Pete Thamel

Pete Thamel


College Football Senior Writer for ESPN. Insider for @CollegeGameday. Tips to TipThamel@gmail.com

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🚨New pod🚨 @ReceDavis  and I ponder Bama coordinators, learn a fatal flaw about Drake Maye (not really) and handicap the college hoops contenders. Also, Rick Barnes joins us to chat @CollegeGameDay  in Knoxville and what makes Josh Heupel tick.

Source: San Diego State is expected to hire Bojay Filimoeatu as the new defensive line coach. He's coached defensive line at UNLV most recently, and has also been at Weber State (DL), Utah State (OLBs) and San Jose State (LBs). He's a former Oregon State QC and Utah State grad.

Miami announces that OC Josh Gattis has been fired. He won the Broyles Award in 2021 for his work at Michigan. Miami's offense never got in synch in 2022.

Ohio State adds James Laurinaitis to the staff. He'd been a GA at Notre Dame last year. He's an all-time Buckeye great, and he returns there to work with the linebackers as a GA at OSU.

Sources: Former Colorado and Tennessee quarterback J.T. Shrout is transferring to Arkansas State. He committed over the weekend and has one year of eligibility remaining, with a potential second season if he’s granted a medical redshirt.

Source: Tarleton State is set to hire former Mississippi State assistant Mason Miller as the offensive coordinator and play caller. Miller was OL coach/run game coordinator at MSU and has coached OL at Washington State and Nevada. He’s a former Tarleton OC (2014-16).

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Sources: The CFP Board of Managers has decided on a 12-team College Football Playoff during today's meeting.

Sources: USC and UCLA have been notified that their application to join the Big Ten has been accepted. The schools will begin play in 2024.

Spoke to a few sources who called USC and UCLA's move to the Big Ten a formality, with a press conference expected in next 24 hours. Perhaps as soon as tonight. This is essentially done.

Sources: Tennessee will be parting ways with coach Jeremy Pruitt today. AD Phil Fulmer's future will also be addressed.

Sources: The Big Ten is coming back and will begin the weekend of Oct. 24. It'll include daily, rapid testing as a fixture of the plan. A statement from the league is imminent.

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