Thursday, July 12, 2012

Morning Six Pack: July 12, 2012

imageTwo and a half cups of beer, one cup of grits, one pat of butter. Bring liquids to a boil and add grits. Reduce heat to simmer and let cook for 20 minutes. Then enjoy these six college football stories from around the country.

Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims cleared to play at Virginia this season

What the NCAA waiver rules were meant to do…

Minnesota regents approve beer sales at stadium

Your move, Alabama. Your move.

Paterno defended team in pre-death letter

Joe Paterno, in a letter written nearly a month before his January death, defends the integrity of the Penn State football program he guided for decades.

Puff. Puff. Pass.

Florida State cornerback Greg Reid was arrested and charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop in south Georgia.

Politics are about to ruin your college football Saturdays

Saturday's are no longer just for arguing about sports; now fans can verbally beat each other up about their politics, too. It's like the best of both worlds.

Quotable:

“I know there’s a great deal of discomfort around the idea, and it seems to frighten the heck out of everybody in the college ranks to think we might have high schoolers actually organizing in a way that they understand their rights,” said Dr. Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sport management at Drexel University. “Once they get into the system, after they sign that scholarship, they don’t have any more capability of negotiating.”

When a player is enrolled, there are restrictions on his ability to transfer to another university, or to hold a paying job. As millions of dollars are generated by the football program, scholarships are the players’ reward. But a high-profile recruit like Nkemdiche wields some fleeting power.

“Robert’s in that catbird seat where he can almost call his shots,” said Chad Simmons, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com. “I guarantee Clemson is thinking right now, ‘Should we take Ryan Carter tomorrow just to lock in Nkemdiche?’

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