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3-point stance: Fencing in Palmetto State

1.There’s a larger point to be drawn from the decision by Rock Hill, S.C., defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the top-ranked high school recruit in the nation, to sign with South Carolina. All three 2011 ESPNU 150 players from the state signed with South Carolina or Clemson. Gone are the days when Penn State (Courtney Brown) and Florida State (Peter Boulware) and Florida (Carlos Dunlap) and Georgia (A.J. Green) and so many others hopped the state line.

2.The Fiesta Bowl placed chief executive officer John Junker on administrative leave Monday while an independent investigation looks into allegations that Junker had a hand in improper political campaign contributions and expense reimbursements. I don’t know what the investigation will find. I do know that Junker has made the Fiesta the best-run bowl in the sport for many years and that the investigation has worn on him. The sport will miss him.

3.Texas assistant Emory Bellard grabbed his two sons and some of their friends to test the offense that he drew up to employ the fullback in an option game. Before the fun ended, Bellard had a broken finger and the wishbone that would dominate college football from the late 1960s through the ‘70s. Bellard, who became a head coach at Texas A&M and Mississippi State, belongs in the same sentence with architects such as Don Coryell (West Coast) and Clark Shaughnessy (T-formation). Bellard died last week at age 83.