1. You’ve read a lot in the past three days about the feeding frenzy of recruiting that’s taking place at Penn State. You’ve read less about the coaches who choose not to recruit the Nittany Lions, such as Florida coach Will Muschamp, who is a good friend of Penn State coach Bill O’Brien. There are the coaches who are calling their friends on the Nittany Lions as a courtesy to let them know they are recruiting their players. And there are the rest.
2. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that the 10-team league’s round-robin schedule, combined with no championship game, will put the conference champion in position to get into the four-team playoff. That is the eternal debate regarding a conference championship game. Kansas State’s loss to Texas A&M in the 1998 Big 12 Championship left a scar on the league. On the other hand, a conference championship never slowed down the SEC.
3. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, asked about the impact of the Huskies’ new defensive coordinator, Justin Wilcox, said a defense can dramatically improve in one season. As an example, he brought up New Mexico State head coach DeWayne Walker. That would be the same Walker who took over the UCLA defense in 2006, when Sark worked as assistant head coach and quarterback coach at USC. On the last weekend of the season, Walker’s defense led the Bruins to a 13-9 upset of the No. 2 Trojans, knocking them out of the BCS Championship Game.