Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Morning Six Pack: March 12, 2013

Chilling through a chilly Tuesday with six chilly college football stories from around the country.

2012? What 2012? New Auburn football coaches choose to work with a clean slate

It’s not a popularity contest. It’s not up for the fans, media or alumni to decide. It’s not even really up to Rodney Garner or the other coaches, when it boils down to it.

Scandal costs for PSU top $41M

Penn State has released a document sought by some of its critics detailing the agreement with former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a review that cost the school about $8.1 million.

Kingsbury, Fleck lead wave of 30-something college football coaches

Hiring a coach who still looks a lot like his college yearbook photo has happened in the past. Bear Bryant was 31 when he got his first job at Maryland in 1944. But in recent years it's become more common.

Austin wins Johnny Rodgers award

West Virginia's Tavon Austin has been named winner of the Johnny Rodgers Award as the top return specialist in college football in 2012.

Floyd not expected to be at UF Pro Day

One of the hottest draft prospects in Florida football history is not expected to participate in the team’s annual Pro Day Tuesday in The Swamp.

Quotable:

It's Oct. 22, 2012, and Dee Milliner is sitting in the sports information office at Alabama's sparkling Mal Moore Athletic Facility. He has no idea that he is just three months away from another BCS championship. He has no idea that in five months he will set the NFL draft combine on its ear (and nearly break Twitter) by running the 40-yard dash in 4.31 and 4.37 seconds. And he has no idea that by March 7, he not only will be ranked first among cornerbacks in both Mel Kiper's and Todd McShay's mock drafts, but both draft analysts will have him among the top five players overall in what looks to be a defense-dominated first round.

"I don't have any idea what's going to happen with me and the NFL," Milliner confessed in October, already aware of too-early knocks on his ability to turn and run. Then he leaned forward for emphasis, looking decidedly smaller in just a T-shirt and workout shorts than his listed 6-foot-1, 199 pounds. "But here's what I know about playing at Alabama. Nowhere is going to have me better prepared for professional football than this place right here."

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