Bo Pelini gets his feline on for ‘Huskers spring game

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If you ever wanted a microcosm of spring football games — and how they’ve evolved into more about entertainment than actual practice — may we direct your attention to Lincoln, Nebraska.

The ever-serious Bo Pelini, who’s never met a hat he didn’t want to throw or player whose ear he didn’t want to chew on, was getting set to lead his Cornhuskers out of the tunnel and onto the Memorial Stadium turf.  As the camera began to pan to the team as it prepared its entrance, with the crowd getting amped up and ready for their beloved Big Red to hit the field… wait a minute… it’s a little fuzzy, but is that what I think it is…

Bo Pelini Cat 2

No, it can’t be.  Then again…

Bo Pelini Cat 2

Yep, it is.  Bo Pelini, head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, gently holding a cat in the second photo and seemingly recreating the Lion King’s “Circle of Life” moment in the first.

For Pelini’s Twitter alter ego, it was game-set-match for the head coach.

(For those unaware of the Bo Pelini/Faux Pelini/Cat dynamic, you can click HERE to catch up on it a bit)

While it didn’t create the dusty atmosphere last year’s spring game did, Pelini dropping his guard and having a little bit of fun — after a very, very turbulent 2013 season — should be seen as a very, very good sign for the Husker faithful.

(Photo credit: Fake Bo Pelini’s Twitter account)

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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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

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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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.