July 29 News: Dan Mullen Proposes 5-Year Eligibility

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Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen proposed an intriguing idea that extends five years of eligibility to players who exceed a certain grade point average.

As he said to AL.com, the concept is pretty simple at its core:

“Instead of punishing guys for doing bad, why not reward guys for doing good?”

Dan Mullen’s pitch is unique for sure, and an interesting way of emphasizing academics in college football, and offering a sensible balance to the NCAA’s forthcoming regulation that forces athletes below a 2.3 but within the minimum 2.0 range to take a redshirt season.

The unintended byproduct of the NCAA’s new rule is giving those who fall short of the academic benchmark an added year to develop. Credit Dan Mullen for at least offering an alternative, but will he gain support?

Quarterbacks Front-and-Center at CAA Media Days

David Teel, The Daily Press

The Colonial Athletic Association features some of the Football Championship Subdivision’s best quarterbacks, including reigning Walter Payton Award winner John Robertson of Villanova, and Payton Award finalist Vad Lee of James Madison. For the rest of the league, the bevy of talented playmakers can cause headaches, as William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock expressed to The Daily Press.

Robertson and Lee will both make a push for the top offensive award in the FCS once more in 2015. Behind them, both Villanova and James Madison will compete for the FCS championship.

And what, exactly, is the breakfast of champions? Robertson explained:

Al Golden Leaves ESPN Car Wash with Clean Outlook



Susan Miller Degnan, The Miami Herald

Al Golden summed up a pivotal 2015 season for his Miami Hurricanes succinctly on Tuesday’s swing through the ESPN carwash: “It’s not going to be easy, we know that.”

Coming off a disappointing 6-7 finish, some are already penning Golden’s Miami eulogy. The Hurricanes’ response to external doubt and a litany of questions will determine the program’s immediate future. Returning promising quarterback Brad Kaaya is a nice building block, but Miami needs more — especially in the run game, with the departure of Duke Johnson to the NFL.