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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
3-point stance: Aaron Rodgers no blue chip

By Ivan Maisel

1. Why Not to Get Too Excited About Signing Day, Cont.: Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley High quarterback Aaron Rodgers got no FBS scholarship offers in 2002. San Diego State looked, at least until head coach Ted Tollner got fired. Rodgers considered walking on at Oregon but went to Butte (Calif.) JC instead. That fall, Cal coach Jeff Tedford looked at video of Butte tight end Garrett Cross, loved the quarterback, and signed both. After two seasons with the Bears, Rodgers went in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft.

2. To see the Mid-American Conference’s 2011 non-league games, which were announced Monday, is to understand life among the FBS have-lesses. Of the 29 games against the AQ conferences, 24 are on the road and one at a neutral site (Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois at Soldier Field). Of the four home games, one is Penn State at Temple (so much for an advantage). MAC teams play 11 games against the Big Ten, which are for paychecks, and nine against the Big East, which just may be for a leg up.

3. Here’s a starting 11 for you: according to the website Inside Higher Education, 11 FBS schools had two cases of major NCAA infractions in the decade that concluded in 2010. Not all of the cases involved football, which means it’s purely a coincidence that 10 of the 11 went to bowl games last season: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, FIU, Fresno State, Michigan, Oklahoma, TCU, USC and Washington. The lone two-timer without a bowl: Ball State.