Three-point stance: Comments, seniors, Paterno

August, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel

1. Texas coach Mack Brown said he will ask his players in their third year of eligibility to say, "No comment," to questions about leaving early for the NFL.  That's a polite way of saying that Brown banned the players from speaking.

Brown's intentions are good. He's trying to minimize disruption. But he's killing a mosquito with a sledgehammer. If a player wants to say, "No comment," fine. But he shouldn't be made to hide behind the coach.

2. Senior players often don't mesh well with new coaches. Seniors are set in their ways. Coaches aren't going to accommodate them. So listen to what Tennessee center Josh McNeil, a three-year starter, did: he thanked Vols coach Lane Kiffin for evicting him out of his comfort zone.

"He was the guy and he could just show up on game day," Kiffin said. "It was neat to see him come into our office and thank us for putting him into a competition."

3. Joe Paterno has been across the sideline from 77 different FBS schools in 43 seasons as head coach at Penn State. That includes 53 of the 64 other schools in the six automatic-bid conferences. Among the missing: Arkansas, Ole Miss, North Carolina and Oklahoma State. JoePa is a combined 49-0-1 against Maryland and Temple. He is winless against only one school he has coached against more than once - 0-2 vs. Oklahoma.

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