- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. The first rule of running an athletic department is: Sell the football tickets. That money funds everything else. That may be Derek Dooley’s biggest obstacle as he fights to remain head coach at Tennessee. Even if the Vols close out with two wins and get to a bowl, it will be tough to get fans excited about Dooley in 2013. Athletic director Dave Hart took over a cash-strapped department. Buying out Dooley would be difficult. But Hart must decide if he can afford to keep him.
2. Speaking of selling tickets, anyone for a Florida State-Georgia Tech ACC Championship Game in Charlotte? If Miami (5-5) wins its sixth game, there is talk that the university may self-impose a postseason ban in the Nevin Shapiro case. That means the winner of Duke (6-4, 3-3) and Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-3) could play for the ACC title, while No. 11 Clemson (9-1, 6-1) would not. Maybe the conferences with championship games should consider a rule that an unranked division champion with three conference losses must step aside for a top-15 runner-up in the other division.
3. In 1994 at Michigan, Colorado wide receiver Blake Anderson tipped a 64-yard Hail Mary pass that quarterback Kordell Stewart threw as time expired. Michael Westbrook caught the deflection, and Colorado won, 27-26. Anderson didn’t return to Michigan until last week, when he saw his godson, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, play in the Big House. Michigan completed a 53-yard Hail Mary to set up a game-tying field goal with :02 left. The Wolverines won in overtime, 38-31. “I guess it was karma,” Anderson said. You think?