Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Morning Six Pack: July 31, 2012

imageFarewell, July. As the silly season rapidly approaches a merciful end, enjoy this six college football stories from around the country.

Amid Roster Questions, Fans Rally for PSU Team

A pep band and more than 1,000 fans bearing signs and shouting their support for Penn State football turned out Tuesday morning to greet players gathering for offseason workouts amid a cloud of uncertainty…

Defending a national title: Focus on 2012 season, not past for Alabama

Back in 1965, there was no Bowl Championship Series, no ESPN and no on-field presentation of a crystal football to college football's national champions.

NCAA Board to Weigh Stiffer Penalties for Rule Breakers

Four-year bowl bans, 50-percent scholarship cuts, and financial penalties that could stretch into the millions. Those are a few of the tougher sanctions that athletic departments could face starting next August.

Big East wants new bowl for champion

The Big East Conference has discussed starting a new bowl game for its champion, likely in Florida, starting with the 2014 season, according to sources at Big East Media Days in Newport.

The case of the missing university mascot

It's an all-out dog hunt as Ruston residents hope to bring Louisiana Tech University's beloved mascot back home.


It's hard to remember LSU won 13 games and was No. 1 for most of 2011. What sticks in the discriminating college football mind, is quarterback problems and a 21-0 skunking by 'Bama in New Orleans.

"You still hear it now. Our kids still hear it now about the game," LSU offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa said. "Because everybody was so fired up after a wonderful season, that when it ends like that, that's what they focus on. Not the 13 wins, not how great it was up to that point.

"Now you get a chance for redemption."

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