Notre Dame took the sting off a subpar season by winning big on national signing day, but the Irish weren't the only team from outside of the Power 5 conferences to score on the recruiting trail.
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Forgettable bowl season for American
South Florida and Tulsa were the only AAC teams to win bowl games this season. The conference finishes with a 2-5 record, fourth among Group of 5 conferences.
Notre Dame, which lost both its offensive coordinators in recent weeks, is expected to hire Chip Long from Memphis for that position, sources told ESPN.
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Notre Dame is expected to hire Memphis offensive coordinator Chip Long for the same position, sources tell ESPN. Fox Sports first reported the impending hire. Long just completed his first season at Memphis after making the move with Mike Norvell from Arizona State. Notre Dame had the vacancy after losing Mike Denbrock (Cincinnati) and Mike Sanford (Western Kentucky) to other jobs.
A growing number of Group of 5 officials are in favor of adding a playoff specifically for the Group of 5 schools because it's been 32 years since a non-Power 5 team won a national championship.
Hilltoppers run successful fake kneeldown
This Western Kentucky fake kneeldown was so good that Memphis didn't know who the ball carrier was until it was too late.
Senior Anthony Wales gained 329 yards from scrimmage and Western Kentucky earned a bowl victory for the third year in a row by beating Memphis 51-31 Tuesday night in the Boca Raton Bowl.
Wales adds exclamation point for WKU
The Hilltoppers increased their lead to 51-31 over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl with this rushing TD, Anthony Wales's school-record 27th of the season.
Memphis not giving up in Boca Raton Bowl
Riley Ferguson goes deep to Anthony Miller on fourth down for the duo's third touchdown of the game. Western Kentucky's lead is cut to 44-31 in the fourth quarter.
WKU's Wales adds to his school record
Western Kentucky's Anthony Wales's second TD of the game is his 26th rushing score of the season, a school record and most by a running back this season.
WKU comes out strong in second half
Mike White drops back and goes deep to Taywan Taylor for a TD to extend Western Kentucky's lead over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl.
Huge interception for Memphis before half
One play after a succcessful fake punt, Western Kentucky QB Mike White is picked off in the end zone. WKU leads Memphis 28-17 at halftime of the Boca Raton Bowl on ESPN.
Hilltoppers extend lead with long drive
Anthony Wales punches it in from 2 yards out, finishing a 13-play, 71-yard drive. Western Kentucky now leads 28-17 in the second quarter of the Boca Raton Bowl.
Memphis cuts deficit with TD pass
Riley Ferguson throws a 7-yard strike to Anthony Miller for a TD to cut into Western Kentucky's lead in the second quarter of the Boca Raton Bowl.
Hilltoppers extend lead with easy score
Mike White finds a wide-open Nicholas Norris for a 37-yard TD to give Western Kentucky a 21-10 lead over Memphis in the second quarter of the Boca Raton Bowl.
Big hit results in ejection for targeting
Western Kentucky's Joel Iyiegbuniwe is ejected for targeting after this big hit on a Memphis receiver in the Boca Raton Bowl.
O-lineman scores for Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers caught Memphis off guard with this pass to offensive lineman Forrest Lamp, who rumbled in for a 9-yard TD to take a 14-10 lead in the Boca Raton Bowl on ESPN.