Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Morning Six Pack: April 2, 2013

Here’s your fix for Tuesday—six college football stories from around the country.

Alabama's veteran right guard now known as 'Steen Roller,' and call him a leader, too

"I’ve always been a guy that’s been around, just do my job and that’s it,” Anthony Steen says.

Reports: Rushel Shell transferring from Pitt

On a sabbatical from the Pittsburgh football team as he’s “working through some challenges right now,” Rushel Shell has apparently completed said work — much to the detriment of the Panthers’ running game.

As Mark Helfrich era begins, Oregon Ducks expect smooth transition

Early Tuesday morning, Mark Helfrich will take the field for the first time as head coach when the Oregon Ducks begin spring drills.

Four Downs: Allen Holds Early Edge In QB Competition; Minor Moves To RB

The battle for the Arkansas starting quarterback job is expected to continue throughout the spring. But the Razorbacks’ first scrimmage showed sophomore Brandon Allen has an early lead on senior Brandon Mitchell.

Did Maryland’s Randy Edsall lie about being chased out of South Florida?

At the request of the Post, the sheriff’s offices of Palm Beach County and neighboring Hendry County searched 911 calls for that date. Neither found a record of the call.

John Minor, a communications expert who specializes in cellphone tracking, said it is conceivable that a 911 call in a remote area could be difficult to trace, but if authorities don’t have any record, he said, “That is an indication some untruth may be going on.”


Moore's health problems had forced him to step down on March 20, and he passed away at Duke University Medical Center at age 73. The former Tide quarterback had been athletic director since 1999 after playing on Bear Bryant's first national championship team in 1961. Moore also coached under Bryant and Gene Stallings.

Saban, who Moore hired as football coach in January 2007, said the death hit him hard.

''It was really tough for me on Saturday when we got the news,'' Saban said. ''Mal was such a close friend, someone that I respected personally as well as professionally, in terms of the way he treated and thought about other people. Probably the most caring person about always putting other people first that I've ever been around, especially in the position of leadership that he had.

''Very, very compassionate. I never even saw him ever in the years that I've known him treat anybody with disrespect. I think we can all learn a lot - and I certainly have become a better person being around Mal Moore, with the class and character and obviously the integrity he had as a person and a coach and as an athletic director. It's just tough losing a good friend. I think his legacy at this institution is going to last for a long, long time.''

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