1. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer told me on the podcast Wednesday that when he began his head coaching career, he didn’t think twice about tossing a player off the team for breaking his rules. As Meyer matured, and as he understood his players’ backgrounds, he began to give out more second chances. It had something to do with raising his own children. But in the wake of problems at Florida, and perhaps because of Aaron Hernandez, “I’m a little more guarded now than I’ve ever been,” Meyer said. “It’s almost addictive. You say, ‘I can help this one! This one! This one!’ But I am more guarded.”
2. As the Nevin Shapiro case nears its second birthday without the NCAA announcing a verdict, Miami head coach Al Golden has pretty much gritted the enamel off his teeth. Golden had hoped to get some resolution before practice starts Saturday. Still, he and the rest of the U wait. Golden still believes in the NCAA as the policeman of college athletics. In fact, he suggested on the podcast that compliance officers should be hired, trained and paid by the NCAA instead of individual schools. That’s an idea worthy of discussion.
3. They are celebrating in State College today with the expiration of the NCAA’s waiver of the transfer redshirt year. The rule’s quiet expiration is a tribute to Nittany Lion head coach Bill O’Brien and his staff. No matter how well they teach Xs and Os -- and as the 8-4 record last year showed, they do it well -- those coaches will never perform any task more beneficial to Penn State than keeping the squad together in the wake of the harsh NCAA penalty.