Maybe this Jamaal Williams thing isn’t such a big deal.
The BYU running back has been suspended for the Cougars’ first game, at Connecticut, because of an honor code violation. That could affect how smoothly he plays the next week against Texas.
On the other hand, there’s Texas.
Longhorns’ coach Charlie Strong dismissed five players, last week, for violating team rules and suspended three starters. The dismissals moved the total since January to seven. The suspended players will miss at least the first game, against North Texas.
Fans and media tend to analyze, ad nauseam, what injuries, dismissals and suspensions mean to a team. Those are real factors. At the same time, odds are good the other team is dealing with similar problems. Texas got beat last year by 19 points against BYU, in a game that wasn’t that close. Distractions like suspensions and dismissals can’t be helping as the Longhorns prepare for this year’s game in Week 2.
You have to give it to coaches: they almost always tend to say “no excuses” and “everybody has injuries.” But in the same breath – or at least at the end of the season – they then make excuses.
The thing is, they’re good ones.
Talent and depth are the No. 1 things in college football, but good health and eligibility have to be right behind. Here’s wishing that this year, every team could play the entire season with a full roster.
Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?