Thursday, June 7, 2012
3-point stance: Common sense prevails
By Ivan Maisel
1. When archrivals show restraint in the whatever-it-takes world of college football recruiting, they deserve kudos. The SEC rescinded a rule last week that forbade members from hosting recruits at neutral-site games. Yet Florida and Georgia mutually agreed not to fool with it. Rarely does any school refuse to take advantage of any rule (or lack thereof) to gain an edge with a high school kid. But the Dawgs and the Gators agreed the aggravation wasn’t worth the trouble. Let’s hear it for common sense.
2. Matt McGloin wins the Penn State quarterback job the way that Billy Martin used to become Yankees manager -- over and over and over. But this time may be permanent, if head coach Bill O’Brien’s description of McGloin is any indication. McGloin was “prepared in meetings,” O’Brien said, according to StateCollege.com, “... and just did a very good job of being consistent.” In other words, McGloin acted the way that fifth-year seniors are supposed to act. Maturity goes a long way in this game.
3. Only two freshmen rushed for 1,000 yards in 2011, the fewest first-year players to do so since 2000. And both Giovani Bernard of North Carolina (1,253 yards) and Lyle McCombs of Connecticut (1,151) were redshirts. One other thing: McCombs, all of 5-foot-8, 166 pounds, got no other FBS scholarship offers in February 2010. Score one for former Huskies coach Randy Edsall for seeing something in McCombs, and one for current Huskies coach Paul Pasqualoni for knowing how to use him.