Auburn Tigers quarterback T.J. Finley (1) warms up during the A-Day spring practice at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Auburn QB T.J. Finley facing misdemeanor charge

Auburn quarterback T.J. Finley is facing a misdemeanor charge of eluding police in Lee County, Ala.

The charge stems from a citation he received earlier for not wearing a helmet while operating a moped. When he learned a warrant had been issued for his arrest on the outstanding violation, he turned himself in, local media reported.

Thursday was the first day of fall football camp at Auburn. Finley was released on his own recognizance and was at the athletics complex early in the afternoon.

“The charges pending against my client, T.J. Finley, are the result of traffic violations and a misunderstanding,” Finley’s attorney, Davis Whittelsey, said in a statement provided to AL.com. “The charges are in the process of being handled in municipal court within the City of Auburn as all traffic citations are. As soon as T.J. learned of the charges, he turned himself in and has been released on a bond he signed for himself. His first day of football camp with Auburn University has been a success.”

Finley, a junior, is entering his second season with the Tigers after transferring from LSU. He’s vying for the starting job with Oregon transfer Robby Ashford, Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada and freshman Holden Geriner, a four-star recruit from Savannah, Ga.

Finley appeared in nine games at Auburn last season and started the final three after starter Bo Nix sustained a season-ending ankle injury. On the season, the 6-foot-7 Finley completed 70 of his 128 pass attempts (54.7 percent) for 827 yards with six touchdowns and an interception.

Nix transferred to Oregon in the offseason.

Recently, Finley became the first college football player to sign an NIL deal with Amazon.

–Field Level Media

Corey Kiner runs the ball as The LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers in Tiger Stadium. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

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LSU RB Corey Kiner enters transfer portal

LSU running back Corey Kiner announced Monday he is entering the NCAA transfer portal.

Kiner ranked second on the Tigers with 324 rushing yards as a freshman last season.

“My time as a tiger has come to an end,” he posted on Twitter. “I would like to start a new chapter in my life and explore my options to continue my career as a student-athlete elsewhere.”

Kiner added two rushing touchdowns and caught two passes for 10 yards in 11 games in 2021.

The Cincinnati native was a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 10 RB prospect in the Class of 2021 by the 247 Sports composite.

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Four-star QB Christopher Vizzina commits to Clemson

Christopher Vizzina, a four-star quarterback recruit in the Class of 2023, committed to play his college football at Clemson on Tuesday.

The native of Birmingham, Ala., picked the Tigers out of a group of finalists that included Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Vizzina is the seventh-best quarterback and the No. 52-ranked player overall in his class, per the 247Sports composite.

He will join a quarterback room that as of now includes DJ Uiagalelei, last year’s starter, and Cade Klubnik, an incoming freshman who was the top-ranked quarterback in the 2022 cycle.

“I really wanted to play for Coach (Dabo) Swinney after thinking about it,” Vizzina told 247Sports. “All the values they have and the way they coach it really fits who I am.”

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LSU picks up commitment from 4-star TE Mac Markway

Class of 2023 four-star tight end Mac Markway committed to play at LSU on Thursday.

The St. Louis, Mo., native is the 100th-ranked recruit in the class, per 247Sports’ composite, and the seventh-best tight end.

Markway also considered Iowa, Ohio State, Miami and Florida.

“I’ve known way before I took the visit that they were my No. 1 and once I took the visit it really sealed the deal without question,” Markway told 247Sports. “Just the fit there, the fit there with the tight end room.”

Markway is listed at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds.

The Class of 2023 will mark LSU’s first full recruiting cycle under new head coach Brian Kelly.

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Dec 30, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) warms up before facing the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: LSU lands transfer quarterback Jayden Daniels

Arizona State transfer quarterback Jayden Daniels will enroll at LSU, multiple outlets reported Sunday, and he will be eligible to play next season.

