College Football Notebook
The college football notebook …CORAL GABLES, Fla. ó Miami quarterback Robert Marve’s season began with a one-game suspension, and it’ll end with another.
Marve will not play in the Emerald Bowl next week because of a violation of team academic rules, which he told The Associated Press was regarding “a miscommunication about absentees for a class.”
Marve said he was late for a class on the final day of the semester, but that tardy arrival counted as an absence that ultimately made him ineligible.
“I was just talking to another teacher and got late for my next class,” Marve told The AP late Thursday night. “Obviously, I am very disappointed that I can’t play or go to San Francisco over a situation like this. It’s already been kind of a rough season and it’s a disappointing ending.”
ALABAMATUSCALOOSA, Ala. ó Andre Smith will say this much publicly: He has submitted the paperwork to receive an evaluation of his NFL draft status.
Beyond that, Alabama’s All-American left tackle is keeping up his season-long refrain that he’s more worried about the next game than the NFL.
Smith, who won the Outland Trophy, has been projected as a potential No. 1 overall draft pick if he skips his senior season.
MUNCIE, Ind. ó Stan Parrish, Ball State’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons, signed a four-year contract on Thursday and promised a smooth transition as the new coach of the 23rd-ranked Cardinals.]
He replaces Brady Hoke, who resigned this week to become the coach at San Diego State, and his first game will be on Jan. 6, when the Cardinals play Tulsa (10-3) in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
INDIANAPOLIS ó Floyd Keith is tired of waiting for more black coaches to be hired to lead major college football programs and is hoping to make a federal case out of the issue.
After years of attempting to persuade university administrators into hiring minority football coaches, the executive director of the Black Coaches and Administrators has started searching for a potential lawsuit.
Last week, the BCA opened a national telephone hotline that offers legal advice to coaches, a move that could eventually lead to a landmark case against universities under civil rights legislation.
“I think someone is going to get tired of listening to the excuses,” Keith told The Associated Press. “We’re giving them (the coaches) every opportunity, but we can’t select the individuals. The individuals have to bring this forward. We are looking very strongly at every case, and we’re taking it on an individual basis.”
Keith consider the number of minority coaches in college football a disgrace.
Yes, Keith acknowledges, more black coaches have been granted interviews in recent years, but when compared to the number of minority coaches in college basketball or the NFL, college football lags far behind.
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