Penn State informs Big Ten it won’t take part in Friday Night Lights

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Well this is a mildly interesting development.

Earlier today, the Big Ten confirmed that it was going against its longstanding tradition next season by playing games on Friday nights in the months of September and October.  The league has been the subject of criticism and derision since as that night has long been viewed as the territory of high school football.

Michigan has already privately rejected the idea, the league’s commissioner confirmed.  Now, Penn State is very publicly doing the same.

It’s likely that the Nittany Lions wouldn’t have been hosting a Friday night game anyway — the Chicago Tribune wrote that “the league is reluctant to ask schools with giant seating capacities to host Friday night games” — but it is a bit striking that the school would so publicly make such an announcement. Kudos to them, and Michigan as well, though, for standing up against a money grab that will come at the expense of high schools all across the Midwest.

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.