Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Morning Six Pack: January 30, 2013

Happy Hump Day! Hunker down and check out these six college football stories from around the country.

Countdown to Signing Day: Evaluating the 5-star recruits of the Nick Saban era at Alabama

Though a few failed to live up to the hype, most were as good as advertised

Countdown to Signing Day: Evaluating Auburn's junior college transfers of the Chizik era

Under Gene Chizik, Auburn signed seven junior college transfers. Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and Brandon Mosley were all selected in the NFL Draft.

Mizzou reaping off-field benefits

By all measures, Missouri endured a disappointing football debut in the Southeastern Conference, slogging through a 5-7 season in 2012 that disrupted a seven-year streak of bowl games under Coach Gary Pinkel.

Chattanooga Mocs football team facing new foes, mighty Alabama

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's 2013 schedule starts with three opponents the Mocs haven't faced in at least 20 years or ever.

South Alabama completes 2013 football schedule by adding Southern Utah

Jaguarsa, SUU will play on Thurs., Aug. 29 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium to open the 2013 season.


"Hindsight is 20-20. I didn't think going into the game he was affected by it. But he didn't play his best. Alabama had something to do with that, clearly. But I really don't know," Kelly said.

"It's a lot to weigh on the shoulders of somebody. I think we can make the leap that maybe it did. But I think Manti would know for sure."

Te'o said in an interview with ESPN after the news of the hoax broke that it did not affect his performance in the title game blowout.

Kelly spoke to reporters today by conference call for the first time since the Irish were beaten 42-14 by Alabama in the BCS title game on Jan. 7. He said his interview the Philadelphia Eagles was mainly to get more information about coaching in the NFL, and his heart remains in college football. He's also working on a contract extension with Notre Dame.

Kelly said so far everything that has come out about the girlfriend hoax matches up with what Te'o told him when he called him Dec. 26. Kelly contacted athletic director Jack Swarbrick immediately after Te'o told him what happened.

"Obviously, we all heard the story. It just sounded so crazy that the first thing I wanted to make sure we did was get the right people on top of this immediately," he said. "That was my first thought, to find out 'What the heck is going on here.'"

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