Dismissed CB Markel Valdez tweets transfer from NC State


There’s a stunner, eh?

Earlier this offseason, Markel Valdez was dismissed by North Carolina State for your standard unspecified violations of team rules. On Twitter late last week, the cornerback announced that he has “decided to transfer from the program and explore my options.”

Despite the dismissal, and per a letter posted by the defensive back in the same Twitter pronouncement, Valdez will be barred from transferring to any ACC school as well as the four schools on NCSU’s 2018 non-conference schedule — Georgia State, James Madison, Marshall and West Virginia.

Valdez, who came to NCSU as a three-star signee named James Valdez, took a redshirt as a true freshman in 2016. He played in the first two games of 2017 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in the Week 2 win over Marshall.

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.