Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Morning Six Pack: October 23, 2012

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The Plaxico Effect: Why Alabama freshmen don't speak with reporters

The star receiver burned Saban during his freshman year at Michigan State when he said "it would be like taking candy from a baby" when he faced Michigan.

10 Coaches on the Hot Seat

The first firing of the college football season came Sunday. Idaho let go of Robb Akey in a move that was not unexpected.

ACC suspends UNC's Rashad, officials in 2 games

The Atlantic Coast Conference has issued one-game suspensions to North Carolina freshman linebacker Shakeel Rashad for colliding with a Duke player during a substitution, and three officials from the Duke-UNC and Florida State-Miami games.

Arkansas State Still In Title Talk With Less Than Special Teams

Recent outcomes within the Sun Belt Conference have Arkansas State still with a shot at a Sun Belt Championship. But poor special teams, especially in the punting game, must be improved, Coach Gus Malzahn said.

Wyoming's Christensen suspended, fined $50K

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen has been suspended one week and fined $50,000 for his actions following an Oct. 13 loss to Air Force.  Last week, the Mountain West Conference reprimanded Christensen for his postgame conduct, saying it violated the league's sportsmanship rules. Christensen has apologized.

Quotable:

When Muschamp was hired to replace Urban Meyer, one of the assistants he kept from Meyer’s staff was special-teams coordinator D.J. Durkin, who spent three years at Stanford prior to coming to UF in 2010.

It’s usually easy to find Durkin on the sideline during a game. He is likely running up and down the sideline waving his arms when the Gators’ special-teams units are on the field.

His enthusiasm is just one reason Muschamp said Durkin gets the job done.

“He is very knowledgeable, number 1,’’ Muschamp said Monday. “He got really good experience as a young coach having the opportunity to be the special-teams coordinator for Jim Harbaugh out at Stanford. He’s got a lot of experience. He is very passionate about it, he really enjoys it. He does a great job of motivating the players.

“We’re a very vested group in special teams as far as our staff is concerned. What you emphasize is important and we spend a lot of time on it.”

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