Monday, March 18, 2013

Morning Six Pack: March 18, 2013

Wait, what? Oh, it’s you again, Monday. Well, try these six college football stories from around the country.

Shoulder surgery to limit Tide’s Mosley this spring

Back in December, C.J. Mosley announced that he would be eschewing an early jump to the NFL and returning for his senior season at Alabama. A full-time return for the linebacker, is a little bit further down the road.

Troy Trojans open spring football practice on Thursday

Trojans' T-Day spring game is scheduled April 20 at 11 a.m.

Brady Hoke: 'I don't know if we'll ever be where we want to'

Brady Hoke has high standards. He made that clear at his introductory press conference a few years ago, and he refers to a season without a Big Ten championship as a failure

Georgia LB Wilson eager to step up into starting role

In his two seasons at Georgia, linebacker Ramik Wilson has played sparingly, but one particular moment stands above all others in his mind.

PSU QB race starts Monday as spring ball begins

The quarterback race at Penn State begins Monday, though coach Bill O'Brien says he won't name a starter by the time spring practice ends in a month.


The arrival of spring football is always heralded in the state of Alabama as the start of football’s “third season,” following the actual schedule and the two months when recruiting feels like a competitive endeavor in and of itself.

But this has been no ordinary offseason in Tuscaloosa. While there has been no earth-shattering news of despair (read: NCAA trouble), Alabama has still suffered a few cuts and bruises thanks to the alleged actions of a handful of its now-former football players. The basketball team then kicked in its two cents by dropping a game to abysmal Auburn on the road – likely taking itself out of the March Madness sweepstakes right then and there. And unfortunately, real life crept into the picture as well, as Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore remains hospitalized with an unspecified illness.

Given what’s on the table – especially relating to the news specific to Moore – football is little more than a distraction. But it’s an important distraction to most Alabama fans, who will likely again pack Bryant-Denny Stadium for A-Day, at its heart a glorified practice.

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