3-point stance: Somber reality check


1.Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand suffered a catastrophic spinal injury. Notre Dame videographer Declan Sullivan died in an accident at practice. Tuesday, the day of Sullivan’s funeral, Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell, who started two games this season, died after a short, vicious battle with brain cancer. In a season in which fans have been screaming for weeks about sundry BCS injustices, three young victims provide a reality check about what’s really unfair. The rest is just noise.

2.Of the 21 players with at least four interceptions this season, only one -- Oregon sophomore Cliff Harris -- is among the 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back. I get it. I know quarterbacks avoid semifinalists like Patrick Peterson of LSU or Prince Amukamara of Nebraska. But Virginia junior corner Chase Minniefield is tied for first in the nation with six picks, two of which he made last Saturday in the Cavs’ 24-19 upset of Miami. That’s not good enough?

3.The Big East Conference said Tuesday that it wants to add two football teams. I don’t understand the interest in TCU. Horned Frog football under Gary Patterson has been outstanding. But you don’t invite a football coach. You invite a program. TCU is a long way away. It adds nothing in the other sports. Villanova, already a Big East member, has a standing invitation to join the football league. UCF, a young, vibrant university, would give the league another outpost in Florida and create a natural rivalry with USF.