Daniels, who is a graduate transfer, is expected to enroll at LSU later this month, ESPN reported. The mobile quarterback brings a wealth of experience, throwing for 6,025 and 32 touchdowns in three seasons for the Sun Devils. He also rushed for 1,288 yards and 13 more scores.

Daniels will be in a quarterback competition at LSU with senior Myles Brennan, freshman Garrett Nussmeier and Walker Howard, who just enrolled early in the program.

A native of San Bernardino, Calif., outside of Los Angeles, Daniels threw for 2,381 yards and 10 touchdowns with 10 interceptions this past season as the Sun Devils went 8-5 (6-3 Pac-12), losing to Wisconsin 20-13 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Daniels threw for just 159 yards with an interception in his final game for the Sun Devils, while also rushing for 40 yards on 19 carries.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney during practice at the Poe Indoor Facility in Clemson in Clemson, S.C. Friday, December 17, 2021.

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Clemson, Iowa State out to shelve disappointment in Cheez-It Bowl

Clemson and Iowa State – two teams that began the season ranked among the top 10 before falling by the wayside – will try to cap disappointing seasons with a victory when they play Wednesday in the Cheez-It Bowl at Orlando.

No. 19 Clemson (9-3), which made the College Football Playoff for six consecutive seasons, had three regular-season losses for the first time since 2014. But the Tigers still have a shot to become just the third team ever to post double-digit victories for 11 consecutive seasons, joining Florida State (14, 1987-2000) and Alabama (14, 2008-2021).

No Clemson player has indicated they have plans to skip the bowl game.

“There has been a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of excitement,” Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said. “We went seven straight days (of practice) in Clemson and obviously had new pieces and things like that, and guys have really done a good job of leading and just practicing with purpose. That’s what it takes to be successful in the postseason.”

The Tigers, who are 149-36 with 14 consecutive bowl trips in as many seasons under Swinney, got off to a 4-3 start, including a 10-3 loss to Georgia in their season opener. They rallied to close the regular season with five straight victories.

But Clemson has lost both coordinators in the past few weeks, with defensive coordinator Brent Venables taking the head coaching post at Oklahoma and offensive coordinator Tony Elliott assuming the reins at Virginia.

Swinney recently filled both posts from within the program, naming quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter offensive coordinator, while defensive analyst Wes Goodwin and safeties coach Mickey Conn were named co-defensive coordinators.

“I’m really, really excited about the people that we have in place,” Swinney said. “I’ve always taken a lot of pride in developing our players and developing our team, but I also take a lot of pride in developing our staff.”

Iowa State (7-5), which is playing in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game, was a preseason favorite in the Big 12 but lost five games by a combined 29 points and all four of its league losses came down to the final possession.

A Cheez-It Bowl victory would give the Cyclones at least eight wins for the fourth time in Coach Matt Campbell’s six seasons.

Campbell has visited Clemson and been the lead presenter at Clemson’s high school coaching clinic.

“You are always searching for people in our profession that are doing it the right way and they’re leading from the heart,” Campbell said of Swinney. “That was a huge eye-opening experience of, ‘Man, you can lead a football program the right way.’

“It’s an honor to play against them and compete against them. It means a ton for our program.”

Campbell’s Cyclones must face an elite Clemson defense without its primary offensive weapon. All-America running back Breece Hall announced on Dec. 18 that he’s skipping the bowl game and forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

Hall led the nation in scoring with 138 points and touchdowns with 23.

That leads much of the Cyclones’ offensive burden to quarterback Brock Purdy, who led the Big 12 in both passing yards and total offense and ranked fourth nationally with a completion percentage of 73.1.

Clemson’s defense will present a stiff challenge. The Tigers rank second nationally in scoring defense at 15.0 points per game and rank among the top 10 in the country in 11 other defensive categories.

But the Tigers have struggled offensively this season following the loss of quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne to the NFL.

D.J. Uiagalelei struggled in his first season as a starting quarterback and inexperience plagued an offense that had only one senior starter, resulting in an offense that ranked 96th among FBS teams.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter celebrate with the team after beating Louisville 30-24 at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky Saturday, November 6, 2021.

