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Wazzu confirms addition of QB once headed to Alabama

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Alabama’s loss — and West Virginia’s as well — is officially Washington State’s gain.

In late February, Gardner Minshew, a graduate transfer quarterback from East Carolina, confirmed on social media that he had committed to play for Alabama and would enroll at the university in May.  Nearly three weeks later, Minshew shifted his course significantly, announcing on Twitter that he was “[p]roud to say that I’ll be playing my last year of college ball at Washington State.”

Thursday night, Wazzu announced in a press release that Minshew is one of three players added to the Cougars’ roster.  As a graduate, Minshew will have the opportunity to use his final season of eligibility in 2018.

Minshew started five games for the Pirates last season, throwing for 2,140 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions in completing just over 57 percent of his 304 pass attempts. Prior to his departure from ECU, he was penciled in as the Pirates’ 2018 starting quarterback.

In addition to Minshew, the signing of Lamonte McDougle was confirmed as well.  The defensive lineman, who will have to sit out the 2018 season, had announced in late March that he was transferring from WVU, following that up nearly two months later with an announcement that he was transferring to WSU.

Coming out of high school in Florida, McDougle was a three-star member of WVU’s 2017 recruiting class.  As a true freshman last season, McDougle played in all 13 games, totaling 23 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks.  On the strength of that performance, ESPN.com named McDougle to its Freshman All-American team.

The third signing on the night was defensive back Chad Davis Jr., who spent his true freshman season at a Kansas junior college.  Davis Jr. played his high school football in Daytona, Florida.

ECU’s Chandon Hickerson charged with resisting, other misdemeanors

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After an incident-free last week or so, it’s time to once again reset the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.

The latest to push it back to double zeroes is Chandon Hickerson, with the Daily Reflector reporting that the East Carolina defensive end was arrested on a trio of misdemeanor charges this past weekend. Specifically, Hickerson is facing one count each of resisting a public officer, reckless driving to endanger and failure to obey a stop sign/flashing red light.

Other than the traffic stop that led to the arrest and charges occurred shortly before six a.m. Sunday morning by the Greenville Police Department, no details of the incident have been made available.

The Reflector wrote that “[a]n ECU football spokesman said Tuesday afternoon that head coach Scottie Montgomery has talked with Hickerson and is in the process of gathering additional information.”

Hickerson came to the Pirates as an unrated member of their 2016 recruiting class. After redshirting as a true freshman, the defensive lineman played in nine games this past season. He was credited with 15 tackles.

(Tip O’ the Cap: ArrestNation.com)

Virginia Tech will stripe Lane Stadium for Notre Dame game

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Asking your fans to show up to a game in one particular school color is a little old-fashioned. Now, it is all about coordinating your fans to show up in specific colors according to the section they are sitting. This upcoming season, Virginia Tech will give it a shot when they attempt to stripe out Lane Stadium for a big home game against Notre Dame.

Dubbed the “Hokie Effect,” Virginia Tech has a website so fans can enter their seat information so they know whether to show up for the game in maroon or orange. Here is a glimpse at the seating chart, which does not account for the Notre Dame fans that will fill a good number of seats in their blue and gold (and green).

In addition to the stripe out, Virginia Tech also announced a white out for a home game against East Carolina on Sept. 15, an orange out for a Thursday night game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 25, and a maroon out for a Nov. 17 game against Miami.

Of course, Tennessee still holds a decisive lead in the coolest color coordination efforts any time they checker Neyland Stadium.

After committing to Alabama, grad transfer QB Gardner Minshew tweets flip to Washington State

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So much for the implementation of the Jalen Hurts Transfer Protection Plan™.

In late February, Gardner Minshew, a graduate transfer quarterback from East Carolina, confirmed that he had committed to play for Alabama and would enroll at the university in May.  Nearly three weeks later, Minshew shifted his course significantly, announcing on Twitter that he is “[p]roud to say that I’ll be playing my last year of college ball at Washington State.”

At least when it comes to the opportunity for playing time, the Cougars, looking to replace Luke Falk, make much more sense than the Crimson Tide, who has, in addition to a two-year starter in Hurts, national championship game hero Tua Tagovailoa.

As a graduate transfer, Minshew will be eligible to play immediately for Wazzu in 2018 and could be in line to win a starting job at the Power Five school.

Minshew started five games for the Pirates last season, throwing for 2,140 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions in completing just over 57 percent of his 304 pass attempts. Prior to his departure from ECU, he was penciled in as the Pirates’ 2018 starting quarterback.

The news of Minshew’s initial commitment to UA came a little over a week after Minshew visited the Tuscaloosa campus.  Earlier in February, it was reported that Alabama had an interest in Minshew, the quarterback who announced late last month that he had withdrawn from East Carolina to tend to a personal matter in his home state of Mississippi.

American, ACC announce officiating alliance

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The ACC and the American have struck a deal for a football officiating alliance, the American announced Monday. The new program will see the two conferences cooperate on all things officiating, from training to scheduling to evaluation.

With the move, the ACC’s Dennis Hennigan will oversee the alliance, while the American’s Terry McAulay will step down as the league’s coordinator of football officiating and the American will hire a new supervisor of football officials.

“We are excited to partner with the ACC regarding the administration of our football officiating program,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. “This alliance will provide both conferences with a deep roster of the best college football officials and will provide for greater efficiency and consistency in the training and evaluation of officials as well as enhanced opportunities for the recruitment of officials. We look forward to working with Dennis Hennigan, who was regarded as one of the top on-field officials in college football and has since become a leader on the administrative side. I also want to thank Commissioner John Swofford for his cooperation in reaching this mutually beneficial arrangement.”

The new alliance means ACC officials could oversee a Tulane-Tulsa game, while AAC officials would work a Clemson-Georgia Tech game. The ACC-AAC Alliance will go into effect for the 2018 season.