1. Jim Grobe is an old-school guy, a nice man who always wanted the attention to go to his players instead of himself. His 13-year career at Wake Forest ended Monday with Grobe tied for the most wins (77) in school history. Wake AD Ron Wellman spoke for a lot of people in extolling Grobe’s tenure. But it has been seven seasons since Wake won the ACC and five since the Demon Deacons had a winning record. In a season when Duke won the ACC Coastal, it’s time for Wake to start anew.
2. You don’t have to search very hard on the Washington Huskies football website to find a page with a photo of Steve Sarkisian and one of his favorite sayings: “a relentless pursuit of a competitive edge.” In the end, that may be why Sark returned to USC. He has seen USC’s built-in advantages of tradition and proximity to talent and the positive attention that can envelop a good Trojans team. Meanwhile, he built a foundation -- and Washington built a new football complex and stadium -- that will give his successor a leg up as well.
3. So Duke and Stanford have 10-2 records and are division champions, and Vandy went 8-4 for the second consecutive year. But don’t forget what David Bailiff has done at Rice, which is 9-3 and won the C-USA West. Rice will host Marshall for the league title on Saturday. The Owls last won an outright league (Southwest Conference, RIP) championship in 1957, about six months before Bailiff was born.