3-point stance: Year 1 under Rodriguez

December, 17, 2012
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1. Arizona’s thrilling last-second victory over Nevada in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl capped a wild season of ups and downs in the first year under Rich Rodriguez. Arizona went 3-2 in games decided by three points or fewer or overtime and 4-2 in games decided by three touchdowns or more. The best news is that in Rodriguez's five stops as a head coach, Arizona is the first place in which he debuted with more than three wins.

2. Big Ten bloggers Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg played a fun game last week of what-if to show what the Big Ten bowls would look like if Ohio State and Penn State hadn’t been in NCAA jail. The lack of those two teams, North Carolina and Miami weakened the bowls. So did having six top-10 teams from the SEC and only two available BCS slots. I love the bowls but the system goes to great lengths not to provide the best matchups.

3. Louisiana Tech put out a 26-paragraph news release extolling the career and coaching ability of Skip Holtz. But the release doesn’t include Holtz’s win-loss record (88-71, .553). SID Malcolm Butler said it was an oversight, and he’s a veteran. But the release includes Holtz’s record at UConn (34-23) and not his record at South Florida (16-21). Louisiana Tech wouldn’t be the first school to apply Botox to the wrinkles in a coach’s record. But the absence of the numbers is more glaring than the numbers themselves.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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