Published June 8, 2012 - 3:50am
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The SEC will study concussions because there has been less focus on the college athlete than the pro athlete. This doesn’t mean kill college football on account of concussion, but it does mean we can have a deeper understanding of the risks and how to prevent them moving forward. “There’s been less focus on college players who don’t go on to play professional sports, but I think you’ll see that getting more attention and go down to people who play it at every level,” said University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, who is heading the SEC concussion group. “From time to time we have all had concerns of what we ask student-athletes to do and what the long-term health may be.” [AL]
Arkansas is hitting the JUCO ranks in search of players who can play now. Because the attrition has been rather high from players leaving to graduating, the Hogs have been forced to look hard at JUCO prospects. I like signing some JUCOs, particular along the defensive line; however, too many JUCO signees will do you more harm than good. Even though most JUCO players come in ready to play, you simply cannot build your team around them. They are good, though, for positions where depth is needed. I just wouldn’t sign too many of them. [Arkansas Sports 360]
Auburn WR Emory Blake says QB Clint Moseley is healthy. I’m not sure that it matters other than for depth issues. I think Moseley can be serviceable, but Kiehl Frazier is the type of athlete who can take you to another level. Moseley and Frazier will continue to battle for this starting job in fall camp. [AL]
Georgia DC Todd Grantham is really making an impact on Georgia’s recruiting front. He views the recruiting process much like the NFL Draft. “When I was defensive coordinator in Cleveland, I had a say on the draft board, but I didn’t have final say,” Grantham explained. “At that level, you don’t have the ultimate decision-making power, so you just have to make it work. In college, you have the flexibility to evaluate and recruit whomever you want. And I know this: If you have a talented, raw prospect and you can coach, you can make that guy a good player. It’s easier to coach those kinds of guys. So I like to be involved in it.” [AJC]
Mississippi State WR Chad Bumphis was fined for failure to comply. He was punished internally. He was arrested in downtown Tupelo on January 1st following an incident at the Atlanta Bar & Grill. He was originally charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. However, the DC charge was downgraded to failure to comply and the drunkenness charge was retired during a bench trial yesterday. [Clarion Ledger]