Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Morning Six Pack: May 22, 2012

imageThere are 100 days remaining until the start of college football season? Drink to that, and these six stories from around the country on our favorite sport.

ESPN’s Brian Bennett poignantly reflects on a relationship with Bill Stewart.

Stewart never really wanted to participate in the peaceful transition of power, which became even more obvious just a few weeks later. Outwardly, though, he maintained his ever-rosy persona when I asked him what he planned to do with his life after football. "I'm only going to be 59 this year," he told me. "I was born to coach. I was born to lead."  Sadly, and incredibly, Stewart didn't have much time to write a new chapter in his life, dying of a heart attack Monday just a couple of weeks shy of his 60th birthday.

Big East still hopeful, but tectonic shifts have league's fate in doubt

The ever-present threat of realignment has again put the Big East's future in doubt. Despite that, the league maintained a hopeful outlook at Monday's meetings, says Andy Staples.

What if the SEC vs the Big 12 Bowl already existed?

Part of me believes the Big 12 cut off its nose to spite its face by inking a bowl game contract with the SEC. The Big 12 was on the verge of collapse last summer and interim commissioner Chuck Neinas desperately needed an anchor to create stability. What better safe haven than to hook up with the most prominent college football conference?

Sooners officially add ex-Arizona corner

For the second time in less than a week, Oklahoma has officially landed a transfer from a Left Coast conference. In a press release sent out Monday, the Sooners confirmed reports from earlier this month by announcing the transfer of cornerback Cortez Johnson.

Mike London would like to recruit you with LinkedIn

Mike London, the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers, is using social media to connect to recruits. What’s weird about this? He is using LinkedIn which is targeted towards professionals trying to land employment and staying in touch with your business partners.

The maturation of Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin was despised by SEC fans (including Tennessee's) during his 14-month tenure at Rocky Top. But the USC head coach has experienced a transformation in Los Angeles.

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