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SEC finishes 2019-20 postseason with highest winning percentage; the Big 12, not so much

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After being knocked off its perch last season, the SEC is back atop the postseason heap.

LSU’s resounding win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night officially put the 2019-20 college football postseason to bed.  That was the eighth win for the SEC during this month-long postseason, easily the most of any other conference.  The .800 winning percentage for the SEC in the postseason was also far and away the highest.

Last season, the SEC went 6-6 during the 2018-19 postseason cycle, including Alabama’s beatdown at the hands of Clemson in the title game.  At .667 (4-2), Conference USA had the best winning percentage a year ago.

Getting back to 2019-20, the Pac-12 was the only other Power Five conference with a winning record this postseason at 4-3 (.571).  That’s an improvement from the 3-4 (.429) of a year ago and a far, far cry from the 1-8 (.125) egg the league laid two cycles ago.

Speaking of the postseason laying of eggs, the Big 12 went 1-5, posting a Pac-12-esque .168 winning percentage.  Three of those losses came by double digits, including Oklahoma’s 63-28 woodshedding by LSU in one of the College Football Playoff semifinals.

As for the other Power Fives, the Big Ten went 4-5 (.444) and the ACC 4-7 (.364).

Football independents, incidentally, posted a .667 winning percentage (2-1).

And how did the Group of Five fare?

  • Sun Belt 3-2 (.600)
  • AAC 4-3 (.571)
  • Mountain West (.571)
  • MAC 3-4 (.429)
  • Conference USA (.375)

After report emerged that Art Briles would get it, Bobby Petrino named head coach at FCS Missouri State

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In Bobby Petrino, one FCS school has opted for the lesser of two evils.

Overnight, reports had emerged that disgraced former Baylor head coach Art Briles, of all people, was set to be named to the same post at Missouri State.  At the same time, it was reported that Bobby Petrino was set to take the job at the FCS school.

In the end, the latter report came to fruition as Bobby Petrino was confirmed as Missouri State’s next head football coach.  Petrino replaces Dave Steckel, who “parted ways” with the program earlier this month.

The Bears’ next coach will be formally introduced at a press conference Thursday morning.  Given his past, that presser should be fascinating.

Bobby Petrino was fired as the head football coach at Arkansas in the spring of 2012 for hiring his mistress for an athletic department position and lying about her presence during a single-vehicle motorcycle accident involving Petrino.

After the disgraced Petrino’s controversial exit from UA, he landed on his feet months later as the head coach at Western Kentucky for the 2013 season.  Rehired by Louisville the following year, he lasted five seasons in his second stint with the Cardinals before he was fired after a 2-8 start to the 2018 campaign.

Petrino, who also informed Atlanta Falcons football players of his decision to quit the team during the 2007 season with notes left in their lockers, was out of coaching in 2019.

Overall, Petrino 119-56 as a head coach, with four double-digit win seasons in 14 years as a head coach.  And four others with nine wins.  Which is why he continues to get jobs despite a “checkered” past.

As for Briles being connected to the job?  The current high school coach is telling the media he never spoke with Missouri State.  So there’s that.

Florida State transfers reunite with Willie Taggart at FAU

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It’s officially landing day for former Florida State football players.

Earlier Monday, tight end Tre’ McKitty tweeted that he will be transferring to Georgia.  A short time later, FAU announced the additions of a pair of McKitty’s former Florida State football teammates — wide receiver D'Marcus Adams and defensive end Malcolm Lamar.

Adams had previously confirmed that Florida Atlantic would be his landing spot.

Both Adams and Lamar played for Willie Taggart when he was the head coach of Florida State football.  A little over a month after being fired by the Seminoles, Taggart landed the head job with the Owls.

Barring the unexpected, the two new additions will have to sit out the 2020 season.  They will then have two seasons of eligibility to use beginning in 2021.

Adams was a three-star member of the Seminoles’ 2018 recruiting class.  After taking a redshirt for his true freshman season, the Daytona Beach native hadn’t yet taken the field for a game during the 2019 campaign prior to his decision to enter the portal in late September.

A four-star 2018 signee, Lamar was rated as the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 42 player at any position in the state of Florida.  The lineman took a redshirt as a true freshman, then played in four games this past season.  In that limited action, he was credited with a pair of tackles.

FIU kicker who taunted Miami after beating the Hurricanes is now joining the team

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If you can beat them… join them? That may not be how the old saying goes but they are words to live by for one player.

Confirming reports that surfaced earlier in the week, FIU kicker Jose Borregales announced he was graduate transferring across town to join the Miami Hurricanes.

While a kicker changing programs in the same city is usually not huge news, Hurricanes fans may well raise an eyebrow or two at the move given recent history. You may remember Borregales’ name for his role in the Panthers upset in late November at the site of the old Orange Bowl. He hit a trio of kicks against the ‘Canes, including one from 53 yards, in the win and memorably celebrated a fourth quarter extra point by, well, taunting the team he just joined:

His future ‘Canes teammates might overlook such antics however given that Borregales should reinforce one of the team’s key weaknesses. FIU’s career leader in points scored, he should boost a kicking game that used three different players yet went just 12 for 20 (60 percent) this past season.

Borregales, meanwhile, booted 21 of his 29 attempts through the uprights and is immediately eligible for 2020. Thankfully for fans of The U, the excitable kicker can now celebrate his big field goals to help Miami win instead of causing the opposite result on the scoreboard.

Arkansas transfer TE Grayson Gunter tweets move to Southern Miss

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One of the players who transferred from the Arkansas Razorbacks football team has himself a new college home.

Via a tweet posted to his Twitter machine, Grayson Gunter revealed that he will be transferring to Southern Miss and continuing his collegiate playing career with the Golden Eagles.  It was confirmed in late December that the tight end would be transferring from the Arkansas Razorbacks football program.

The move serves as a homecoming of sorts as Gunter played his high school football in Madison, Mississippi.

As Gunter left UA as a graduate transfer, he can play immediately in 2020. Next season will serve as his final year of eligibility.

Gunter was a three-star 2016 signee, rated as the No. 56 tight end in the country and the No. 31 player at any position in the state of Mississippi. He played in all 13 games as a true freshman before taking a redshirt in 2017. The past two seasons, Gunter played in 23 games. He started eight of those contests — six this season, two in 2018.

Gunter will finished the Razorbacks portion of his playing career with 135 yards and two touchdowns on 11 receptions. His best season was the most recent one as he caught six passes for 55 yards and a score in 2019.