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3-point stance: A vote for character

11/16/2010

1. Southern Mississippi had three football players shot early Sunday morning, not that you would know that from the university press release. It said they “were injured in an off-campus incident.” Lifting weights on their own time? Hit while helping little old ladies cross Hwy. 98? No and no. Someone shot them. The university issued a news release that omitted the most important piece of news.

2.If No. 14 Oklahoma wins at Baylor, and No. 19 Texas A&M loses against No. 8 Nebraska -- in other words, if the BCS standings are accurate -- then the Bedlam game, when the Sooners play at No. 10 Oklahoma State on Nov. 27, will be for the Big 12 South championship. But that’s a bigger if than it may seem. Oklahoma is 1-2 in non-neutral-site road games this year and only 14-10 in the opponent’s stadium over the past six seasons.

3.The Heisman Trophy has never emphasized character in its vote. The Doak Walker Award, however, has done so since its inception 20 years ago. The point is that I’m a lot more inclined to vote Oregon tailback LaMichael James higher on my Heisman ballot than my Walker ballot. That's because James was suspended for one game after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from a fight with his former girlfriend. Of the 10 semifinalists, three will go to the ESPN College Football Awards Show in December. I voted James fourth.