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Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:50 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Georgia was hit with a Level 1 secondary violation by the SEC following some inadvertant text messages that Mark Richt sent to a recruit's father in May. However, there isn't much for Georgia fans to worry about since it isn't likely Georgia will be punished severely considering that the texts Richt did sent contained no content.

In fact, when you read about how Richt ended up texting the father of Jordan Jenkins, Ron Jenkins, you get a nice glimpse of how silly some NCAA violations can be.
In [Georgia AD Greg] McGarity’s May 27 letter of explanation to [SEC Commissioner Mike] Slive, he reports that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins on May 26th. Jenkins is considered by many the top prospect in Georgia. Text messages to prospects or their family members are impermissible per NCAA rules until one day after a prospect has signed a national letter of intent with the school.

In the first instance, Richt received a text from Ron Jenkins asking for camp dates. Since Richt did not have the number programmed in his phone, the text was identified as “unknown.” Richt intended to forward the text to a recruiting assistant for identification but accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins, which was a violation NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1.2.

Richt immediately reported the inadvertent violation to compliance director Eric Baumgartner, who subsequently asked Richt if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation.
Such a scandal. Stay tuned next week for when Les Miles gets in trouble for sharing funny photos with a recruit on his Google reader.
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Bubba Starling still mulling offer from Royals

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Bubba Starling may be one of Nebraska's prized commitments in its latest recruiting class, and he may have been working out with the team this summer, but that doesn't mean he'll still be on the Cornhuskers' roster this fall. The quarterback is also a pretty good baseball player, good enough to have been drafted fifth overall by his hometown Kansas City Royals in June's MLB amateur draft.

Still, until he signs a contract with the Royals, there's a chance that Starling will stay in Lincoln and at the moment there's a bit of a gap between what the Royals have offered Starling and what he and his agent are looking for. According to Nebraska beat reporter Sean Callahan, that gap is $2.5 million.



It's a big difference, but let's be realistic. Starling grew up a Royals fan and he's not been offered $7.5 million to play for them. Whether he wants $10 million and gets it or not, he's still got $7.5 million sitting on the table. Put yourself in his position for a second. Would you pass on that kind of money knowing that if your baseball career didn't pan out you could still come back to football in the future as so many others have?

No, I wouldn't either.

Starling's name may not be on the contract yet, but it will be soon enough.
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Big Ten could play conference games earlier

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Big Ten has always been big on tradition, but now that the league has added a twelfth school in Nebraska and a championship game, the conference seems to be moving in a more "modern" direction. Further changes for the league could be on the horizon, and according to Teddy Greenstein in the Chicago Tribune, one of those changes could be the league holding conference games earlier in the season.

Currently the Big Ten does not begin conference play until after the first four weeks of the season, but there are at least three coaches in the conference who wouldn't be opposed to seeing that change. Wisconsin's Bret Bielema thinks it would be a good move for the conference to schedule one conference game a week for the first four weeks, saying it would be "a great way to showcase those schools."

Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald and Illinois' Ron Zook are also in favor of the idea.

While I haven't asked every single one of them, I'd have to think that Big Ten fans might enjoy it too. Considering the beginning of the Big Ten schedule is normally filled with games like Penn State versus Indiana State, any conference game would be more appealing. You have to think that the television networks that broadcast the Big Ten games would be in favor of such a move as well.

It's something that the SEC has been doing for years, and this year the SEC will have two conference games in the second week of the season. In the ACC both Miami and Maryland will start their seasons against each other as well.

Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Paul Jones was one of the top recruits in Penn State's 2010 recruiting class and was expected to compete for the starting quarterback job for the Nittany Lions this fall. Well, thanks to his grades, the Penn State quarterback derby is now a two-horse race.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Jones is going to miss the 2011 season thanks to some academic problems.
Coach Joe Paterno confirmed the news today prior to the Big Ten Conference's kickoff luncheon.

Jones, 6 feet 3 and 245 pounds, has struggled academically since graduating from Sto-Rox High School and enrolling early at Penn State in January 2010.
This means that the quarterback job will likely go to either Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin. Both of whom saw time at quarterback last season. Bolden was the first freshman to start at quarterback at Penn State during Paterno's long tenure at the school. After Bolden suffered a concussion, McGloin took over the starting gig and never let it go.

Which led to Bolden requesting a transfer after the season, a request that was denied by Paterno, but now it seems everybody is happy to be in Happy Valley.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Stephen Garcia could be reinstated next week

Posted by Tom Fornelli

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been suspended since April following an alcohol-fueled outburst at a life skills seminar, which was just the latest suspension for Garcia since he came to the school. With camp starting next week for the Gamecocks, though, it's not exactly a huge surprise to hear that Garcia could be reinstated to the team as soon as Monday.

Steve Spurrier said as much during a press conference on Thursday.

"Stephen Garcia has changed his lifestyle almost completely," Spurrier told the Post and Courier. "He's been on time, no goofing around. He's being very serious. He's showing a commitment we've never seen before.

"Now, hopefully that will continue. I expect it to continue."

As we've already gone over here on the blog, Garcia's presence for the Gamecocks this season is vital, as they're going to win the national championship.

