Thursday, December 6, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 6, 2012

Satisfy your Thirsty Thursday cravings with this six college football stories from around the country.

Decision made: Keenan Allen moving on from Cal to NFL

And so begins the season of early NFL draft entries.

Report: Ellis Johnson agrees to be Auburn's defensive coordinator

According to the report, Johnson has agreed to a three-year deal worth $800,000 a year.

Barrett Jones wins another academic honor

The SEC has named Alabama’s Barrett Jones as the league’s top scholar-athlete for the second straight year.

Charlie Strong staying at Louisville

Cardinals coach reportedly sticking with Louisville instead of Tennessee.

Bielema's move to Arkansas speaks volumes

Bret Bielema was introduced on Wednesday as Arkansas' new football coach. The move from Wisconsin says plenty about how football coaches think, writes Michael Rosenberg.


But the idea that Tennessee can't steal Louisville's coach is almost unthinkable. Forget the perceived differences between the ACC (where Louisville is headed in 2014) and the SEC. Forget that on Monday Strong publicly complained that Louisville didn't come close to filling its 55,000-seat stadium for Senior Day with a team that was 9-1 at the time. Strong, at his core, is an SEC guy. He coached at Florida, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and South Carolina. He knows that league. He loves that league. And given an opportunity to take what is supposed to be one of that league's best jobs, he decided to stay.

That says a lot about Louisville, but it says even more about Tennessee right now.

Hart can still make a good hire. North Carolina's Larry Fedora, Miami's Al Golden, West Virginia's Dana Holgersen, Cincinnati's Butch Jones, Penn State's Bill O'Brien or Iowa State's Paul Rhoads would all be viewed as significant upgrades over Dooley and have a chance to win in Knoxville.

But the worst thing that can happen to a coaching search is for the process to get away from an athletic director while panic sets in. Tennessee moved one step closer to that on Wednesday.

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