College Football News Roundup – March 7

A college football news roundup that includes Mark Helfrich spending time in Miami with head coach Mark Richt and a former assistant defending Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Saturday here in Chicago. It’s a time where the city becomes a giant pub, the river is dyed green and for some odd reason everyone pretends that they are some part Irish. I, myself, will follow the same routine I have perfected down over the years: head out early, have some fun, and then be home and in the safety of my apartment before things go off the wall.

In college football news, Tom Herman is trying to instill a championship mentality in his players at Texas, Dameyune Craig is back at Florida State as a quality control coach, and we take a peek at three storylines to watch for during Notre Dame’s spring practice. Here are some other newsworthy notes in the latest college football news roundup.

Getting Refreshed – Former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has been making some rounds this offseason, and his latest stop is in Coral Gables as he visited Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes.

“Our program occasionally brings in people during the offseason to discuss strategy and exchange ideas,” Richt said in a statement. “Mark Helfrich visited with our staff last week and we talked football.”

When will this guy get another job?

Defending Hugh – Former Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner is one of three ex-assistants that have come to the defense of their old boss Hugh Freeze, who is currently mired in scandal due to NCAA violations committed during his tenure in Oxford.

“I have worked for 16 head coaches in my career and I ranked them 1-16 on who talked more about doing things the right way, who is encouraging and demanding the staff all the time to make sure they are abiding by NCAA rules, who is the stickler for compliance and who preached to his staff constantly about the importance of compliance, Hugh Freeze is number one,” Werner said. “He would say if you break a rule, it would hurt every family in that room and that was not something he was willing to risk.”

I’m seriously interested in seeing this list now that Werner made.

Bad News In Bowling Green – Four Western Kentucky football players are being investigated for their alleged role in an attack on two fraternity members earlier this month.

According to the police report, the attack happened at the Pi Kappa Alpha house and was in retaliation for someone getting attacked the night before at the fraternity house.

“We are aware of the allegations involving a few members of our football team,” a representative for the team said. “We are cooperating fully with the authorities. However, at this time, we have not received a police report and cannot provide further comment.”

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