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Alabama junior safety Vinnie Sunseri declares for NFL Draft

Alabama junior safety Vinnie Sunseri has decided to skip his final collegiate season and enter May’s NFL Draft.

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UMass hires Mark Whipple as head coach

Bobby Petrino’s return to Louisville won’t mark the only FBS head coach making his second stop at a former school.

UMass has named former Minutemen coach Mark Whipple to replace Charley Molnar. (Photo: AP)UMass has hired Mark Whipple, who coached the Minutemen from 1998-2003, to replace Charley Molnar.

Whipple’s UMass teams compiled a 49–26 record, including a 1-AA (FCS) National Championship in his first season and two more playoff appearances.

He left UMass to become quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Most recently, Whipple was the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach in 2011-12.

The Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback in 1977-78m Whipple is 121–59 in sixteen seasons as a head coach, including stints at Brown and Division II New Haven.

UMass relieved Charley Molnar as head coach following back-to-back 1-11 seasons.

Photo: AP

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Report: Saban officially hires Kiffin as Bama's offensive coordinator

As we mentioned first on Tuesday, Alabama’s Nick Saban had a backup plan when Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier bolted for Michigan, and now he’s made it official.

Alabama has hired former USC head coach Lane Kiffin as the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator. (Photo: Danny Moloshok, AP) Saban has hired former USC head coach Lane Kiffin to replace Nussmeier, according to an ESPN report.

Last month, Saban made headlines when he brought Kiffin in to share ideas with the Tide offensive staff.

“Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Saban said at the time. “Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing.”

ESPN reports that Kiffin agreed to a 3-year deal, and the contract is being completed.

Kiffin, who was fired as coach at USC in September after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State, was 28-15 record in three-plus seasons with the Trojans. He went 7-6 in his only season at Tennessee and 5-15 in two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Prior to becoming the Raiders’ coach, Kifffin spent six seasons as an assistant at USC, the last two as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator.

Photo: Danny Moloshok, AP

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Western Kentucky names Jeff Brohm head coach

Western Kentucky didn’t waste any time hiring a replacement for Bobby Petrino.

Western Kentucky named offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm as the school's new head football coach, replacing Bobby Petrino who departed for Louisville. (Photo: Brandon Carter, WKU Herald)The Hilltoppers named Jeff Brohm, WKU’s offensive coordinator last season, their next head coach Friday afternoon.

School officials didn’t expect Petrino to be around long, and Brohm had been unofficially promised the job when he arrived as offensive coordinator.

Western Kentucky led the Sun Belt in yards per play (6.29) and ranked No. 29 nationally. The unit broke 18 single-season school records including total offense, individual passing yards and individual rushing yards.

The team finished 8-4, with a 4-3 record in Sun Belt play, but did not receive an invitation to play a bowl game.

Brohm is a former Louisville quarterback began his college coaching career with the Cardinals under Petrino in 2003. He remained on staff through 2008, remaining through the transition from Petrino to Steve Kragthorpe.

He left to join Howard Schnellenberger at FAU, followed by short stints at Illinois (2010-11) and UAB (2012).

Brohm then rejoined Petrino at Western Kentucky prior to the 2013 season, serving as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

Photo: Brandon Carter, WKU Herald

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UAB head coach Garrick McGee bolts to become Louisville OC

It’s not everyday that an FBS program loses its head coach to become a coordinator at another college program.

UAB head coach Garrick McGee is leaving the Blazers to become offensive coordinator at Louisville. (Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP)But then again, UAB isn’t your everyday FBS program.

According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Blazers coach Garrick McGee is stepping down to re-unite with Bobby Petrino as Louisville’s offensive coordinator.

McGee coached under Petrino at Arkansas, first as quarterbacks coach (2008-2009) and later offensive coordinator (2010-2011).

McGee went just 3-9 and 2-10 in two seasons at UAB and was already under fire there.

The Blazers have just three winning seasons in 18 years at the Division I level, with the last coming in 2004 under Watson Brown.

Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP

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Reports: James Franklin will be next Penn State coach

Vanderbilt’s James Franklin will replace Bill O’Brien as Penn State head coach, according to multiple media reports.

Vanderbilt's James Franklin will be named Penn State head coah. (Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP)A Pennsylvania native, the 41-year-old Franklin won 24 games in three seasons with the Commodores.

He led Vanderbilt to three consecutive bowl games and back-to-back 9-win seasons in 2012 and 2013.

No other Vanderbilt coach has guided the program to more than one bowl, and the school had only played in four bowl games in the 107 years prior to Franklin’s arrival.

This season also was marked first time the Commodores beat Georgia, Florida and Tennessee in the same year.

Franklin’s Pennsylvania roots run strong. The Langhorne, Pa. native played at Division II East Stroudsburg and began his coaching career at Kutztown.

Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP

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Borges out at Michigan; Hoke lands Alabama's Nussmeier

Al Borges is out, and apparently Alabama’s Doug Nussmeier is in as Michigan’s offensive coordinator.

Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has reportedly left for the same position at Alabama. (Photo: AP)Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced that Borges had been let go earlier Wednesday.

“Decisions like these are never easy,” said Hoke in a statement released by the school. “I have a great amount of respect for Al as a football coach and, more importantly, as a person.

“I appreciate everything he has done for Michigan Football for the past three seasons.”

According to a report by Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com, Michigan acted quickly to lure Nussmeier away from Alabama.

Hoke and Michigan AD Dave Brandon reportedly plan to make Nussmeier one of the five highest paid assistant coaches in the country.

The Wolverines actually improving scoring offense from 2012 to 2013, but clearly struggled in the post-Denard Robinson move to a more traditional, pro-style offense and limped to a 7-6 record.

Nussmeier was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2009-11 and was considered a leading candidate to replace Steve Sarkisian as the Huskies’ head coach.

After winning a national title in his first season at Alabama, Nussmeier directed a Tide offense that scored 38.8 points per game in 2013.

We hear that former USC coach Lane Kiffin, who last month made headlines when he visited Tuscaloosa to consult with the Tide staff, is a leading candidate to replace Nussmeier at Bama.

Photo: AP

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