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Notre Dame QB Drew Pyne tags out before bowl game, enters transfer portal

Notre Dame QB Drew Pyne tags out before bowl game, enters transfer portal

As Notre Dame finalizes a practice schedule for an upcoming bowl game, the Fighting Irish can add a new starting quarterback to their plans moving forward.

Starting QB Drew Pyne said in a Twitter post Friday that he's out at Notre Dame, opting to enter the transfer portal where he's sure to be a popular option.

"One of my proudest honors is to have been a student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame," Pyne wrote. "I have been blessed to be among great coaches and teachers and play with teammates I consider brothers. Our bonds will be lifelong. Now, it's time for me to take on a new challenge, and I will be entering the transfer portal. While I'm excited about what lies ahead, I want to thank the entire Notre Dame community for their support. I am forever grateful for the experience and memories."

Pyne had 22 touchdown passes and six interceptions with an 8-2 record in 10 starts (11 games) in 2022. He has three years of eligibility remaining and had a number of high-profile offers before the Connecticut native chose to head to South Bend, Ind., over Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma and Michigan.

A two-time HS state champion, Pyne replaced Tyler Buchner as Notre Dame's starter in September after the Fighting Irish opened the season 0-2.

Florida removes QB Jalen Kitna from roster following charges

Florida removes QB Jalen Kitna from roster following charges

Florida has removed quarterback Jalen Kitna from the roster following his arrest on child pornography charges.

The son of former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, he was arrested Wednesday and jailed on five counts of possessing and distributing child pornography. He was immediately suspended from the team.

His parents posted an $80,000 bond on Thursday to secure his release from Alachua County Jail. Jon and Jennifer Kitna assured Judge Meshon T. Rawls of the Eighth Judicial Circuit that their son would be in their custody and that he would return to the court for all subsequent proceedings.

Kitna, 19, was to return to his parents' home in Burleson, Texas, where he played high school football. The judge barred him from using the internet or having unsupervised contact with minors.

While his parents were in court for Thursday's hearing, Kitna appeared via closed-circuit video. He was wearing a suicide-prevention vest instead of a standard jail uniform and at one point cried as he buried his face in his hands during the proceedings.

He faces two second-degree felony charges for distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography, which are third-degree felonies.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, police executed a search warrant on Kitna's residence after receiving a tip that a Discord user at the address had shared an image of child sexual abuse through its platform. Kitna told police he remembered sharing two images but believed them to be legal since he found them online.

In a news release, the department said, "Kitna advised that he realized he should not have shared those two images, based on the reaction from the other Discord user that he shared them with."

Kitna appeared in four games this season for the Gators, throwing for 181 yards and a touchdown behind starting QB Anthony Richardson.

No. 1 Georgia zeroes in on now, not next

No. 1 Georgia zeroes in on now, not next

Winning the SEC championship game Saturday guarantees Georgia a return trip to the College Football Playoff semifinals and a relative home game for the chance to play for the national title for the second time in as many seasons.

But the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs balance that forward glance with the reality check of what could happen if No. 14 LSU pulls the upset at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta to rearrange the final CFP rankings.

"There's no thought of the next step," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "There's such a long break between this step and next step. This is the culmination of a season. The next opportunity, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it."

The Bulldogs (12-0, 8-0 SEC) haven't lost since the 2021 SEC Championship game, when Alabama needed a win to reach the semifinals and walked away with a 41-24 victory over Georgia.

LSU won five games in a row and climbed to No. 5 in the CFP rankings before losing to Texas A&M last week. The Tigers lost to Florida State in their season opener and to Tennessee on Oct. 8, then didn't play to their season-long standard against the Aggies. LSU's John Emery Jr. ran for three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough.

Smart said the Tigers are more than capable of fitting the bill as spoilers. LSU's marquee win this season was a 32-31 overtime thriller on Nov. 5 that sent Alabama into the national title picture periphery.

"They got a lot of talent, a lot of really fast, athletic players," Smart said. "The skill level on both sides of the ball for them, great size, great speed. They got one of the most physical offensive lines we've played."

Georgia has a lot of talent even after losing several starters to the NFL draft. The Bulldogs are No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense at 11.33 points per game and have won every game this season by at least a touchdown. The Bulldogs are giving up 2.97 yards per carry and are second in the nation with 79.5 rushing yards per game allowed.

The Tigers avoided a change at quarterback this week despite starter Jayden Daniels being banged up by the Texas A&M defense.

"He's good to go," Kelly said of Daniels, an Arizona State transfer who has 15 touchdowns and two interceptions this season.

