7 at 7: Tuesday morning NCAA links

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 22, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — Let's not waste any time this morning.

Another edition of 7 at 7 is at hand, as we take a look around the NCAA on this Tuesday morning.

1. Grambling State football players finally ended their boycott on Monday and returned to practice. Earlier that day, they held a news conference where senior safety Naquan Smith, who served as the team's spokesman during the player revolt, read a statement detailing how it came to an end. After that, they headed across campus to practice for the first time since last Tuesday.

2. The passing of legendary former coach Don James just added to what was already a terrible weekend for Washington football ESPN.com's Ted Miller writes. And for a nice remembrance of James, check out this Bob Condotta story, noting how gracious the former coach was with his time. (There are also links to other stories relating to James over the years in Condotta's article.)

3. John Feinstein is impressed with Florida State. But that's about it. The Washington Post columnist said this season looks similar to many that have occurred in the ACC over the years: It's Florida State and then everyone else.

4. Speaking of flawed teams, TCU is struggling. As Stefan Stevenson of the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth notes, TCU coach Gary Patterson has had only one losing season in 16 years with the Horned Frogs. After a 24-10 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday dropped TCU to 3-4 overall, Patterson may be in for his second sub-.500 season. And with that in mind, Stevenson said it's not going to be easy to get to bowl eligibility.

5. The Big Ten's Legends Division isn't that good. Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times then takes it to task over how the "Legends" name couldn't be a bigger misnomer.

6. You might have heard about the absurd comments Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti made following Saturday's game against Washington State. If not, here's the cliff notes version: He got mad the Cougars were throwing the ball a lot when they were down big. No, really. He complained about another coach still trying to score. Anyway, columnist John Canzano of The Oregonian writes what makes seem like a weirdo in everyday life is the same thing that makes Aliotti a fantastic football coach.

7. Hope everyone is ready for (yet) another bowl. ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy reported Monday that the American Athletic Conference (the former Big East, for all intents and purposes) has created the Miami Beach Bowl, which will be played at Marlins Park starting in 2014. The bowl is set to pit an AAC team against schools from Conference USA, the Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences from 2014-19, Murphy reported.

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