1.The BCS fined the Fiesta Bowl $1 million for its transgressions and instructed the bowl to give the money to charity. But that’s what the Fiesta Bowl does -- raise money for charity. It’s like the NBA punishing Kobe Bryant by making him stay after practice and shoot 3s. Yeah, I know -- short of booting the Fiesta Bowl out of the championship-game rotation, what could the BCS do? Booting the Fiesta Bowl surely would cause an ugly legal war. But the fine reveals more about the BCS than the Fiesta.
2.Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, appearing on the ESPNU College Football Podcast on Wednesday, said that he won’t know before July whether junior free safety Janzen Jackson will return to the Vols. Jackson, a ball hawk (five picks) who also finished third on the defense with 69 tackles, left school in February because of personal problems. On a team with only 10 senior lettermen, Jackson’s return can’t be underestimated.
3.The announcement this week that BYU and Utah would play in Week 3 -- Sept. 17 -- is one of the little-noticed casualties of last year’s musical chairs. Utah and BYU left the Mountain West for the Pac-12 and independence, respectively. The result is the Holy War that has been one of fiercest season-ending rivalries in the sport has been shifted into Utah’s nonconference time. The Utes will end the regular season ... at Washington State. Here’s hoping the Pac-12 works to get BYU-Utah back where the game belongs.