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Ex-Gamecock CB Wesley Green transfers to Hoosiers

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After beginning his career in the SEC, Wesley Green will continue it in the Big Ten.

Indiana announced in a press release Monday afternoon that Green has transferred into the university and is now a member of the Hoosiers football program.  It was announced earlier this month that it was “mutually decided” that Green and South Carolina had decided to part ways for unspecified reasons.

Green will be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  Beginning in 2013, the defensive back will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

“We recruited Wesley; [secondary c]oach Brandon Shelby has a strong relationship with him and he contacted us when he left South Carolina,” head coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “We welcome him to our program. He’s a talented young man and he will be a quality contributor.”

A four-star member of USC’s 2014 recruiting class, Green was rated as the No. 17 cornerback in the country; the No. 17 player at any position in the state of Georgia; and the No. 208 player overall by Rivals.com.  After some initial eligibility concerns, Green took a redshirt his true freshman season with the Gamecocks.

He had entered summer camp No. 2 on the depth chart before deciding to transfer out.

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Navy sprint football player among casualties in Philly Amtrak accident

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On Tuesday an Amtrak train derailed when speeding around a turn through the city of Philadelphia on its way to New York City. Five of the seven confirmed casualties in the train accident included a Navy sprint football player, Justin B. Zemser.

Zemser, a sophomore, was on leave from the academy and on his way home at the time of the tragic accident.

“My wife, Lynda, and I join the Brigade, staff and faculty in mourning the loss of Midshipman Justin Zemser,” said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Walter “Ted” Carter in a released statement. “Justin was a talented, highly respected young man with a tremendously bright future. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Zemser family, and our extended USNA family, during this very difficult time.

According to a released statement from the Naval Academy, funeral arrangements for Zemser are pending. Zemser played wide receiver and long snapper for the Navy sprint football team. He played in five game sin 2014 and caught three passes for 47 yards.

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Urban Meyer not expecting any Buckeyes to leave early for NFL

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Sunday he does not expect any players to be leaving the Buckeyes a year early to pursue NFL dreams. That means offensive tackle Taylor Decker and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington are expected to return for another year in Columbus.

Meyer announced Sunday morning during a joint press conference with Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich both Decker and Washington informed him of their decisions. Both were the only two underclassmen expected to consider a possible early departure for the NFL off the Ohio State roster.

Decker earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014 as an anchor on Ohio State’s offensive line that protected young quarterback J.T. Barrett for much of the year. Washington earned honorable mention for All-Big Ten consideration after recording 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season.

Josh Conklin one of the coaching additions confirmed by Pitt

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Following up on the reports from Thursday night, Pat Narduzzi has made a couple of additions to his Pittsburgh coaching staff.

Narduzzi announced Friday the additions of two assistants to his first nine-man staff with the Panthers: defensive coordinator Josh Conklin and special teams coordinator Andre Powell.  Powell will also serve as running backs coach.

The 35-year-old Conklin comes to Pitt from FIU, where in two years he transformed into one of the most talented young defensive minds in the game.  With Narduzzi spending the past eight years as one of the top defensive coordinators in the country at Michigan State, Conklin will get the opportunity to continue to grow in the profession under one of the best.

“Josh Conklin oversaw an incredibly disruptive unit at FIU,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “They were among the top five in the country in takeaways and defensive touchdowns. We want our Pitt defenses to have an attacking, opportunistic mentality and Josh will help us achieve that.”

Powell, meanwhile, comes to Pitt from Maryland, where he spent the past four seasons as special teams coordinator and running backs.  Narduzzi and Powell have a previous working relationship, spending the 1993-94 seasons on the same staff at Rhode Island.

“I’ve known Andre Powell for more than 20 years,” Narduzzi said. “In addition to coaching a lot of great running backs, Andre has a tremendous passion for outstanding special teams play. We faced him and Maryland this past season and I was highly impressed by their special teams.”

In addition to Conklin and Powell, it was also announced that Dave Andrews has been hired as strength & conditioning coach, coming over from Notre Dame, and Ben Mathers, operations assistant at MSU, will serve as director of football operations.

Bill Young leaves after (very) brief stay at SMU for Tulsa DC job

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In December, it was reported that Bill Young was hired as SMU’s defensive line coach. On Monday, he was officially announced as a new member of Chad Morris‘ new Mustang staff. Four days later? Yeah, he gone.

In a press release that doesn’t mention his very brief stint at SMU, Tulsa announced that new head coach Philip Montgomery has hired Young to be his defensive coordinator. The 68-year-old Young spent the 2014 season as the head coach at an Oklahoma high school.

This is a homecoming of sorts as Young served as the Golden Hurricane’s coordinator in 1983-84

“Bill brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to our program,” said Montgomery in a statement. “He has a lot of passion about what he does, how he does it and the way he handles young men. Bill has put together top-20 defenses many years as a defensive coordinator. He brings a lot of credibility to what we’ll be doing on that side of the football. Bill and I have gone against each other on several different occasions. He’s always been very sound in what he does.

“Bill has coached in some leagues that will help prepare us for the type of offenses that we’ll face in the American Athletic Conference – up tempo, spread you out and throw the football down the field, but still running it. The knowledge that he brings will allow us to always be prepared and be very sound defensively.”

Despite “coming” from the high school ranks, Young has a wealth of collegiate experience.

In a span of 20 years, Young served as the defensive coordinator at seven different FBS programs. Including his first stint at Tulsa, those seven include Oklahoma State (2009-12), Miami of Florida (2008), Kansas (2002), USC (1998-2000), Oklahoma (1996-97) and Ohio State (1988-95).

Following the 2011 season, Young and OSU head coach Mike Gundy met and agreed that, because of philosophical differences, the 2012 season would be his last with the Cowboys. He subsequently left that program in January of 2013.

Incidentally, only Young and Larry Coker can make the claim that they’ve been the coordinators at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.