1.Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany included the words “at this time” in his news release explaining why former Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s name is coming off the league championship trophy, which makes all the difference. Delany said the league wanted to remove any controversy from the game, and allow the players to focus on what’s at stake. It’s a smart, rational decision. Time will reveal whether it’s permanent.
2.Yale senior quarterback Patrick Witt refused an interview request Monday after his announcement Sunday that he will forego his Rhodes Scholarship interview in Atlanta Saturday so that he may play in his final college game against Harvard. Bulldogs coach Tom Williams told me Monday that Witt has the opportunity to reapply for the scholarship. He has only one more chance to play in The Game.
3.Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) has scored 23 points in the four SEC games since losing quarterback Tyler Bray to a broken thumb against Georgia. Before Bray returned to practice Monday, Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley said, “if he’s ready to go we’d be crazy not to at least give him a shot.” Tennessee historically has cruised through November. An improved Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5) arrives in Knoxville Saturday night. There’s a lot at stake. The Vols have never lost seven SEC games in one season.