I'm usually not a fan of writing quick hits, but today has to qualify as one of the most interesting and newsworthy days of this college football offseason, and my thoughts are too scattered to be compiled in a coherent fashion, so here we are. Chalk it up to a long day at the office.
This was not your typical Monday in July:
- The NCAA's President (and Roger Goodell prototype) Mark Emmert lowered the boom on Penn State today. I'm going to let you read the musings of someone who's far more aware of that situation. However, after giving it some thought, I will say this: The college sports we care about (i.e. football, basketball) are DIRTY businesses. The NCAA had to do what it did to Penn State's football program. Anything less would have resulted in public outcry. But I'm not quite sure that punishing the football program was the most right way to go about this. The scandal was a systemic failure at different levels of the institution. This is obviously uncharted territory for the NCAA - but it opens up a whole new can of worms.
- The Aggies landed a big fish from the Louisiana recruiting pond today. Shaan Washington, a big safety that could end up being an outside LB, is another good pickup for Coach Sumlin, according to Taylor Hamm of Gigem247.
- Speaking of Sumlin, did anyone catch him on ESPN today? I thought about driving to Bristol to see him (it's only about an hour from me) but, you know, the man happened.
- Aubrey Bloom of Gigem247 had some interesting notes on twitter today about the monetary value of the Aggies joining the SEC. Which game would you pay the most to be at in 2012? (At Kyle Field, my money is going toward the LSU game. I'd give my right arm to watch the Aggies in Tuscaloosa.)
- The Big 12 Media Days started today. If a tree falls in the forest but no one was there to hear it, did it really make a sound?
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