3-point stance: Protests bound to spread

1. The fact that the players at Northwestern, Georgia and Georgia Tech who participated in the silent protest called All Players United did so without any ramifications is a measure of the dissatisfaction with the status quo of the NCAA. In the era of social media, APU is likely to spread. The NCAA statement that supported open and civil debate all but gave the players a green light to continue to speak out. Some coaches won’t allow it -- coaches tend to be dictatorial -- but I don’t think the protest will peter out.

2. It’s been quite a week at Florida. Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel broke his leg in the victory Saturday over Tennessee. Preseason All-SEC defensive lineman Dominique Easley tore his ACL and meniscus at practice Tuesday. Three days apart, the Gators lose their offensive leader and their best pass rusher. Florida has games against four teams in the top 12, and only one of them is in Gainesville. And the Gators have lost their two best players. That’s a serious blow.

3. Paul Dietzel became the LSU head coach at age 30 in 1955 and led the Tigers to the 1958 national championship. Here’s what kind of iconoclastic thinker he was, and how different college football was a half-century ago, Dietzel left LSU after the 1961 season -- for Army. Dietzel wanted to restore the Cadets to their former greatness. He couldn’t. He left for South Carolina and led the Gamecocks to their only conference championship, the 1969 ACC title. Dietzel stopped coaching at age 50. For a guy who barely won more than he lost (109-95-5), he made a big imprint. Dietzel died Tuesday at age 89.