Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Morning Six Pack: March 6, 2013

Happy Wednesday. We’re humpin’ right along with these six college football stories from around the country.

Saban: Alabama's offseason 'issues' illustrate why it's a 'work in progress'

The Crimson Tide coach prepares for spring practice, which starts March 16.

Former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen betting game film, not 40 time, key to his NFL hopes

Lutzenkirchen's times at Auburn's Pro Day were comparable to pedestrian numbers for a tight end at the NFL Combine, but a still-recovering Lutzenkirchen believes his production and SEC game film will help him make up any ground he's lost.

Johnny Manziel suits up for spring practice, getting insurance policy, talks future

"Whenever that decision comes, I will have to sit down and evaluate it just like you do with anything else in your life," he said. "With the NFL, if you have an opportunity to go, then you look at it. But I love this place,

Offensive line heads Tennessee Vols' good stuff

There was plenty of lowlights last season for the University of Tennessee football program, and that's why there's a new coaching staff.

Which SEC stars are under pressure to shine at pro days?

While some SEC stars put up big numbers at last month's NFL combine, these five need to show their stuff at pro days this month to improve or solidify their stock.

Quotable:

For years, many NCAA colleges have denied having special admissions policies for athletes. But more than half of the surveyed faculty reps in the Football Bowl Subdivision say their institutions admit players who do not meet standard admissions requirements, while some 70 percent say their institutions have a process for considering such students.

Most colleges maintain their own criteria for admissions rather than defaulting to NCAA minimums, the report says. But 30 percent of Division I faculty reps note that any athlete who meets the minimum NCAA academic standard is considered admissible to their institutions.

Nearly two-thirds of faculty athletics reps at the bowl-subdivision, or FBS, level believe that athletes cluster in certain majors on their campuses, often because of scheduling conflicts with their sports and NCAA progress-toward-degree requirements that limit their ability to study certain disciplines.

And nearly one in five FBS faculty reps would prefer that first-year athletes not be allowed to compete in their sport, the survey found.

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