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College football notebook: Baylor hires Fedora as OC, QBs coach

Field Level Media
26 Jan 2020, 11:05 GMT+10

Baylor hired former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora as its next offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the school announced Saturday.

Fedora, 57, spent last season as an analyst for the University of Texas. He compiled a 45-43 record at North Carolina from 2012-18 but was fired after his teams posted 3-9 and 2-9 records in his last two seasons in Chapel Hill. His Tar Heels made four bowl appearances.

He joins the staff of new Bears coach Dave Aranda, the former LSU defensive coordinator who was hired last week to replace Matt Rhule. Rhule left Waco to become head coach of the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

"I'm excited about Coach Fedora joining our staff as offensive coordinator," Aranda said. "Larry has a track record of explosive, prolific offenses. He will do a great job of spreading the ball around and making the defense have to defend every blade of grass. He will maximize our playmakers and put them in space to create mismatches. He is a great motivator and a former head coach that I will rely on for advice. I'm excited about working with him and maximizing our offense's potential."

--Miami defensive end Scott Patchan has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Patchan, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 249 pounds, will be eligible to play his final season elsewhere in 2020 as a graduate transfer.

Patchan started six games and played in all 13 for the Hurricanes in 2019, finishing with a career-high 33 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He played in 30 games for Miami and registered 63 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

--San Jose State has signed former Arkansas and Texas AM quarterback Nick Starkel, who will compete for the starting job for the 2020 season.

Starkel began his college career at Texas AM (2016-18) and Arkansas (2019). A graduate transfer, he can play immediately and has one year of eligibility remaining. He announced his decision to transfer on Dec. 13, just days after former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman was hired as the Razorbacks' head coach.

Starkel redshirted at Texas AM in 2016 and played in 11 games (five starts) over the next two seasons. He tallied 1,962 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions with the Aggies, and he set the Texas AM bowl game record with for 499 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-52 loss to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl in 2017.

--Cornerback Landen Bartleson no longer is part of Notre Dame's Class of 2020 after his arrest on burglary and other charges in his hometown of Danville, Ky.

Head coach Brian Kelly made the announcement in a statement issued Saturday. Bartleson, ranked as a three-star cornerback on the 247Sports composite, signed with Notre Dame on Dec. 18 and was expected to enroll in June.

Bartleson was one of three teenagers accused of breaking into a business and stealing nine guns on Thursday night, according to a report on Saturday. Lexington, Ky., television station WKYT said Bartleson, 18, and two 16-year-olds face charges of criminal mischief, burglary and receiving stolen property.

--Field Level Media

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