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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Three-point stance: Losing A.J. Green hurts

By Ivan Maisel

1. Why is the suspension of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green by the NCAA a huge blow? First of all, Green will miss three SEC games. Second, Green would have forced an aggressive South Carolina defense to play honestly against young quarterback Aaron Murray. Senior Kris Durham, who caught five passes for 83 yards last week after missing 2009 with a shoulder injury, is a big (6-5, 211) target. But he’s not Green. No one is.

2. We pause while Florida and Texas tear their collective hair out over their offensive problems last week to remind Gator and Longhorn fans that both offenses embarked on huge transitions this offseason. I know you heard about it. It was in all the papers all year. Each offense lost longtime starting quarterbacks and adjusted their schemes for their new personnel. Yet not until the season began and we saw the struggles of both teams did anyone understand that, yes, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy really are gone.

3. Former Sugar Bowl executive director Mickey Holmes died Wednesday. Two decades ago, when bowl directors lured teams with cunning and salesmanship, Holmes and the late Jim Brock, who ran the Cotton Bowl, waged a friendly annual battle to outfox each other. Their search for advantage became so heated that in 1990, Holmes invited 6-0, No. 1 Virginia, in early November. The Cavaliers finished 7-4. The uproar provided the impetus for the creation in 1992 of the Bowl Coalition, the grandfather of the BCS.