C.J. Wilson, a top running back for South Dakota State, will transfer to another school.
In a Twitter post Friday, Feb. 7, Wilson said he will enter the NCAA transfer portal.
"I would like to thank SDSU for the opportunity to be a part of the program for the last 2 years," Wilson wrote. "With that being said I have decided to put my name in the portal and re open my recruitment."
A junior from Daytona Beach, Fla, Wilson rushed for 419 yards in nine games in 2019. He was a backup to Pierre Strong Jr. for the Jackrabbits, one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision the last several years.
Youngstown State names new coach
Youngstown State found its replacement for Bo Pelini.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference school on Friday named Doug Phillips as its head coach. He replaces Pelini, the controversial and combustible coach who left the Penguins after five seasons to be the defensive coordinator at LSU.
Phillips goes to Youngstown from the University of Cincinnati, where he was an assistant the last three years. Phillips was the Bearcats' running backs coach the last two seasons and was special teams coordinator/tight ends coach in 2017.
Phillips, a native of the Mahoning Valley in which Youngstown is located, coached under current Youngstown State president Jim Tressel in 1991 and 1992 with the Penguins and was on Tressel's staff at Ohio State in 2006.
This is Phillips' first college head coaching job. He was head coach at two Ohio high schools from 1997-2005.
"It is a tremendous honor to return to Youngstown State as the Head Football Coach," Phillips said in a press release issued by the school. "I have such great memories of my time at YSU. I would like to thank Athletic Director Ron Strollo and President Jim Tressel for this outstanding opportunity. I've been fortunate to work at great places to prepare me for this position. We're going to play with fire and proudly represent our great university and community on and off the field."
N.C. A&T leaves MEAC for Big South
North Carolina A&T, the most successful program in recent years in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, announced Friday it was moving to the Big South Conference.
The East Greensboro, N.C., school will become a member of the Big South for the 2021-22 school year.
"We have been looking carefully at our opportunities in athletics for five years and more intensively over the past year. We’re pleased to have brought that process to fruition and excited to be ushering in a new alliance with the Big South," A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. said in a press release from the school. "This move makes great sense for our student athletes, for our fans and for our bottom line. We will always have a place in our hearts for the MEAC, and we look forward to what the new conference will make possible for the Aggies."
The Aggies were a founding member in 1971 of the MEAC, a conference made up of 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The addition of A&T gives the Big South 12 full members, including nine football members. Monmouth won the league title in 2019 to gain the conference's automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, while Kennesaw State was given an at-large bid.
A&T has emerged as a Top 25 FCS program in the last several years, making a national mark in 2018 by defeating Jacksonville (Ala.) State in the FCS Kickoff Classic. The Aggies have won four of the last five Celebration Bowls, contested between the champions of the MEAC and the HBCU-aligned Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The move to the Big South will give A&T a chance to compete in the FCS playoffs. The MEAC and SWAC agreed in 2015 to have its regular-season champions play in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta instead of going to the FCS playoffs.
Three from MVFC at NFL Combine
North Dakota State defensive end Derrek Tuszka will be joined by fellow Missouri Valley Football Conference athletes Jeremy Chinn of Southern Illinois and James Robinson of Illinois State at the NFL Combine, scheduled Feb. 23-March 2 in Indianapolis.
Chinn is a safety. Robinson is a running back.
The NFL released the complete list of players invited to the Combine on Friday. The FCS has 12 players invited to the combine: In addition to Tuszka, Chinn, Robinson others include quarterback Kevin Davidson of Princeton, wide receivers Isaiah Coulter and Aaron Parker of Rhode Island, tight ends Charlie Taumoepeau Portland State and Adam Trautman of Dayton, offensive guard Kyle Murphy of Rhode Island, offensive tackle Alex Taylor of South Carolina State, linebacker Dante Olson of Montana and punter Alex Penchin of Bucknell.