1. Add one more possibility to the charmed career of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. Three quarterbacks have started on a national championship team and gone on to win the Super Bowl: Joe Namath (Alabama, New York Jets), Ken Stabler (Alabama, Oakland Raiders) and Joe Montana (Notre Dame, San Francisco 49ers). But none of those three also won the Heisman Trophy, as Newton did at Auburn. And go ahead and toss in the possibility that Newton will be the NFL MVP, too.
2. Penn State head coach James Franklin made a point Friday that bears repeating: The Nittany Lions are one of eight FBS schools that have had a winning record for the past 11 seasons. But none of the other seven programs (Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin) went through the turmoil, scandal and overcorrecting NCAA punishment that the Nittany Lions did. Penn State has won only seven games in each of the past three seasons. But that’s still more than it lost.
3. Say this for Todd Monken. He pulled Southern Mississippi out of a deep ditch in only three seasons. Monken took over a Golden Eagles team that went 0-12 in 2012 and won four games in the next two years. But last season Southern Miss went 9-5 and won the C-USA West. Now that we’ve recognized his good work, Monken’s timing, leaving 10 days before signing day, is awful. It’s easy to remind recruits that they should sign with a school, not a coach, but that doesn’t have much to do with how 18-year-olds think.