COBB DISMISSED FROM TEAM | This was reported all over the place, but we'll go with LAJ's Don Williams, LB Daniel Cobb was dismissed from the team for violation of team rules. As noted by others, Cobb was the 3rd leading tackler last year and now, both Cobb and LB Cqulin Hubert have been dismissed from the team over the course of the spring. I'm typically okay with dismissing players because I think that HC Tommy Tuberville typically has a pretty long leash, although I know that some of you disagree with that and feel that any and all dismissals are either arbitrary and/or with a hint of dismissing all of Leach's former players. I can assure you of this, if a player can play and is a good human being, then Tuberville will keep said player on the team.
--UPDATE-- [Note by Seth C, 08/20/12 10:16 AM CDT ]: Thanks to a comment below, it appears that a Daniel Cordell Cobb was arrested for the following:
6:31 p.m. — Daniel Cordell Cobb, 21, 2400 Glenna Goodacre Blvd., burglary of a habitation.
I'd hate if this were true. -- END UPDATE --
Cobb could play a bit, but he was undisciplined and played by his own rules, and that's why he started off as the second team last year behind two true freshmen, moved his way up because the freshmen weren't ready, and never made it above third team this year. He liked to do his own thing and maybe that translated to off the field as well. I'm not sure. But like with the transfer of Urell Johnson, who just transferred on his own, no discipline issues, he and Cobb couldn't get passed the third team.
If you dislike players being dismissed, then keep in mind two things: 1) Players being dismissed and/or leaving the program is part of college sports; and 2) if you dislike the high number of transfers for Tuberville, then Billy Gillispie should be first on your list as he was one of the worst offenders in all of college athletics last year. For me, this is the business side of athletics and I typically don't have a problem with players transferring or being dismissed. Coaches are hired to win. If Gillispie had kept the same team from last year then you would be looking at possibly worse results from last year. He doesn't have that sort of time. Most coaches don't have that sort of time. The pressure to win is incredible.
POSITION BATTLES | LAJ's Don Williams runs down the position battles still remaining in camp. Both coordinators talked about these battles on Saturday after the scrimmage, but the positions still being debated are left guard (James Polk or Beau Carpenter); H-receiver (Alex Torres, Austin Zouzalik, Jakeem Grant or Javares McRoy -- although the inside guys can flip-flop pretty easily); and cornerback and safety (starters are set, looking for second and third teams).
TOP TACKLE | Per Yahoo! Sports Mike Hugenin, LT LaAdrian Waddle was rated the #10 tackle in the country:
Waddle is heading into his third season as a starter. He played guard in high school but has been a tackle since arriving at Tech. Waddle was a second-team All-Big 12 pick last season, and should be the best tackle in the league this fall.