STANFORD -- Two-sport star Tyler Gaffney will skip his final year of football eligibility to pursue a professional baseball career, Stanford announced Monday.
He was a 24th round selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in Junes MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Every athlete dreams of the opportunities that I have been afforded, first at Stanford, and now with Pittsburgh. Every day of the last three years has prepared me for the chance to compete professionally, and I cannot thank enough the coaches and professors who have worked with me," Gaffney said. "I am especially indebted to coach (Jim) Harbaugh and coach (Mark) Marquess for inviting me to join the Stanford family, and to coach (David) Shaw for continuing to allow me the opportunity to play the two sports I love. I look toward returning to Stanford during my off-season to complete my degree.
I thank the Pittsburgh organization for providing me this opportunity and I am excited to begin my professional career."
Gaffney finished his junior season batting .245 with two home runs, 17 RBI and 48 runs scored in his 54 games, which included 30 starts in left field and 16 in center. He finished his three-year baseball career on The Farm with a .301 career average, eight home runs and 76 RBI.
As a member of the Cardinal backfield he rushed for 815 career yards in 156 attempts, including 12 touchdowns, in 35 football games from 2009-11.
Gaffney plans to return to Stanford to complete his degree in sociology.
Newly announced Cal head football coach Justin Wilcox has his offensive coordinator just two days into the job. Eastern Washington University head coach Beau Baldwin is stepping down and is on his way to run the offense in Berkeley, EWU announced on Monday.
"I’m excited for the great opportunity that’s ahead but I’ll miss an amazing place," Baldwin said at a press conference held at EWU to announce his decision to leave the school.
Under Baldwin, EWU turned into a powerhouse at the FCS level, posting an 85-32 record in nine seasons. The Eagles won five Big Sky Conference titles and were crowned national champions in 2010.
Baldwin has never coached at the Division I FBS level, but has posted success in the past against those teams. Last season, Baldwin and the Eagles started off the year with a 45-42 win on the road against Washington State.
To open the 2013 season, Baldwin received national attention as EWU pulled off a huge upset by taking down No. 25 Oregon State, 49-46.
In 2016, EWU averaged 42.36 points per game. The Eagles rushed for 112 yards per game and gained 238 yards per game through the air.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jake Spavital is returning to West Virginia as offensive coordinator.
Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen announced Spavital's hiring Saturday. He'll also coach the quarterbacks.
Spavital was interim coach at Cal after Sonny Dykes was fired last Sunday. Spavital had finished his first season as Cal's offensive coordinator. Under him, Davis Webb threw for 4,295 and 37 touchdowns.
Spavital was the quarterbacks coach in 2011 and 2012 under Holgorsen at West Virginia, where Geno Smith set numerous school records. Spavital spent three years after that at Texas A&M.