Thursday, February 7, 2013

Morning Six Pack: February 7, 2013

Another National Signing Day, another No. 1 ranking. This gets as old as six college football stories from around the country.

National Signing Day's biggest stories

National Signing Day is known for being loaded with dramatic storylines and surprising twists and the 2013 edition of college football's favorite unofficial holiday was no exception.

Penn State’s first post-sanction recruiting class shines, sets high standard for future

You could forgive many of the recruits committed to Penn State for looking elsewhere once the sanctions on the school came down this past summer.

Eddie Vanderdoes picks Irish over Tide, for real this time, after Notre Dame blunder

He got over the premature press release and announced he would sign with the Irish. He tweeted that he had faxed his letter to South Bend around 7 p.m. central time.

Golden: Miami has already paid stiff penalties

So far in Al Golden's tenure, Miami's football program has voluntarily forfeited the right to appear in two bowl games, along with one trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, up to 30 practices and an undisclosed number of scholarships.

Signing day Winners and Losers: The SEC keeps rolling, and it wasn’t just Ole Miss

Ole Miss isn't a national, or even regional, power in college football. The Rebels have been to just three bowls since 2003, and didn't go to one in 2010 or 2011.


Then he delivered his only thin barb at the previous coaching regime: "You're trying to undo one or two years worth of relationships in 31 days."

If this was a dig at the way Derek Dooley's staff handled the recruitment of Bell, so be it. The Bell family never felt the love it craved from the former UT coach and his staff and it almost certainly influenced his decision to choose Ohio State.

Nor should anyone find fault with Bell for that decision. Unlike Alabama, where he would have likely waited more than a year to see the field following a redshirt year, Bell should see limited action with the Buckeyes his first season, then start his second. And every year there will be a potential BCS bowl season, unlike the Vols.

But given the immense amount of energy Jones and his staff put into recruiting Bell, it seems a little wrong for the recruit or his family to say this all started too late. If this really was his dream school for most of his life, their late push should have been enough. Is there a member of Big Orange Nation anywhere who would have turned down the Vols at any time if they earnestly came calling?

Nevertheless, Bell apparently led with his head rather than his heart, which just shows he's closer than most his age to being ready for the NFL in three or four years.Yet a point Jones made when asked about Bell is also significant.

"We spent the same amount of time with Bell as anyone," he said. "But I'd rather talk about our Volunteers than someone else's players."

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