Monday, January 21, 2013

Morning Six Pack: January 21, 2013

Mondays are like Ash Wednesday morning in the French Quarter. They stink, but we still have these six college football stories from around the country.

Loeffler The Answer? - Virginia Tech

Last Monday night, former Auburn OC Scot Loeffler accepted the same position with VT. Is he the best fit? What can we expect from his offense? We look at the big picture of the hire.

Lingering injuries could force former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker to sit out Senior Bowl

The former right tackle is dealing with a calf strain and groin injury, but will try to give it a go at Monday's practice.

Running back Jordan Wilkins is no longer committed to Auburn

Wilkins, a 6-1, 210-pounder who was rated a four-star prospect, produced a 1,500-yard season as a junior at St. Benedict High in Cordova, Tenn., before breaking his leg in October.

Savage ready for first Senior Bowl as executive director

Mobile native and former NFL general manager has experienced the Senior Bowl from every angle.

Non-seniors to play in Senior Bowl

The NFL has cleared two non-seniors to compete in the Senior Bowl for the first time, opening the door to a wider pool of draft prospects for future games.


"We were looking for a coach who exemplified excellence, leadership and character, and who would embrace what our winning football culture is all about. We found that person in Mark Helfrich," said Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens.

"He has been vitally important to our success here the past four years. He is man devoted to his family, his players, his university and community. I'm excited to see Mark lead the Ducks to even greater heights."

While it was not the main goal of Oregon's search, Mullens called the continuity Helfrich provides the program a clear "bonus." Helfrich is the third Oregon coach in a row to be hired from within the staff, joining Kelly and Mike Bellotti, who led the Ducks from 1995-2008.

"The fact that he's got deep roots in Oregon is a bonus," Mullens said. "But it was not the driving factor. We wanted an outstanding leader to continue the tradition of Oregon football.

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