1. When Danny O’Brien left Maryland last winter, he left the Terps with one non-freshman quarterback: junior C.J. Brown. His teammates elected Brown as a captain. Maryland coach Randy Edsall raved about his leadership. But now that Brown tore his ACL in a non-contact drill, Edsall is left with two true freshmen to run his offense. Since Edsall arrived in College Park 19 months ago, he has endured one problem after another. The odds that the Terps will rebound from last season’s 2-10 debacle just got longer.
2. Urban Meyer told me he never dreamed he would be coaching anywhere before 2016, much less Ohio State in 2012. At the time, coach Jim Tressel appeared as if he had survived the Buckeyes’ NCAA problems. “In February (2011),” Meyer said, “I made that decision that I erred. I should have never left Florida. I made a mistake. And that I was going to miss coaching terribly. But I made it. I was going to take advantage of the next five years with my family and… just get healthy and regroup. And then, boom! Who could have foreseen (Tressel’s departure) back in that time?”
3. Veteran Florida journalist Buddy Martin asked me yesterday when was the last time a Heisman finalist got kicked out of school before LSU booted Tyrann Mathieu. I still don’t know the answer. I went back five years, and I was struck how, almost to a man, the finalists could have been All-Americans off the field as well. Even Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan (2007) redeemed himself after an early-career conviction at Colorado. Equating virtue off the field with prowess on it is a trap that journalists no longer fall into. But the Heisman has had a pretty good run.