Saturday, December 8, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 8, 2012

And so, another college football regular season comes to an end. To the Midshipmen and Black Knights, we raise our glasses in your honor. Here are six college football stories from around the country.

WVU mascot told to stop firing musket at wildlife

The musket toted by West Virginia University's Mountaineer isn't just a prop -- it's a bona fide weapon, and mascot Jonathan Kimble demonstrated that when he brought down a black bear with it in the woods.

Mayor honors unbeaten Ohio State team

Thousands of fans gathered at St. John Arena on Friday to honor No. 3 Ohio State for its perfect season, waving signs that read ''12-OH'' and chanting for coach Urban Meyer.

Wiedmer: Jones may be what UT needs, fans' fears aside

You can argue over whether it should be about more than winning. Not just this hire. Any hire in major college athletics. Whether it is more important, rather than merely more noble, to produce solid citizens and graduates than it is to fill stadium seats and trophy cases.

Sandusky seeks less harsh Pa. prison setting

A lawyer for former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky said Friday his client has gotten his fighting spirit back after his child abuse conviction and sentencing and hopes prison officials will find a way to house him under less restrictive conditions than he currently experiences.

Manziel the clear Heisman choice - Alabama (Rivals)

There are privileges afforded to us in the sporting media from time to time that are perks - we often get the best seats in the house for football games, get to ask questions of coaches and players that fans wish they could ask, get to meet and cover interesting (and sometimes historic) characters.


t was a head-scratching move by Chizik to scrap Malzahn's offense and bring in Scot Loeffler, who installed a pro-style scheme for 2012. Especially because the offensive players were brought in for Malzahn's system. Even with Malzahn leaving for the Arkansas State job, perhaps Chizik would still be employed if the offensive scheme hadn't changed. We knew the Tigers would have issues on defense because of youth, but Brian VanGorder's unit was only going to get better in time with the talent Chizik was able to net on the recruiting trail. Now, Malzahn will get the chance to make the offense immediately more efficient.

Keeping the current crop of commits and bringing in other high-quality talent in this current recruiting cycle will be one of Malzahn's top priorities, as well as assembling a strong staff. According to the various recruiting services, Auburn has brought in Top 20 classes the last three seasons, and Malzahn should be able to do the same on National Signing Day in February. And we already know who the new defensive coordinator will be, as Ellis Johnson will run the unit after being let go as head coach of Southern Miss. Johnson has been considered one of the best defensive minds in college football for the past several years.

While Auburn fans may have wanted a bigger name, Malzahn is the right guy at the right time for this program. The Tigers need stability, and bringing in a familiar name with a proven track record will offer just that for a team looking to put behind a dreadful 2012.

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