3-point stance: Savage's time to shine

August, 22, 2013
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1. Journalists aren’t supposed to root for anyone, but after all that Tom Savage has put himself through, it’s nice to see the fifth-year Pitt quarterback win the starting job. Savage played as a freshman at Rutgers and transferred to Arizona, only to see Mike Stoops get fired and Rich Rodriguez come in with a completely different offense. Savage left again. He might serve as a prime example of why quarterbacks shouldn’t transfer, but in the meantime, he has earned any good fortune that he produces this season.

2. The NCAA slapped former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel with a show-cause order in 2011, effectively banning him from coaching for five years. So the NCAA has nothing to say about Tressel teaching a coaching class at Akron, an NCAA member? Maybe it’s just that teaching how to coach is not the same as coaching. I don’t blame Tressel, who works in the university administration at Akron. He gets to work with young people again, which is the reason coaches get into the business.

3. The best news in the 2014 SEC schedule released Wednesday is the move of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry to season’s end. The game will join Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech and South Carolina-Clemson as year-end, intrastate rivalry games between SEC and ACC schools. The prediction here is that the move will make the ‘Cats-Cards football game as intense as the annual basketball game. Laugh if you must, but watch what happens when (not if) Mark Stoops gets Kentucky football up and running.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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