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For the second time this week, Jeff Brohm has a new addition to his Purdue football coaching staff.

Tuesday, Marty Biagi was hired as special teams coordinator. Two days later, Terrance Jamison was hired as defensive line coach.

Jamison will replace Reggie Johnson, who wasn’t brought back for the 2020 season after three years with the Big Ten school.

“Terrance is a talented coach with a great background in defensive line technique and skill development,” the Purdue football head coach said in a statement. “He is an outstanding addition to our staff.”

Jamison spent the past two seasons as the defensive line coach at Air Force.

From Purdue’s release on Jamison’s hiring:

Jamison worked with an Air Force unit that finished in the top 20 in all of the Football Bowl Subdivision in a number of categories, including rushing defense (7th, 100.5), defensive touchdowns (12th, 3), total defense (17th, 319.6) and scoring defense (20th, 19.8).

Jamison has also spent time as line coach at Texas Tech (2017-18) and Florida Atlantic (2014-16). He’s also served as a defensive staffer at Wisconsin and Cal. With the Badgers, Jamison combined to serve four seasons as a student assistant (2008-09), quality control assistant (2011) and a graduate assistant (2012). With the Golden Bears in 2013, he was a quality control coach.

Jeff Brohm adds Marty Biagi to Purdue coaching staff

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The Purdue Boilermakers football team is the latest to make an addition to its coaching staff.

Tuesday afternoon, Purdue confirmed the speculation that had surfaced over the past couple of days by announcing the hiring of Marty Biagi by Jeff Brohm.  Biagi will serve as the Boilermakers’ special teams coordinator.  According to the school, he’ll also hold an unspecified, as of yet, role as defensive assistant.

“Marty is one of the leading coaches and brightest minds in the area of special teams,” the Purdue Boilermakers football head coach said in a statement. “We are very excited to have him here.”

Biagi has spent the past three seasons as the special teams coordinator at North Texas.  Twice, the school noted in its release, Biagi was a finalist for the FootballScoop.com Special Teams Coordinator of the Year.

From the school’s release:

The Mean Green scored six special teams touchdowns, blocked nine punts, four kicks and had 10 players recognized with All-Conference USA accolades during Biagi’s tenure. North Texas won nine games in both 2017 and 2018, appearing in the New Orleans Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl, respectively.

Biagi’s special teams unit at UNT finished in the top 20 in the Football Bowl Division in blocked kicks/punts all three seasons in Denton, tying for 11th in 2017 (4), for 19th in 2018 (3) and for sixth in 2019 (4).

One of those six special teams touchdowns came in a 2018 upset of Arkansas on a wild trick play during a punt return.

Prior to his time in Denton, Biagi was a special teams analyst at Notre Dame.  He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas.

LSU, two B1G schools will have most players on Super Bowl rosters

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The LSU Tigers football program represented the sport well in winning the 2019 national championship, and now they’re set to be well-represented when the next level crowns its Super Bowl champion as well.

Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs again overcame an early deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. In the NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers to earn a berth opposite the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. That game will be played at the home of the Miami Hurricanes, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Feb. 2.

The 49ers, seeking their first Super Bowl win since 1994, have four former LSU football players currently listed on their official online roster*. The Chiefs, in search of their first title since 1969, have one former LSU football player on their Super Bowl roster. That total of five is tied for the most for a single school in this year’s game.

The number for LSU is matched by a pair of schools from the Big Ten — Iowa and Penn State — for the most players on Super Bowl rosters this year. Three former Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes play for the 49ers, two for the Chiefs.

Two SEC schools, Florida and Vanderbilt, each have four former players as part of the game, as does Stanford. Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State are two of a gaggle of schools with three players on teams playing in the game, which is the most of any Group of Five conference member.

Conference-wise, it was the SEC leading the way (again) with 32 players, followed by the Big Ten’s 22. The ACC (17), Pac-12 (16), Big 12 (12) and Conference USA (11) were the only other FBS leagues in double digits.

