This will be the final college football weekly recap now that the season is almost upon us. Any big college football news stories that need to be covered from a betting perspective will be featured on their own from here on out. The Maddux Sports handicapping team is locked and loaded for a winning college football pick season and we hope you have taken note of these stories over the summer and filed them away.
QB Cotton leaves Ole Miss
Mississippi redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton is leaving the university. Head Coach Houston Nutt said the No.2 quarterback was going through “freshmanitis”, so it seems like the decision was not football related. Cotton had battled sophomore Nathan Stanley for the starting job all spring, but would have most likely been the backup quarterback at the start of the season. The only other quarterback on scholarship is Randall Mackey.
USC’s Kiffin makes Titans’ Pola OC
Lane Kiffin isn’t making any friends. He has made Tennessee Titans’ assistant coach Kennedy Pola his new offensive coordinator and running backs coach and upset Titans’ head coach Jeff Fisher in the process.
Fisher complained that Kiffin had failed to contact the team to let them know they were interes-ted in Pola. The move leaves the Titans without a running backs coach days before the team is scheduled to start training camp.
Pryor says he’s ready to go
Ohio State Buckeyes dual threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor has said that he is 100% healthy going into the preseason. He had surgery in February to repair damage in his left knee, but says he’s ready to go.
Pryor threw for 2,094, 18 touchdowns and 11 picks last year. He also carried the ball 162 times, rushing for 779 yards and seven scores. He acknowledged that he was limited by his knee injury late last season, but it looks like he is ready to go for 2010.
Shirley to Washington
Linebacker/defensive end Josh Shirley will join the Washington Huskies. The freshman had been dismissed from the UCLA football team for his alleged involvement in an on campus theft. He had been denied admission to UCLA for the fall quarter.
Shirley was rated as a four star recruit and should be able to make an impact for the Huskies. UW head coach Steve Sarkisian has said that the school feels comfortable adding Shirley and that the situation doesn’t show Shirley’s true character.
BYU assistant Lamb retires
BYU assistant coach Barry Lamb is retiring after 16 years with the team. He had coached the Cougar’s linebacking unit, a job that graduate assistant Nick Howell will now take over. Lamb coached at a total of seven schools in a 33-year coaching career. Howell isn’t new to the job, as he has been coaching the linebackers when Lamb was absent.
UCLA guard Hasiak ineligible for 2010 season
UCLA offensive guard Stanley Hasiak is ineligible to play in the 2010 season. He failed to meet academic requirements and won’t be allowed to man his spot on the Bruins’ front five. He will be able to help on the scout team. Hasiak was one of the Bruins’ top recruits in 2009 and was ranked fourth nationally among guards by scouts.com.
DB Sims investigated in credit card case
Iowa State defensive back David Sims is being investigated in a case involving a stolen credit card. According to authorities, a Des Moines woman reported July 17 that her credit card was stolen. The woman’s son had reportedly taken her credit card to Ames, Iowa.
Police obtained a warrant and searched Sims apartment Tuesday, but no information has been made available as to what they found. The senior was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2009 and led the Cyclones in interceptions (5). No charges have been filed.
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