Saturday, May 12, 2012

Morning Six Pack: May 12, 2012

imageWhile you cook breakfast with beer don’t forget to put some in the grits. Here are six college football stories from around the country.

Red River Rivalry to remain at Cotton Bowl through ’20

For those concerned that the annual Oklahoma-Texas game would be played anywhere but the Cotton Bowl for the foreseeable future, you can officially stop worrying.

City officials in Dallas confirmed Friday that it had received signed contracts from both OU and UT earlier in the afternoon, which guarantees that the Red River Rivalry (or “Red River Shootout” for the traditionalists in the audience) will be played in the Cotton Bowl through the 2020 season.  The old deal was set to expire after the 2015 game.

Is Temple in store for a letdown in its Big East return?

Under Al Golden, the Owls became a more disciplined football team and established a work ethic that Golden has tried to instill at Miami, where he landed after guiding Temple to 17 wins and a postseason berth in his final two seasons.

When Steve Addazio was hired to take over the program in Philadelphia, a lot of Temple fans were scratching their heads because Addazio was the subject of much ridicule in Gainesville due to Florida's offensive woes while he served as OC of the Gators.

Pittsburgh Files Suit Against The Big East To Ensure 2013 Exit, Seeks Damages

Why is Pittsburgh suing to ensure that it gets out of the Big East after the 2012-2013 season when most people believe is was a mere formality that such an exit would be negotiated anyway? First, Pittsburgh and Syracuse had worked with former commissioner John Marinatto and by all accounts the negotiations had been cordial, to the point that Marinatto even hinted publicly that Pittsburgh and Syracuse would be able to leave early now that the conference's expansion plans were complete. Now that he's gone, perhaps Pittsburgh feared the next person in leadership will not be as accommodating.

FSU AD Randy Spetman on Big 12 rumors: 'We're committed to the ACC'

While the conference realignment talk has buzzed around them all this week, Florida State officials have sat idly by, refraining from jumping into the speculative discourse that includes their university's athletics programs. That changed Friday morning.

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, FSU athletics director Randy Spetman said his programs were "committed to the ACC" and that any conversations about the school switching conferences is pure nonsense.

Chris Rock leaving Michigan program

(Come on, it was there for the taking)  Though he sat out 2011 with a redshirt, Michigan defensive tackle Chris Rock (not pictured, unfortunately) has decided to call it a day in Ann Arbor, a school spokesperson confirmed to annarbor.com. The news was first reported by Chris Balas of The Wolverine.

Steve Spurrier says Mizzou, South Carolina will wage "Battle of the Columbias"

The SEC will have another trophy game, Steve Spurrier says, thanks to Missouri and his South Carolina team waging "the Battle of the Columbias."

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