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Clemson names new coordinators after both left for head coaching jobs

Clemson promoted Brandon Streeter to offensive coordinator and Wes Goodwin to defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Tuesday, replacing two coordinators who left to take over other programs.

Previous defensive coordinator Brent Venables accepted the head coaching job at Oklahoma, while former offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is now in charge at Virginia.

Streeter was Clemson’s quarterbacks coach and will retain that title in addition to the promotion. He has served as both the run-game coordinator and pass-game coordinator at different points for Clemson since joining the staff in 2015.

Goodwin was a senior defensive assistant. Safeties coach Mickey Conn was also given the role of co-defensive coordinator Tuesday, though primary defensive play-calling duties will belong to Goodwin.

Goodwin is wrapping up his 10th overall season at Clemson amid his second tenure with the program.

“I’m just really, really excited about the people that we have in place,” head coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “I’ve always taken a lot of pride in developing our players and developing our team, but I also take a lot of pride in developing our staff.”

Clemson, which finished the regular season 9-3 and will play Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl, also lost athletic director Dan Radakovich, who left to take the same position at Miami. A full-time replacement has not been hired.

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Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix (10) passes against Mississippi State at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

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Auburn QB Bo Nix enters transfer portal

Bo Nix, Auburn’s starting quarterback for the past three seasons, announced Sunday that he will enter the NCAA transfer portal.

“I have made so many decisions for Auburn, and now it’s time to do what’s best for me. It’s time that I move on to the next chapter in my life,” Nix said in a video posted to Instagram. “To reach further goals, I’ve decided it’s best to be a grad transfer and find a new start somewhere else.”

Nix graduated Auburn early and said he will be a graduate transfer in 2022.

In 34 games for the Tigers, Nix has thrown for 7,251 yards, 39 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, adding 18 rushing scores. In 2021, he completed a career-best 61 percent of his passes for 2,294 yards, 11 touchdowns and three picks with four rushing touchdowns as Auburn finished 6-6.

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Clemson Tigers Taisun Phommachanh (7) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Uconn during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

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Report: Clemson QB Taisun Phommachanh in transfer portal

Clemson quarterback Taisun Phommachanh and receiver Frank Ladson have entered the NCAA transfer portal, The Spun reported Friday.

Phommachanh has backed up Tigers starters Trevor Lawrence (2019-20) and D.J. Uiagalelei (2021) the past three seasons.

He has completed 22 of 48 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, adding 150 rushing yards and one score.

Ladson had only four catches for 19 yards this year after totaling 27 receptions for 409 yards and six touchdowns during the 2019 and 2020 campaigns.

The Tigers ended the regular season at 9-3 (6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) and are awaiting their bowl destination.

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Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly walks off the field after the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Brian Kelly leaves Notre Dame for LSU job

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is leaving the Fighting Irish to accept the same job at LSU, multiple media outlets reported Monday night.

Kelly, 60, became the winningest coach in Notre Dame history earlier this season, passing Knute Rockne, and won 113 of 153 games in 12 years at Notre Dame after previously coaching Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He took the Fighting Irish to the College Football Playoff twice.

Kelly’s official record at Notre Dame is 92-39 due to wins vacated because of NCAA sanctions.

In the latest surprise of the college football coaching carousel, he heads to a Southeastern Conference program not two years removed from winning a national championship under coach Ed Orgeron.

LSU and Orgeron agreed in October that they would part ways after the season. The Tigers finished the regular season 6-6, including an upset of then-No. 15 Texas A&M, to become bowl-eligible.

Notre Dame finished its season 11-1 and is not yet out of the running for a College Football Playoff berth.

Reports said an agreement between Kelly and LSU is likely to be finalized in the next 24 hours, and Kelly had not communicated his plans to his assistant coaches in South Bend, Ind., when the news broke.

–Field Level Media