1.NCAA president Mark Emmert and SEC commissioner Mike Slive agree that there is a loophole to close vis-à-vis Cam Newton. I still don’t understand why a student-athlete has to be aware of the violation before he is held responsible. Slive is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t, on his reaction to the NCAA’s restoration of Newton’s eligibility. But he’s on a pretty safe perch calling for new legislation after his league became the beneficiary of the need for it.
2.As Mack Brown weighed removing offensive coordinator Greg Davis at Texas, Mark Richt moved strength coach Dave Van Halanger into a desk job at Georgia. In both cases, the head coaches faced tough decisions about longtime colleagues. Texas’s offensive problems are self-evident. Georgia faltered late in losses to South Carolina, Mississippi State and Auburn and hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher in the past two seasons.
3.I’m a voter for the Doak Walker Award and I take my share of blame for the absence of UConn junior Jordan Todman among the finalists. The problem is that Todman has rushed for 1,481 yards and 14 touchdowns, led the Huskies to the brink of a Big East title and didn’t make the cut for the award’s 10 semifinalists. It didn’t help Todman that UConn began the season 3-4. But why have semifinalists? The early cut makes it impossible to account for a player’s late-season surge.