Friday, May 18, 2012

Morning Six Pack: May 18, 2012

imageOf course beer is the answer. But while you’re trying to remember the question, please check out these six college football stories from around the country.

Column: More SEC expansion coming, but where?

Even before the SEC holds a single sporting event as a 14-school conference, the possibility of further expansion is in the wind. With Florida State pondering its future in the ACC and batting its eyes at the Big 12, the intercollegiate deck soon could be reshuffled. Look for the SEC to do whatever is necessary to extend its footprint and strengthen its membership.

There Is Nothing Like LSU To Fire Up Razorback Fans

Contrary to popular belief, things DO change in Arkansas, however incrementally. In the two short decades since LSU last visited Razorback Stadium, Hog fans have experienced three bitter losses in Atlanta, two Miracles on Markham, and one season during which we were literally hanging on by a (hanging) toe. We have feuded bitterly amongst ourselves when we brought back a favorite son to be our coach, and also when we sent off a favorite son to be our president. And amazingly, many of us become the most passionate and spew the most vitriol when we talk about where to play the damned football games. Especially this LSU game.

Wisconsin AD Alvarez pursued Notre Dame series

When he suspected that fellow Big Ten schools perhaps were vacating spots on Notre Dame's schedule, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez leapt at the chance to fill them. The former Irish defensive coordinator got blocked there. But he remains open to getting his current and former employers together on the field at some point.

The burning question: What about the Notre Dame – Michigan series?

SMU fires athletic director Steve Orsini

May 17 is not a normal date to hear that an athletic director has been fired, but that doesn't matter much to SMU, which surprisingly fired AD Steve Orsini effective immediately on Thursday. School president R. Gerald Turner announced the change in a press release but did not give any specific reasons as to why Orsini was let go.

Darth Kiffin lands another top tailback

Two days after the Trojans received a verbal commitment from running back Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), USC landed another tailback, as Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) announced his commitment to the Trojans on Thursday.

NCAA rules changes include 'stronger' penalties

The NCAA overhaul of its body of rules may call for the suspension of a head coach whose assistants commit violations, as well as fine a university up to five percent of its annual athletic budget based on the severity of the penalty.

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