Saturday, February 2, 2013

Morning Six Pack: February 2, 2013

Happy Groundhog Day! Send that damned rodent out with blinders, please. Meanwhile, enjoy these six college football stories from around the country.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze calls out recruiting skeptics

As Signing Day nears, Hugh Freeze is already fed up with some questioning his ethics.

Longhorns' Applewhite relationship with student

Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite has admitted to a past inappropriate relationship with a student.

Aiken to coach defensive linemen for Oregon

Oregon has hired Ron Aiken to serve as defensive line coach under new head coach Mark Helfrich.

Best money they ever spent. No, really

LSU football coach Les Miles has a new seven-year contract that pays him a $4.3 million annual salary and keeps him in Tiger Stadium through the 2019 season.

Doug Martin to have interim tag dropped from NMSU title

On the same day DeWayne Walker abruptly and unexpectedly left New Mexico State for an NFL job, Doug Martin was named as the Aggies’ interim head coach. Less than a week later, the “interim” tag has been dropped.


Barkley believes he's as good, if not better, than he was in 2011, when he threw 39 touchdowns and seven interceptions and was projected to go high in the first round of the draft before deciding to return to USC for his senior season. Although Barkley will attend the NFL combine in Indianapolis next month, he doesn't know if he will throw there yet. He will instead throw at a pro day to be held on USC's campus with wide receiver Robert Woods after the combine.

"It seems to be the trend not to (throw at the combine), and I don't feel that I have to," Barkley said. "We'll see when that time gets closer. It will be more of a game-day decision as to whether I'm going to. I want to do as much as I can. ... I don't feel I have to necessarily prove anything."

Barkley also defended the maligned Lane Kiffin and believes he should be USC's coach moving forward. Kiffin took over USC during a difficult time due to NCAA sanctions, Barkley said, adding he believes the coach should be commended for the job he has done with a two-year bowl ban and 30 fewer scholarships spanning three years.

"Given the circumstances with less scholarships, it really affected the way we were able to practice. It really stunk," Barkley said. "You can't risk players getting hurt with tackling drills and you don't have that depth that other teams do, and I think that really affected us. If he can conquer that this year with the skill that they have, I think he'll definitely secure that position."

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