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NCAA denies Boston College transfer QB Matt McDonald a waiver at Bowling Green

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When it comes to the “will he or won’t he” for Bowling Green’s Matt McDonald, a decision has been made that won’t exactly please either the quarterback or the football program.

In late May, it was confirmed that McDonald had transferred from Boston College to Bowling Green.  In the most recent update back in July, both sides were still awaiting word from the NCAA on a waiver that would give McDonald the ability to play for the Falcons in 2019.

In a statement Saturday morning, BGSU confirmed that word had arrived as “[t]he NCAA has officially denied redshirt sophomore quarterback… McDonald’s waiver appeal to play football at BGSU in 2019.”

After sitting out the 2019 season, McDonald will have two years of eligibility he can use beginning in 2020.

McDonald took a redshirt at Boston College in 2017 and then played in just two games this past season. BGSU’s new head coachScot Loeffler, served as BC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2016-18.

The good news for the Eagles is that another former BC quarterback, Darius Wade, came to the program as a graduate transfer from the FCS level in late July.  In the season-opening win over Morgan State, Wade completed nearly 70 percent of his 32 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns.

Texas A&M adds future games vs. UMass and Bowling Green

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Texas A&M has been booking some future reservations for opponents planning a trip to College Station. The Aggies are locked into a couple of future home games against UMass and Bowling Green, two programs the Aggies have never faced.

According to information obtained by FBSchedules.com, Texas A&M will host UMass on Nov. 19, 2022 with a guaranteed payment of $1.7 million set aside for the Minutemen. Bowling Green will travel to Kyle Field on Sept. 21, 2024 for a sum of $1.6 million.

The SEC has a scheduling policy in place to require conference members to play at least one opponent from another power conference in non-conference play. The additions of UMass and Bowling Green do not satisfy that requirement, but they also didn’t need to. In 2022, Texas A&M is already scheduled to face Miami of the ACC in the first game of a home-and-home scheduling agreement with the Hurricanes (Texas A&M visits Miami in 2023). In 2024, the Aggies host Notre Dame in the first part of another home-and-home arrangement. Texas A&M then visits Notre Dame in 2025. Although Notre Dame is not a member of a power conference, the Fighting Irish do satisfy that particular SEC scheduling policy (the SEC also provides exemptions for a number of other programs outside of a power conference).

Texas A&M currently has one vacancy remaining on the 2022 non-conference schedule to fill, and two more openings to fill in 2024.

Bowling Green transfer no longer listed on Oklahoma State’s roster

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That certainly didn’t last long.

Earlier this offseason, Kyle Junior decided to transfer from Bowling Green and, in early April, landed at Oklahoma State. It had been expected that the defensive lineman would be an immediate contributor to the Cowboys’ defense as a graduate transfer.

Instead, as The Oklahoman noted, Junior’s name is no longer listed on OSU’s roster that was released ahead of this weekend’s game against McNeese State. A school official subsequently confirmed that Junior is no longer with the team, as is the case with cornerback Lamarcus Morton.

No specific reason was given for the twin departures, although the public confirmations came a couple of days after neither player traveled with the team to Corvallis for the opener against Oregon State this past Saturday.

After starting five games as a redshirt sophomore in 2017, the 6-3, 275-pound lineman was a full-time starter for the Falcons in 2018. This past season, he led the team in tackles for loss (six) and quarterback hits (five) while also tying for the lead in fumble recoveries (two). The year before, his 6.5 tackles for loss were third-most on the team while he led the squad in sacks with 3.5.

Morton, meanwhile, was a three-star 2017 signee who never saw the field for the Cowboys.

First-year head coaches (barely) finished above .500 in 2019 debuts

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For those FBS schools that made changes at the top of its program last year and on into early 2019, the results, at least for the opening weekends of the college football season, were decidedly mixed.

Entering Weeks 0/1, a total of 26 head coaches were in their first games (two coaching a second first game) with their respective schools. Of those 26, 15 won their opening matchups while *uses fingers to do the math, takes off shoes when fingers run out* 11 dropped their openers.