Garcia's suspension wasn't the only one Spurrier addressed on Thursday, either. Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was suspended indefinitely earlier this week after he was arrested for urinating in public, and Spurrier said he could be reinstated in time for the start of camp on Wednesday.

So let's hope for a dry weekend in Columbia. 
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 11:52 am
 

Behold! Oklahoma State's new uniforms

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been known that Oklahoma State was having some new uniforms made for the 2011 season for a while, but now, courtesy of Pistols Firing, we have our first glimpse at what they look like.  They were designed by Nike, and much like the Oregon uniforms Nike has always made, the new look gives the Cowboys a whole lot of different combinations to choose from.

Here's a look at a couple of different combos that Oklahoma State can employ.

 




You can see the rest of the combinations over at Pistols Firing.

As for how they look, I don't hate them at all. Whenever Nike is getting its hands on some uniforms and redesigning them I generally expect the worst, but these aren't bad at all. 

Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Who replaces Butch Davis at UNC?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

With the surprising news that North Carolina fired head coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, we can now all start wondering who will be taking his place in Chapel Hill. Of course, seeing as how the season is only a few weeks away from starting, it's unlikely that North Carolina will have a full-time replacement in place before then, so the school will likely slap the interim tag on an assistant for now. It could be assistant head coach Sam Pittman, offensive coordinator John Shoop or defensive coordinator Everett Withers.

But where will the school's eyes turn for the future? Let's take a look at some possible candidates.

Coaches Who Will Be Mentioned By Fans But Will Not Be North Carolina's Next Head Coach

Jim Tressel - The former Ohio State head coach currently has nothing else to do, but if you honestly think that a school that just fired a head coach amidst an NCAA investigation is going to hire somebody who was just fired by another school for his role in an NCAA investigation, well, you probably weren't able to read this sentence anyway.

Urban Meyer - There won't be a head coaching job available for the next nine months at a BCS program in which Meyer's name isn't tossed out as a replacement. The problem here is that Meyer really does seem content with his television gig, and if he does return, Ohio State seems to be the apple of his eye.

Mike Leach - I know I want Mike Leach to be a head coach again because he makes the sport that much fun and is a very good coach, but as long as he has that lawsuit against Texas Tech, no school is going to touch him.

Realistic Possibilities

Randy Shannon - Shannon is taking the year off to work in television, but he wants to get back into coaching. He has experience in the ACC and is very familiar with recruiting in the state of Florida thanks to his time at Miami. Of course, Butch Davis used to be a head coach at Miami too, and that didn't work out very well.

Terry Bowden - Bowden not only comes from a pretty good family blood line, but he has plenty of head coaching experience as well. He's at North Alabama this season, but North Alabama doesn't exactly strike me as the kind of place a coach plans on making his final stop. He's a name that could come up in Chapel Hill.

Tommy Bowden - Terry's brother has the same bloodline and also has head coaching experience in the ACC where he was at Clemson from 1999 to 2008. He also has six years of experience as an assistant in the conference at Florida State and Duke.

Bud Foster - Foster has been Virginia Tech's defensive coordinator since 1995, and has put together not only some of the best defenses in the ACC, but in the entire country during that time. He's expressed interest in head coaching jobs at West Virginia (2007) and Clemson (2008) but hasn't come up in the last few years. Could he get the itch to run his own program again this winter?

Gus Malzahn - Malzahn's star may never shine brighter than it did at Auburn in 2010, but if he's able to put together another strong offense in 2011 without Cam Newton, his name will once again be mentioned for a lot of job openings.

Rich Rodriguez - He's had his own run-ins with the NCAA before, but nothing on the level of what's happening at UNC. Plus, the man still knows how to put together a fantastic offense. As long as he doesn't bring Greg Robinson with him, it could work.

Just For The LOLs

John Blake - I hear Butch Davis trusted him quite a bit.

Randy Edsall - He's always said that Maryland was his "dream job" but that North Carolina is his "fantasy job."
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 12:56 pm
 

K-State QB job is Collin Klein's to lose

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder didn't come out and say it directly, it sounds like Collin Klein will be Kansas State's starting quarterback this season. Snyder would only go as far as saying that Klein will be the team's starting quarterback for fall practice.

“He’ll take the first snap when we start in the fall,” Snyder told the Kansas City Star.

Now while Snyder didn't say that Klein would start when Kansas State opens its season against Eastern Kentucky, he did drop a hint that it might be the case. Instead of saying that Klein would be in a battle with fellow quarterbacks Justin Tuggle and Sammuel Lamur, Snyder said that he hopes "it will be competitive." Which, to me, sounds as though the job is Klein's and unless he performs terribly in practice, he'll be starting against Eastern Kentucky.

Klein got plenty of playing time for the Wildcats last season, but most of it was as a change of pace to Carson Coffman. Klein was used more as a running quarterback than a passer, rushing for 432 yards and 6 touchdowns on 76 carries while only throwing 18 passes for 138 yards. So it is possible that while Klein may start the season on top of the depth chart, if he doesn't improve his passing he might not be there for long.
 
 
 
 
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