Vanderbilt coach brings in former player linked to infamous and ugly moment at previous school

Vanderbilt: Diego Pavia SEC

The player whose actions and punishment led to a riff between rival schools that caused his coach to go on a postgame rant has transferred to an SEC school.

And he’s re-united with that ranting coach.

Diego Pavia, a quarterback at New Mexico State, has announced that he is transferring to Vanderbilt. What makes this interesting is that that is the same Diego Pavia who was punished by the Aggies program for urinating on the University of New Mexico logo at the practice facility, working his way back from that and having a great season to lead his team to 10 wins and a New Mexico bowl berth.

After the bowl game in December, Aggies coach Jerry Kill accused New Mexico AD Eddie Nuñez of not allowing his team to use that facility ahead of the New Mexico Bowl in December. “Accused” is tame. It was a postgame rant that went viral.

Kill was just hired as chief consultant to the head coach and offensive advisor at Vanderbilt, where Pavia just transferred.

Read: SEC school hires coach who went on epic rant after his team lost in a bowl game

Diego Pavia joins his former position coach at Vanderbilt

NCAA Football: Conference USA Football Championship-New Mexico State at Liberty
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Also on the Vanderbilt staff is Pavia’s former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Tim Beck, who was just hired for the same position with the Commodores.

Vanderbilt was last in the SEC in total yards, yards per game, 11th in passing yards, 13th in rushing yards per game and 13th in total points per game.

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Pavia threw for 44,23 yards and 39 touchdowns the past two seasons at New Mexico State and ran for 1,436 and 13 more touchdowns. He will likely be the favorite to be Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback next season.

Pavia is the third quarterback to transfer to the Commodores, joining Nate Johnson of Utah and Blaze Berlowitz, also from New Mexico State.

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