3-point stance: Tide has four All-Americans


1.The NCAA released the 2012 Consensus All-America team Monday. That’s the official compilation as recorded in the annual NCAA guide dating to 1889. Alabama had four players, giving the Crimson Tide 16 in the last five seasons. How good is that? Oklahoma is second in that time frame with seven players. The SEC put 10 players on the 25-man team; the Pac-12, seven. The Mountain West, Conference USA, WAC, MAC and, yes, the Big Ten, had one apiece.

2.Former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese tried to take the blame for the way that the conference has fallen apart. Tranghese told Brett McMurphy that the football league never found an anchor team to make the league a national presence. But that’s the strategy Tranghese tried to deploy when he brought Miami into the league in 1991. Maybe it comes down to the league’s 1982 decision not to offer Penn State membership. Would Penn State have been happy enough to stay and not go to the Big Ten?

3.Here’s two reasons to think that Ron Caragher will build upon the success of Mike MacIntyre at San Jose State. One, Caragher came in after Jim Harbaugh went 29-6 at San Diego from 2004-06 and went 44-22 in the last six seasons. Two, San Jose State athletic director Gene Bleymaier, who did the hiring, is the guy who hired Chris Petersen, Dan Hawkins, Dirk Koetter and Houston Nutt at Boise State. Bleymaier can spot a good coach.