Things a jerseyguy noted this week: One season is over and another begins as college football moved from playing games on the field to playing games off the field. College football will hold its annual Hall of Fame ceremonies in New York next week. It will also hold a job fair as college athletic directors conduct interviews under the cover of cocktail parties, dinners and other social activities where it easy to find a quiet room and do business.
Boston College athletic director Brad Bates, who is in the process of searching for a football coach, will be in New York City because he has a prior committment. Bates will also talk to candidates who are on the top of his list. If there is any truth to the Al Golden coming to BC rumor it will come to a conclusion in New York one way or another. Golden has insisted to everyone who has talked to him that he is staying at Miami. The key to how much wiggle room that statement has will be seen if Golden comes to New York.
Right now, BC and everyone else looking for new coaches is in a holding pattern. Once the first coaching move is made the dominos will start to fall and schools will make their moves quickly
Will Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher bite on moving to another school?Tennessee is the rumor of the day for Fisher
If that happens what does Florida State do? The two hottest coaches are Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren and Kent State’s Darrel Hazell. Will either or both still be at their present schools by January 1? Will Cincinnati coach Butch Jones wind up at Purdue, Colorado or Boston College? If that happens, will former BC coach Tom O’Brien wind up at Cincinnati? Lots of stuff can and will happen and it will all start in New York.
Rutgers will be playing a bowl game in Florida this month. But it won’t be the Orange Bowl. The Scarlet Knights again failed to clinch a BCS bid when they dropped a 20-17 decision to Louisville on Thursday. There is no logical reason for the defeat. Rutgers was playing at home against a Louisville team which came into the game with its best player, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater banged up with a broken wrist and an ankle injury The Scarlet Knights took a 14-3 lead into the third quarter. And then it was gone. Two Louisville TD’s in 16 seconds. two TD passes by Bridgewater and a stunning defeat.
With the Big East moving to two divisions next season and a championship game format and Boise State joining the league, and with Rutgers moving to the Big Ten in 2014, the odds of Rutgers ever winning a championship in football are almost non-existent
Orange Bowl match-up looks like Florida State vs. Louisville, which could be an ACC championship game meeting in two years….The Big East is going after one more football team, with Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State and UNLV the likely targets. BYU and Air Force are also on the list, but their response has been luke warm….Big East commissioner Mike Aresco wants to firm up the committment of his basketball schools. One way Aresco thinks he can keep some schools happy is to set up a basketball schedule that allows his Catholic school, non-football playing members to play each other twice a year instead of only once. That will take some scheduling adjustments, but Aresco feels he must do it to keep his schools content with all of the configuration changes in the Big East. SMU vs. Georgetown and Central Florida vs. St. John’s is not creating excitement. How hard is ESPN rooting for Alabama against Georgia on Saturday afternoon? Alabama vs. Notre Dame is the game that the world-wide leader wants. Georgia vs. ND doesn’t have quite the sizzle, although you can count on lots of Vince Dooley and Herschel Walker stories being told if the Dawgs win.
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