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Lincoln Riley confirms Bob Diaco’s addition to Oklahoma staff

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Now it’s officially official.

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Bob Diaco was expected to take a job on the Oklahoma football staff. Late last week, another report indicated that Diaco had finalized an agreement with OU.

Monday afternoon, Diaco’s new boss, Lincoln Riley, confirmed on his personal Twitter account the addition of the long-time defensive coordinator.

As Riley’s 10-man on-field staff is complete, Diaco is expected to serve as a defensive analyst for the Sooners.

Diaco spent the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska, let go after that one year following the firing of head coach Mike Riley. Prior to that brief stint in Lincoln, he was the head coach at UConn for three seasons before being fired after going 11-26 during his time with the Huskies.

Prior to that, he was the coordinator at Notre Dame for four seasons from 2010-13.

Reports: Bob Diaco finalizes deal with Oklahoma

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It appears Lincoln Riley has all but officially gotten his man.

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Bob Diaco was expected to take a job on Riley’s Oklahoma football staff. Friday, Pete Thamel of SI.com tweeted that Diaco has finalized a deal to join the football program. ESPN.com‘s Adam Rittenberg subsequently confirmed the initial report.

With all 10 of Riley’s on-field assistant slots filled, Diaco will serve as a defensive analyst for the Sooners.

Diaco spent the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska, let go after that one year following the firing of head coach Mike Riley.  Prior to that brief stint in Lincoln, he was the head coach at UConn for three seasons before being fired after going 11-26 during his time with the Huskies.

Prior to that, he was the coordinator at Notre Dame for four seasons from 2010-13.

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.

Report: Bob Diaco joining Oklahoma staff in off-field role

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Lincoln Riley is getting set to bolster his Oklahoma football staff with an experienced defensive voice.  Reportedly.

According to a report from SoonerScoop.com, Riley is expected to add Bob Diaco in a defensive analyst role for the Sooners.  The off-field role wouldn’t count against Riley’s 10 allotted on-field assistants.

Diaco spent the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska, let go after that one year following the firing of head coach Mike Riley.  Prior to that brief stint in Lincoln, he was the head coach at UConn for three seasons before being fired after going 11-26 during his time with the Huskies.

Prior to that, he was the coordinator at Notre Dame for four seasons from 2010-13.

Ex-UConn trick-shot QB fired as President Trump’s personal assistant

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One of the latest “shifts” in personnel at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has a college football connection.

According to the Wall Street Journal, John McEntee, the personal assistant to President Donald Trump, was escorted out of the White House Monday.  The Journal writes that “[t]he cause of the firing was an unspecified security issue.”

The 27-year-old McEntee, who joined then-candidate Trump’s campaign in August of 2015 as a volunteer, played quarterback at UConn from 2008-12, starting all 12 games under center for the Huskies in 2011.  McEntee’s most noteworthy claim to fame, however, came in the form of a trick-shot video recorded and released in February of 2011.

During his time with the Huskies, McEntee passed for 2,209 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.  Most of that production — 2,110 yards, 12 touchdowns, eight picks — came during the 2011 season.