1.Does anyone recognize the Big East anymore? After Greg Schiano of Rutgers and Randy Edsall of UConn, there’s no head coach with more than two years at their school, and yes, I’m excluding West Virginia because I don’t know how to characterize the Bill Stewart-Dana Holgorsen marriage. Mountaineers athletic director Oliver Luck said he imported Holgorsen with the arrival of TCU in 2012 in mind. Here’s hoping the Horned Frogs make the Big East play up to their level, instead of the league dumbing them down.
2.Trivia question, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info: how many times in the past eight seasons has the Southeastern Conference had the best bowl record? Zip. Zilch. Nada. The league has the best bowl record since 2002: 39-23 (.629) but has never won the ESPN Challenge Cup. What’s this mean? Not much, except as a way for you to win a free drink at your Christmas party. The Mountain West has won the most Cups (2004, 2007, 2009).
3. Five Northern Illinois freshmen players in Boise for the UDrove Humanitarian Bowl walked over to the Idaho State Capitol on Thursday afternoon during their free time to do some sightseeing. They strolled into the office of Gov. Butch Otter and asked his secretary if they could meet him. Not only did Otter emerge to greet them, he posed for pictures, asked about their trip to Boise and chatted them up about the Huskies' game Saturday against Fresno State. There's a bowl gift that none of those freshmen will forget.