UCLA’s second-leading tackler will miss Holiday Bowl

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It’s the season for giving — as in teams giving opponents an advantage during bowl season.

UCLA’s gift to Baylor for the Holiday Bowl next week is safety Tevin McDonald, nicely-wrapped and ready to watch the game from Los Angeles. Per a release from the school, McDonald did not travel with the Bruins to San Diego for violating an unspecified team policy.

The Los Angeles Times reports that McDonald tested positive for marijuana.

McDonald was the team’s second-leading tackler and had nine pass break-ups. He also forced a fumble and recorded an interception this year.

That’s not particularly great news as Baylor is third in the nation in passing yards and fifth in scoring. Bears quarterback Nick Florence has thrown for over 4,000 yards and wide receiver Terrance Williams was a Biletnikoff finalist.

The Holiday Bowl will be on Dec. 27 at 9:45 p.m. ET.

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.