Afternoon roundup: Orange Bowl brrr

A few tidbits for you on another frigid day in Chicago.

  • Speaking of the weather, I cracked up when I saw there's a wind chill advisory and a freeze warning for Opa Locka, Fla., site of tonight's FedEx Orange Bowl matchup between No. 10 Iowa and No. 9 Georgia Tech (Fox, 8 p.m. ET). Apparently 40-degree temperatures scare people down there. As my buddy Nick P. likes to say, get tough. Anyway, Iowa certainly will feel right at home tonight, as temperatures will be between 45 degrees and 51 degrees during the game. Winds are at 10 mph. Though Georgia Tech is a running team, the weather probably favors Iowa. Wonder whether the Yellow Jackets will need sideline heaters like Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl.

  • Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has confirmed that secondary coach Kerry Cooks will leave to join Notre Dame's staff. Cooks is expected to oversee the linebackers at Notre Dame. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reports that Badgers reserve running back Erik Smith will transfer, which isn't surprising considering the team's logjam in the backfield.

  • Here's what Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez had to say about his new boss, Dave Brandon: "We are very excited that Dave will be leading our athletic department. He has been a successful leader in business, and I'm sure all of our teams will benefit from his experience."

  • Will Penn State running back Evan Royster follow teammate Navorro Bowman to the NFL? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman thinks so.

  • Several former Illinois assistants, including former head man Ron Turner, got the boot from the Chicago Bears today.