1.Eni Faleomavaega, the delegate to the U.S. Congress from American Samoa, has written a letter to the NCAA decrying the “arbitrary and unfair” decision denying Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli a waiver that would make him eligible this fall. Masoli is of Samoan descent. Faleomavaega called the ruling “grossly inappropriate” for the way in which it ignored the fact that Masoli complied with the legislation as written. The appeals committee is expected to rule Friday.
2.The sun is shining a little brighter in the SEC East this morning. South Carolina looked like it is done being mediocre. It’s not just that the Gamecocks routed Southern Mississippi. It’s that they did so with a polished performance by quarterback Stephen Garcia and a defense that refused to let the Golden Eagles’ spread offense have any room to breathe. South Carolina’s first three SEC games – Georgia, at Auburn and Alabama, just got a lot more interesting.
3.Kirk Ferentz once lauded Iowa City to me as a great place to raise kids. With the youngest of his five children now in high school, I assumed that he would look at the NFL once the nest emptied. Iowa announced Thursday that it had signed Ferentz to a contract extension through the 2020 season, when Ferentz will be 65 years old. Few coaches fit better on their campus. The Hawkeyes are delighted that my assumption was so far off-base. Me, too.