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College Football Notebook – May 28, 2013

I hope you all had an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. I spent mine by setting a personal best in a 5k race, attending a minor league baseball game, doing some holiday shopping and diving head first in to the new Netflix-exclusive fourth season of Arrested Development. Oh, and of course keeping an eye on the college football news.

I cannot help but feel for Notre Dame quarterback, perhaps former quarterback, Everett Golson. Who amongst us has been a victim of poor academic judgement before? I know for certain I have, and I am not afraid to admit it. While I am not 100 percent sure of the details behind Golson”s academic struggles, if it is anything like what I have battled back from in my past, I know he can be successful on his rebound. I hope he works his way back to playing for Notre Dame, which seems to be a realistic scenario by most accounts. I say this not to place football above anything else of course, but it would make for a pretty darn feel-good story in college football. If there is one thing I root for in college football thee days, it is for positive stories. Golson working his butt off to getting back on the field in South Bend and perhaps leading the Irish to another BCS championship push would be something special.

Speaking of Golson, The Chicago Tribune”s Brian Hamilton reports there may be an SEC team asking about him. Nobody knows for sure who that team may be, but I have a hunch it could be Tennessee or Mississippi State. Each makes sense considering recent QB transfer news.You are NCAA realignment overlord. What do you do?

I am really digging this Reddit conversation, in which community members are calling their own shots in an imaginary world of realignment.

I would go ahead and create the Big East as I see it. Tell me what you think of this 14-team Big East conference, split in Dette er en av de eldste og mest effektive metodene for a telle kort i blackjack pa nett . to four pod divisions:

  • Gavitt Division: Syracuse, Connecticut, Boston College, Rutgers
  • Keystone Division: Pittsburgh, Penn State, Temple, Villanova
  • Tranghese Division: Miami, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Navy
  • Frontier Division: Notre Dame, Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia

I would be forcing Villanova to move up to FBS competition to complete my four-team Keystone Division pitting the state of Pennsylvania”s four top college football programs head-to-head-to-head-to-head. Since this is my dream scenario, I guarantee that Temple has an minimum of 45,000 fans for each home game and Villanova has a brand new, state-of-the-art football stadium that is easy to travel to for alumni, students and their guaranteed 45,000 fans per game. I”m also plopping an imaginary piece of land to help Villanova expand their football facilities to keep up with the conference. And since I am being biased toward my home state, I am also moving the league offices to Philadelphia and dropping the conference championship game in Lincoln Financial Field.

All rivalry games, whether in conference or out of conference (Virginia Tech-Virginia for example) would be scheduled for the next to last week of the regular season. Conference games would be scheduled for all teams in the final week of the regular season, however, the champions or top teams from each pod division would be scheduled to play in a four-team playoff for the right to advance to the conference championship game in Philadelphia. Those pod champions would be seeded according to BCS ranking, or whatever may be the preferred ranking of the College Football Playoff, and the top two seeds would get home-field advantage. The schedule would be adjusted accordingly for non-tournament teams (this method is used in the Division 2 PSAC, although just for one championship game).

What realignment moves would you make from scratch?

Please do not compare NLOI with signing up for military duty, ever

A day after Memorial Day, of all days, I heard a caller to Bill King”s radio show suggest that players signing a letter of intent should be held to the obligation just as those who pledged their lives for our country are with the military. Seriously.

Conference USA Week starts on Crystal Ball Run

Although it is a date later than usual, thanks to the extended weekend, I helped kick start Conference USA week on Crystal Ball Run.

Where does Ohio State”s Braxton Miller rank?

I like Ohio State”s Braxton Miller. I think he is the best player in the Big Ten in 2013, but where does he rank among quarterbacks around the country. Would you place him in your top five, or top three? I may consider him a favorite to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy at the end of the season, but entering the 2013 football season I am not 100 percent sure I would have him in my top five. I try to explain in the latest Athlon Sports round table, discussing this very topic.

Georgia suspends starting DB for Clemson opener

It looks as though Tajh Boyd might have a little bit of an easier time throwing the football in the season opener. Maybe. Georgia”s Mark Richt confirmed that starting defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons will serve a one-game suspension for the week one game against the Tigers.

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Kevin McGuire
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