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Thursday, May 16, 2013
3-point stance: A tribute to Dick Tomey

By Ivan Maisel

1. Tedy Bruschi’s election to the College Football Hall of Fame, coming two years after the election of his Arizona defensive line teammate Rob Waldrop and four years after former Wildcat defensive back Chuck Cecil, is a tremendous tribute to former Arizona head coach Dick Tomey. The Wildcats made their bones with Tomey’s Desert Swarm defense. Bruschi, on the ESPNU College Football podcast Wednesday, said many former Wildcats returned to Tucson recently and celebrated Tomey as he turned 75.

2. One other point to be made regarding the top academic schools that have risen into the Top 25: staff stability. Northwestern has lost only two coaches in the past five years. Stanford has largely promoted from within. Vanderbilt and Notre Dame are among the nine staffs that remain intact from last season. Four of the nine -- Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, and yes, Northwestern -- play in the Big Ten.

3. Duke coach David Cutcliffe’s idea that every FBS coach should vote in the coaches poll is a welcome bit of fresh air and about 20 years too late to matter. The ACC coaches are pushing for the coaches poll to be used beginning next year by the playoff committee. But what “official’ role would it play? The committee members presumably will use every bit of information they can ingest. But in the end, they will make the decision, whether it agrees with the coaches’ poll, the media poll or the guys in your barbershop.