In one of the annual games played every offseason, the West came out on top in the East-West Shrine Game. Elsewhere, Alabama has hired four new assistant coaches, while a Georgia defensive back is transferring to another SEC school. Here are the latest college football news and notes.
West tops East 21-17
For the fourth straight year, the West team defeated the East team in the annual East-West Shrine Game by a score of 21-17. It was the sixth time in the last eight years the West came out on top, going back to the first year the game was played in St. Petersburg, Florida.
West quarterbacks Brett Rypien and Easton Stick threw a touchdown pass in the game. First Rypien, a Boise State senior, threw a touchdown to LSU’s Nick Brossette to open up the game. He finished at 10-14 with 134 yards and the score, while Stick threw a touchdown to Arizona State’s Shawn Poindexter and finished 5-8 for 51 yards.
Those two plays, combined with Nebraska’s Devine Ozigbo running in a touchdown, put the West up 21-0. The East came back thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Purdue’s David Blough to Georgia’s Terry Godwin II. The East kicked a field goal late, but still fell short by four points.
Alabama hires four new assistants
Alabama head coach Nick Saban filled out the remainder of his staff vacancies over the weekend, adding four new assistant coaches. Charles Kelly, Sal Sunseri, Kyle Flood, and Charles Huff will all join Saban’s staff.
Kelly comes over from Tennessee and is expected to coach Alabama’s secondary. Sunseri is beginning his second stint with the program following a stop at Florida. He is expected to work with the outside linebackers.
Flood was most recently an assistant with the Atlanta Falcons following a four-year term as the head coach of Rutgers. He will be reunited with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian after working together in Atlanta. Huff coached running backs at Mississippi State after leaving Penn State in 2017.
These four new coaches replace the vacancies left by multiple coaches from Saban’s staff. Sarkisian replaced Mike Locksley, the new head coach at Maryland. Jose Gattis is becoming the offensive coordinator at Michigan, while Dan Enos is the new O.C. at Miami. Brent Key went back to his alma mater at Georgia Tech, and Tosh Lupoi is now with the Cleveland Browns.
Gibbs transferring to Tennessee
Georgia defensive back Deangelo Gibbs is leaving the program for a rival school just a little farther north. Gibbs is officially transferring to Tennessee, making the announcement on Twitter over the weekend.
The sophomore Gibbs played seven games for Georgia this past season, making seven tackles. He appeared in six games during his freshman season and collected three tackles. Before college, he was a five-star prospect according to multiple scouting sites and was considered one of the top safeties in his class.
Shortly after Gibbs tweeted out his commitment to the Volunteers, Tennessee officially confirmed the addition of the former Bulldog. In the release, coach Jeremy Pruitt did not rule out the possibility of him being used on offense as a receiver in addition to playing at safety.
NFL coaches and scouts will surely be monitoring this weekend’s Senior Bowl. Saturday afternoon, the Reese’s Senior Bowl will take place in Mobile, Alabama at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.