Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones has won the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Jones was announced as the winner Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame induction and awards banquet in Manhattan.
If Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t like the way the Bowl Championship Series is playing out, Florida coach Will Muschamp has a solution.
The NCAA passed a package of sweeping changes Tuesday intended to crack down hard on rule-breaking schools and coaches. Under the new legislation, approved by the 13-member board of directors, programs that commit the most egregious infractions could face postseason bans of two to four years and fines stretching into the millions, while coaches could face suspensions of up to one year for violations committed by their staffs. The board also approved measures to expand the penalty structure from two tiers to four, create new penalty guidelines and speed up the litigation process.
Alabama brushed aside a top SEC West challenger and roared on to an even tougher one. AJ McCarron passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide reached the end zone on its first three possessions in a muscle-flexing 38-7 victory over Mississippi State (No. 11 BCS, No. 13 AP) on Saturday night. That blazing start indicated Bama wasn’t looking ahead to No. 6 LSU in a national game rematch — at least until the second quarter.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long wants a football coach with “discipline and accountability.” Someone with “honesty and integrity on and off the field.” And he would like that coach in place within two weeks of the end of the regular season, which wraps up Nov. 23 when No. 6 LSU visits Fayetteville. Will that person be John L. Smith, the interim coach whose team is 3-4 and is getting headlines for his $40.7 million personal bankruptcy?
Tulane football player Devon Walker’s fractured spine was stabilized in a three-hour surgery Sunday, though it’s too soon to tell whether he will be paralyzed from the injury he suffered while making a tackle, the team’s doctor said.
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Michigan coach Brady Hoke is not saying whether running back Fitzgerald Toussaint will play against No. 2 Alabama.
Tennessee’s athletic department posted a $3.98 million deficit for the 2011-12 fiscal year that forced it to use a substantial portion of its financial reserves, department officials acknowledged Monday.
Tennessee will hold preseason practice at Milligan College in Elizabethton for the next six days.
Alabama freshman wide receiver Chris Black will have shoulder surgery and miss 3-4 months.
Mississippi defensive back Charles Sawyer has a torn quadriceps muscle and will likely miss at least a month before returning.
The Patriots used six of their seven draft picks on defensive players, including linebacker Dont’a Hightower in the first round, and added veterans Steve Gregory and Will Allen to the secondary, Bobby Carpenter at linebacker and Scott and Fanene to the line. “Hopefully, these guys can help this ballclub,” Wilfork said. “I’m excited to play with these guys.”
The Arkansas State Police have fired a trooper accused of illegally confiscating a gun and dumping marijuana found during a traffic stop involving running back Michael Dyer, a former MVP of the national championship game who is now without a team.