Wake Forest to play Notre Dame in Charlotte in 2020

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Everybody, including the ACC, seems to be abandoning Charlotte in the wake of a controversial state law.  One state school, though, is embracing the city.

In a press release, Wake Forest announced that its 2020 game against Notre Dame will be played in Charlotte.  Specifically, the game will be played at Bank of America Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

There’s no word on the financial compensation Wake will receive for the loss of a home game.

“We have a lot of alumni in the Charlotte area and we brought 20,000 people with us when we played in the bowl game in 2007,” said WF athletic director Ron Wellman in a statement. “We will still have six games in our home stadium in 2020 and this is a great opportunity for us to play in an NFL stadium. Notre Dame has a strong following and when you look at both teams, this could be a very good game.”

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to be part of this game,” said the executive director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Will Webb. “This is a tremendous matchup and we are looking forward to welcoming two great fan bases in the city of Charlotte.”

The two teams have met three times previously, the first coming in 2011 and the last in 2015.  The Irish won all three games.

Two additional games prior to the 2020 contest have already been scheduled: in South Bend Nov. 4, 2017, and at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem on Nov. 17, 2018.

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.