UCLA dismisses starting safety Tevin McDonald

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Earlier today it was confirmed that three little-used reserves, including the son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, decided to forego another season of eligibility at UCLA.

Unfortunately, there was another roster development for the Bruins that will have a much greater impact on the 2013 season.

Tevin McDonald, long-time starter at free safety and one of the team’s top tacklers in 2012, has been dismissed from the football program.  No reason other than “violation of unspecified team rules” was given.

“It’s disappointing to me and disappointing for Tevin,” head coach Jim Mora said. “I have known him since he was a young boy. On a personal level,  it’s disappointing. I hope everything turns out well for him.”

Late last year, McDonald was suspended for UCLA’s Holiday Bowl appearance for what was reportedly a third failed drug test.  The Los Angeles Times notes that, “[u]nder UCLA policy, a player loses his scholarship after a fourth positive test.”

Regardless of the specific reason for the dismissal, the loss is a rather significant one for the Bruins’ defense in general and its secondary specifically.

Last season, McDonald led the team in pass breakups (nine) and passes defensed (10), and finished third in tackles with 79.  He started 24 games the past two seasons, including the first 13 of last season before his suspension.

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.