Thursday, August 31, 2006

Jamal Cooper's suspension lifted

It came out about two hours ago that Jamal Cooper will be available to play against Bowling Green. This should shore up the defensive line significantly as long as Cooper's ACL holds up. Unfortunately, this unit was one least in need of improvement, but any upgrade is an upgrade I'll take.

My gut tells me that this is not a sacrifice of principles on the part of Bielema. Cooper appears to have put himself in a hole, but has dug his way out of it. If he slides again, or if every player winds up getting an eleventh hour pardon after having been suspended, I'll start to question Bielema's ethics. But this seems on the up-and-up to me.