1. Nothing against Luke Joeckel or Zach Ertz or David Amerson or any of the players who have decided to enter the NFL draft before they use all of their college eligibility. But it seems as if players are more clear-eyed and less starry-eyed about the decision than they used to be. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd stayed to get better and to help the Tigers achieve more. Arizona State defensive end Will Sutton stayed because he likes college football. That may be the biggest difference: College football is fun. The NFL is a job.
2. Scott Shafer left Stanford after the 2007 season as Jim Harbaugh’s defensive coordinator to return to his native Midwest and make more money and, in 2008, proceeded to run a Michigan defense that gave up the most points in Wolverines history. Shafer found a new home at Syracuse, helped Doug Marrone turn around the Orange and now has replaced him as head coach. Two thoughts: 1) Did nothing Rich Rodriguez do at Michigan work? 2) What a crazy business coaching is.
3. The Big East is meeting in Dallas on Friday to continue to figure out what the league will be in 2013. Even though Boise State pulled out, league executives believe San Diego State will maintain its commitment. With the seven Catholic schools breaking off and possibly keeping the Big East name, it’s only a matter of time before the league office leaves Providence for a more central, more football-oriented location.