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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
3-point stance: O'Brien's hopscotch career

By Dan Jung

1. Not every quarterback who transfers has the success of a Russell Wilson, who used the graduate transfer rule in 2011 to leave NC State and lead Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl. Last year, Danny O'Brien left Maryland for Madison and tried to repeat Wilson’s feat. Instead, O’Brien lost the starting job and got buried on the depth chart. Now he's leaving Wisconsin, according to media reports, and his high school coach is lamenting that O'Brien has had four college head coaches in four years. Well, whose fault is that?

2. More quarterbacks transfer because of ego than at any other position. Two of the top running backs this season, Lache Seastrunk of Baylor and Silas Redd of USC, transferred to their current schools not because of ego, but indirectly because of the NCAA. Seastrunk started out at Oregon with the help of Willie Lyles, whose recruiting service prompted an NCAA investigation of the Ducks. Redd left Penn State after the NCAA penalized the Nittany Lions so severely last August.

3. According to SEC blogger Chris Low on Monday, Vegas odds have favored Alabama for 41 consecutive games. The streak dates to BCS Championship Game against Texas in 2009. I’m sure Pete Carroll’s USC teams were favored for more consecutive games. Remember, oddsmakers are the original crowdsourcers. They make odds with an eye on getting the public to choose sides evenly. But given the difficulty of the SEC, and given that Crimson Tide was 25-16 against the line in those games, the public’s unwavering faith in Nick Saban’s teams is remarkable.