3-point stance: Muschamp and Miami

December, 20, 2010
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1. The way I hear it, the board of trustees at Miami told athletic director Kirby Hocutt that he had to replace Randy Shannon with someone with head coaching experience. Hocutt got a feeler from an associate of Will Muschamp, saying the Texas defensive coordinator wanted to know more about the Miami job. Muschamp couldn’t get even a phone call from Hocutt. A couple of days later, Urban Meyer resigned at Florida. For Hocutt’s sake, Al Golden better win more than Muschamp.

2. If you include the way that West Virginia has overthrown Bill Stewart (effective 2011), four schools -- Miami, Maryland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia -- forced out coaches who won but didn’t win enough. Coaches love how salaries have skyrocketed over the past 20 years. But I wonder if they would return to the old salary scale if it meant they’d get the old, less-demanding definition of success.

3. The world is full of four-star recruits who don’t become four-star players. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the Texas roster. That’s what made watching BYU quarterback Jake Heaps so enjoyable in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday. Heaps completed 25 of 34 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, with one pick, in the Cougars’ 52-24 rout of UTEP. Heaps has learned in public, sometimes humiliatingly so, instead of as a redshirt. But he lived to tell about it. Heaps’ future, and BYU’s, is oh-so-bright.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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