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Between The Goal Posts: Let the season begin

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  August 30, 2009 08:22 AM

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It's officially college football game week and we can't wait to get started. Already the college football wire is humming with news.
Consider: Report in Detroit Free Press has said that some players said Michigan, which opens its season this week against Western Michigan, broke NCAA rules with too MANY practices the last few years.
Hmm. Let's see. Michigan went 3-9 in Coach Rich Rodriguez's first season. And they practiced too much. Not a good portent of the future.
Alabama extended coach Nick Saban's contract through the year 2017. We heard the usual chatter from Saban about how much he loved Alabama and this would be his last stop. Might be true. But if Alabama retreats to back and back 7-5 or 8-4 seasons and loses to Auburn a few times--Alabama snapped a six-game losing streak against Auburn last season--Saban's contract can run through 2037 and it won't matter: people will want him gone.
USC coach Pete Carroll announced last week that QB Matt Barkley would be the first true freshman in USC history to ever start in his first collegiate game.
Barkley is that good and has been at USC since January, so at least he knows where the Student Union building is. But USC announced that wide receiver Ronald Johnson--who is regarded as the Trojans best recevier--had suffered a broken collarbone in practice and will be out for four to six weeks. Welcome to life in the fast lane Matt.
New Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple apparently is shaking things up with the Canes. While first string QB Jacory Harris is being groomed to becoming a star, back ups Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith are not and have left the Canes, which leaves freshman Ali Highsmith--son of former Cane back Alonzo Highsmith--as the back up. Whipple, who will revive the Cane offense--watch out FSU--better wrap Harris in Kevlar this season.
Hearing good reports on Georgia running back Richard Samuel, who is running behind best Dawg offensive line in 2002. Maybe Georgia won't miss RB Knowshon Moreno as much as we think.
Sign of the economic and CFB landscape times: Miami at FSU on Labor Day night is NOT a sellout yet.
Sign of times at BC: Crowd estimates could be as low as 25,000 against Northeastern (and that might be generous). Folks, we know its Labor Day weekend and we know its Northeastern and we know stuff is going on Boston all the time, but if you are a BC fan it might be nice to show BC some support before they fall between the cracks as most people think they will this season.
Speaking of that. Sporting News has already declared that hiring long time assistant Frank Spaziani at BC might have been a mistake. Please. Can we let the Eagles at least open their season before anyone makes any judgements. BC might also win 8 or 8 games and Spaz could be ACC Coach of the Year.
BC's defense, especially at LB, is going to be very young--but it could be very good. Freshman LB Luke Kuechly looks like he is going to be a starter against Northeastern. Conversely, DT Dillon Quinn is working with the scout team and could be headed for a redshirt season.
And if you need a CFB fix. Bentley 14, Ohio Domnion 13.
The games have begun.

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