Each week during the off-season we will be doing this feature that will simply be called "This Week In College Football". We will cover the biggest news and stories of the past week and give some opinions and analysis. In addition to covering the weekly happenings we also have started our Pre-Season Previews and we have several up already. The five three most read so far are Central Michigan, Troy, Houston, Wyoming and FAU. There was a lot going on this week so let's go ahead and get right to what happened this week in college football:
ANOTHER UNTIMELY DEATH ROCKS THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WORLD
It was just two weeks ago when the Alabama Crimson Tide and the sports world lost OL Aaron Douglas. Now it's the Oklahoma Sooners and the college football world that are mourning the loss of rising senior Austin Box. Box was a young man who was the starting MLB at Oklahoma, had just graduated and seemed to have his whole life in front of him. An autopsy is still to be done but an overdose on pain pills is what most are pointing to as the cause. This is a horrible tragedy. The only thing I will add is that college football coaches need to get their players together and have a serious discussion about the use of drugs (legal and illegal) and how they can affect them. This is a very serious issue and it is the coaches and administrators responsibility to step in and help to educate these young men before we see more of this happening.
BOBBY PETRINO KICKS PLAYERS TO THE CURB AND SIGNS A CONTRACT EXTENSION
Alright Arkansas fans, it's time to talk Petrino. In case you don't remember I'm an Atlanta Falcons fan that for some reason still believes that Petrino left the Falcons the wrong way (you know the whole tell your owner you are in it for the long run then bolt town during the season in the middle of the night without telling your players or coaches you are taking another job). It was a big week for Petrino. Petrino is an open-proponent of over-signing, which as you should know is signing more players than you have room for. Petrino gets his class down to the NCAA limits by using spring evaluations to decide who gets their scholarships renewed and who gets to look for a new home to play college football. Recently WR Lance Ray, K Eddie Camara, LB Austin Moss, TE Ryan Calendar, and OL Cam Feldt have all been "granted their release" from the Arkansas program. Petrino says that oversigning is fine as long as coaches are forth-right about it. Hmmmm...Bobby Petrino being forth-right about something. I'd peg that at about 50%. In his defense he says "I don't see it as a bad thing unless you're being dishonest or waiting until the last minute, which eliminates their visit opportunities with other schools." The main question I have is when are the players told about the evaluations? Is it during the initial recruiting practice before they are on campus or after they get on campus and have been in the program? That's a huge difference to me. If Petrino is going to run his program like this then he must be up front with the recruits before he brings them in. Another point is that if all coaches ran their programs like Petrino and oversigned then their wouldn't be anywhere for them to go after they were released. Petrino is taking advantage of a flawed system and that needs to be fixed by the NCAA. To be fair and equal about Petrino, since I know I will get some love mail from the razorback faithful, here is another view of the razorbacks "oversigning" from a pro-Arkansas source.