Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Morning Six Pack: May 01, 2012

image They call it the breakfast of champions for a reason. Six college football stories from around the country.

GoDaddy.com Bowl extends contract with Sun Belt, MAC

Mobile's GoDaddy.com Bowl has its participating conferences locked down for at least six more games. The postseason game, to be played on Sunday Jan. 6, 2013 this season at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, has signed a four-year extension with the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference to provide teams for the game.

Sooners lineman battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Unfortunately, there’s sobering news coming out of Norman as a member of the Oklahoma football program is now facing a very significant and serious health issue. As he acknowledged on his Twitter account Monday, and subsequently confirmed by SoonerScoop.com, Oklahoma center Austin Woods has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  The website reported that Woods began chemotherapy yesterday, while the offensive lineman said he was diagnosed with Stage 3 of the disease last Thursday.

Former Auburn coach Terry Bowden thinks he can turn Akron football program around

MOBILE, Alabama -- Terry Bowden was having fun. He left coaching, the family business, had a gig as a radio and TV broadcaster and was even a writer for Yahoo Sports.com, covering the game he loved. It was the next best thing. But it wasn't the thing.

Speaking of Akron…

Former Ohio State Buckeyes Head Football Coach Jim Tressel sits at his desk in Buchtel Hall at the University of Akron and jokes about having a window for the first time in 37 years. Although Tressel was not yet supposed to start as the University’s Vice President of Strategic Engagement until May first, he says he has already been on the job for the past three weeks meeting and welcoming students and learning how he will fit in.

Alabama football legend passes away Monday

Former Alabama football star Billy Neighbors passed away Monday afternoon in Huntsville days after suffering a heart attack, multiple news outlets reported. He was 72. A member of the 1961 Crimson Tide national championship team, Neighbors was a big part of a defense that allowed just 25 points all season. He was a consensus All-American that season and was a sixth-round pick of the Boston Patriots in the NFL draft.

Senior Bowl continues role as NFL prospect showcase

The 2012 NFL Draft has come and gone but not before 82 former Senior Bowl players were selected over three days and seven rounds. That’s a number that includes eight first round draft picks and represents 32 percent of the 253 players drafted. Since 1999, the Senior Bowl has produced 152 first round selections and 1,212 draftees overall. North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples became the first Senior Bowl player drafted this year when the New York Jets selected him with the 16th overall pick. Coples was one of three Senior Bowl defensive ends to be selected in the first round, going just ahead of South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram (18th—San Diego) and Boise State’s Shea McClellin (19th—Chicago).

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