Duke QB Thomas Sirk gets sixth year of eligibility from NCAA


Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk will be back in Durham to play for the Blue Devils next season. The NCAA has granted him an extra year of eligibility to allow him to play in 2017 after sitting out the entire 2016 season with a partial Achilles tendon tear.

“I’m so grateful to have a sixth year to continue my dream of playing college football and, academically, work towards another degree from Duke University,” Sirk said in a released statement.

Duke announced Sirk underwent a season-ending surgery back in September. He was one of three Duke players to undergo a season-ending surgery, joining freshmen safety Javon Jackson and defensive tackle Zach Morris. At the time, it was unknown if Sirk would pursue a sixth year of eligibility with an NCAA waiver, although it was expected he would be nearly certain to receive approval for a waiver if he applied. Sirk missed the entire 2013 season with an Achilles injury.

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.