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DE who began his collegiate career at Coastal Carolina, signed with Syracuse before flipping to NC State is back in transfer portal

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The NC State football program is the latest to find out first-hand that Jeffrey Gunter may have an issue with commitment.

In January of 2019, Gunter opted to transfer from Coastal Carolina. Three weeks later, he tweeted he was transferring to Syracuse… before deleting the tweet. Two days later, however, Syracuse confirmed the defensive end’s addition to the roster. Feb. 26, though, Gunter reneged on that commitment, tweeting he would no longer be transferring to Syracuse and would instead move on to NC State.

That commitment stuck… for all of 11 months, as it turned out, as 247Sports.com is now reporting that Gunter is listed in the NCAA transfer database

During his one season with the NC State football program, Gunter was the Co-Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He had to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

After totaling 14 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2018, Gunter, a two-star 2017 signee, was named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference.

It’s worth to note that, in Gunter’s winter of decommitment last year, he had also considered moving to either North Carolina or Oregon. Whether those two schools will be in play this time around is unclear.

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)

Arkansas new home for Arkansas State transfer Jerry Jacobs

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In filling out his first roster as the Arkansas Razorbacks football head coach, Sam Pittman didn’t even have to go out of the state for his latest addition.

On his personal Twitter account late last week, Jerry Jacobs announced that he would be transferring from Arkansas State. Not only that, but the defensive back revealed that he’s moving on to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program.

“It was a tough decision to leave the place that I have called home the past two years,” Jacobs wrote. “Making this decision has not been easy, but I know this is the best decision for my college career.”

Jacobs, a three-star 2018 signee after beginning his collegiate career at a Kansas junior college in 2017, will be eligible to play immediately in 2020. Not only that, but he’ll have another season of eligibility he can use in 2021 as well.

Jacobs’s first season at Arkansas, he earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. A torn ACL in the fourth game of 2019, a loss to Georgia, prematurely ended his season.

As noted by WholeHogSports.com, Jacobs was coached at the junior-college level by Rion Rhoades, who is now the Razorbacks’ linebackers coach.  Rhoades was one of the hires that completed Pittman’s first UA staff.

Texas State confirms hiring of Jacob Peeler as OC

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Nearly a month in the making, Texas State football has officially filled a big hole in its coaching staff.

Tuesday, the Texas State football program confirmed the hiring of Jacob Peeler as Jake Spavital‘s new offensive coordinator. Peeler will replace Bob Stitt, the lower-level football cult hero who was fired last month after just one season at the Sun Belt Conference school.

Peeler spent the 2017-2019 seasons as the wide receivers coach at Ole Miss. Prior to that, he spent four seasons (2013-16) at Cal — the first two as a graduate assistant, the last two as inside receivers coach.

Spavital was on that same Cal staff for one season, serving as the Golden Bears’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016.

Prior to that, Peeler was at Louisiana Tech from 2009-12.  The first three years at Tech, he was a quality control coach.  The fourth, he worked with inside receivers as a graduate assistant.

Peeler, who played his college football at Louisiana Tech, began his coaching career at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi.  He served as that JUCO’s tight ends and offensive line coach.

Lendingtree Bowl win by Louisiana moves Pelican State to 4-0 in bowls

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It has been a pretty good bowl season for schools form the state of Louisiana. Louisiana (11-3) knocked off Miami Ohio (8-6) in the 2020 Lendingtree Bowl Monday night, 27-17, for the program’s first bowl victory since 2014. It also improved schools from the state of Louisiana to a clean 4-0 in bowl games this bowl season.

Louisiana quarterback Levi Lewis passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 58 yards in the win. The Ragin’ Cajuns defense clamped down on Miami after halftime to help Louisiana reach the fourth quarter with a 24-10 lead. Miami had a chance to create a one-possession game in the fourth quarter, but the RedHawks imploded with a bad snap shortly after a 63-yard pass from Brett Gabbert to James Maye brought up a 1st & Goal from the Louisiana two-yard line.

Louisiana head coach Billy Napier, who just dismissed the idea he would leave the program to take the vacant job at Mississippi State, now owns his first bowl victory with Louisiana. Napier lost his bowl debut last season in the Cure Bowl, dropping the team to 7-7 on the season. The 11 wins this season is the most by Louisiana in a single season in program history.

Louisiana is the fourth school form the state to play in and win a bowl game this season. Prior to Louisiana’s win Monday night, Louisiana Tech defeated the Miami Hurricanes, Tulane defeated Southern Mississippi, and LSU scored a blowout victory over Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal). LSU will have a chance to put the cherry on top of a perfect 5-0 bowl season for the state next Monday when they face the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game in, appropriately enough, New Orleans.

Louisiana’s 2020 season opens up on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a home game against McNeese State. Miami will begin the next season on the same day with a road game at Pittsburgh.