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Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Athlete Justin Watkins committed to Florida on Saturday. The No. 17 ranked prospect overall took a visit to Florida and announced his commitment on Twitter. Watkins is now the highest ranked commit in the class for the Gators, three spots ahead of quarterback Emory Jones. With Watkins on board, Florida now has eight ESPN 300 commitments in the 2018 class.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

A source confirmed that Minnesota offensive line coach Ed Warinner is expected to join Michigan's staff. The role was not specified, but Warinner joins the Wolverines after spending time at Minnesota and previously at Ohio State.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan is hiring Minnesota offensive line coach Ed Warinner for a to-be-determined role, according to a source. Football Scoop first reported the move. He's s former Ohio State and Notre Dame assistant, among other stops.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston legend and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes discusses the "Game of the Century," vs. UCLA in the Astrodome, which was 50 years ago today. Hayes and several teammates were honored at halftime of Houston's game Saturday vs. Wichita State.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal announced former Louisville defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon has joined the program as the associate head coach for defense and inside linebackers coach.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford junior linebacker Ryan Beecher, a walk-on from Fresno, announced he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in December. "I am receiving treatments while attending classes at Stanford," Beecher said in a statement. "I look forward to making a full and healthy recovery. With the help and support of my family, friends and teammates, I remain inspired to once again contribute to the Cardinal football team."

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 defensive tackle Tyler Friday committed to Ohio State. Friday is the No. 126 ranked prospect and gives the Buckeyes 17 ESPN 300 commitments, including three ESPN 300 defensive tackle commits as well as a commitment from JC50 recruit Antwuan Jackson.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: Louisiana is hiring Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts as defensive coordinator. Roberts, who has been a head coach since 2007, is a respected defensive mind who has mentored Dave Aranda, among others.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Peter Sirmon resigned after one year as Louisville's defensive coordinator, a move that does not come as a huge surprise. The Cards' defense never seemed to mesh last season, especially without injured cornerback Jaire Alexander.

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.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson backup quarterback Zerrick Cooper will transfer, leaving Hunter Johnson and early enrollee Trevor Lawrence to push Kelly Bryant for the starting job in the spring. Johnson was the No. 21 rated player in the 2017 class and Lawrence is the No. 2 player in the 2018 class so the Tigers should have a heated competition for the starting job.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: Alabama is hiring Penn State wide receivers coach Josh Gattis. He's expected to coach the Tide wide receivers, previously overseen by Mike Locksley, who has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Football Scoop first reported the move.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Confirmed with a source that Al Borges is leaving his analyst role with Auburn to become the new offensive coordinator at UTSA. First reported by Bruce Feldman. Borges's last offensive coordinator job was at Michigan.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Purdue announced assistant coach Tony Levine has resigned to pursue opportunities outside of coaching. Levine was the special teams coordinator and co-offensive coordinator for Purdue.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Regarding the upcoming proposal that would let football coaches talk to recruits at their high schools in the spring, wiping out the "bump rule," a Power 5 head coach raised a red flag on this one: "These kids are going to be out of class for a month, month and a half," the coach told me recently. "They're not going to go to class. Coaches will be waiting in line to talk to them. The kids won't be going to class, which is not good. I don't think we want that."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Moving forward, a few interesting proposals will go to a vote of the Division I Council in April. Included is one that would turn the spring evaluation period in football recruiting (April 15-May 31) into a contact period, during which coaches could visit with prospects at their high schools. Another proposal would allow coaches to talk publicly (on social media and to the media) about recruits. Also, there's a proposal designed to ease the requirements for players seeking an extension of their five-year clock.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nothing controversial on the agenda for Power 5 legislators at the NCAA convention autonomy business session this morning. Expected to pass is a rule that would require schools to provide medical care to student-athletes with athletically related injuries — for up to two years after their collegiate playing careers. Another proposal calls for a mandated, three-day break from men's basketball activities, with some conditions, for every team during the December holiday break.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Former Tennessee star running back Montario Hardesty has returned to his alma mater and will serve as an offensive analyst on Jeremy Pruitt's staff. Hardesty was previously on Lane Kiffin's staff at Florida Atlantic. Hardesty rushed for 2,391 yards during his career at Tennessee, including 1,345 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior in 2009 when Kiffin was the Vols' head coach.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I've confirmed that Arizona co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee has accepted the offensive coordinator job with New Mexico. Football Scoop and other outlets reported the move earlier today. Magee previously has held coordinator roles at West Virginia, Michigan and Pitt.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Henderson State President Glen Jones has been tasked by the NCAA Board of Governors to lead a new strategic plan for the association -- last undertaken in 2004. "Why now?" Jones said. "Why not now? Society is looking for a leader. I think that's what we do best."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA President Mark Emmert is addressing the convention on the state of college sports. As the news illustrates over recent months, there has never been a more complex time for the people in this room.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

The Whitman County (Wash.) Coroner's office has officially ruled Tyler Hilinski's death a suicide, it announced Thursday. Hilinski, a quarterback for Washington State, was found dead Tuesday afternoon. The official cause of death is a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner's office confirmed. He was 21.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Idaho cornerbacks coach Aric Williams is joining the San Jose State staff. He likely will coach cornerbacks for the Spartans. Williams is a former first-team All-Pac-10 cornerback at Oregon State.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

More transfer talk at the NCAA convention. South Dakota State AD Justin Sell, the chair of the transfer working group, faced some hard questions at the DI issues forum about the one-time transfer exception -- which is not yet part of any proposal. NC State AD Debbie Yow suggested that tampering would be rampant if transfers were granted immediate eligibility and estimated that the number of transfers across DI would more than double. She described the scenario as "a free for all, something that we've never seen before." Sell urged patience and promised that his group would use caution as it works to devise a proposal next month.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting topic for future NCAA legislation raised by former Duke distance runner Madison Granger, who expressed concerns over the amount of personal data on student-athletes collected by college programs. Granger cited a wearable product called Whoop, which markets to college programs as a fitness and sleep tracking device (similar to Fitbit). "Where we draw the line in terms of the privacy that student-athletes are entitled to?" Granger said, addressing autonomy group of Power 5 leadership. Minnesota President Eric Kaler chair of the DI Board of Directors, embraced Granger's concerns as a worthwhile issue for future discussion.