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3-point stance: Schedule strength now vital

1. Former Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier told me three years ago that it took him 30 calls to other schools to schedule a game and 50 calls to schedule a home game. No one wanted to play the Broncos, especially on the blue turf. In the past week, Bleymaier’s successor, Mark Coyle, announced home-and-home series with Florida State and Virginia. What changed? In the post-BCS world, strength of schedule will trump all. You can snow a poll voter. You can’t snow a committee of athletic directors.

2. Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is upset that tight ends coach Jay Boulware left the Badgers after two months for Oklahoma. Darrell Hazell can’t be happy that Jim Bollman left Purdue after a few weeks to go to Big Ten rival Michigan State as co-offensive coordinator. Is there really any difference between an assistant leaving after four weeks and a head coach leaving after one season? It may be a matter of degree. But the business is brutal, and the coaches, head or assistant, who prize loyalty are the exception.

3. It’s great news that George O’Leary is signing a two-year extension at Central Florida. In seven seasons at UCF, O’Leary is 60-55. But remember: the Knights went 0-11 in his first season. They are 26-14 in the past three seasons as they prepare for entry into the Big East. When you think of coaching trees with deep roots, don’t forget O’Leary’s ACC co-champion Georgia Tech team in 1998. That staff included five future head coaches: Ralph Friedgen, Randy Edsall, Doug Marrone, Ted Roof and Bill O’Brien.