As for the other conferences?

  • Mountain West, nine
  • AAC, six
  • MAC, five
  • Sun Belt, four

Football independents accounted for six players. There were a total of 21 players who played at levels of football other than the FBS.

Below are all of the individual schools that will be represented on Super Sunday:

Penn State


Kansas State
Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
San Diego State
South Carolina

Central Michigan
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Michigan State
NC State
Ole Miss
Southern Miss
Texas A&M

Air Force
Alabama A&M
Appalachian State
Arizona State
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Colorado State
Colorado State-Pueblo
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Eastern Washington
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State
James Madison
Louisiana Tech
McGill (Canada)
Montana State
New Hampshire
New Mexico State
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
San Diego
San Jose State
South Carolina State
Texas Tech
Utah State
Valdosta State
Virginia Tech
West Alabama
Western Illinois
Western Kentucky

(*Includes players on injured reserve, practice squad, etc.)

Florida State adds fourth FBS transfer since Mike Norvell took over

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When it comes to infusing his first Florida State roster with talent, Mike Norvell is leaving no transfer stone unturned.

In an interview with 247Sports.com, Cornel Jones has decided to transfer to Florida State and continue his collegiate playing career for Mike Norvell and the Seminoles.  Late last month, the Purdue linebacker placed his name into the NCAA transfer database.

Per the player himself, he is headed to Tallahassee as a walk-on.

“I had a talk with my support team and my family and Florida State what was on the table and that was my best offer so I took it,” Jones told the website. “I wanted another opportunity and I got it.”

Jones will be immediately eligible to play in 2020 as he will be a graduate transfer. The upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility.  He also has a redshirt that he could use.

As a true sophomore in 2018, Jones started 12 of 13 games for the Boilermakers.  He led the team in tackles for loss that season with 12½.  In 2019, injuries helped limit him to six appearances.

All told, Jones played in 27 games during his time in West Lafayette.

With Jones’ addition, Norvell has now brought in four FBS transfers since he was hired as head coach.  The others are:

  • Texas A&M running back Jashaun Corbin (HERE)
  • Louisville defensive end Jarrett Jackson (HERE)
  • Florida International offensive lineman Devontay Taylor (HERE)

It should be noted that Taylor’s is the only addition that has been publicly confirmed by the football program.

Purdue officially adds Bob Diaco as DC

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Thanks to Purdue, Bob Diaco is back in the Big Ten.

Late last year, it was reported that Purdue will hire Bob Diaco.  Three days later, the Boilermakers confirmed Diaco’s addition to Jeff Brohm‘s coaching staff.  Diaco will serve as Brohm’s defensive coordinator.

The 46-year-old will also coach Purdue’s linebackers.

“We’re very excited to bring Bob to Purdue,” Brohm said in a statement. “He is one of the most well-respected defensive coaches in the country and has proven throughout his career to be an innovator on that side of the ball.”

Diaco spent the 2019 season as the coordinator at Louisiana Tech.  He also served in that capacity at Nebraska (2017), Notre Dame (2010-13) and Central Michigan (2005).  In addition to those, Diaco, who played his college football at Iowa, has also spent time on staffs at Oklahoma (2018), Cincinnati (2014-16) and Virginia (2006-08).  He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater.

From 2014-16, Diaco was the head coach at UConn.  In those three seasons, he went 11-26 overall and 6-18 in AAC play.

Diaco will replace Nick Holt, who was fired after three seasons last month.  While he was co-coordinator, Holt was Purdue’s primary playcaller on the defensive side of the ball.

The Boilermakers were 12th in the Big Ten and 88th nationally in scoring defense at 30.6 points per game this past season.  Their 436.3 yards per game were 13th in the conference and 100th in the country as well. They were one of three Big Ten teams to allow at least 30 points per game (Maryland allowed 34.7 ppg, Rutgers allowed 36.7 ppg).