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June 27, 2011
Monday with Mike: Best league at each position
SEC zealots like to proclaim their league is the best when it comes to college football, and they're right.
What about the best league at each position? Here's a look.
And now a word from our sponsor
Rutgers announced last week that its stadium now will be called High Point Solutions Stadium as part of a 10-year, $6.5 million deal with the New Jersey-based tech company.
Rutgers becomes the 14th school to play its home games in a stadium named for a sponsor, joining Akron, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Syracuse, Temple, Texas Tech, UCF, USF and Wake Forest. Miami, Pitt, San Diego State, Temple and USF play in NFL stadiums.
That means 11.7 percent of the 120 FBS schools play in a "sponsored stadium."
Former North Carolina State QB Russell Wilson told the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times that he will make a decision to play football or pro baseball by July 1. He also told the newspaper that should he choose to continue playing football, he will attend either Auburn or Wisconsin.
Tennessee backup DL Rae Sykes is, at this time, academically ineligible to play this fall. So why should anyone care about a reserve lineman? If Sykes doesn't play this fall, that means Tennessee will have just eight seniors on its roster. Given that Derek Dooley is entering his second season and that Lane Kiffin was in Knoxville for just one season, that number falls squarely on the shoulders of Phillip Fulmer.
It's never a good time to lose your leading returning rusher. But losing him in late June has to especially sting. That's the case for new Ball State coach Pete Lembo. TB Eric Williams, the Cardinals' leading rusher and a second-team All-MAC performer last season, announced last week he was transferring for personal reasons. Ball State doesn't have much offensive talent to begin with, so Williams' departure really hurts. Rivals.com had picked Ball State to finish last in the MAC West, and that looks like an extremely safe pick now.
The Longhorn Network
It appears former Florida coach Urban Meyer will be a game analyst for ESPN this fall, working with play-by-play guy Dave Pasch and analyst Chris Spielman on noon games, usually involving Big Ten teams. His first game seems likely to be Akron-Ohio State on Sept. 3. (Go ahead and chuckle if you want; we understand why you'd want to.)
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.