Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster will retire at the conclusion of the 2019 college football season.
Foster, 60, is the longest-tenured FBS assistant coach. The upcoming season will be his 33rd season as an assistant coach with the Hokies.
“I’ve poured my heart and soul into this program for over three decades and that’s not going to change this year,” Foster said in a statement on Thursday. “I’m excited about this season and I can’t wait to get on the practice field Friday.”
Foster served as the linebackers coach since he was hired by former head coach Frank Beamer in 1987. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 1993 before becoming co-defensive coordinator in 1995. He took over as the sole defensive coordinator the following year and has held onto the role ever since.
—For the first time ever, Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll. The defending national champion received 59 of 65 first-place votes in the poll.
Alabama — which lost to the Tigers in last season’s national title game — is ranked No. 2 and received the other six first-place votes.
SEC foe Georgia slots in at No. 3, with 2018 Big 12 champion Oklahoma and 2018 Big Ten champion Ohio State rounding out the top five.
—Former Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin must sit out the 2019 season at TCU after the NCAA denied his request for immediate eligibility, according to multiple reports. TCU planned to file an appeal.
Baldwin, a four-star recruit in the 2018 class out of Austin, Texas, redshirted last season. Even if his waiver request had been granted, he faced an uphill battle for playing time with the Horned Frogs this season.
Not only is he recovering from surgery for an undisclosed injury, his TCU competition includes Kansas State graduate transfer Alex Delton, junior Mike Collins, redshirt freshman Justin Rogers and true freshman Max Duggan.
—Quarterback Johnny Langan is appealing the NCAA’s ruling that he is ineligible to play this season at Rutgers. Langan, who spent one season at Boston College, sought a waiver to allow him to play immediately this year.
The Scarlet Knights were one of the worst passing teams in the nation in 2018, averaging just 132.2 yards per game. The quarterbacks threw for five touchdowns to go with 22 interceptions.
Without Langan, Rutgers would turn to 2018 starter Artur Sitkowski and McLane Carter, a graduate transfer from Texas Tech. Freshman Cole Snyder, a three-star recruit, also is on the roster.
—Two Cincinnati players — linebacker Darrian Beavers (UConn) and safety Kyriq McDonald (Alabama) — were granted immediate-eligibility waivers from the NCAA.
Beavers, a junior, had 38 tackles, including seven sacks, in two seasons at UConn. McDonald, a redshirt sophomore, made seven tackles for the Crimson Tide in 2018.
—Field Level Media