Sunday, August 5, 2012

Morning Six Pack: August 5, 2012

imageCold, clear, crisp and refreshing are these six college football stories from around the country.

Penn State fire sale continues

Penn State senior wide receiver Justin Brown has told Oklahoma coaches he will transfer and play for the Sooners, a source told ESPN on Saturday.

Recruiting 101: Building a successful college football program starts with the pitch

As much as anything else, the success of college football coaches hinges on being salesmen.

Air Force boots five from team

The beginning of preseason practices didn’t open up with particularly good news for Air Force. It’s not simply that the Falcons are down five players, it’s that the handful was expected to major contributors this season.

Police: Several leads in Ball attack

Detectives investigating an assault that left star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball with a concussion have identified ''several persons of interest'' and believe the altercation may be related to a fight five days earlier.

Mark Richt has totally lost control of… Well, everything.

Georgia coach Mark Richt announced after Saturday morning's practice that cornerback Branden Smith will be available for the Bulldogs' season-opening game against Buffalo.


The start of August practice is still a watershed in some ways, the first time that all the players and coaches are in one place at one time as a team. But individually and in small groups, the work has been constant for almost eight months.

I am not naive enough to suggest that Alabama players have no fun at all. But quarterback AJ McCarron responded to a question on Friday about summer fun with approximately the same look Dick Cheney would use to greet a query about Lady Gaga.

"We don't celebrate much here," the Crimson Tide's junior quarterback said. "It doesn't matter what we win. I think after the (BCS) championship game, we took off 72 hours and then went back to work.There isn't any complacency here. That's how people lose their jobs."

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