Arizona AD claims RichRod turned down S. Carolina, will stay with ‘Cats


Well this is certainly a very interesting development.

While all the signs have been pointing to Will Muschamp as the favorite to be named as South Carolina’s next head coach, Rich Rodriguez‘s place in the conversation has rapidly been growing. Friday, the Arizona head coach reportedly interviewed to become the permanent replacement for Steve Spurrier.

A day later, Rodriguez, in a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, indicated that he would be remaining in his current position with the Wildcats.

Two minutes later, Rodriguez’s boss, athletic director Greg Byrnes, claimed in a tweet that an offer was on the table from the Gamecocks but his coach decided to return to the Wildcats.

It’s going to be fascinating to see how this angle to the story develops in the coming days as USC is likely not very impressed that an offer was aired publicly.

That said, and barring something unexpected, Muschamp is expected to be named the Gamecocks’ new head coach as early as Sunday.

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.