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Morning Playbook – Is Michigan still looking for excuses for Appalachian State upset?

Was Michigan playing at 100% when they played Appalachian State in 2007?

Here is a story to keep an eye on, just in case it is true. One former Michigan football player allegedly admitted that about half of the team was stoned in 2007 for the season opener against Appalachian State. The unknown player was quoted to say some players on the team were trying to see how much they could beat the FCS program to open the season while high. Of course, Appalachian State won the game in one of the most stunning upsets of all time so the question here is whether or not this is a true story or if Michigan is still looking for excuses for one of the more embarrassing losses in recent college football memory.

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Speaking of Michigan and in an unrelated story, we would have to believe, one elementary school in Oklahoma is prohibiting a kindergarten student from wearing a Michigan Wolverines t-shirt.

One more Michigan story, this one positive. Defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins suffered a scary neck injury a few days ago, requiring an ambulance to take him to the hospital for treatment. News quickly spread that Pipkins was not severely injured, and yesterday he returned to practice for the Wolverines.

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced on Twitter Monday that any sign brought to a Razorbacks game will have to be approved by the school. Yeah, good luck with that. We took a look at the top ten rejected Arkansas signs.

It was kind of assumed to be the case, but the WAC conceded that they will no longer be fielding a football conference after this season. So enjoy the WAC this year folks.

Do preseason polls matter? The Crystal Ball Run staff discusses in the latest Meeting of the Minds.

First look at Oregon's football jerseys for 2012, via The Nike Blog.

Who is the best program of all time? The guys at College Football News took a look at the AP poll history and by using mathematics determined that the Oklahoma Sooners are the top program of all-time. With the season just around the corner Blatant Homerism takes a reality check on the Oklahoma Sooners.

Our friends over at Leftover Hot Dog took some time to share some thoughts on South Carolina.

Co-managing editor Aaron Torres takes a look a look at five bold predictions for the upcoming season. I also made a bold prediction yesterday.

Florida is coming off one of their worst seasons in recent memory (7-6), but that won't stop some coaches from getting a raise. I'm not so sure this is a major story. This just seems to be way things go.

FOX Sports college football analyst Charles Davis was a guest on the No 2-Minute Warning podcast. Davis discussed the future at Penn State and how good Ohio State could be this season as well as the new coaching blood in the Pac 12 and whether or not USC will snap the SEC's BCS streak and more.

Former Notre Dame tight end Jeff Samardzija is no fan of Notre Dame's Shamrock Series uniform. The Irish also look to have taken a decent hit in their secondary with the loss of injured Lo Wood.

The Longhorn Network says good bye to Samantha Steele.

Video of the Day

Northwestern trained with Navy SEALs, and that makes today's video of the day an easy choice for your viewing pleasure.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FF6zV0Y2qgI?rel=0

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Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Managing editor of Crystal Ball Run and contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing Bloguin's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com.

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