Saturday, December 15, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 15, 2012

Less than a week now to the Mayan Apocalypse. Drink up these six college football stories from around the country.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl preview: Utah St. vs. Toledo

Keeton and the Aggies take on Fluellen and the Rockets.

Alabama-Notre Dame: The Sack changes everything

Cornelius Bennett's crushing sack of Steve Beuerlein signals an end to "a decade and a half of frustration" in Crimson Tide's 1986 victory.

BCS countdown: Irish still Heisman leaders

Notre Dame's Heisman Trophy drought is at a quarter century after linebacker Manti Te'o finished runner-up last Saturday, but there was a time when college football's top individual award was delivered frequently to South Bend.

Kingsbury receives warm welcome at Tech

Kingsbury was formally introduced Friday as the new head football coach at Texas Tech, where he starred as the quarterback of some of Mike Leach's high-flying offenses.

Bowl games make sure college football players are the most gifted

Part of the reward of going to a bowl is 'swag'—gifts to players from game organizers. They include caps, iPads, even TVs, but there's a limit: $550 total value. Improbable as this may sound, if next month you see a young man, early 20s, wearing a fleece pullover, walking down the street flipping a coin and trying to find an outlet to use his Helen of Troy hair dryer, you're probably passing a USC Trojan just back from the Sun Bowl.

Quotable:

Miles was particularly proud of Minter, a junior who enrolled early in 2009 and finished in four years. He also blossomed this season to become the leading tackler and a Butkus Award finalist.

"He's a humble, hard-working program guy," Miles said. "Comes in, doesn't say a whole lot. Minds his business, does the right things, always in class, always does the right things, learning in football, competes in the classroom, putting himself in position to lead our team.

"The first function of leadership is to be able to lead yourself. That's what he's done best."

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