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Hurricane Dorian pushes Boise State-Florida State to Tallahassee

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The first full weekend of the college football season has also officially seen its first weather-impacted matchup of the year.

After much speculation, it was confirmed early Thursday afternoon that Saturday’s Boise State-Florida State game will be moved to Tallahassee’s Doak Campbell Stadium.  That non-conference had been scheduled to be played 170 miles or so east in Jacksonville, but that city is at the confluence of the I-10 and I-95, which will serve as the main evacuation route for those fleeing coastal areas ahead of Hurricane Dorian.  Jacksonville itself could also be in the path of what’s a significant weather event, which could be a devastating Category 4 storm by the time it reaches landfall this weekend or early next week.

“After consulting with emergency responders, law enforcement and hurricane preparedness teams at the state and local level, moving the game is the best option given the information we have at this time,” said FSU athletic director David Coburn in a statement.

“We regret having to move the venue in particular because of the tremendous work that the City of Jacksonville has invested in this event. They have been great partners, and we are disappointed that the game had to be moved. Our fans were very much looking forward to the experience.”

In addition to the venue change, kickoff has been moved up from 7 p.m. ET to noon.  All tickets sold for the game originally scheduled for TIAA Bank Field will be refunded; tickets for the relocated matchup will all be general admission and cost $10 if bought online, $15 if purchased at the stadium on the day of the game.

As for the broadcast options, the game will be carried on ESPNews.

WR Tyrell Alexander set to transfer from Oklahoma State

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The portal carousel continues to spin, with an Oklahoma State football player the latest to hop on.

On Twitter Tuesday, Tyrell Alexander announced that he has decided to transfer from the Oklahoma State football team and “reopen my recruitment process.” The wide receiver would be leaving Stillwater as a graduate transfer fro his final season of eligibility.

“I want to thank Oklahoma State University for giving me this amazing opportunity to spend my last four years here,” Alexander wrote. “I have appreciated every moment since Day One.”

Alexander came to the Oklahoma State football team as a three-star signee in 2016.  He took a redshirt for his true freshman season.  In 2018, he switched from receiver to cornerback before moving back to receiver.

All told, Alexander played in 29 games during his time with the Cowboys.  10 of those appearances came this past season.

Most of his action came on special teams, although Alexander did catch two passes for 68 yards in his career.  Both of those receptions came in 2017.

According to SBNation, “Alexander is now the 10th OSU player to transfer and the second receiver, joining Patrick McKaufman.” Tight end Grayson Boomer was another of those transfers.

Miami lands commitment from three-star 2020 Washington State signee Keyshawn Smith

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The personnel roll on which the Miami Hurricanes football program has been on is showing no signs of abatement.

After some initial uncertainty, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King announced Monday that he will be transferring to the Miami Hurricanes football team.  Not long after, AAC Defensive Player of the Year Quincy Roche announced that he will be doing the same.  Hell, even the Florida International kicker who taunted Miami after beating them joined the Hurricanes.

A day after King and Roche hopped aboard, so did Keyshawn Smith — although his addition comes with a bit of a twist.

Writing “[m]y dream school is the University of Miami,” the Class of 2020 wide receiver announced on Twitter that he is committing to The U.  The twist comes in the fact that Smith had signed his National Letter of Intent with Washington State during the Early Signing Period last month.

Because Mike Leach subsequently left Wazzu to take the Mississippi State job, however, Smith’s old school released him from his NLI so he could join his new school.

“From the West Coast to the East Coast, I am ready to get it going in the 305!” Lewis wrote. “Let’s do this!

“Special thanks to everyone that supported me through this very long process.”

Smith is expected to enroll in classes at U-M this week.  That will allow him to participate in spring practice with his new Miami Hurricanes football teammates.

A three-star prospect, Smith was rated as the No. 152 receiver in the country and the No. 84 player in the state of California regardless of position.  Smith would be the third receiver added by the Hurricanes this cycle, the others being four-star recruits in Michael Redding III and Dazalin Worsham.  The former is the No. 28 player at the position, the latter No. 57.

Third NC State football player this month hits the portal

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Who does this NC State football team think it is, Clemson?

Citing an unnamed source, 247Sports.com has reported that defensive lineman Joseph Boletepeli (pictured, No. 99) has entered the NCAA transfer database.  The website did note that “Boletepeli is still on the active roster for the Wolfpack and can still return to the program despite entering the portal.”

No specific reason for the decision was given, although playing time certainly played a role.

A three-star member of the Class of 2018 for NC State football, Boletepeli was rated as the No. 27 player regardless of position in the state of North Carolina.  During his two seasons with the Wolfpack, Boletepeli played in seven games.  Four of those appearances came this past season.

Boletepeli started the first two games of his true freshman campaign.  This season, Boletepeli was a No. 2 defensive end who ultimately dropped further down on the depth chart.

Barring something unexpected, Boletepeli will have to sit out the 2020 season if he moves on to another FBS school.  That would then leave him with two years of eligibility he could begin using in 2021.

Boletepeli is the third NC State football player to enter the portal this month.  Jan. 7, linebacker Brock Miller announced on Twitter that he was leaving as a graduate transfer.  A week later, defensive end Jeffrey Gunter was reported to be making the same move.

Over the weekend, Miller announced that he would be transferring to Boise State.

Southern Miss co-DC Derek Nicholson moves on to Louisville

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A familiar face has returned to the Louisville football coaching family.

In a release, Louisville announced that ACC Coach of the Year Scott Satterfield has hired Derek Nicholson to his staff as inside linebackers coach.  Nicholson will take over the void left by Dale Jones‘ departure for the defensive coordinator job at Appalachian State.

“Derek has an infectious personality that will blend well within our staff,” the Louisville football head coach said in a statement. “He will bring great energy to our program and is an excellent recruiter. He has shown that he’s a great teacher of defensive football and will be a great addition to our defensive staff.”

This will be Nicholson’s second stint with the Louisville football team.  In 2014, Nicholson coached the Cardinals’ outside linebackers and defensive ends.

In between his time at the UofL, Nicholson spent four years at Southern Miss.  The first two he coached the defensive line.  He was the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach the past two seasons.

Nicholson played his college football at Florida State.

“I’d like to thank Scott Satterfield, Bryan Brown, Cort Dennison and the rest of the Louisville football program for this amazing opportunity,” Nicholson said. “My family and I are extremely excited to be back at Louisville and in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I look forward to working with the coaching staff and coaching the inside linebackers. There is something special is brewing in Louisville and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”