Thursday, July 16, 2009

Catching up: Going the supplemental route

* While Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was the only player selected in the NFL supplemental draft Thursday -- going in the third round to the Washington Redskins -- it was announced this week that two other players had quit school to submit their draft eligibility: Texas Tech defensive end McKinner Dixon and Kansas State receiver Deon Murphy. Dixon, who had nine sacks last season, had been suspended indefinitely for academic reasons and then arrested on a gun charge in the spring, so it's not too stunning that he decided to bail on school. Still, his loss is a downer for the Red Raiders since he probably would've been the team's best defensive player. Murphy was the Big 12 newcomer of the year in 2007, had a mediocre season in 2008 next to Brandon Banks, then left the team in the spring for reasons that I can't seem to uncover. His career seemed to be trending downward, but K-State (especially the post-Josh Freeman version) isn't exactly overflowing with offensive talent.

* Speaking of Kansas State, rumor has it that Bill Snyder is trying to get the school out of its contract with UCLA for the Wildcats' home game next season (they play at the Rose Bowl this year). If you remember anything about Bill Snyder's first tenure at Kansas State, you know the following two things:
  1. His reclamation job was one of the best in college football history;
  2. Part of his success came from scheduling the softest, yummiest nonconference cupcakes he could get his hands on.
It would appear that even in old age, little has changed.

* Southern Miss got some good news and some bad news Thursday. The good news: Damion Fletcher, the school's all-time leading rusher, was reinstated from suspension and will not miss any games. Fletcher, as you may remember, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge after firing a gun into an apartment building over the winter. The bad news: DeAndre Brown, the freshman receiver who put up ridiculous numbers before suffering a horrific, Joe Theismann-esque broken leg in the New Orleans Bowl, had to have his leg put back in a boot after re-injuring it while playing basketball. Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said that despite the re-aggravation, Brown's timetable remains the same: he'll miss the season opener against Alcorn State but likely return in Week 2 for Conference USA opponent Central Florida.

* Urban Meyer will never, ever, EVER coach at Notre Dame. Ever. Meyer's statements this week conjured up images of Nick Saban, and honestly, it's pretty hard to take these denials seriously. There's just no way to know what a coach will do until a job is open and offered to him ... oh wait. The Notre Dame job WAS open and WAS offered to Meyer just four years ago, and he turned it down. So as difficult as it is for me to say this, I'm willing to take Meyer at his word on this one -- unless he has some drastic change of heart, it's hard to see him leaving Florida when he's built the program into something even better than it was when he got there.

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