Friday, August 10, 2012

Morning Six Pack: August 10, 2012

imageBeer and football: Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Check out these six college football stories from around the country.

Lane Kiffin 'would not vote USC No. 1,' but he did

Southern California coach Lane Kiffin told reporters this week he "would not vote USC No. 1," but that's exactly what he did.

Pease Uses Playing Days as Guide in Dealing with Gators' Quarterback Battle

Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease can relate to the tension, anxiety and anticipation that is involved when two players are competing for a team’s most high-profile job.

Who Went Where and Why

Nearly a quarter of the 124 teams playing major college football this season will have first-year coaches.

Fugitive Cowboy 

Once again, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Christian Littlehead is facing legal trouble. The Tulsa World reports Littlehead is being charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, and has a warrant out for his arrest.

Pac-12 schools give football coaches raises

Many schools in the Pac-12 Conference have made football coaches among the greatest beneficiaries of new TV deals.


“Star” and “money” are terms Saban uses for the fifth and sixth defensive backs used in various coverage schemes, and he said he began using those words because of his former boss, Bill Belichick. Saban served as Belichick’s defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns during 1991-94.

What are the qualities of a good star and money player?

“You can be a really good star and not have the long-speed to be a good corner — long-speed being that if a guy runs a take off on you, you have to run and not get out run when the ball is in the air,” Saban said. “If you have really good quickness and cover ability, the slot guy has a hard time beating you in that position because he’s closer to the safeties, he’s closer to the middle of the field. So, a good tackler, a good blitzer, a good cover guy on a slot player, which is different than a good cover guy on an outside player.

“The money guy has got to have some linebacker characteristics, in terms of the run. It helps that the guy’s a little bit bigger and physical because sometimes he has to cover a tight end, which is a bigger guy. But he also, unless you change personnel, has to be good enough to do the same things that the star does.”

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