Summertime College Football Tidbits

Well, practice starts later this week and the summertime tidbits will soon give way to the weekly college football musings. Still, things have been pretty interesting around the college football world with players coming and going, an entire conference going on a media tour and more. Let's check out some tidbits as we get ready for the start of another season.

Dooley says Bryce not right ---- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is refusing to grant a release to running back Bryce Brown who wants to be reunited with his brother at Kansas State. Problem is Brown never looked Dickey in the eye and asked for the release, instead making his request via text message. While Dooley is understandably miffed by the way this whole thing played out, he should change his position. Once Brown makes a true commitment to K-State and pays for classes for the fall semester, Dooley should quietly give the kid a break. He has nothing to gain by maintaining the hard line once the kid is a true full-time student at another school.

East go easy come ---- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher may have lost troubled linebacker Nigel Carr with his multiple arrests but help has already arrived. FSU accepted the transfer of former USC LB Glen Stanley. It's hard to know exactly what the Noles are getting, however. Stanley played the last two seasons at Eastern Arizona College and never actually suited up for the Trojans. Stanley was recruited by Oklahoma and Tennessee in addition to USC, but there's a difference of opinion as to whether he's a DE or OLB.

Did Dan Quayle proof this? ---- According to Bruce Feldman of the Florida State media guide salutes former Seminole player and Rhodes Scholar Mryone Rolle. Trouble is he spells his name "Myron". Of course it would have been a worse typo for him to be "Moron" Rolle.

Agent problem fixable ---- Former Gator Mo Collins missed half a season for taking $500 from an agent a decade ago. Once again agent activity is on the front burner for the powers that be in intercollegiate athletics. There are two ways to deal with this short term. First, the NCAA should legislate lifetime ineligibility for a player who accepts anything from an agent or agent's representative. Second, states that have laws that punish agents need to make criminal penalties for the players IF they accept something AND play collegiately afterwards. Long term the NFLPA and NBAPA need to enforce their rules and punishments and decertify rogue agents. By the way, does anyone know why agents in baseball are completely ignored?

Pan-Ten/Twelve publicity tour ---- The SEC had about 900 media people at its Media Days. The ACC has almost 300, but the Pac-10 took its media activity on the road. Commissioner Larry Scott took his coaches to NYC and ESPN in an effort to drum up interest in college football on the left coast. I admire Scott's efforts, but unless his league is prepared to play most of its games at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. local time and eliminate almost all night games, the country is still not going to notice. Having your big name program on probation doesn't help either. One good thing came out of it. Scott is not at all convinced that the 16-team super conference concept is dead.

Locksley year two has to be better ---- Former Gator assistant Mike Locksley could not have had a worse first season as the head coach at New Mexico. His team went 1-11 on the field, and he had major issues with coaching and support staff members off it. Now Locksley is being sued by former assistant coach J.R. Gerald. The suit accuses Locksley of choking and punching him in the face among other things. The school is backing its embattled coach and has already gotten a complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case thrown out. More bad news for Locks; the Lobos open with Oregon, Texas Tech and Utah, so 0-3 is very likely.

No schollie for Masoli ---- Jeremiah Masoli will be in the QB mix at Ole Miss, but the former Oregon QB will be paying his own way this fall. Rebels coach Houston Nutt is forcing Masoli to join the team as a walk on. Nutt has to hope this reclamation project turns out better than his last one. Nutt took a chance on ex-Gator Jamar Hornsby but had to dismiss him after less than a month.

SeeYa next week.

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