1. Miami self-imposed a bowl ban this season in the hopes of getting a head start on serving whatever time the NCAA gives it in the Nevin Shapiro case. Once a school receives an official letter of inquiry from the NCAA, a calendar is set into motion. If Miami is to get this nightmare over and done with before next season, it needs to receive that letter of inquiry in the next 90 days. For the sake of the 2014 recruiting class, Miami needs to receive that letter.
2. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o everything but the John Wooden Award at “The Home Depot College Football Awards” show. Te’o won the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards as player of the year, and the Bednarik Award as the best defensive player. He already had won the Butkus (best linebacker), Nagurski (best defender) and Lombardi (best interior player). But after three weeks of Johnny Football buzz, Te’o still feels like the Heisman underdog to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. If nothing else, Te’o’s haul Thursday night injected some drama into the Heisman announcement.
3. Take the most important question in the win-now business of coaching -- What have you done for me lately? -- cut the last word, and you know what Texas thinks of Mack Brown. The Longhorns aren’t winning like they want to. They are still a step away from where Brown took them in his first 12 years. But university president Bill Powers and athletic director DeLoss Dodds remember those years. They appreciate how Brown has worn the burnt orange, and how he actually reads the NCAA Manual. Texas has the money to afford to act on principle. And that’s not as cynical as it sounds.