Thursday, January 24, 2013

Morning Six Pack: January 24, 2013

Satisfy those Thirsty Thursday cravings with these six college football stories from around the country.

Nebraska leads the way with 20-year Super Bowl streak

Nebraska leads all schools with at least one former player in the last 20 Super Bowls.

Nick Saban claims Bowden Coach of the Year honors

Two of the past three years, and coinciding with a BCS championship, Alabama’s Nick Saban has been lauded with an award honoring one of the game’s greatest coaches.

As ESPN Debated, Te’o Story Slipped Away

While some inside the network were pushing to publish an article about the girlfriend hoax and others were pushing back, another outlet broke the story.

Auburn RB coach may be headed to Cowboys

Less than three full weeks on the job, Auburn running backs and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is close to becoming the special teams coach for the Dallas Cowboys, according to multiple reports.

UCLA lands top-10 safeties Willis, Goodman

Priest Willis, the fifth-ranked safety in the ESPN 150, committed to UCLA on Wednesday night just hours after fellow ESPN 150 safety Tahaan Goodman chose the Bruins.

Quotable:

"This is obviously a shocking affair," said Emmert. "We have to get the answer to, how did this individual who was working with Shapiro end up engaging in these activities on our behalf? It's stunning that this has transpired."

You think?

The conduct in question apparently centers around the December 2011 testimony of former Miami equipment staffer and Shapiro conduit Sean Allen, who told CBS Sports last September that he was shocked to find NCAA investigator Ameen Najjar in the room upon arriving to his deposition in Shapiro's bankruptcy case. Even after Allen asked that Najjar leave, he still faced a barrage of Miami-related questions with seemingly little relevance to bankruptcy. And unlike in his NCAA interviews, he was now under oath.

Emmert provided no names on Wednesday, but CBS reported last week that Najjar was fired last year. Emmert said the NCAA became aware of possible improprieties last fall when invoices began showing up for "legal work that had not been approved." And yet, as recently as Sunday, word was leaking that Louisville football assistant Clint Hurtt and Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith -- both named in Yahoo!'s report -- were about to be charged with unethical conduct allegations.

In other words, one arm of the NCAA was proceeding on the path to formal allegations last weekend, while Emmert was meeting with the Board of Directors to inform them of the possible ethical breech at the same time. You'd call these guys keystone cops if not for the fact they make actual keystone cops look like Dragnet.

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