CFS Daily Hot Reads: Saturday, March 2, 2013

CFS Daily Hot Reads: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Chizik: '85% of freshmen report in the worst shape of their lives.' (Photo: Daniel Surrey/US Presswire)

Chizik: ‘85% of freshmen report in the worst shape of their lives.’ (Photo: Daniel Surrey/US Presswire)

Today’s must-read college football news and notes from around the internet…

  • A scholarship is just the beginning. Speaking to Georgia touchdown club, ex-Auburn coach Gene Chizik said that 85% of newcomers report to fall camp in the “worst shape of their lives.”  Chizik had some great advice for the incoming freshmen in the audience, which included players headed to Georgia, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Auburn, Purdue and Florida.
  • Back to work. With his wife and family still by his side, Bobby Petrino is working to mend both his family and his career at Western Kentucky.
  • Get used to it. Ron Jaworski says that Penn State coach Bill O’Brien’s name “will always be mentioned” for NFL jobs.
  • Like father? After three weeks of spring practice, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson likes what he sees from newcomer Nick Montana. Montana, the son of Joe and a transfer from Washington by way of Mount San Antonio JC, started Saturday’s scrimmage 0-for-3 , but completed seven of his next nine passes and including the first touchdown of the day.
  • More Broncoball. Though it won’t come as welcome news to some BYU fans, the school is currently working on a contract extension for Bronco Mendenhall, whose current deal expires at the end of 2013.
  • Be careful what you wish for… In eight seasons at BYU, Mendenhall is 74-29, and his teams have won 10 games or more five times. But he’s lost three straight and four of the last five to arch-rival Utah, and his controversial stance that winning football games ranks fifth on his priority list for Cougar players leaves a segment of the fanbase longing for the days of Lavell Edwards. The irony? Mendenhall’s career winning percentage is actually better than Edwards (.718 to .717).
  • Speaking of extensions… At Central Florida, George O’Leary is in the process of completing a two-year contract extension that would take him through 2017. The Knights went 0-11 in O’Leary’s first year, but he’s won 10 games in two of the past three. In nine seasons at UCF, he’s 60-55, including a 34-19 mark (.642) during the past four years.
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