Non-BCS lunchtime links: Super Bowl rings as recruiting tools

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Do you want to take a picture with Charlie Weis' Super Bowl ring?

According to Chicago Tribune columnist Teddy Greenstein, you could take a photo with the infamous ring as long as you have a top recruit to peddle. Such was the case when Weis visited Jeannette (Pa.) High School in the spring of 2007 in an attempt to recruit top-rated quarterbacking prospect Terrelle Pryor.

Greenstein's column is one of many that have been written about Weis this week, but for some reason I found this one the most entertaining because it provided a real-life account of the Weis that many have encountered over the years, including me.

• Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith has played the bulk of the first half of the season with a separated shoulder, but after playing through the pain and eventually getting used to it, the Owls have won three consecutive games.

•For Utah State to move forward, it should do away with its past, and that means firing coach Brent Guy, according to Brad Rock of the Deseret News. Not that I'm trying to be contrarian, but Utah State has been as competitive as it has been in a while the past month or so -- under Guy's guidance.

•Troy Calhoun calls his Air Force team a "work in progress" but BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall doesn't buy it. The Falcons have won eight games this season, more than anyone not named Graham Watson thought they would, making AFA a team to be reckoned with now, not an up-and-comer.

Is UCF cursed? That's a question Orlando Sentinel beat writer Iliana Limon attempts to answer in her latest article. She chronicles the injuries and misfortunes that have led to the Knights missing a bowl game this season.