1.Coaches know more about their players than we do. That’s why I’m willing to give Florida coach Urban Meyer the benefit of the doubt on the reinstatement of his alleged stalker, wide receiver Chris Rainey. I think of LeGarrette Blount and how Oregon coach Chip Kelly set up rules for Blount that Kelly refused to make public. Rainey is accused of reprehensible behavior. The list of conditions that Rainey must meet to stay with the Gators is long and involved. Let’s hope he takes advantage of his second chance.
2.Miami (Ohio) coach Mike Haywood is getting the RedHawks turned around. After going 1-11 in his rookie season, Haywood has led Miami to a 4-3 record, 3-0 in the MAC. Now Haywood is intent on building the RedHawk fan base, too. He has put up $2,500 in prize money, all of which will go to the fraternity, sorority or dorm that has the highest percentage of attendance at Homecoming on Saturday against Ohio. Haywood wants a loud Yager Stadium in a game for the driver’s seat in the MAC East.
3.BYU took a big stride in its life as an independent Wednesday when it announced a six-game deal with fellow independent Notre Dame. They play four in South Bend and two in Provo between 2012-2020. The one-sided deal didn’t surprise me. That’s how Notre Dame does business these days. But the Cougars’ 2011 schedule made me look twice. BYU will play six teams from the Western Athletic Conference. You have to believe that’s not what BYU had in mind when it left the Mountain West to go out on its own.