ECU’s third-leading WR granted medical hardship waiver, eligible to play in 2017


After the dust had cleared, Jimmy Williams‘ collegiate career hasn’t come to an end after all.

With his eligibility set to expire, the East Carolina wide receiver has instead been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, the school announced Tuesday.  The waiver means Williams will be eligible to play in 2017, which will be his final season of eligibility.

The decision was based on Williams’ true freshman season, which ended after the fifth game of the year because of a broken bone in his foot.  Because Williams didn’t play in more than 30 percent of the Pirates’ games that season and none of his participation came in the second half of the year, the NCAA granted the request for the waiver.

The decision will be a boon to an ECU passing attack that will be losing Zay Jones, the NCAA’s all-time leader in career receptions.

This past season, Williams was second on the team in receiving yards (818) and third in receptions (45).  His 18.2 yards per catch was tops on the Pirates, while his eight touchdown receptions was tied for the team lead.

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.