College Football News Roundup – March 9

    A college football news roundup that includes Alabama head coach Nick Saban taking up for Reuben Foster and Minnesota self-reporting a NCAA violation.

    March 9, 2017

    A college football news roundup that includes Alabama head coach Nick Saban taking up for Reuben Foster and Minnesota self-reporting an NCAA violation.


    It’s not often that I order a martini, but when my friends are visiting from Rhode Island, that is a sure thing. I learned a lesson in the past with martinis, and it is this: one is awesome, two is good, but three is a horrible mistake. I stuck to one last night.

    In college football news, Houston offensive tackle Ed Oliver had an interesting comparison between spring practice this year under Major Applewhite and last year under Tom Herman, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher has a certain way that he likes to motivate his players, and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is looking for an offensive enhancement under new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. Here are some other newsworthy notes in the latest college football news roundup.

    He’s A Good Kid, Everyone – Most of the attention during Alabama’s Pro Day was going to be on Reuben Foster, who was involved in an incident that got him sent home from the NFL Combine last week.

    If you listen to his former head coach Nick Saban, it was just a little misstep by a player that does things by the book.

    “Look, Reuben has been a great player for us here,” Saban said. “We’ve never had any issues with Reuben. If anybody here asks someone eight or 10 times, ‘Am I in the right place? Is my name on the list? Why have I had to stay here for so long?’ and nobody will respond to you, I think it would probably create a little anxiety for all of us. I know that Reuben wishes he would’ve responded maybe in a more positive way, but I think other people could’ve responded and been a little more respectful to him as well.”

    Nothing to see here, folks. I mean, who hasn’t threatened a hospital worker when having to wait too long. I mean, that’s just natural, right? RIGHT?

    Rowing the NCAA’s Boat – Minnesota is self-reporting a NCAA violation, albeit minor, that involves new head coach P.J. Fleck.

    Per reports, Fleck has allegedly been in contact with players at Central Michigan, his old stomping grounds, which is an NCAA no-no.

    Welcome Back – Former Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch will be returning to his alma mater, Northern Illinois, as its running backs coach.

    “I always knew when I got done playing football, I wanted to get into coaching,” Lynch said. “I just love being around the players and being back at NIU. When [Coach Carey] started talking to me about the possibility of a position opening up here, I took some time and thought about it. I felt it was a great opportunity for me and I couldn’t pass it up. Some of my best memories of playing football have been here at Northern. To come back and help get the program get back to where it was appealed to me.”

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