7 at 7: NCAA links for Tuesday morning

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 1, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — Unlike Monday's "4 at 4," which had a plethora of links on coaches getting fired, none of the stories below has anyone being dismissed from their jobs. Those leaving of their own volition is another story.

1. They say everything is bigger in Texas. Monday saw the country's largest university live up to that billing, as an incredible amount of news made its way out of Austin. First, it was announced that athletic director DeLoss Dodds will step down next August. As if things weren't tough enough already for embattled head coach Mack Brown, legendary Longhorn running back Earl Campbell said it was time for Brown to go. And on a melancholy note, Texas lost one of the most well-known players in its history on Monday, as national-title winning quarterback James Street passed away. He was 65.

2. Say so long to Dominique Easley. Florida's star defensive tackle — who had season-ending surgery last week after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament as well as medial meniscus — said Monday he would enter the NFL Draft and forgo his last year of eligibility with the Gators.

3. If you caught last Thursday's game between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, you saw Hokie true freshman cornerback Brandon Facyson making plays all over the field. One of my predecessors, Andy Bitter, has a great feature on the Newnan native's thoughts on his season to this point.

4. How did Oklahoma State lose to West Virginia just one week after the Mountaineers were blanked 38-0 by Maryland? Columnist Barry Tramel of The Oklahoman says it was a matter of weak non-conference scheduling that doomed the Cowboys on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.

5. Ohio State still hasn't lost a game since Urban Meyer became head coach, running its record to 17-0 after beating Wisconsin at home last Saturday. If fellow undefeated Northwestern is finally to end the streak this weekend, the Wildcats' offense must be able to effectively pass the ball and run its zone read.

6. Southern California is in a state of upheaval after firing head coach Lane Kiffin early Sunday morning. That doesn't mean arch-rival UCLA, which is 3-0 and ranked No. 12 in the latest Associated Press poll, should begin to gloat, writes Chris Foster of The Los Angeles Times.

7. Another week, another controversy for Alabama. Both head coach Nick Saban and his counterpart in last Saturday's game — Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze — downplayed that Tyler Siskey, who worked with Freeze last year and is now the Crimson Tide's associate director for player personnel, helped Alabama's coaching staff in any way during the contest. If so, it would have been a violation of NCAA bylaw 11.7.2, which states that Football Bowl Subdivision teams can only have one head coach, nine assistant coaches and four graduate assistants who can coach during a game.

More 7 at 7:

7 at 7: Links around the NCAA

7 at 7: A link-heavy look at LSU

7 at 7: Links from around the SEC

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