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1.West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, at the Big 12 spring meetings at the Arizona Biltmore this week, viewed the coming four-team playoff as an endorsement of his school’s decision to leave the Big East. Luck said West Virginia needed to be “across the fault line” dividing the haves and have-lesses before the BCS changed. One problem, Luck added: West Virginia now must pay Big 12 salaries. Dana Holgorsen’s three new defensive assistants got significant raises; the school’s other coaches won’t be far behind.
2.After hearing a BCS playoff update from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott at a meeting Tuesday morning at the Biltmore, Chip Kelly of Oregon said the league coaches don’t care about when and where the games will be played. They want to know the criteria for making the Final Four. “Just tell us how to get there,” he said. With Pac-12 champion Oregon finishing No. 5 last season behind two non-champions (Alabama and Stanford), it’s no surprise that Kelly endorsed conference winners only for the new playoff.
3.If you didn’t know that Stanford coach David Shaw expected an immediate contribution from offensive lineman Andrus Peat, the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder from Tempe, Ariz., you’ll figure out from the uniform number Peat will wear. “I asked him, ‘Do you know who wore No. 70?'” Shaw said. That would be Shaw’s Cardinal teammate, Bob Whitfield, who started as a true freshman, became an All-American as a junior in 1991 and played 15 seasons in the NFL. The most impressive thing about Peat? “He knew,” Shaw said.
1.West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, at the Big 12 spring meetings at the Arizona Biltmore this week, viewed the coming four-team playoff as an endorsement of his school’s decision to leave the Big East.