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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Three-point stance: Chip Kelly's shot at history

By Ivan Maisel

1. There’s one pothole on the road to Florida State coach Bobby Bowden finishing his career against his former school, West Virginia, in the Gator Bowl. It depends on Virginia Tech going to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Why would the Hokies balk? Well, they’ve already played in Atlanta twice this year. Do Hokie fans want to make that six-hour drive again? Not only that, Virginia Tech is 9-1 everywhere else and 0-2 in Atlanta, losing to Alabama and Georgia Tech.

2. Kirk Ferentz of Iowa took himself out of the Notre Dame discussion on Tuesday, saying he is not a vagabond coach. But the real reason Ferentz would never survive in the Irish fish bowl came later. Someone asked Ferentz if he ever would consider a job as a TV analyst. “That won’t happen,” Ferentz said. “Never say never. I can say never on that one. ... I can’t wait to tailgate and I may never go into the stadium.”

3. If Oregon wins the Civil War on Thursday night, the Ducks’ Chip Kelly will become only the second coach in the past 33 years to reach the Rose Bowl in his first season. John Robinson of USC did so in 1976, followed by Larry Coker of Miami in 2000. Only Oregon State stands in the Ducks’ way. The Beavers, on their last visit to Autzen Stadium, won their first game in Eugene in 14 years.