Morning Playbook: Awkward recruiting moment, defense of Brian Kelly, recruiting flashbacks and more

The Morning Playbook is your daily morning round-up of college football news and commentary and guide to what's buzzing on social media around the college football map. Have something to share with the Morning Playbook? Contact us or send us a tweet.

Alabama has confirmed the addition of former Florida State quarterback Jacob Cooker. [College Football Talk]

Assistant coaches of Florida and Florida State joined a recruit's parents in the stands at a recruit's basketball game. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Houston Texans fans buy billboard asking for Johnny Manziel to be drafted. [CBR]

The Super Bowl will have plenty of SEC and Pac 12 influence. [CBR]

Ohio State players were given a special commemorative football in honor of winning 24 straight (regular season) games. Buckeyes are currently on a two-game losing streak. [CBS Sports]

Ugly incident at Nebraska has banned one player for at least one year from campus. [College Football Talk]

Andy Staples puts together the Class of 2014's All-Name team. [Sports Illustrated]

Boise State is focusing on getting tougher in winter workouts. [Idaho Statesman]

Our favorite Notre Dame blogger takes a stand for Brian Kelly. [Subway Domer]

Now you can show your support for the College Football Playoff with a t-shirt or hoodie! [College Football Playoff]

A look back at the running backs of the Class of 2011. [CBR]

And the quarterbacks from the Class of 2011. [CBR]

How many of those five-star quarterbacks live up to the hype anyway? [Saturday Down South]

Video of the Day

In yesterday's Morning Playbook we took a look at a Peyton Manning video shared by Tennessee. Today we have a video from the ACC with highlights from Russell Wilson's North Carolina State career. 

Tweet of the Day

Any time something good happens to Eric LeGrand is a cause for a reason to smile. Yesterday we learned the former Rutgers football player is going to the Super Bowl.

Facebook Question of the Day

This Sunday the Super Bowl will be played in cold weather, and apparently that alone is a big enough story for most to latch on to. Our Facebook question of the day asks if we will ever see a cold weather college football playoff game. Share your opinion on our Facebook page.

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Reddit Thread of the Day

Rutgers joining the Big Ten was supposed to have a positive effect on recruiting, but head coach Kyle Flood is having a rough time heading down the final stretch in to National Signing Day. If you were in Rutgers' situation, what would you do?

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About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to's College Football Talk, Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Host of the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and iHeart Radio. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.