Friday, January 25, 2013

Morning Six Pack: January 25, 2013

Start your weekend binge early by enjoying these six college football stories from around the country.

Malzahn addresses Bisaccia situation

Hurry-up, no-huddle hiring may continue for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.

Senior Bowl - Working overtime for draft: Tide's Johnson plays catch-up for scouts

After winning back-to-back national championships, Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson said the next step is to get into shape.

Lawyer says she did nothing wrong

Nevin Shapiro's attorney said Thursday that she did nothing wrong during the former Miami booster's bankruptcy proceedings, instead insisting that the NCAA's problems during an investigation of the Hurricanes' athletic department were self-inflicted.

Patience has its rewards for Oregon's Kenjon Barner

Running back waited his turn to star for the Ducks, led to big final season for Senior Bowl player.

A&M officially adds two to coaching staff

With three spots open on his Texas A&M coaching staff, Kevin Sumlin has officially filled two of those — with a third on its way to becoming official as well.


In All-Name circles, Liner's name is unusual because it isn't unusual at all. It stands little chance in the Name of the Year Bracket -- an all-inclusive contest that saw then-LSU recruit Mingo beat a Michigan political science grad named Iris Macadangdang for the 2009 title. But given the circumstances, Liner's name is perfect. If Liner played offensive tackle or fullback, he wouldn't appear on this list, but just as Wave Ryder and Navy are the ideal marriage of player and school, Dee Liner the defensive end is the ultimate union of player and position. So don't slim him down and make him a Jack linebacker, Nick Saban.

Liner's name is so ideal that I'm willing to overlook the fact that Dee is not even his real first name. It's Davion. His mother began calling him Dee early on, and the rest of the family picked up the nickname. "They've been calling me Dee since I was little," Liner said. "They called me Little Dee. Now they call me Big Dee."

If you're more of a name purist, you'll still probably look toward Tuscaloosa for your favorite name on National Signing Day. North Little Rock, Ark., tailback Altee Tenpenny plans to join Alabama's class, and he has the best pure (on the birth certificate) name in the class of 2013. Say it out loud. Altee Tenpenny. Altee Tenpenny. Altee Tenpenny. It just rolls off the tongue.

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