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Former Maryland DB Qwuantrezz Knight now transferring from Kent State

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A former member of the Maryland Terrapins football team is now a former player on yet another team. At least, he’s nearly former.

According to 247Sports.com, Qwuantrezz Knight is now listed in the NCAA transfer database. The defensive back just completed his first season at Kent State.

This past season, Knight led the Golden Flashes in tackles for loss with 10.5.  In Kent’s first-ever bowl win this past season, Knight was named as the game’s defensive MVP.

The move is odd, if for nothing more than the struggle Knight went through just to see the field in 2019.

Leaving the Maryland Terrapins football program shortly after head coach DJ Durkin was fired amidst scandal in the midst of the 2018 season, Knight ultimately transferred to Kent State in January of last year.  Four months later, Knight filed an appeal with the NCAA for a waiver that would’ve granted him immediate eligibility, a waiver that cited “depression symptoms”; in early June, that initial waiver was denied.

Armed with the ability to appeal the original decision, Knight did as much and it proved successful as the MAC program confirmed in June of last year that the appeal was successful and the waiver granted.

Presumably, Knight will be leaving Kent as a graduate transfer.  That would allow him to play immediately at a third FBS school.

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)

Colorado State names Steve Addazio’s offensive coordinator

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Nearly five weeks after being named as the new Colorado State Rams football head coach, Steve Addazio has gotten down to the business of filling two spots on his initial CSU staff.

Tuesday, the Rams announced that Joey Lynch has been named as Addazio’s offensive coordinator.  Lynch was an assistant at Ball State for the past 11 seasons, the last six as the MAC program’s coordinator.

Lynch also held the title of assistant head coach.

On top of Lynch’s hiring, CSU also confirmed the addition of Brian White as running backs coach.  He will also carry the title of senior associate head coach.

The past five seasons, White was on Addazio’s staff at Boston College as running backs coach.  White has also served in the same position at Florida (2011-14) and Wisconsin (1995-06).  He was also the Badgers’ offensive coordinator the last eight seasons in Madison.

“I am excited to bring Joey Lynch and Brian White to Fort Collins,” the Colorado State Rams football coach said in a statement. “Both men embody the characteristics we are looking for in this program: passion for the game, love for those around them, and an unrivaled toughness. I am looking forward to getting them both on the road to meet with recruits and around our program to grow with our players, staff, and community.”

Western Michigan officially adds transfers from Pitt, Michigan State, Nevada

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It was a busy day on the personnel front for the Western Michigan football program.

Friday, WMU announced the additions of three transfers from FBS schools — defensive back Therran Coleman, running back Jaxson Kincaide and running back La’Darius Jefferson.  Coleman (Pitt) and Kincaide (Nevada), come to WMU as graduate transfers.  Jefferson (Michigan State) will have to sit out the 2020 season.  He’ll then have two years of eligibility beginning in 2020.

During his four years at Nevada, Kincaide ran for 894 yards and six touchdowns on 199 carries.  He also caught 38 passes for another 316 yards and three touchdowns.

Prior to his decision to enter the NCAA transfer database in late September, Kincaide played in just four games, which allowed him to use a redshirt and preserve a season of eligibility.  It had previously been reported that Kincaide would be transferring to the Broncos.

In two seasons at Michigan State, Jefferson ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 97 carries.  His best season came as a true freshman as he ran the ball 28 times for 255 yards and a pair of scores.

Coleman played in 34 games over the past three seasons for the Panthers and was credited with 18 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

Eastern Michigan loses assistant to head job at Div. III school

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Thanks to a lower level of football, the Eastern Michigan football program has a hole on its coaching staff to fill.

Monday, it was announced that Aaron Keen has been named as the head coach of Washington University in St. Louis.  Keen played his college football at Washington University and began his coaching career at his alma mater.

Keen will replace his former coach Larry Kindbom, who retired after 31 seasons.

“My family and I are excited about the opportunity to return home to Washington University. I want to thank [athletic director] Anthony J. Azama and the search committee for the opportunity and the trust to lead the football program at WashU,” said Keen in a statement. “I look forward to building on the traditions that Coach Kindbom has created here over the last 31 years, and helping to take the program to new heights.”

Keen has spent the past six seasons as part of the Eastern Michigan football staff.  From 2014-16, he was the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.  From 2017-19, he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“WashU absolutely nailed this hire!” Eastern Michigan football head coach Chris Creighton stated. “Coach Keen is passionate about the game of football and understands the powerful influence it can have on the people who play it. He has an excellent football mind and being a head coach is in his DNA. Coach Keen has profoundly impacted Eastern Michigan Football these past six years. WashU is fortunate to have Coach Keen and the entire Keen family back in St. Louis.”