Tennessee strength coach leaves for New York Giants job

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The decision by Scott Cochran to jump from Alabama to Georgia has indirectly impacted another SEC program in Tennessee.

Confirming a number of earlier reports, Vols strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald announced on his Twitter account that he would indeed be leaving Rocky Top for the same position with the New York Giants.

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The decision by Fitzgerald results in a return to the pro ranks after also spending four years with the Houston Texans. He has been with UT the past two seasons and also had stops leading the strength programs with Penn State and South Carolina among others. 

With the Giants, Fitzgerald replaces Aaron Wellman as strength and conditioning coach. The latter left a vacancy as a result of his pricey departure for Indiana. That move in turn came about as the result of David Ballou being plucked by Nick Saban to take over for Cochran in Tuscaloosa. 

Now it’s suddenly time for Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt to have an opening as the strength coach musical chairs continues a bit more. Who knew Cochran’s jump to an on-field role would have so many dominoes across the SEC (and elsewhere) but such is the case even with the game of football pretty much on pause due to the coronavirus at the moment.

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.