TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: A statue of former Florida State head coach, Bobby Bowden at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Welcome to another edition of The Week in News.
As always, we start elsewhere and finish up in South Bend.
Let's get to the links and make sure you're full of knowledge about college football.
The SEC recently threw a welcoming party for Texas A&M and Missouri as they are set to officially join the conference this summer.
The SEC also got rid of a rule that prohibited teams from hosting recruits at neutral site games, but both Florida and Georgia will still not take advantage of this change when they meet in Jacksonville for their annual rivalry game.
The Sandusky trial is starting and the 12 jurors have been picked. Among then are:
Seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years.
Also: a Penn State senior, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor's and master's degrees from the school and a woman who has been a season ticketholder since the 1970s.
As the opening statements begin next week, ABC reports that Sandusky wrote "creepy love-letters" to his victims.
Earlier in the week the Big Ten made news once again because they prefer the status-quo but on the same day the league commissioner Jim Delany said pretty much the exact opposite.
After being arrest over the weekend, two Ohio State players were suspended indefinitely. Look at Meyer putting the hammer down on his players---what a teacher of values!
Former blue-chip quarterback Jesse Scroggins is leaving USC. Not like it matters with all the talent the Trojans keep stockpiling there.
The incoming new Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby opposes player stipens.
The SEC is hooking up with Independence Bowl for the next two seasons.
Spencer Hall wrote a nice little article on Matt Barkley that is worth the time to read.
November 3rd is going to be a pretty big day on the calendar. CBS announced the LSU-Alabama game in Death Valley for 8 PM ET, and there are a plethora of other great games that weekend as well.
And then there's this from the world of rivalry recruiting...
Per @SWiltfong247 Michigan took a commitment from a long snapper by the name of Scott Sypniewski. Seriously. I Know nothing about this kid.— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) June 6, 2012
It's funny until you realize that Notre Dame will injure every quarterback on the Wolverine roster and this kid will somehow, miraculously, have the strongest arm on the team and lead a last-minute comeback for the Michigan win.
Some heart-warming news to report as Randy Shannon is no longer suing Miami. Phew, I'm glad we could all move past that.
Bobby Bowden wants in on a playoff committee, and well isn't that just the best idea ever?
NCAA President Mark Emmert is considering leaving his position to return to LSU where he was previously the university's chancellor. Later, Emmert denied the rumors that he's stepping down from the NCAA.
It appears that Oklahoma is prepared to move on without the trio of players who were suspended earlier this offseason. Word from Bob Stoops is that all three players have had their scholarships removed:
"(They) have been removed from scholarship and we aren't counting on any of them. This program doesn't bank on any one individual in particular. We have other players that are in position to move up and play. We've recruited a lot of really good players."
The loss of two quality receivers would be critical, except OU has one of the nation's best receiving classes coming this fall, including the country's top JUCO wideout, two freshman studs, and possibly Fresno transfer Jalen Saunders if he gets his waiver approved.
The Scoreboard Wars continue as Michigan State is putting the finishing touches on a renovation project to Spartan Stadium that will see it's new scoreboard as the fifth largest in the country, and more importantly, larger than the new Michigan ones. State announced these plans back in January and they will have one giant board at one end zone and two smaller ones in the other end zone.
NBC released their 2012 TV football schedule featuring a lot of Notre Dame and Boise State.
In South Bend...
The Notre Dame Fantasy Camp began this week and there's this interesting tidbit from South Bend. Take it however you'd like...
There are more players at #NotreDame Football Fantasy Camp at least 60 years of age (7) than players 35 years or younger (6).— Brian Hardin (@NDHardin) June 6, 2012
Keith Arnold at Inside the Irish has a video of former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Beurlein talking at the fantasy camp earlier this week. He also has another freshman focus, this time on incoming offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley.
This week's comment of the week comes from Three and Eight-Elevenths Men, in response to the Te'o vs. Jaylon Smith article from Miesle.