Alabama self-reported two NCAA recruiting violations by football team

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The Alabama Crimson Tide have been dominating the recruiting scene under the leadership of head coach Nick Saban. While there have never been any significant recruiting violations discovered that could bring down the entire program, there are a few mishaps here and there that have occurred. In the past year, Alabama reported a pair of minor recruiting violations from within the football program.

According to a report from Al.com, Alabama reported a total of 16 violations to the NCAA in the past fiscal year. Two of those were within the football program. One unnamed assistant coach called a recruit twice outside of the allowed contact period. Another unnamed assistant was found to have contacted a recruit outside of a contact period as well, and that staffer was prohibited from recruiting off campus for 30 days.

Similar violations were found within Alabama’s other athletic programs; softball, volleyball, golf, and gymnastics. The men’s basketball program was also at fault for some minor violations, including granting access to players for a special seating area at a football game. None of the violations are expected to lead to any serious reaction from the NCAA. A mere slap on the wrist at the most should be received from the NCAA since the potential violations appear to have been handled appropriately from within the Alabama program.

So don’t think for one second those phone calls to recruits is about to bring an unceremonious end to the Saban era in Tuscaloosa. It would take a lot more for that to even be a possibility.

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.