Friday, November 16, 2012

Morning Six Pack: November 16, 2012

It’s Gameday Eve! It’s Gameday Eve! And it’s six delicious college football stories from around the country.

Klein still holding off Manziel as Heisman front-runner

Apparently, the oddsmakers’ paid little or no attention to the compelling case for Johnny Manziel made by Ben last weekend. Just as in its last set of odds, Bovada.com‘s latest Heisman Trophy odds see Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein as the prohibitive favorite for the stiff-armed award at 2/3.

Johnny Unitas Award Finalists

  The highly coveted Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on December 7, 2012 in Baltimore, MD, and with the five finalists officially announced, it’s time to break them down.

Cyclones seek to get bowl eligible against Kansas

Paul Rhoads ticked off in his head, one by one, the number of questions it took this week before someone finally asked him about his Cyclones winning their sixth game.

Alabama notebook: Offensive linemen part of recruiting needs

Alabama coach Nick Saban indicated on his Thursday night radio show he isn't expecting offensive tackle D.J. Fluker to return for his senior season.

North Carolina pulls away late to defeat Virginia

Bryn Renner threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter after a goal-line stand preserved North Carolina's lead and the Tar Heels ended Virginia's postseason hopes with a 37-13 victory Thursday night.

Quotable:

There is a coast-to-coast mandate, and it is as simple as this: "You see it, you own it."

It is a slogan Greg McGarity, athletics director at Georgia, first saw used by The Walt Disney Co. As McGarity understood it, the slogan was a prod for all employees regardless of rank to pick up trash on the company's grounds if they saw it. McGarity adopted the slogan for Georgia when it came to NCAA rules compliance, but now the slogan is used in case something much more sinister than a hot dog wrapper is floating around.

"People are more alert, people are asking more questions, people are probably paranoid, somewhat, that those type situations of what happened at Penn State don't arise at their institutions," he said.

"There is the unknown out there, and that's the scary thing. What we're saying now is if something doesn't look right, bring it up. We have an obligation."

McGarity paused for a moment and seemed to speak for athletics directors across the country.

"It shakes you up and causes you to reevaluate everything."

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