LSU coach Brian Kelly, formerly of Notre Dame, faces Kirby Smart for the third time and is 0-2. This is the fifth time Georgia and LSU are meeting for the SEC title.

"We're going to play a physical football team that has the style of its head coach. They're going to play great defense. They're going to be physical on both sides of the ball," Kelly said. "I mean, everything's going to come very difficult. Nothing's going to be easy. You're going to have to earn everything. Quite frankly, that's the exciting part about it. You know what you're going to get. ... It doesn't get any better than this."

Report: Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec planning transfer

Report: Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec planning transfer

Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec will enter the transfer portal, ESPN reported Friday.

Jurkovec started 24 games over three seasons with the Eagles, following two seasons at Notre Dame. A graduate transfer, he will have one season of eligibility remaining.

He hasn't played since Oct. 29, when he sustained rib and knee injuries in a 13-3 loss to UConn. ESPN said he is expected to be available for spring practice.

A four-star prospect in the Class of 2018 coming out of high school, Jurkovec has thrown for 5,405 yards and 37 touchdowns with 17 interceptions in college. He has run for 568 yards with nine rushing touchdowns.

Iowa lands Michigan transfer QB Cade McNamara

Iowa lands Michigan transfer QB Cade McNamara

Iowa appears to have found its starting quarterback for 2023, as former Michigan starter Cade McNamara announced Thursday night that he is committed to the Hawkeyes.

McNamara entered the transfer portal earlier this week.

"New beginning," McNamara tweeted along with a mock-up of himself in an Iowa uniform.

McNamara led Michigan to its first College Football Playoff appearance in 2021. The Wolverines won their first Big Ten title since 2004 and finished the season 12-2.

However, in the second game of the 2022 season, McNamara lost his starting job to sophomore J.J. McCarthy, a five-star recruit in the 2021 class who has the Wolverines on the brink of a second straight CFP appearance.

McNamara, named an offensive captain in August, started the opener against Colorado State on Sept. 3 and was 9 of 18 for 136 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson, before McCarthy took over the job.

After getting hurt in the Wolverines' Sept. 17 game against UConn, McNamara subsequently underwent knee surgery.

McNamara played in 21 games at Michigan and completed 267 passes for 3,181 yards, with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added two rushing TDs.

Iowa (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) has needed help at quarterback. Spencer Petras was the Hawkeyes' starter in 2022, and he threw for 1,725 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions while completing just 55.9 percent of his throws, all while Iowa ranked 130th of 131 FBS programs in total offense (255.4 yards per game).

Petras is playing his final year of NCAA eligibility, and backup Alex Padilla entered the transfer portal earlier this week.

McNamara will have two seasons of eligibility remaining due to a redshirt and the NCAA's decision to add a year of eligibility because of COVID-19.

Reports: Oregon State QB Chance Nolan entering transfer portal

Reports: Oregon State QB Chance Nolan entering transfer portal

Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan is entering the transfer portal, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Nolan started 17 straight games for the Beavers until injuring his neck in a game against Utah on Oct. 1. He didn't play again this season.

In Nolan's absence, Ben Gulbranson guided Oregon State (9-3) to six victories in seven games as starter.

Nolan passed for 939 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.

Last season, Nolan passed for 2,677 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading Oregon State to its first bowl appearance since 2013.

In three seasons with the Beavers, Nolan threw for 4,153 yards, 32 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 22 games (20 starts).

Arizona coach Jedd Fisch lands extension through 2027 season

Arizona coach Jedd Fisch lands extension through 2027 season

Arizona coach Jedd Fisch agreed to a two-year extension through the 2027 season, the school announced Thursday.

The deal comes after the Wildcats sported a 5-7 record in Fisch's second season. Arizona went 1-11 in his first.

"Coach Fisch has brought a new level of energy and excitement to Arizona Football, for our student-athletes and for our fans," school president Dr. Robert C. Robbins said in a news release. "With a top-20 recruiting class this past year, an outstanding season, and the kind of integrity and dedication we value at the University of Arizona, he has earned this vote of confidence and I am excited for the bright future he is building for this program."

The Wildcats' best moment this season was a 34-28 road victory over then-No. 9 UCLA. They also defeated rival Arizona State 38-35 in the regular-season finale.

Arizona's other victories this season were against San Diego State, North Dakota State and Colorado.

"This new contract will allow us to continue to build and improve in all areas," Fisch said in the news release. "This would not be possible without the incredible efforts of our players and coaches, to whom I am incredibly grateful."

Fisch, 46, served two games as UCLA's interim coach in 2017 after the firing of Jim Mora. He spent two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams as an offensive assistant following that campaign and was the New England Patriots' quarterback coach in 2020 before being hired by Arizona.

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