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Andy Dodd tweets decision to transfer from LSU

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With spring practice getting set to kick of en masse all across the country, there’s more of the expected personnel attrition settling in and coming to light.

On his Twitter account Wednesday, Andy Dodd announced that it is in his “best interest” to transfer from LSU and continue playing college football elsewhere. “This decision was not an easy one, but it is what’s best for me moving forward,” the offensive lineman wrote.

Dodd was a three-star member of the Tigers’ 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 17 guard in the country.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, the lineman played in eight games the next two seasons. He played in six games, with one start, in 2016.

Nearly three dozen teams show interest in Clemson grad transfer

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 01: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass under pressure from Scott Pagano #56 of the Clemson Tigers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: LSU adds former Saints coach Greg McMahon as a consultant

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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has been busy in recent weeks filling out his coaching staff as he officially takes charge of the program. That effort has reportedly continued by adding a familiar coach to the football staff as a consultant. Former New Orleans Saints special teams coordinator Greg McMahon will join the program in a consulting role, according to a report from The Advocate.

McMahon will assist the Tigers coaching staff with breaking down film and handling office assignments. Consultants in college football have been around for a while now, and they often serve as good jobs for coaches currently in between coaching jobs. Last season, Orgeron added former NFL special teams coach Bobby April to the staff as a consultant to handle similar responsibilities. McMahon is no stranger to serving a college program as a consultant either, having done so at previous stops with Eastern Illinois, North Alabama, Illinois, and Minnesota. The addition of a special teams specialist to the support staff is a wise move, as LSU does not currently have a special teams coordinator.

Unfortunately for LSU, the coaching staff is currently maxed out at nine members, leaving LSU without a defined special teams coach. If the NCAA allows a 10th assistant to be added to a coaching staff, it would seem likely LSU will pull a support staff member to fill that role. The only issue is there is a possibility the NCAA may not allow for staff expansion until 2018.

According to the same report from The Advocate, LSU’s support staff also includes two members who followed new offensive coordinator Matt Canada (Matt Tomsho and Dave Bucar).

LSU’s Arden Key to take time away from football ‘for personal reasons’

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 19: Arden Key #49 of the LSU Tigers sacks Austin Appleby #12 of the Florida Gators during the first half of a game at Tiger Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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This certainly is an interesting, if not potentially seismic development for the LSU football team.

In a cryptic press release Wednesday, the Tigers announced that star edge rusher Arden Key has “decided to take some time away from football.” According to the school, the sabbatical is “for personal reasons.”

The defensive end will remain on the team during his time away.

“We fully support Arden in his decision and look forward to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time,” head coach Ed Orgeron said in a portion of a statement.

A four-star 2015 signee, Key was a consensus Freshman All-American his first season with the Tigers after starting nine games.  Last season as a true sophomore, he led the team with 14.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.  The latter total set a school record.

Following that breakout campaign, he was named second-team All-SEC.

Michigan, SEC earn most invites to NFL’s Scouting Combine

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa of Ohio State participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The annual Underwear Olympics has a new individual “champion” and a familiar one when it comes to the dominant conference.

The NFL Wednesday announced the 330-plus players who will partake in the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month.  Michigan saw 14 of its former players receive invitations, the most of any individual school.  The only others in double digits were Alabama and LSU with 10 apiece.

The conference of the latter schools, the SEC, paced all leagues with 66 invitations.  The ACC was next with 60, followed by the Big Ten’s 51 and the Pac-12’s 46.  The Big 12 lags far behind the other Power Fives with just 19 players on the receiving end of invitations, just ahead of the best the Group of Five has to offer, the AAC’s 18.

In addition to those in double figures already mentioned, there were eight schools that have eight or more players heading to the combine: Clemson, Miami, Texas A&M and USC with nine each, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State with eight apiece.

Below is the conference-by-conference breakdown of the invites:

AAC — 18
ACC — 60
Big 12 — 19
Big Ten — 51
Conference USA — 11
Independents — 5
MAC — 11
MWC — 11
Pac-12 — 46
SEC — 66
Sun Belt — 5