Five-Step Drop: The Oversigning Issue
1. Nobody wants to talk about it, and Nick Saban really doesn't want to talk about it, but the problem of oversigning continues to plague college football. New rules designed to reign in the tendency of some coaches to sign far more players than they actually have scholarships for probably won't work, according to SI.com's Andy Staples. "The rule isn't worth the paper on which it's printed," he writes, "and everyone in college football knows it." Why? Because it only restricts how many players a team can sign between February and May. This is sort of like dealing with homelessness by outlawing poverty after 10 PM.
2. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa's all-time leading receiver, pleaded guilty on Monday to one charge of possession of marijuana. All other charges against him were dropped. Johnson-Koulianos received a deferred judgment for one year. If he doesn't commit any probation violations during that time, the charge will be removed from his record. DJK tweeted his obvious relief at the way things turned out for him in court, but also made it sound like he thought the Iowa coaching staff wasn't very supportive of him.
3. Elsewhere in drug arrests, Florida defensive back Janoris Jenkins was cited over the weekend for possessing marijuana. The amount involved was less than 20 grams, which makes the charge a misdemeanor. It's not Jenkins' first run-in with the law. He was tased in 2009 after scuffling with a man who tried to take a chain off his neck. Jenkins complied with the terms of his deferred judgment in that case, so the charges were removed from his record. Florida has not yet commented about Jenkins' status with the team.
4. If it took forever for the Big Ten Network to get on cable systems in Big Ten country, how is Texas' new network going to break into already-crowded cable lineups? Network partner ESPN has an idea for how to make that happen. The World Wide Leader is reportedly in negotiations with Time Warner Cable to give TWC an ownership stake in the Texas network. Time Warner is the largest cable operator in Texas, so getting it to sign on with the network is key if ESPN and the University of Texas ever expect to turn a profit from the venture. The money involved is staggering; Texas will receive nearly a quarter billion dollars over its 20 year deal with ESPN.
5. NewsOK.com takes a look at Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy, who has established himself as one of the nation's best recruiters. Gundy was passed over for the offensive coordinator position left open when Kevin Wilson left Bob Stoops' staff to take over at Indiana. Gundy's recruiting record is impressive, with a reach that goes far beyond the Big 12's footprint. One wonders if he and his boss ever compare notes about what it's like to have a brother who coaches at another school. Gundy's older brother, Mike, is the head coach at Oklahoma State.