Former Notre Dame DB Josh Atkinson dies at 25


Sadly, the Notre Dame football family is dealing with the loss of one its own.

On social media earlier this week, the twin brother of Josh Atkinson, George Atkinson III, revealed that Josh had passed away at the age of 25. “I can’t put into words the pain that comes with losing my twin brother (Joshua Alexander Atkinson) thank you for the love and support please keep Josh in your prayers 🙏🏾and respect the space I need to mourn this tragic loss,” George Atkinson III wrote.

No cause of death is known, with the San Jose Mercury News writing that Josh Atkinson died unexpectedly.

Atkinson, the son of former Oakland Raiders great George Atkinson, was a Fighting Irish defensive back from 2011-13, appearing in 26 games during that span.  He also ran track for the school.

George Atkinson III was a running back at Notre Dame at the same time his brother played in South Bend.

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.