To get you started on the week, check this stuff out:
- It’s the Monday before the season starts, and Auburn still hasn’t named a starting quarterback. But Tony Franklin (you’ve heard he’s a genius, right?) isn’t worried.
- Meanwhile in Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban plans on as many as ten of his true freshmen – that’s about ten percent of his original incoming class, it seems like (that’s a joke, Tide fans) – playing “significant roles” in the season opener against Clemmins.
- Remember Willie “Sign and Dine” Williams? He’s now at Glenville State trying to make a go of it. It sounds like he’s discovered that, like the crowds and the facilities, the food is a step down in Division 1-AA: “If you would have told me two or three years earlier, ‘Willie, you’re going to be eating deer,’ I probably would have looked at you like, nah, never, ever. It really wasn’t that bad. I’m not saying I’m going to get in there and cook some deer meat now, but I’ll eat it again.”
- So a few kids, including the starting tailback, violate South Carolina’s class attendance policy. Steve Spurrier doesn’t want to make a federal case out of it. “It’s a middle-of-the-year game,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Saturday. “They’re all missing that same game.” Translation: they’ll sit against UAB or Swofford. Tough love, baby.
- It really is the end of an era up in Ann Arbor, for better or worse. Brian Cook does a fine job of capturing the bittersweet with this eulogy of the Lloyd Carr times.