Bradford rules out surgery, hopes to be back in 2-4 weeks

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The roller coaster ride that is the condition of Sam Bradford‘s throwing shoulder continued this evening as the Oklahoma quarterback has ruled out surgery to repair the damage.

And the damage, Bradford confirmed, is a third-degree sprain of the shoulder.  The worst kind.  The one that normally requires a medical procedure to repair.

Instead, Bradford has his sights set on a 2-4 week timetable in which he hopes to return.

“It feels a lot better,” Bradford said according to the Daily Oklahoman. “Hopefully it can keep progressing like this.

“It’s just a matter of getting it healed and getting back out there.”

Bradford also leaned on Eli Manning for advice on how to rehab the injury, although Manning’s only claim to medical fame is coming back from a second-degree sprain of the shoulder during the Giants’ Super Bowl run.

Based on the grade-three diagnosis, and at first blush, it seems that the reigning Heisman winner might be pushing himself to get back on the field a little too soon.

It’s up to OU to ensure that doesn’t happen.  Which they will.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.