CFS Daily Hot Reads: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
University of Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds has some strong words for both Texas A&M and the SEC. In an article by Christian Corona of the Daily Texan, Dodds said that he would like for Texas and Texas A&M to meet again on the gridiron, but it will be on the Longhorns’ terms. “They left,” Dodds said. “They’re the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that’s fair.” Dodds also believes that Big 12 teams have a tougher road to the national title games than the Aggies and the rest of the SEC. “It’s hard to get out of it,” Dodds said of the Big 12’s round-robin schedule. “But if you get out of it, you’re straight into the national championship. If you can go straight through our conference, it’s a direct line to the national championship. In the SEC, Alabama hadn’t play Georgia for four years. So there’s maybe some advantages to it. They play some nonconference games late in the season that soften their schedule. The Big 12 is a tougher road to get there than the SEC because of their scheduling abilities.”
Penn State announced that it has suspended its licensing contract with Adidas effective immediately. The suspension is linked to the closing of a clothing factory in Indonesia and a dispute over severance pay for workers who lost their jobs. It’s important to note that Adidas is one of several companies that produce Penn State apparel. Penn State’s license with Adidas produced royalty revenues of $6,800 in the 2011-12 fiscal year. Nike is the Nittany Lion’s official apparel supplier.
SEC recruiting is definitely not for the faint of heart and it looks like Tennessee’s Butch Jones is quickly learning the ropes. About this time last year, Nick Saban made headlines for sending 105 letters in a single day to Norcross, Ga. running back prospect Alvin Kamara. Who knows what role the letters played in his decision, but Kamara signed with the Tide in February. In December, Jones hired recruiting assistant J.R. Sandlin away from Saban, and on Monday, one of Georgia’s top 2014 prospects opened his mailbox to find 102 letters from the Vols. Stanton Truitt, a 5-10, 180-pound “athlete” from Monroe, Ga. posted the picture of his haul on Twitter. Tennessee, one of 18 schools that have offered Truitt a scholarship, made quite an impression with the mailing campaign. “It was shocking and it shows me that they think highly of me and really love me,” Truitt told Kipp Adams of ESPN Recruiting Nation. “It makes me feel important to them and makes me want to work harder and keep doing what I have been doing.” Truitt said that each letter would say something different like “Stanton we love you,” or “VolNation.” “The Tennessee staff had been telling me that everything we do, we are always going to do it plus-two,” he said. “Every play you run, you want to get plus-two yards, take an extra two yards with the end zone. Everything you do, do it plus-two. That is why they sent me 102 letters.”