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LSU, Michigan, and Texas all vault into top 10 of coaches poll


After a chaotic Week 7 around college football, the Amway Coaches Poll saw a few teams catapult up the rankings and into the top 10 this week. LSU, Michigan, and Texas all had big gains up the ladder into the top 10 while Oregon was left just on the outside looking in.

Alabama remained a firm No. 1 with 61 first-place votes, and No. 2 Ohio State moved up one spot this week with one first-place vote received. No. 3 Clemson received a pair of first-place votes on their bye week as they also moved up one spot to stay just ahead of No. 4 Notre Dame. At No. 5, LSU re-entered the top 10 this week shortly after being dropped out of the top 10 the previous week. The Tigers moved up seven spots to fall ahead of No. 6 Georgia, who fell four spots this week.

No. 7 Michigan and No. 8 Texas each moved up six spots in the coaches poll this week following their wins and a plethora of losses by others. UCF remained at No. 9, staying ahead of No. 10 Oklahoma, who re-joined the top 10 this week. No. 13 West Virginia was knocked down seven spots after suffering its first loss of the year, and No. 14 Washington fell seven spots and No. 16 Penn State dropped eight spots after a second consecutive loss at home. No. 15 NC State came between the Huskies and Nittany Lions after being moved up four spots.

No. 19 Wisconsin took the biggest tumble, falling nine spots after a road loss at Michigan for the second loss of the year. Newcomers to this week’s coaches poll include No. 22 Iowa and No. 23 Washington State. They fill the vacancies left by Miami and Auburn.

Here is this week’s coaches poll:

  1. Alabama (61)
  2. Ohio State (1)
  3. Clemson (2)
  4. Notre Dame
  5. LSU
  6. Georgia
  7. Michigan
  8. Texas
  9. UCF
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Oregon
  12. Florida
  13. West Virginia
  14. Washington
  15. NC State
  16. Penn State
  17. Kentucky
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Wisconsin
  20. South Florida
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Iowa
  23. Washington State
  24. Stanford
  25. Colorado

Reports: ‘medical condition’ prompts Royal Silver to leave Minnesota

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It appears Minnesota won’t have a sizable piece of its defensive line rotation moving forward.

Both the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press are reporting that Royal Silver has left P.J.Fleck‘s football program because of what were described as “medical reasons.” The specific health issue or issues with which the defensive lineman is dealing hasn’t been divulged.

Thus far, the university has declined to discuss Silver’s status with the team moving forward.

Silver spent his first two seasons at an Iowa junior college, then took a redshirt for the 2017 season after transferring to Minnesota.  This past season, the 6-3, 300-pound lineman started five of the 11 games in which he played.


Amidst reports of transfers, including QB Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech issues statement

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This is certainly an odd development that, given the plethora of transfers that only continues to rise, could actually become the norm.

Tuesday night, a pair of Virginia Tech football players, including second-leading receiver Eric Kumah, took to Twitter to announce that they had decided to transfer/enter their name into the NCAA transfer database.  A day later, it’s being reported that Josh Jackson, who, after going through a tumultuous offseason, began 2018 as the Hokies’ starting quarterback only to suffer a season-ending injury, has placed his name in the transfer database as well.

Given all of the abrupt roster upheaval, Tech head coach Justin Fuente issued a statement Wednesday afternoon somewhat addressing the developments over the last 24 hours or so.

Pitt announces hiring of ex-Maryland WRs coach Chris Beatty

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Nearly three weeks after clearing out a pair of spots on his offensive coaching staff, Pat Narduzzi has filled in those self-created holes.

Jan. 4, Shawn Watson was fired as Pitt’s offensive coordinator, replaced a little over a week later by former UMass head coach Mark Whipple.  The same day Watson was fired, Kevin Sherman was dismissed as wide receivers coach; Wednesday, Pitt confirmed that Chris Beatty has been hired as Sherman’s replacement.

Sherman spent the past three seasons at Maryland as receivers coach.  He also served as co-offensive coordinator and held the title of associate head coach while with the Terrapins.

“Chris is an absolutely outstanding addition to our staff,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “His expertise goes well beyond one position on the offensive side of the ball. That diverse experience is going to be an incredible asset for our players and entire coaching staff. He is also a highly driven recruiter with valuable contacts in so many key areas. We are looking forward to welcoming Chris, his wife Kris and his son Aaron to both Pitt and Pittsburgh.”

Prior to Maryland, Beatty spent time on Power Five coaching staffs at Virginia (2015), Wisconsin (2013-14), Illinois (2012), Vanderbilt (2011) and West Virginia (2008-10).  In addition to receivers, he’s also coaching quarterbacks and running backs.

Cadillac Williams returning to Auburn as RBs coach

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A legend is coming home to The Plains.  Reportedly.

According to and among others, Cadillac Williams is set to be named as the next running backs coach at Auburn.  Williams would replace Tim Horton, who moved into an off-field role earlier this month.

An official announcement on Williams’ hiring could come as early as today.

Williams played running back for the Tigers from 2001-04, finishing with 3,831 yards and 45 touchdowns on 741 attempts.  The carries were the most in AU history at the time of his departure, while the yards and touchdowns were second to Bo Jackson.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Williams the fifth pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.  H ended up playing seven years in the NFL before retiring following the end of the 2011 season.

The 36-year-old Williams’ coaching career began in 2016 as an offensive graduate assistant at Div. II West Georgia.  He went to IMG Academy in Florida as running backs coach before moving on to the same position the Birmingham franchise in the newly-created Alliance of American Football.

UPDATED 2:36 p.m. ET: Based on a tweet from Auburn football’s official Twitter account, Williams’ return to the Tigers is official.