Monday, February 11, 2013

Morning Six Pack: February 11, 2013

It’s Lundi Gras. Start your two day celebration with these six college football stories from around the country.

Introducing Derrick Henry, the latest 5-star addition to Alabama's backfield

If you bump into the five-star running back in the middle of the night, he's probably doing push-ups.

Kevin Sumlin Says the Texas A&M Aggies are Still Playing Catch-Up in the SEC

When Texas A&M joined the SEC there were many detractors. Not only was Kevin Sumlin making the leap from the University of Houston in Conference USA but he was bringing a wide-open, high-scoring offense to the toughest and most physical conference in all of college football.

O'Brien: Penn State game in Ireland 'in the works'

The NCAA has decreed that for the time being, Penn State can't take the same team-wide trip to some far-off exotic location (like, say, Jacksonville) like the rest of its bowl-bound brethren. So maybe it's no surprise coach Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions administration are doing their best to take that particular matter into their own hands.

Auburn recruiting analysis: Tigers try to stay afloat in SEC West

Depending on which recruiting service you look at, Auburn's 2013 class ranks somewhere between No. 9 and 14 - but does anyone need a reminder of how little top 10 recruiting classes can mean?

Ex-UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner wins awards

Former UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner was named to’s Top 50 recruiters for the Class of 2013.


In finishing the class that began under predecessor Derek Dooley, Jones won some battles and lost others. He acknowledged that attracting SEC-caliber players is particularly difficult because of the competition, but said the process is essentially the same at UT as it was at his previous head-coaching stops at Central Michigan and Cincinnati.

“Recruiting is selling,” he said. “It’s a people-oriented business. It’s about establishing relationships. The big thing is the overall philosophy and the overall intensity on a minute-by-minute basis in recruiting in the SEC.

“There’s no cookie-cutter approach to recruiting. Everybody is different. But at the end of the day, it’s about being able to develop that trust and having a tremendous product to sell, which we do at Tennessee.”

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