Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 12, 2012

It’s 12/12/12. There’s got to be some kind of Mayan drinking game today, right? To start it off, here are six college football stories from around the country.

Western Kentucky Looks at Future, Not Bobby Petrino’s Checkered Past

Bobby Petrino, hired as the coach at Western Kentucky, has had his share of troubles, including an affair with an Arkansas staff member. Can coaches get away with anything as long as they win?

Malzahn talks of turnaround

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn reassured those in the packed room at Tuesday night's meeting of the Montgomery Quarterback Club that he will turn the struggling program around. 'We are going to get our edge back,' Malzahn told a crowd of about 250 mostly Auburn fans.

Mel Kiper recommends another UT year for Tyler Bray

Tyler Bray's junior season of college football included a lot of ups and at least as many downs.

Tee Martin to remain USC assistant

Southern California wide receivers coach Tee Martin said Tuesday that he'll remain at the school instead of returning to Tennessee to join new Vols coach Butch Jones' staff.

Penn State ‘coach of the year’ may take over Philadelphia Eagles

Bill O'Brien won accolades in a hobbled program, but Andy Reid's departure from the Eagles is tempting.


"It's surreal," Heinicke said. "Johnny Manziel is an unbelievable player. To do that in his first year playing and also in the SEC is unbelievable. I wouldn't put myself on his level. He's playing a lot better competition, and I give all the credit to him.

"But at the same time, it's unbelievable. I never thought I'd account for 55 touchdowns in one year at the college level. I have to credit my coaches, receivers and linemen to let me do that."

With an offense that returns nine starters next season, more records could be in jeopardy.

"A lot of us are a microcosm of Taylor and his recruitment," Wilder said. "Whether it's me, whether it's coaches on the staff, or the players, none of us were quite good enough, yet here we are with an opportunity to perform at the highest level of football at the FBS.

"Our players, like Taylor, are excited to show people what they feel like they were capable of doing all along."

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