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Thursday, July 14, 2011
3-point stance: Schiano in elite company

By Ivan Maisel

1. Now that toxicology reports have established that Aaron Douglas of Alabama and Austin Box of Oklahoma died of accidental overdose of painkillers, let us hope that their deaths are not in vain. Here’s hoping that every team doctor at every level of college football uses Douglas and Box to remind student-athletes that painkillers must be taken carefully. Here’s hoping that doctors plead with players in any form of chronic pain to ask for help, regardless of a culture where asking for help is a weakness.

2. This is a compliment, if you think about it. The active coach who has the most wins despite a losing record is Bob Toledo (76-97 in 15 seasons at Pacific, UCLA and, now, Tulane). Not far behind is first-year San Diego State coach Rocky Long (65-69 in 11 seasons at New Mexico). Greg Schiano of Rutgers qualified for this list when the Scarlet Knights went 4-8 last season. That made Schiano 59-63 in 10 seasons. There is a would-be runaway winner: lurking near qualification is Mike Price at UTEP (169-167).

3. BYU quarterback Jake Heaps, my guest on the ESPNU College Football Podcast this week, is uncommonly mature for a sophomore who just turned 20. He’s already married. He’s already established himself as a starter. He’s already started four losses, two more than he lost on a three-time state champion at Skyline High near Seattle. The most mature thing about Heaps is that he leads an offense with guys in their mid-20s who left BYU for two years on an LDS mission, and they follow him. That’s maturity.