1. The most interesting nugget of Heisman weekend is that Andrew Luck got the majority of the 20 percent of the votes cast before Dec. 3, while Robert Griffin III got the majority of the 80 percent of the votes cast afterward. In this world of social media and instant response, making the last impression proved to be vital. The question is whether that lesson will apply to the future. If so, playing in a league with a championship game will extract a price.
2. Iowa announced Sunday that defensive coordinator Norm Parker, a coach for nearly 50 years and a fixture in coach Kirk Ferentz’s program, will retire after the Insight Bowl. Parker has been with Ferentz for all 13 seasons in Iowa City. His defenses have been known for being about as complex as a ham sandwich. But they played with such sound fundamentals that it didn’t matter. Parker has persevered in recent seasons through significant health issues. Frankly, it’s hard to believe he’s actually retiring.
3. Auburn isn’t the first program to win a national championship and be fraught with issues the following season. As young as the Tigers are, they did well to finish 7-5. In the last week, however, defensive coordinator Ted Roof departed for Central Florida and head coach Gene Chizik suspended sophomore tailback Michael Dyer, the bell cow of the offense. One piece of good news: Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who interviewed for at least two head coaching jobs, is still in Auburn.