- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Florida coach Will Muschamp, on the topic of how a coach stays in touch with players at the job he just left: “A lot of times, initially, when you first leave you don’t want to get in anyone’s way,” Muschamp said. “Even when you leave Texas as a coordinator you don’t want to call the kids. That’s not necessarily professional in my opinion. In time, you can certainly throw a guy a text or something, saying ‘Good luck this week,’ or ‘Saw you played well the other night.’ ... I just kind of move on and time heals all wounds.”
2. The Big 12 is sending nine of its 10 members to bowl games, and new commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be attending a lot of them. But on New Year’s Day, when Oklahoma State plays Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, 20 minutes from Bowlby’s home, the commissioner will beg the Cowboys’ forgiveness and travel to the Rose Bowl to see his former team, No. 6 Stanford, play Wisconsin. Family and old friends, he said, wouldn’t take no for an answer.
3. It has been nine years since Virginia Tech failed to win 10 games, and there’s nothing the Hokies (6-6) can do in the Russell Athletic Bowl about that. But it has been 20 years since the Hokies failed to finish with a winning record. A victory Dec. 28 over Rutgers won’t change the fact that this has been an unsettling season in Blacksburg. But with Mike London revving up cross-state rival Virginia, and Frank Beamer 66 years old, Virginia Tech could do without the symbolism of a losing record.