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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:

FIVE
Iowa
LSU
Penn State

FOUR
Florida
Stanford
Vanderbilt

THREE
Arizona
Auburn
Clemson
Kansas State
Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh
San Diego State
South Carolina

TWO
Alabama
BYU
Central Michigan
Duke
FAU
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Michigan
Michigan State
NC State
Ole Miss
Oregon
Purdue
Southern Miss
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
USF
Utah
Virginia

ONE
Air Force
Alabama A&M
Appalachian State
Arizona State
Arkansas
Baylor
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Buffalo
Cal
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Colorado State-Pueblo
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Eastern Washington
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State
Harvard
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
James Madison
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana
McGill (Canada)
Minnesota
Montana State
New Hampshire
New Mexico State
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Princeton
Samford
San Diego
San Jose State
SMU
South Carolina State
TCU
Temple
Texas Tech
UConn
Utah State
Valdosta State
Villanova
Virginia Tech
Wagner
Washington
West Alabama
Western Illinois
Western Kentucky
Wyoming

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

Texas Longhorns add another assistant as significant staff revamping continues

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The dramatic reshaping of the Texas Longhorns football coaching staff continued Tuesday, with Tom Herman adding yet another new assistant.

Herman has already swapped out coordinators, with Mike Yurcich replacing Tim Beck on the offensive side of the ball — Beck has since landed at NC State — and Chris Ash replacing Todd Orlando on the defensive side.  Monday, Herman added assistants on each side of the ball, with the Texas Longhorns football program confirming the hiring of Jay Valai and Andre Coleman.

A day later, the Texas Longhorns football program announced Coleman Hutzler has been hired by Herman as co-defensive coordinator.  Hutzler will also coach linebackers for the Longhorns.

Orlando, the deposed defensive coordinator, was also linebackers coach.

“Coleman is a coach who came highly recommended by several people I have a great deal of respect for in our business,” the Texas Longhorns head football coach said in a statement. “When we had a chance to sit down and talk with him, he certainly lived up to everything we had heard. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, is high energy and has accomplished a great deal while spending much of his career coaching in big-time environments in the SEC. He’ll do a terrific job developing our linebackers and helping us grow on defense. We’re excited to get him on board and to get him around our team and out on the road recruiting for us.”

Hutzler had spent the past four seasons as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for Will Muschamp at South Carolina.  He was also on Muschamp’s Florida staff in 2014.

Muschamp, of course, was part of the Texas Longhorns football program as defensive coordinator from 2008-10.

In addition to USC and UF, the 35-year-old Hutzler has also been on staffs at Boston College (2015) and New Mexico (2012-13).

Connor Shaw returning to South Carolina as Director of Player Development

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For Connor Shaw and South Carolina, you can indeed go home again.

From 2010-13, Connor Shaw played quarterback at South Carolina.  As the starter, Shaw posted a school-best 27-5 record that included a perfect 17-0 mark at home.  Monday, the university announced that Shaw has been named as the Director of Player Development for the Gamecock football program.

Shaw will officially be introduced at a Wednesday press conference.

“I am excited to be back at a program that I love.” said Shaw in a statement. “As an alumnus and someone who wore the Garnet and Black with pride, ‘Forever to Thee’ is a part of who I am so I’m grateful to contribute in making Gamecock Football the best it can be for our student-athletes.”

Following his time at USC, Shaw spent three seasons in the NFL after going undrafted in 2014.

In January of 2018, Shaw was named as the tight ends coach at Furman.  Nearly seven months later, the FCS program announced that Shaw was its former tight ends coach as he decided to resign and “accept a position in private business.

At USC, Shaw replaces former teammate Marcus Lattimore, who had been in the same position since January 2018. Lattimore will depart the Gamecock staff to devote more time to personal and professional opportunities.

“When Marcus and I talked before he was hired, he told me about the long-range plans he had for his personal and professional goals,” said head coach Will Muschamp. “I knew one day Marcus would consider leaving his current role and I always had Connor Shaw in my mind as someone who could fill that position.”

“I appreciate the opportunity Coach Muschamp gave me to come back to my University and mentor our football players,” said Lattimore. “Our athletics administration, football staff and players made me feel welcome and appreciated. We have something building at South Carolina and I look forward to following the successes that they will soon reach.”

Wil Muschamp adds former Georgia QB to South Carolina staff

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It’s not just players who have followed Mike Bobo to the South Carolina football program.

Thursday, South Carolina confirmed that Joe Cox has been added to Will Muschamp‘s coaching staff as tight ends coach.  Cox will take over for Bobby Bentley, who will remain on staff as quarterbacks coach.

Cox was an assistant on Bobo’s staff at Colorado State.  Bobo, of course, is now USC’s offensive coordinator.

“I’m excited to add Joe to our staff,” the South Carolina football head coach said in a statement. “He has a long relationship with Coach Bobo, who speaks very highly of him, and did a great job with the tight ends and wide receivers at Colorado State. Bobby will be able to bring his experience and expertise to assist with the quarterbacks, allowing Coach Bobo the luxury of being able to move around more during practice to observe the entire offense

To make room on the 10-man on-field staff, defensive assistant Kyle Krantz will shift back to an analyst role.

“Kyle has done a fantastic job for us, but in order to make this work for our offense, we needed to open up an on-field spot for Joe to come aboard,” Muschamp stated.

A former quarterback at Georgia who had Bobo as his position coach, Cox was CSU’s wide receivers coach in 2019.  He coached tight ends for the Rams the previous four years.

The CSU job was Cox’s first at the collegiate level.

“I appreciate Coach Muschamp giving me this opportunity and I’m excited about continuing to work with Coach Bobo,” said Cox. “We have a long history together – first at Georgia, then at Colorado State. I’m also looking forward to getting back to the South and the places where I’m most comfortable. I am anxious to get started working with this staff, the group I have this spring, and adding more quality players to the tight ends room.”

South Carolina adds a second transfer from Colorado State

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For South Carolina, the Mike Bobo-fueled Colorado State pipeline remains wide open.

The head coach at Colorado State for five seasons, Bobo was fired earlier this month.  Less than a week later, Bobo was hired as the offensive coordinator at South Carolina.

Dec. 28, CSU quarterback Collin Hill announced that he is transferring to USC.  Two days later, one of Hill’s former teammates, Adam Prentice, announced on Instagram that he is joining Hill in Columbia.

“I’m excited to see what this new opportunity brings!” the fullback wrote. “Can’t wait to get started in January.”

 

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As a graduate transfer, Prentice will be eligible to play immediately for the Gamecocks in 2020. A 2015 signee, Prentice had previously been awarded a sixth season of eligibility.  He redshirted as a true freshman, then missed all of 2016 with a knee injury.

The last three seasons at CSU, Prentice ran for 65 yards on 18 carries.  He also caught 18 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

As of yet, it should be noted, the football program has not confirmed either player’s addition to the roster.