1. The NCAA can say all it wants about reform and putting student-athletes first. But as long as the NCAA comes down on the wrong side of cases like that of Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, it will continue to harm its message and its mission. The NCAA suspended Floyd two games for taking $2,500 from a non-profit foundation with no ties to Florida. Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley couched his anger in diplomatic terms. Head coach Will Muschamp (“angered, disgusted”) did not. Good for Muschamp.
2. Tired of greedy schools out for anything but the good of the game? Check out the story in the Houston Chronicle on Thursday about SMU center Blake McJunkin in the loss to Texas A&M on Sunday. McJunkin helped tackle Aggie safety Trent Hunter after an interception. When Hunter lost his helmet, McJunkin raised his arm above Hunter’s head to shield him in the pileup. “It was the right thing to do, no matter the color of his jersey,” McJunkin said. The right thing to do? Hope he inspires a few college presidents.
3. The hardest thing to do in college football is drive the length of the field for a touchdown. It’s even harder early in the season. Defenses, penalties, turnovers and mistakes all can end a possession prematurely. When No. 9 Oklahoma State went more than 70 yards for a touchdown on each of its first three drives against Arizona on Thursday night, the Cowboys served notice that this is the year to take them seriously as a contender for the Big 12 title and a BCS berth.