1. Ken Griffey Jr. played tailback at Cincinnati Moeller in the 1980s, when Moeller perennially ranked among the top high school teams in the nation. Griffey could have played at the highest level of FBS football. Ohio State and Oklahoma, among others, pursued him. “No one nationally recruited very much at that time, except Notre Dame,” said Barry Switzer, the Sooners’ coach back then. “We contacted him. We knew about him, knew he was an outstanding player. ... I’m sure he could have had a great career in football because he was a great athlete. He could run and do it all. Damn right we would have given him a full ride.”
2. I remarked in a recent story about the defensive-backs coach at Alabama under Nick Saban being akin to the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts, because there’s a new one every year. That was a slight exaggeration. When Mel Tucker, who will go with Kirby Smart to Georgia to be the Dawgs’ defensive coordinator, leaves, that means the new guy will be Saban’s fifth in five seasons. Roll call of Saban’s Tide secondary coaches, please: 2014, Smart; 2013, Greg Brown; 2010-12, Jeremy Pruitt; 2007-09, Smart. Pruitt, of course, is coming back to replace Smart as the Tide defensive coordinator.
3. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz had a week to think about the 45-16 pasting Stanford gave the Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl, and he remains gobsmacked by the work of Cardinal tailback Christian McCaffrey, who gained a Rose Bowl-record 368 all-purpose yards. “I was thinking about it, and I'm not sure we've played against a more impactful, dynamic football player in 17 years than him,” Ferentz said. “He's just a tremendous football player and is a threat every way possible. ... As good as he was on film, he's certainly more impressive in person.”