Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 5, 2012

Coaching search committees: As useless as empty beer cans. Here are six college football stories from around the country.

Barrett Jones becomes Alabama's first Campbell Trophy winner

The award goes to college football's "best and brightest."

Report: Houston Nutt interviewing with USF

It hasn’t taken South Florida long to begin interviewing coaches for the vacancy left by Skip Holtz. Of course, by “left” we mean he was let go after just three seasons.

Here's what Georgia's Mark Richt told recruit day after loss to Alabama

"He wishes they could've had a couple of more seconds."

Cincinnati coach Jones is weighing his options

Coach Butch Jones was weighing his options Tuesday after returning to Cincinnati's campus after two days of interviews at Purdue and Colorado.

Work ethic carries Jones in successful freshman season

On his first carry as a Gator, it was easy to see why Matt Jones was a consensus four-star recruit coming out of high school.

Quotable:

In the meantime, you have Arkansas and Tennessee — both with professional, respected athletic directors — conducting coaching searches like big-time programs conduct coaching searches.

They weren’t interviewing Smart and Malzahn.

Arkansas took swings at LSU’s Les Miles, Super Bowl winner Jon Gruden and Boise State’s Chris Petersen. Tennessee went after Gruden as well and had serious talks with Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy.

The Razorbacks ended up with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielma, who is leading the Badgers back to the Rose Bowl for the third straight time. The Vols appear to be on the verge of landing Louisville coach Charlie Strong, a longtime Florida assistant who has the Cardinals heading to the Sugar Bowl in his third season.

And here’s Auburn — a program that you could argue has a higher standing in this league than either Tennessee or Arkansas — hiring a guy with no real experience, based more on personal relationships than professional accomplishments.

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