring percentage and 96th in the nation in red zone touchdown percentage.

Polamalu took over as the offensive coordinator for UCLA last year to replace Noel Mazzone. Mazzone left UCLA for Texas A&M last offseason, leaving UCLA to promote Polamalu (a former USC offensive coordinator) from running backs coach to take on the role. The lack of focus or improvement in the running game was a surprising development for the Bruins, who relied too heavily on the pass to get things done.

Whoever takes over as offensive coordinator will be the third in three seasons for Rosen, with next season likely being his final year at UCLA before a possible departure for the NFL. Given the instability on the staff and possible uncertainty about what happens beyond 2017 if things go sour once more, Rosen leaving a year early for the NFL feels like a near-given. And who could blame him?

No. 13 USC wins seventh in a row, pummels crosstown rival UCLA

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Running back Justin Davis #22 of the USC Trojans carries the ball against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on November 19, 2016 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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A decade after a lackluster UCLA team upended USC’s national title hopes, there was some hope among the Bruins’ faithful that a repeat performance could play out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night (albeit with slightly lower stakes).

While there were some initial flashes of an upset early, the Trojans surged ahead in the second quarter and then ended any doubt with yet another impressive performance by beating their crosstown rivals 36-14.

The Trojans punted just twice all night, blocked a kick and ran nearly double the number of plays (for well over double the yardage) of their opponent. Quarterback Sam Darnold did throw two bad interceptions but made up for it with 267 yards and two scores. Tailback Ronald Jones chipped in 121 yards and two more touchdowns (one from 60 yards out).

UCLA struggled much of the night to sustain drives and never seemed to have much energy despite scoring on their first drive thanks to a 56 yard touchdown catch from Jordan Lasley. Mike Fafaul had two scores through the air but couldn’t get much else done with another terrible performance from the Bruins ground game.

The win was USC’s seventh in a row, continuing to underscore their status as the hottest team in the country. The Trojans rose to 13th in the latest College Football Rankings and need just a loss by Colorado next week to win the Pac-12 South.

Even if that scenario doesn’t play out, a potential Rose Bowl berth is still in the cards for Clay Helton’s squad a few months after claiming victory at the same stadium on Saturday.

No. 13 USC has lead at halftime against pesky rival UCLA

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Head Coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans walks the field during warm up before the game against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on November 19, 2016 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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No. 13 USC has been the hottest team in the country but found themselves in a battle with their crosstown rivals UCLA on Saturday night, leading 23-14 at halftime in a fun back-and-forth game.

The Trojans used several big plays to put points on the board, with tailback Ronald Jones racing 60 yards for one touchdown and quarterback Sam Darnold hooking up with De’Quan Hampton from 31 yards out for another. The signal-caller did throw two interceptions however, or else the margin would have been a little larger for Clay Helton’s squad.

Rasheem Green also blocked a field goal attempt defensively to give USC some momentum on that side of the ball.

The Bruins didn’t go quietly into the night as they fight for a bowl game however,  with Jordan Lasley catching a 56 yarder to help the team jump out to an early lead on their first series. He caught another from quarterback Mike Fafaul in the second quarter to re-take the lead but the UCLA defense couldn’t quite respond with another stop.

The game carries plenty of meaning for both teams in addition to the larger rivalry stakes the matchup usually brings. An upset would certainly make UCLA’s season after a lackluster year while USC is in the hunt for the Pac-12 South title and needs a win to keep pace with Colorado.