Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Morning Six Pack: January 16, 2013

We hate getting up as much as you do, but you gotta get started early on your six pack of college football stories from around the country.

More Than Half of All 2012-2013 Bowls Show Increase in Attendance

Eighteen of the 35 Football Bowl Association member bowls had increased attendance during this year’s bowl season. Overall, attendance at bowl games fell 2.4 percent this year compared to the same games last year, the Football Bowl Association announced yesterday.

Nine freshmen eligible for spring practice - Alabama

Nine incoming University of Alabama football players have enrolled for spring classes and will be eligible for spring practice.

Don't write off Virginia Tech's Thomas just yet

Logan Thomas decided to remain at Virginia Tech for a final season of college football, and the quarterback could not have made a more wise decision.

Former Penn State receiver lands at Marshall

Over four months after “parting ways” with the Penn State program, Shawney Kersey has found himself a new school to call his football home.

More mock drafts that love the Crimson Tide

Alabama had four guys taken in the first round of the last two NFL drafts, and NFL.com is predicting it will happen again.

Quotable:

That decision has caused an angry reaction from some Auburn fans. That happens a lot these days, given the access that fans have to recruits on social media. (No, there is no way to turn back the clock, and even if we could, recruits were probably getting angry letters via Pony Express.) The same thing happened to Cyrus Kouandjio and T.J. Yeldon when they flipped to Alabama and to Reuben Foster and Craig Sanders when they reversed commitments to Alabama and opted for Auburn instead.

Neither side has a monopoly on fan immaturity.

The late loss of blue-chip recruits to Alabama has been a particular frustration for Auburn recently, and it is not hard to see why. Just look at the aforementioned Kouandjio and Yeldon. Would their presence on Auburn's offense have made a difference for the Tigers? Absolutely. Even if those two wouldn't have entirely reversed the 49-0 verdict in this year's game with Alabama, just keeping them away from the Crimson Tide might have made the difference in close UA wins over LSU or Georgia. That might have been enough to keep Alabama from winning the BCS title, and that would have made things easier for AU as it attempts to even out the talent imbalance.

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