College sports might be heading toward increased compensation for athletes but -- as of now, at least -- they are still students as well.
The scholastic part of of eligibility has been the hurdle that a couple of BYU football players are trying to get cleared so they can get back on the field for fall camp.
Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall said Tuesday that sophomore running back Algernon Brown is just about set to go.
"It's all just paperwork at this point," Mendenhall said. "All the work's been done and the grades have to be posted. Who knows how long that takes, so we're just waiting on the administration on that."
It not quite so simple for junior linebacker Manoa Pikula, although it is an academic issue.
"It's similar," Mendenhall said. "He actually has some coursework to finish but I think that finishes (Wednesday). Then he'll have to wait for the same cycle of grades being posted."
The Cougar coach said he's not concerned about Pikula getting up to speed because of the linebacker's experience.
I don't see either of these being a big concern, although there is always the outside chance that something doesn't work out. I may be old-school, but I still appreciate student-athletes and the work they have to put in in the classroom to make it on the field.
There have also been rumors about freshman linebacker Sione Takitaki not being on the team for one reason or another but Mendenhall said he's cleared to play.
"You can't help but notice him," Mendenhall said. "He's doing really well. There are no issues with him."
Mendenhall did decide to open up practice on Wednesday, so BYU fans wanting to check out the team again can come to the outdoor practice facility at 10:30 a.m.