Published July 6, 2012 - 4:16am
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Alabama shot down a home-and-home series with Wisconsin, but it proved that Wisconsin needed Alabama more than Bama needing Wisconsin. Whether this particular series happens or not, a four team playoff doesn’t devalue the best regular season in college sports. The Badgers were just trying to increase their strength of schedule, and I guess they figured a loss to Alabama would look better than a win over a garbage team. Both teams have pretty much the same philosophy – win with the running game and play good defense. [AL]
Former Alabama star Kenny Stabler still owes $265,000 to the IRS even after the sale of his last piece of property for $157,000. Stabler is an Alabama football legend, but he’s in major debt with the IRS. Stabler played for Bear Bryant and went on to have a 15-year career in the NFL that included a Super Bowl win with the Oakland Raiders. John L. Smith and Stabler need to get out of debt, fast. [AL]
LSU lands its 18th commitment in TE DeSean Smith. The 6-4, 225lb TE is one of the highest rated players in the nation according to several recruiting agencies. Just last week LSU picked up another Lake Charles player in LB Melvin Jones. Smith is rated a top five recruit in the state of Louisiana this year overall. That’s a big deal for a TE. LSU is locking their home state down, just like they always do. [The Advocate]
Mississippi State TE Marcus Green has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. His career has included several injuries, most notably missing most of the 2008 and 2010 seasons. He considered leaving for a position in FIU’s weight room: “I wanted to leave options open,” Green said. “I pretty much didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I didn’t want to stop playing ball. With that being said, I had to make sure I was healthy before I did anything. When you’ve been banged up so many times you want to make sure your body is right. I needed time to rest and heal and see what my next move was going to be.” [Clarion Ledger]
Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson finally arrives on campus. Patterson joins an already strong WR corps that includes Da’Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter. Patterson gets to Tennessee via Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, and he was widely considered one of the top JUCO prospects in the country. But are the expectations too high? Derek Dooley may think so: “The expectations are too high,” coach Derek Dooley said earlier this summer. “They are for everybody on our team. But that’s OK; he’s got to learn to manage that.” [Times Free Press]