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Texas A&M transfer Kellen Diesch lands at Arizona State

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The Arizona State football roster is the latest to benefit from a player coming in from a Power Five program.

In early December, Kellen Diesch entered the NCAA transfer database, the first step in a move away from Texas A&M. A month later, Diesch has taken the next step as 247Sports.com has reported that the offensive lineman will transfer to the Arizona State football team.

In fact, the website notes that Diesch is in Tempe and already enrolled in school at ASU.

As a graduate transfer, Diesch will be eligible to play for the Sun Devils immediately in 2020. The upcoming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.

A four-star member of A&M’s 2016 recruiting class, Diesch was rated as the No. 11 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 17 player regardless of position in the state of Texas. The only signee in the Aggies’ class that year rated higher was strongside defensive end Justin Madubuike.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Diesch has played in 21 games the past three years. A dozen of those appearances came this past season.

Despite the recruiting pedigree, the 6-6, 298-pound lineman didn’t start a game for the Aggies.

Boston College plucks DL coach from UCLA

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Jeff Hafley continues to assemble his first Boston College football coaching staff, with an assistant on the defensive side next up.

Thursday, BC announced the hiring of Vince Oghobaase as Hafley’s defensive line coach.  And, for those curious, the new coach’s surname is pronounced oh-guh-BAH-see.

From 2016-17, Oghobaase was the assistant defensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers.  During those two years, Hafley was the NFL team’s secondary coach before he moved on to Ohio State for the 2019 season.

Oghobaase also has experience at OSU, serving as a defensive graduate assistant for the Buckeyes for three years (2013-15).

In 2018-19, Oghobaase was the line coach for Chip Kelly at UCLA.

“I had the opportunity to work with Vince in San Francisco and his knowledge of the game, energy and commitment to the players jumped out to me,” said the Boston College football head coach in a statement. “At Ohio State, he trained under one of the best defensive line coaches in all of football in Larry Johnson and he gained excellent experience the last two seasons at the defensive line coach at UCLA. We are so excited to have Vince join our BC football family.”

Oghobaase began his coaching career at Duke, working as a graduate assistant for the Devils for two seasons (2011-12).  He played his college football for the Blue Devils from 2006-09.

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)

Cal Bears add Cal Poly RBs coach to replace assistant who left for Cal Poly

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Cal Bears football became the latest program to show that the college coaching cycle is one big circle of life.

Last month, Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin left to become the head coach at Cal Poly.  Cal running backs coach Nick Edwards then left his post to take over as Baldwin’s offensive coordinator at Cal Poly.

Tuesday, Cal announced that Justin Wilcox has hired Aristotle Thompson would replace Edwards as running backs coach.  Thompson’s last job?  As the running backs coach at Cal Poly.

“I know first-hand the type of coach and person Aristotle is,” the Cal Bears football head coach said. “He joins our program after spending more than a decade coaching and teaching at a strong academic institution like Cal Poly, and understanding that type of strong academic environment is important. He also has a long track record of developing running backs, and he is well-known and well-liked in recruiting circles, particularly on the West Coast.”

Thompson spent the past 11 seasons at the FCS school.  This will mark the 41-year-old’s first on-field job at the FBS level.

“I am excited to become part of a tremendous coaching staff at Cal,” Thompson said. “This is a program that has established a great culture over the last three years and I’ll do everything I can to contribute to it.”

Oregon expected to hire ex-Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead as OC

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A month after losing their offensive coordinator, it appears that the Oregon Ducks football program has found a replacement.

Dec. 11, coordinator Marcus Arroyo officially left Oregon to take the head job at UNLV.  Exactly 23 days later, Joe Moorhead was fired as the head coach at Mississippi State.

Those two events are coming to a confluence as it’s being reported by college football insider Brett McMurphy that Moorhead will replace Arroyo on the Oregon Ducks football staff.  It’s unclear if, like Arroyo, Moorhead will coach quarterbacks as well.

In two seasons at Mississippi State, Moorhead went 14-12.  Moorhead’s firing was centered on an ugly fight between teammates in the run-up to the Music City Bowl.

The day after Christmas, it was reported that freshman Garrett Shrader, who was supposed to start the bowl game at quarterback, was injured in a post-practice scuffle with a defensive teammate.  The altercation was preceded by an in-practice altercation during a contact drill.  Shrader suffered some orbital bone damage as a result of the incident.

The MSU job was, at the time, the furthest west Moorhead had worked in a three-decade coaching career.

From 2016-17, Moorhead was the coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Penn State.  In the four years before that, he was the head coach at FCS Fordham.  He’s also been on staffs at UConn (2009-11), Akron (2004-2008) and Georgetown (2003).

Moorhead was the coordinator at all three of those latter stops.