Friday, December 13, 2013
3-point stance: AJ wins the other award
By Ivan Maisel
1. AJ McCarron of Alabama expressed amazement Thursday night when he won the 2013 Maxwell Award, but perhaps he wasn't aware of the award's recent history. Heisman winners don't win the Maxwell. Since Drew Brees of Purdue won the Maxwell in 2000 instead of Chris Weinke of Florida State, only two players have won both awards: Tim Tebow of Florida in 2007 and Cam Newton of Auburn in 2010.
2. Bob Diaco will be a good salesman for UConn. He is a good-looking, well-spoken, energetic coach. He has the football chops as well, having served a long apprentice for Brian Kelly. UConn athletic director Warde Manuel hired a sparkling candidate. Now Diaco must face the reality of UConn football: Will UConn provide Diaco with the budget to hire a good staff? Can Diaco do what Randy Edsall did at UConn, supplant the state's meager homegrown talent with players from the northeast and Florida? Is there room for national success in the American? Diaco bit off a lot. We'll see how well he can chew it.
3. Alabama didn't finish No. 1 in the BCS ratings, but the Crimson Tide finished No. 1 in the TV ratings, playing in the season's three most-watched games. LSU at Alabama, played in prime time, drew a 6.9 rating. The Iron Bowl pulled an 8.2. The most-watched game of the season, played way back in Week 3, had been promoted for nine months: Alabama and Texas A&M did an 8.5. Ohio State at Michigan came in a distant fourth at 5.8. The most-watched Pac-12 game, Oregon at Stanford, drew a 3.6 on a Thursday night.