Initial Reads for March 12: Jacob Coker Is No Shoo-In at Alabama

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Jacob Coker transferred out of Jameis Winston’s shadow at Florida State to Alabama amid much fanfare. And after spending his first season with the Crimson Tide backing up Blake Sims, Friend of the Site Steven Lassan of AthlonSports.com writes the starting job is Jacob Coker’s to lose ahead of Alabama spring practice.

But slow your roll, writes AL.com’s Matt Zenitz. “Unheralded” Alec Morris will factor into the Alabama quarterback competition, Sims told Zenitz.

One thing about the Alabama quarterback competition is certain: Tide fans will have reasonable and measured reactions whether Alec Morris, Jacob Coker or someone else wins the job. As always.

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With news of Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock transferring from Iowa surfacing Wednesday — and entertaining Big Ten counterpart Michigan as one possible destination, per FoxSports.com’ Bruce Feldman — occasional CFBHuddle contributor/Friend of the Site Ryan Wooden writes Kirk Ferentz’s job security is tied to Rudock’s successor.

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We all know that feeling of being a lovelorn teenage, waiting at home on a weekend night for a flame’s phone call — only it never comes (or maybe that’s just me). Either way, that’s the experience certain members of the American Athletic Conference are enduring, as they await an invitation from the Big 12 that’s unlikely to ever come.

…And speaking of athletic departments that shouldn’t hold their breath waiting on a Big 12 invite:

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This week began with the infuriating Oklahoma fraternity scandal, a story of which the Sooners football team became a part. But while Oklahoma made national headlines, Div. III Wheaton’s team was embroiled in its own racial controversy.