Saturday, July 14, 2012

Morning Six Pack: July 14, 2012

imageHappy Bastille Day, y’all. Laissez les bon temps rouler and check out these six college football stories from around the country.

That didn’t last long, did it?  

The Big Ten and Pac-12 have scrapped their plan to schedule games against each other in all sports.

South Alabama announces kickoff times for the first three games

Former Alabama player Joey Jones starts off with Texas – San Antonio.

UNC spent $467K in legal fees on NCAA probe

Tigers laugh--Auburn spent 400k and got away. 

Reuben Foster's switch nothing new, and he could change his mind again

And we still don’t care.

Paterno's legacy may be damaged beyond repair

For decades Penn State was considered special, immune from the corruption of college athletics by virtue of Joe Paterno's high ideals, long list of victories and even longer list of graduates. Now, to many people outside Penn State and even some insiders, that's been exposed as an illusion.


It starts behind center where, for the first time in years, LSU appears to have some stability. Junior-college transfer Zach Mettenberger, who started his college career at Georgia, lacks major experience but is said to have NFL-caliber skills. Of course, he won't have to do much to improve upon what Jefferson and Lee did during the past few seasons. The backfield behind Mettenberger is absolutely loaded. The Tigers bring back three players -- Michael Ford, Spencer Ware and Alfred Blue -- who ran for more than 500 yards last season. They'll be running behind an offensive line that returns four starters and could also include 2011 five-star signee La'el Collins. And then there's the defense, which ranked right behind Alabama in most categories last season. Defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo could both be first-round picks in next year's draft. The defensive backfield, led by Mathieu, Simon and junior safety Eric Reid, could once again be the best in college football. The Tigers bring back kicker Drew Alleman, a preseason all-SEC second team selection, and punter Brad Wing, a first-team selection. The schedule is a bit friendlier than it was last year. The Tigers also get a week off before their home showdown with Alabama.

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