3-point stance: O-line worries for Sooners

August, 7, 2012
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1. One of the biggest reasons to like Oklahoma this season is that the Sooners ranked seventh with 102 starts on the offensive line. Last week, the Sooners lost senior center Ben Habern (30 starts), who quit because of a chronic neck injury. Now guard Tyler Evans (29) has injured a knee and is expected to be out at least a few weeks. That would leave Oklahoma with 43 returning starts on the O-line, which would be ranked tied for eighth -- in the Big 12. Still think the Sooners are a top-five team?

2. Louisville coach Charlie Strong is concerned that his young players will hear they have been picked to win the Big East and think they earned something. “We are a young football team,” Strong said. “We still have a lot of growing up to do.” The Cardinals have nine seniors. Maybe four will start. “My major concern is the leadership, where guys don’t get full of themselves.” Last year, Louisville won at league champ West Virginia, and lost at home to Pittsburgh (6-7) the following week.

3. As of Monday evening, four Penn State trustees have joined to appeal the crippling NCAA sanctions levied against the university last month. That’s four trustees out of 32. As a measure of solidarity or the lack thereof, it will be interesting to see how the other 28 trustees react. The attorney pursuing the appeal, Paul V. Kelly, knows his way around college athletics. He ran College Hockey, the promotional and marketing arm of the sport, until earlier this year.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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