Football Notes

Dad steps in for Hogs’ mama drama

Florida defender faces drug possession charge

The Associated PressFebruary 8, 2013 

— Alex Collins was dressed in a camouflage jumpsuit, complete with matching tie.

Maybe an odd choice, considering that on the day he was supposed to sign his letter of intent with Arkansas, it was his mother’s signature that couldn’t be found.

No matter. A day later than he intended — and after another twist to his recruiting saga — Collins signed with the Razorbacks on Thursday. The highly rated and highly coveted running back from South Plantation High near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., did so with his father providing the written consent required by NCAA rules.

Collins said his mother, who would not sign the letter of intent on Wednesday as many expected, supported his college decision. But she was absent from his hastily scheduled event Thursday, and a law firm founded by the late Johnnie Cochran said that Andrea McDonald retained its services to represent “the family’s interests.”

Florida’s Purifoy facing drug possession charge

Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy is facing a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

Purifoy, a rising junior from Pensacola, was arrested early Sunday after being stopped for a traffic violation.

He was riding in the back seat of car that was stopped for a right-of-way violation. Police discovered a small amount of marijuana (2.5 grams) in the car. Purifoy was given a notice to appear in court Wednesday. According to court records, his arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 21.

Purifoy is expected to play receiver during spring practice because Florida has five scholarship receivers returning and depth in the secondary.

Wolverines lead nation in attendance

Michigan was the national leader in college football attendance for the 15th straight year, and the SEC went over 7 million in total attendance for the first time.

The NCAA said that almost 49 million fans attended games in all divisions in 2012-13. More than 37 million fans attended FBS games, where the average was 45,440 a game.

Michigan averaged a record 112,252 fans for six home games. The Wolverines broke the record of 112,179 they set over eight home games in 2011.

Three other teams averaged in six figures — Ohio State (105,330), Alabama (101,722) and Texas (100,884).

The SEC was the top-drawing conference for the 15th year in a row, with the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M helping the league total 7.48 million fans and average 75,538 a game.

The Big Ten (70,040), Big 12 (59,004), Pac-12 (53,679) and Atlantic Coast (49,910) rounded out the top five in conference average attendance.

Appalachian State led FCS attendance for the fifth time in six years with an average of 26,358 fans.

Wofford promotes Teachey

Longtime Wofford assistant Jack Teachey has been promoted to defensive coordinator.

Teachey has spent the past 19 years with the Terriers, most recently as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Teachey takes over for Nate Woody, who was hired by Appalachian State earlier this month.

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