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3-point stance: No break for Vols QB Simms

10/24/2011

1.As the Clemson offense becomes more explosive with every passing Saturday (no pun intended), offensive coordinator Chad Morris is attracting more attention. Morris is only two years removed from a 16-year career as a Texas high school coach (three state titles). But it doesn’t sound as if he’s going anywhere. He signed a four-year contract in part so that his daughter MacKenzie would stay in one high school. If the No. 5 Tigers keep playing like this, he’ll be saying “No, thanks” to some head coaching offers.

2.NCAA president Mark Emmert’s long-awaited proposal for more aid to student-athletes has the aroma of compromise about it. The proposal would allow universities to increase an athletic scholarship by $2,000 to cover incidental and travel expenses. The “cost of attendance” figure I’ve heard runs closer to $2,500-$3,000. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the NCAA would tiptoe into the pool. It is, nonetheless, a disappointment.

3.Tennessee senior quarterback Matt Simms' second chance went pretty much the way of his first. Simms started eight games in 2010, five of them against top-20 teams, and he struggled. Freshman Tyler Bray got a start as the Volunteers’ schedule eased up and won the job. This season, Bray broke his thumb in time for Simms to start against No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. Simms struggled again. Coach Derek Dooley announced Monday that freshman Justin Worley is the new starter. Simms just can’t catch a break.