3-point stance: The making of a rivalry

1.The LSU-Alabama rivalry didn’t exist until after Charley McClendon became the Tigers’ head coach in 1962. McClendon had played for Tide coach Bear Bryant at Kentucky, so they agreed to play annually, beginning in 1964. Bryant dominated his disciple, going 14-2 against him. (Since Bryant’s death, the gap has disappeared; Alabama leads, 14-13-1.) But Bryant thought so much of McClendon that when the Bear considered leaving for the Miami Dolphins in 1969, he recommended McClendon as a possible successor.

2.Let’s see: West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Big East Conference in order to get out of staying in the league for 27 months, as it is contractually required, before it leaves for the Big 12. West Virginia filed the suit in a West Virginia county district court to be heard by a judge who is elected to the bench. Talk about home games -- this is the judicial equivalent of West Virginia bringing an FCS opponent into Milan Puskar Stadium to absorb a beating. If the league countersues, you can bet it will be in a different court.

3.The journey of Oklahoma tailback Dominique Whaley from transfer to walk-on to starter to out for the season (broken ankle) took one more improbable turn Monday. Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced that Whaley will go on scholarship in December. Stoops can’t give Whaley the free ride before then because NCAA rules demand that a coach submit a list of scholarship players before the season. The policy prevents coaches from using the scholarship as an incentive -- or punishment -- once games begin.