3-point stance: Remembering Paul Dee

May, 15, 2012
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1. Former Miami athletic director Paul Dee, who died Saturday night at age 65, was a gentle man and a gentleman who loved his university and served it in various roles for three decades. Dee, an attorney by trade, shunned the spotlight and valued loyalty. He brought back former ‘Canes assistant Butch Davis as head coach. He promoted assistants Larry Coker and Randy Shannon as his next two hires. USC fans never forgave him for his role as chair of the NCAA Committee on Infractions when it ruled on the Reggie Bush scandal. Yet those who knew him knew a man of integrity and a good guy.

2. The College Football Hall of Fame began to announce the Class of 2012 Monday by revealing the selection of BYU quarterback Ty Detmer on College Football Live. The remainder will be announced Tuesday. Why does it take so long for a Heisman winner like Detmer (1990) to be elected? Math. There are 22 All-Americans every year. The Hall inducts 12-14 annually. It must select all positions and from all regions. And the Hall has a rule against taking players from the same school in consecutive years.

3. If all anyone cares about is television footprint, it makes sense for the Big 12 to woo Florida State. Some officials at the university are frustrated with the basketball-first ACC. As university president Dr. Eric Barron wrote in a memo obtained by ESPN Monday, emotion must be ignored when making a decision of this magnitude. Apart from emotion, few reasons exist for FSU to leave the ACC. And the Big 12, which just hired a new commissioner, hasn’t begun to ask. But it sure makes a pretty footprint.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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