Monday, June 18, 2012

Morning Six Pack: June 18, 2012

imageBreakfast: Kegs, Eggs, Biscuits and six college football stories from around the country.

Jay Hopson’s Hiring at Alcorn State Raises Eyebrows Over Race

The hiring of Jay Hopson by Alcorn State last month made him its first white head football coach and prompted some skepticism among alumni, but the move is not being questioned by everyone.

CSU's Jim McElwain building bonds

During a break in the Colorado State football camp for high schoolers, Rams' first-year head coach Jim McElwain brought them all together in a huddle for a chat. The message he gave them was similar to what he's passed on to his roster. Take care of your business, your brand. Anything and everything they do is how they go about building themselves, not just as players, but in life.

Which is exactly what McElwain and his staff have been trying to do ever since he was hired in December, especially in the state of Colorado.

Bob Chappuis, Halfback Rescued in World War II, Dies at 89

During World War II, Chappuis’s bomber was shot down, and he was hidden from the Nazis by an Italian family before returning to play at Michigan.

Harvey Updyke case begins Monday with videotaped deposition

When prosecutors present their case against Updyke this week, it's likely to reveal new details about an already bizarre saga that has captured national attention.

Clemson lands another top Class of 2013 defender

The Tigers continue to bring in high-quality talent this cycle. After receiving a verbal commitment from the nation's top overall player, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, Clemson added another strong defender to its 2013 class when it snagged strongside end Elijah Daniel on Sunday afternoon. The Avon High School (Avon, IN) four-star recruit is a Top 10 defensive end nationally and had offers from major powers such as Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Horns hoping to rise in 2012

The University of Texas coaching staff — with the notable absence of head football coach Mack Brown — were in San Angelo to speak at the Texas Exes Luncheon about the Longhorn nation's expectations for the coming season. "There's this religion in Texas called football, and you have to have revivals every so often," co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said. "That's kind of what this is. It's a chance to be around the fans, and the fans get to be around the coaches.”

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