Happy Friday! Get an early buzz with these six college football stories from around the country.
Verbal gaffes by Ohio State University president Gordon Gee have long been a source of amusement and headaches at the school, whether he was calling the state governor a ''dummy'' two decades ago or more recently likening the challenges of holding together university divisions to ''the Polish Army.''
James Franklin, Tim Davis, Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Nick Saban, Charlie Weis, Steve Spurrier and E. Gordon Gee have all called out someone or some team recently.
Can Texas A&M repeat the success of its first year in the SEC? Will the Aggies be able to defeat defending national champion Alabama for a second straight season?
Phil Savage was the straight man at the DEX Imaging 19th annual L'Arche Football Preview at the Mitchell Center on Thursday night.
Two former NCAA athletes say the quality of a player should determine quantity of pay.
In an interview this week at the SEC spring meetings, Battle said there needs to be recognition that perhaps only two or three sports make money at universities.
"If you start to pay fair market value to those that the market is for, which is football and men's basketball, then how do you pay them and don't pay softball and rowing and swimming and diving and women's sports?" Battle asked. "If you go on market value, we're telling some people that they aren't worth much. We're paying what the market tells you. Again, look at the U.S. system and how many student-athletes come and have a great experience and play in good facilities with good coaching. There's value to that."
Auburn President Jay Gogue, in a separate interview, took a similar position and said paying athletes beyond a cost-of-attendance stipend is "inappropriate for an amateur athlete."
"I think if you look at the value, some of the numbers show you're spending about $150,000 per student-athlete in terms of training, medical costs and all that," Gogue said. "That's probably an appropriate amount for a college kid."