Monday's college football: Ex-Wisconsin QB Coan says he’s transferring to Notre Dame
South Bend, Ind. — Former Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan says he’s transferring to Notre Dame.
Coan posted a tweet Monday night that included the Notre Dame logo along with the message, “Extremely thankful for the opportunity. Let’s get to work! @NDFootball.”
Wisconsin disclosed two weeks ago that Coan had entered the transfer portal. Notre Dame and Wisconsin are scheduled to face each other on Sept. 25 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Notre Dame’s 2021 roster was lacking a proven quarterback. The Fighting Irish need to replace three-year starter Ian Book, whose college career ended Friday with a 31-14 loss to Alabama in a College Football Playoff semifinal.
Coan made 18 starts for Wisconsin from 2018-19 but injured his right foot in preseason practice this year and underwent surgery. The 6-foot-3 senior from Sayville, New York, suited up for Wisconsin’s final three regular-season games but didn’t play. Redshirt freshman Graham Mertz has taken over as the Badgers’ starting quarterback.
During the 2019 season, Coan completed a school-record 236 passes for 2,727 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions as Wisconsin went 10-4 and reached the Rose Bowl.
Coan completed 68% of his passes for 3,278 yards with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions at Wisconsin. The Badgers went 12-6 in the games Coan started, including 8-3 in Big Ten games.
The Irish’s returning scholarship quarterbacks are Brendon Clark and Drew Pyne, though Clark was dealing with a knee injury during the latter part of this season. Notre Dame’s recruiting class includes quarterbacks Tyler Buchner and Ron Powlus III, the son of former Irish quarterback and current associate athletic director Ron Powlus.
Buchner is rated as the nation’s No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and No. 65 overall prospect in his class according to composite rankings compiled by 247Sports.
Marshall coach out
Marshall football coach Doc Holliday is out after 11 seasons with the Thundering Herd after the school said it would not renew his contract.
Holliday was named Conference USA coach of the year, but the Thundering Herd lost their final three games of the season after starting 7-0 and moving up to No. 15 in The Associated Press poll.
The 63-year-old Holliday went 85-54 at Marshall, including 6-2 in bowl games. His six-year contract was set to expire June 30.
“I want to thank Doc Holliday for the leadership he has provided this program over the past 11 seasons,” Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said in a statement. “In addition to his success on the field, he ran a clean program, graduated his student-athletes and prepared young men for life after football.”
Marshall President Jerome Gilbert said a search committee led by Hamrick is being formed to help identify candidates. The university said Hamrick won’t comment publicly until the job has been filled.
Holliday, a West Virginia native, said on Twitter, “I’ve always strived to build and leave the program better than I found it. I’m proud to leave the program in a great place.”
Marshall’s defense led the nation with 13 points allowed per game and gave up the second-fewest yards at 279 per game. But Marshall was outscored 59-23 in its final three games.
Holliday led Marshall to the 2014 Conference USA championship and two other appearances in the title game, including this season. Under him, Marshall had three straight 10-win seasons from 2013-15.
Marshall was the first head coaching job for Holliday, who is known as a solid recruiter and spent three decades as an assistant, most oat West Virginia. When Holliday took over in 2010, Marshall hadn’t had a winning season since 2003.
Kentucky QB on move
Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson says he will enter the NCAA transfer portal for his final season of eligibility after leading the Wildcats to two bowl wins in three years.
Wilson announced his intention to transfer in an Instagram post in which he thanked his Kentucky coaches and teammates.
He helped Kentucky beat No. 24 North Carolina State 23-21 in last weekend’s Gator Bowl to cap his comeback from a season-ending left knee injury in the second game of 2019. Two years ago, Wilson guided Kentucky past Penn State in the Citrus Bowl to complete a 10-win season, its first since 1977.
Wilson passed for 1,194 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 424 yards and five scores for Kentucky (5-6, 4-6 Southeastern Conference). He won 17 games over three seasons after transferring from Garden City (Oklahoma) Community College after a season at Oregon. He has a season of eligibility remaining after the NCAA granted a blanket waiver in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and will be immediately eligible.