SEC will continue to play eight conference games with addition of Mizzou

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Now that Missouri has officially become the 14th member of the SEC, one of the main questions of whether or not the conference would move to a nine-game schedule has been answered.

Despite statements by South Carolina president Harris Pastides that the SEC would move to a nine-game conference schedule as soon as Missouri joins the conference, the SEC’s office has tweeted to the contrary.  The Tigers and SEC commissioner Mike Slive made it known they plan for that entry to be July 1, 2012, but admitted there were details that needed to be ironed out with the Big 12 for that to happen.

Pastides said that if the SEC moved to a nine-game slate, the conference would have reimburses each team who had to break their contract with a non-con opponent if it resulted in a financial loss. Given the competitive nature of the SEC, a move to nine conference games would have been a surprising one.

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.