7 at 7: Tuesday morning links around the NCAA

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 8, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — It's Tuesday morning, so let's take a look at some of the things happening around the country in the college football realm.

(And knowing that many of you readers are baseball fans, hopefully these links won't disappoint as much as the Atlanta Braves.)

1. I love bowl season as much as anyone, but even I'll admit the number is becoming almost ridiculous. On Monday, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that three new postseason games will be added for the 2014-15 season, bringing the number of bowls up to 39. The only positive I can see here is that they are specifically aimed to provide opportunities for the non-BCS leagues in the FBS (American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) to go bowling as well. But at what point is enough, well, enough?

2. In one of the stranger stories I can recall seeing this year, Southern California has admitted people have been impersonating school officials and calling football coaches around the country to inquire about the Trojans' vacant position. The two coaches reportedly contacted were USC alum and former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio (now an assistant with the Denver Broncos) as well as former Super Bowl winner Tony Dungy. USC has already identified the imposters and is taking "appropriate action," according to a blog on the school's website.

3. Texas' season to this point has been nothing short of a disaster, but somehow, the Longhorns are 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play. To get to 3-0, however, Texas will have to get past arch-rival Oklahoma on Saturday. And the player asked to spearhead the Longhorns' offense has a familiar last name: McCoy. Case McCoy, the younger brother of Colt — who led Texas to the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, where it lost to Alabama — will start in place of the injured David Ash as Texas looks to end a two-year losing streak to Oklahoma. (For the record, the Sooner have outscored the Longhorns 118-38 in those last two meetings. So it's no wonder few people are giving Texas much of a chance to win Saturday.)

4. Staying in the state of Texas, it appears that Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield's knee injury isn't of the season-ending variety. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that the starting quarterback's knee had no structural damage, but had no timetable as to when the freshman may return.

(Quick intermission: Since we're on the topic, this allows me to share my favorite video I saw of Kingsbury right after he took over at his alma mater.

Incredible. He's bobbing his head and rapping along with The Notorious B.I.G. How can you not like that?)

5. As the government shutdown continues, the teams at the service academies are forced to face their own uncertain future. But from the looks of it, as long as no government funds are used, Army, Navy and Air Force will keep on playing irrespective of what happens on Capitol Hill.

6. It didn't register on the scale of Southern California — or even Connecticut, for that matter — but add another FBS coach's name to the chopping block. Miami of Ohio dumped head coach Don Treadwell on Sunday after the RedHawks started the season 0-5. Along with Treadwell, offensive coordinator John Klacik was also dismissed. Treadwell finished with an 8-21 overall record as Miami's coach.

7. Instead of ending with more of the daily news fare cited above, I'll go in another direction with a long-form feature from Matt Hayes of the Sporting News. He spent time with Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive to see what a typical Saturday is like for the man at the helm of the most powerful league in college sports.

More 7 at 7:

7 at 7: A link-heavy look at Ole Miss

7 at 7: Wednesday morning SEC links

7 at 7: NCAA links for Tuesday morning

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