Seven of the head coaches new to their current schools — Akron (Illinois), East Carolina (NC State), Houston (Oklahoma), Liberty (Syracuse), Texas State (Texas A&M), UMass (Rutgers) and Utah State (Wake Forest) — led off with Power Five opponents; not surprisingly, all seven of those ended up exiting Week 1 with a loss.  Exactly half of the 26 kicked off against FCS schools, and just one, Western Kentucky to Central Arkansas, failed to come away with a win.

At the other end was Louisville and North Carolina leading off with matchups against Power Five foes, Notre Dame for the former and South Carolina the latter.  The Cardinals extended their nation’s-worst losing streak to 10 in a row while the Tar Heels got past the Gamecocks in Mack Brown‘s return to Chapel Hill.

Oh, and there was Hugh Freeze‘s official return to coaching from a hospital bed up in the coaches’ box in Liberty’s loss to Syracuse.

WIN (15)
Eliah Drinkwitz, Appalachian State (beat East Tennessee State, 42-7)
Scot Loeffler, Bowling Green (Morgan State, 46-3)
Jim McElwain, Central Michigan (Albany, 38-21)
Brad Lambert, Charlotte (Gardner-Webb, 49-28)
Mel Tucker, Colorado (Colorado State, 52-31)
Les Miles, Kansas (Indiana State, 24-17)
Chris Klieman, Kansas State (Nicholls, 49-14)
Mike Locksley, Maryland (Howard, 79-0)
Mack Brown, North Carolina (South Carolina, 24-20)
Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois (Illinois State, 24-10)
Ryan Day, Ohio State (FAU, 45-21)
Rod Carey, Temple (Bucknell, 56-12)
Chip Lindsey, Troy (Campbell, 43-14)
Matt Wells, Texas Tech (Montana State, 45-10)
Neal Brown, West Virginia (James Madison, 20-13)

LOSS (11)
Tom Arth, Akron (lost to Illinois, 42-3)
Mike Houston, East Carolina (NC State, 34-6)
Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech (Clemson, 52-14)
Dana Holgorsen, Houston (Oklahoma, 49-31)
Hugh Freeze, Liberty (Syracuse, 24-0)
Scott Satterfield, Louisville (Notre Dame, 35-17)
Manny Diaz, Miami (Florida, 24-20)
Jake Spavital, Texas State (Texas A&M, 41-7)
Walt Bell, UMass (Rutgers 48-21)
Gary Andersen, Utah State (Wake Forest, 38-35)
Tyson Helton, Western Kentucky (Central Arkansas, 35-28)

Bowling Green transfer QB Jarret Doege reportedly granted immediate-eligibility waiver at West Virginia

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The vagaries of the NCAA’s transfer decisions continue unabated, with West Virginia the latest to benefit from The Association’s scattershot wisdom.

While there is nothing yet official from the school, it’s being reported by multiple outlets that Jarret Doege has been granted a waiver by the NCAA that will permit him to play this coming season.  The quarterback entered the transfer database in early April before moving on from Bowling Green to WVU a month later.

Doege will have two years of eligibility he can use plus a redshirt season.

In 2017, Doege became the first true freshman to start a game at Bowling Green since Brian McClure in 1982.  The following season, Doege’s 2,660 yards passing and 27 touchdowns were the most of any quarterback in the MAC.

There is a connection between Doege and Neal Brown as the new West Virginia head coach served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas Tech from 2010-12 when Seth Doege, Jarret’s older brother, was a quarterback for the Red Raiders.

In Morgantown, Doege will join a quarterback competition that includes a pair of fellow transfers — Jack Allison (Miami) and Austin Kendall (Oklahoma).  Allison served as Will Grier‘s primary backup this past season, although Kendall, who joined the Mountaineers earlier this offseason, is viewed by some as a slight front-runner for the starting job.

Brown could announce his first starting quarterback at WVU as early as this afternoon.