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Toledo backs off Twitter drive of Shrek mascot

A tweet from the University of Toledo's verified account was taken down Tuesday afternoon after the tweet, which promised to change the school's mascot to Shrek with 500,000 retweets, started gaining serious traction.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Northern Illinois is expected to promote linebackers coach Jeff Knowles to defensive coordinator. Knowles will replace Kevin Kane, who left for the coordinator role at SMU. The DeKalb Daily Chronicle first reported the promotion. Knowles joined NIU's staff in 2017 after three seasons at NC State.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State is hiring Paul Haynes as its secondary coach. Haynes, most recently the Kent State head coach, fills the vacancy left by Harlon Barnett, who departed to become Florida State's defensive coordinator. Haynes had several options after being dismissed at Kent State but joins Mark Dantonio.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SMU coach Sonny Dykes confirmed to me that he's hiring Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Kevin Kane to the same position with the Mustangs. Football Scoop first reported the move. Kane did an excellent job with the NIU defense in 2017 after moving into the coordinator role the year before. Dykes' new staff with SMU is nearly complete.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa lost a second standout today to the NFL draft as an early entrant. Junior James Daniels, a two-year starter at center, declared his intentions Friday, joining All-America cornerback Josh Jackson. Daniels was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick in 2017. Iowa had not lost a player early to the NFL since 2011. Coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed the departure of both in addition to the transfer of graduate QB Tyler Wiegers to Eastern Michigan.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Confirmed that Buffalo is promoting Roc Bellantoni to be its 10th assistant, and he likely will coach the defensive ends. The former Florida Atlantic defensive coordinator served as Buffalo's player personnel director this season. The All-American first reported Bellantoni's move.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northern Illinois running backs coach Jordan Lynch, a 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist, is leaving to become head coach at Chicago's Mount Carmel High School, his alma mater. Lynch will replace Hall of Fame coach Frank Lenti, who won 374 games and 11 state titles.

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Mike Couzens ESPN College Football 

Today at 5:15 ET in Detroit, it's the Quick Lane Bowl between Duke and Northern Illinois on ESPN. The Blue Devils are in their 5th bowl in 6 years, and the Huskies are one of five MAC teams in a bowl this year. I'll have the call with Ray Bentley and Allison Williams.

App State with a shutout win against Toledo (0:52)