East Carolina names former Pirates player David Blackwell as new DC

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David Blackwell is the latest coach to show that, when it comes to college football, you can indeed go home again.

East Carolina announced Thursday morning that Blackwell has accepted the job as Scottie Montgomery‘s new defensive coordinator.  Blackwell replaces Kenwick Thompson, who was demoted from the post two weeks into the 2017 regular season.

Blackwell was an offensive lineman for the Pirates in the early nineties, and began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant at ECU.

“While David’s credentials speak volumes about his accomplishments on the defensive side of the ball, his endearment for this program and ingrained Pirate spirit is unequivocal,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We’re excited to welcome him home and ready to embrace a new era of relentless pursuit that uniquely ties into our past.”

Blackwell comes his alma mater from Jacksonville State, where he spent the past four seasons as the FCS program’s coordinator.  He also served as the Gamecocks’ linebackers coach

Prior stops in Blackwell’s 20-year coaching career include USF (co-coordinator, linebackers coach), Clemson (linebackers) and Pitt (linebackers).

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.