Spring football is behind us, but the craziness that is the college football summer is just getting started. There are transfers galore and plenty of other important stories, so let’s catch up on what you may have missed over the past week.
The Newest Buckeye
As expected, former Kentucky quarterback Gunnar Hoak has transferred to Ohio State. Hoak was only in the transfer portal for about a week before announcing the move. He will be immediately eligible after graduating from Kentucky this spring and have two years of eligibility left. Hoak, who grew up in the Columbus suburbs, is expected to serve as the backup to Georgia transfer Justin Fields.
After he’s led them to three straight bowl games, Wake Forest wants to hang on to head coach Dave Clawson long-term. The school announced an eight-year contract for Clawson this past week, which will keep him with the Demon Deacons through the 2026 season. After going 3-9 in his first two seasons at Wake Forest, Clawson is 22-17 over the last three seasons, including three bowl victories. For a school like Wake Forest, achieving that level of sustained success is a contract extension.
Dukie for Life
Elsewhere in the ACC, Duke also gave head coach David Cutcliffe a contract extension this week, securing his services through the 2022 season. At this point, the 64-year-old quarterback guru essentially has a lifetime job at Duke. He’s been with the Blue Devils since 2008 and has taken them to a bowl game in six of the last seven years, bringing consistency to a program that previously lacked any.
Florida quarterback Jalon Jones entered the transfer portal this week, just days before it was reported that he was accused of sexual battery in April by two female students. Both women have decided not to press charges for two separate incidents that both occurred on April 6. Following those allegations, it appears that Jones and Florida have mutually decided to part ways. Jones was actually an early enrollee this spring, making him part of the 2019 recruiting class. He didn’t figure to factor into Florida’s quarterback plans in 2019.
As if losing wide receivers Gary Jennings and David Sills wasn’t bad enough, West Virginia will also be losing last year’s third-leading receiver Marcus Simms, who has entered the transfer portal. Simms has had over 600 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons. He’s not yet decided on a destination, although it’s a big blow to the Mountaineers, who are starting over at head coach with Neal Brown after Dana Holgorsen left for Houston. West Virginia will also have a new quarterback in place with Will Grier having used up his last year of eligibility in 2018. The Mountaineers also lost defensive tackle Tyrese Allen and cornerback Barry Moreland to the transfer portal this week.
Washington lost two quarterbacks to the transfer portal this week. Redshirt freshmen Colson Yankoff and Jacob Sirmon were both four-star quarterbacks in the class of 2018 who will now be looking for opportunities to play elsewhere. Georgia transfer Jacob Eason is considered the favorite to replace four-year starter Jake Browning, which would have made it difficult for either Yankoff or Sirmon to get a chance to earn the job. With two quarterbacks leaving simultaneously, the Huskies are down to just three quarterbacks on their roster.
Staying the Course
Speaking of the Pac-12, the league’s coaches and administrators won’t consider a change in its scheduling policies after meeting this past week. The Pac-12 plays nine conference games, much like the Big 12 and Big Ten, while the ACC and SEC play eight league games. However, the leagues that play nine conference games have been left out of the College Football Playoff some years while the SEC and ACC have always had at least one representative in all five years of the playoff. The Pac-12, in particular, has missed out in three of five seasons under the CFP format.
Added to the List
If you thought there were already enough bowl games, prepare yourself for three more. In 2020, there will be three additional bowl games played, bringing the total to 43 bowls. One of the bowl games will be played at Fenway Park in Boston and feature teams of the ACC and the American Conference. Myrtle Beach will also be getting a bowl game hosted by Coastal Carolina University in nearby Conway, South Carolina. It will have tie-ins with Conference USA, the Sun Belt, and the MAC. The third new bowl game will be played in Los Angeles.