Saturday afternoon one-liners

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Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…

— First-year Cal head coach Sonny Dykes: “I went to WAC media day last year and I interviewed myself. I asked some hard-hitting questions of myself.”

— All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be on the field with his Washington teammates when camp opens next month.

— After pontificating on zombies and Geronimo, Mike Leach acknowledged that Connor Halliday is the frontrunner to become Washington State’s starting quarterback.

— A bump pay was not part of the contract extension Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops signed.

— Mississippi State won’t be affected by Oklahoma State playing “I’ve got a secret” at the quarterback position.

— Washington’s Steve Sarkisian proclaims his Huskies to be “a better football team” entering 2013.

— After a challenging first season in the Pac-12, Utah will come into the 2013 season with a chip on their collective shoulders.

Salt Lake Tribune: modifying Utah State agreement shows BYU wants meaningful November games

Mark Dantonio says he and his staff “can’t make a mistake on character” when bringing recruits to Michigan State.

— Injuries aside, Jerry Kill is satisfied with how Minnesota’s offensive line is shaping up.

— The Des Moines Register asks if there will be enough footballs to satisfy Iowa State’s plethora of running backs.

Al.com: Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue looking to stay healthy, take Owls to new heights.

Larry Coker is relishing the challenge of building a football program at UT-San Antonio.

GoGamecocks.com takes a look at some of the changes/additions made to South Carolina roster.

— As he failed to qualify academically, Cal won’t have defensive end and 2013 signee Takkarist McKinley at its disposal.

— Texas Tech adds a JUCO defensive lineman to its 2013 recruiting class.

Ex-WVU receiver Reggie Roberson announces transfer to SMU

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Former West Virginia wide receiver Reggie Roberson seems to have found his new place to call home. Roberson announced his commitment to SMU with a doctored image on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

By rule, Roberson will have to sit out the 2018 college football season since he is transferring to another FBS program. He’ll be eligible to play again for SMU beginning in 2019, but he will do so with three years of eligibility remaining.

Roberson was a three-star prospect in West Virginia’s Class of 2017 and he played in 10 games as a true freshman for the Mountaineers last fall. In those 10 games, Roberson caught six passes for 30 yards. Roberson is a native of Texas, so moving to SMU will bring him a little closer to home than Morgantown, West Virginia can offer.

Syracuse recruiting director leaves to become scout for Buffalo Bills

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Syracuse recruiting director Asil Mulbah is heading to the NFL. With an announcement on Instagram, Mulbah announced he is joining the scouting department with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

“Excited to announce that I have accepted a position in the Buffalo Bills Scouting Department,” Mulbah said in his statement. “I’d like to thank Coach Babers, the SU football staff, and the players for an amazing two seasons filled with memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Mulbah has previous NFL scouting experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been a part of the Syracuse program since 2016. Prior to his arrival at Syracuse under head coach Dino Babers, Mulbah made stops at Wake Forest and Bowling Green.

Nebraska’s starting center opts to retire from playing football

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Nebraska has a handful of centers vying for the starting job in the middle of the offensive line this season. However, one of those options will not be Michael Decker. On Saturday morning, via Twitter, Decker announced he is retiring from playing football. Decker was a starting center for the Huskers last season.

“Over the past [six] months, I have taken a step back and looked at my future career goals and decided that I can no longer [accomodate] football’s commitments,” Decker said in his statement. “It is finally time to see that these aspirations outweighed the lacking desire to continue playing the game. Which, given the team’s goals, would only hurt them by my participation.”

Decker started five games for Nebraska at the center position in 2017 as a sophomore. A knee injury in October brought his season to a premature end. That injury also sidelined Decker for Nebraska spring football this season, leaving his future with the program and the game in doubt.

Nebraska is now moving forward with 14 offensive linemen on scholarship. Hunter Miller seemed to get the most opportunities in the spring to work with the first-team offense, but Nebraska also expects to have Cole Conrad back for the fall. Conrad started seven games for Nebraska last fall.

Japanese college football coach resigns over controversial hit

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Masato Uchida, the head coach of Nihon University’s national championship football team in Japan, has resigned as head coach of the program in response to a devastating hit delivered by one of his players on an opposing quarterback in a recent game against rival Kwansei Gakuin.

A Nihon defender well behind a pass play sped toward a quarterback well after an attempted pass. With the quarterback leisurely jogging toward the sideline, the Nihon defender tackled the unsuspecting quarterback from behind at the legs. You can watch the video of the hit, which went viral in Japan, on YouTube. The quarterback was forced to leave the game and it has been reported recovery from ligament damage in his spine could take three weeks. Fortunately, no nerve damage was discovered.

“The responsibility for this series of problems lies directly with me. I will resign as head coach,” Uchida said on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “I am quitting for the sake of the young players. We must create a new Nichidai. After the incident, I did not warn my players and that is my responsibility. It was my poor judgment.”

Officials from Kwansei Gakuin accused Nihon of intentionally trying to hurt the quarterback, but Uchida initially refuted such allegations. In light of the controversial hit, three games for Nihon have been canceled due to upcoming opponents opting not to play against them. The Kantoh Collegiate Football Association announced additional cancellations as well.