Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Morning Six Pack: February 26, 2013

We’re back! Check out these six cool college football stories from around the country.

Hurtt allegedly provided benefits

Louisville's Clint Hurtt faces allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits while an assistant at Miami. The NCAA says Hurtt received a $2,500 loan and provided perks to Hurricanes recruits.

Numbers for Manti Te'o at Scouting Combine cause for concern?

Te'o participated in five of the seven drills, opting out of the bench press and 60-yard shuttle, and did not finish ranked among the top five at his position in any of them.

Pa. governor's filing defends antitrust suit against NCAA

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says the NCAA has been trying to use his antitrust lawsuit over its sanctions against Penn State in a child sex abuse scandal to combat a groundswell of public criticism.

Did Johnny Manziel's lawsuit create a loophole to pay athletes?

Manziel sues for trademark infringement. If he wins, the NCAA said the student-athlete can keep the money from the suit.

UTC's Adam Braithwaite now defensive coordinator

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman has found the Mocs' new defensive coordinator. He was, literally, right next door.


Under a colorful sky and a Silicon Valley sunset, the Cardinal began the first half of their split spring practice schedule Monday evening with something even more comforting than the weather: a starting quarterback. The defending Pac-12 Conference and Rose Bowl champions also return most of a stout defense, too.

Stanford still needs to sort out starters at running back, tight end, wide receiver, left tackle and center under new offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren. While those competitions will likely last through the summer, this spring should give a glimpse about whether the Cardinal are worthy of what so many are forecasting this fall: a top-five ranking in The Associated Press preseason poll.

After two hectic months on the road recruiting and attending coaching clinics, Shaw felt at ease being back on the field. His message to players at the start of spring: keep it simple.

''I'm excited about how we started,'' Shaw said at the end of practice, when a full moon illuminated the night sky. ''We started much better than we did a year ago on the first day of spring. I think we've got a lot of retention, a lot of guys coming back, there's a lot of energy. I think they remembered the beginning of last spring, so our seniors did a great job of getting these guys ready to go. We started fast. It was a good day.''

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