1. Al Golden is a smart hire by Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt. If Golden can win at Temple, he can win at Miami. But it’s ironic at best, if not outright inconsiderate, that on the day that Golden abandoned a team full of players and coaches who invested their futures in him, Hocutt praised Golden as “very loyal.” “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be the head coach at the University of Miami long-term,” Hocutt said. Is he serious? Did the coaching business change since Hocutt fired Hurricane-for-Life Randy Shannon?
2. Kellen Moore said Saturday night that Boise State is glad to be playing in the Maaco Bowl in Las Vegas next week instead of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Jan. 9. Classes next semester don’t start until Jan. 17. Playing in Las Vegas means the teams gets almost a month off. Some games in January are more palatable than others. “Nothing against the Kraft Bowl,” Moore said. “We had hopes of playing a day later.” Jan. 10 is the day of the BCS National Championship Game.
3. Another head coach needed at Florida, another twirl on the rumor-go-round for Bob Stoops. A Gator-centric website posted Saturday that Florida was about to sign the Oklahoma coach. Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley has made a pass (or two) at Stoops since he left Steve Spurrier’s staff for Oklahoma 12 years ago. Instead, Foley hired Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. That’s a twofer for Stoops -- it proves yet again he’s happy at OU and it further weakens Oklahoma’s biggest rival.