David Jones, PennLive.com: He's fed up with the Southeastern Conference. He's tired of Southerners who don't care about anything but football, who can't take care of their poor, fat, litter-strewn, illiterate states, telling him the way it should be — about anything. And he's tired of them crowing about their seven consecutive Bowl Championship Series titles. He wants to see them suffer a little.
Eric Chemi, Business Week: The odds of Auburn returning a missed field goal for a touchdown were 0.0007 percent. Consider this grim reality: A college player is more likely to die in a game than ever see a missed field goal returned for a touchdown.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: USC, a storied football colossus that uses national championship and Heisman trophies for doorstops and paperweights, hired a guy (Steve Sarkisian) whose conference head-coaching record at a highly respected school (Washington) was exactly 24-21.
Josh Bolander, Daily Iowan: A tale of two coaches. Fifteen years ago, Oklahoma hired Bob Stoops and Iowa hired Kirk Ferentz. But what happened? Wasn't Stoops the slamdunk choice to take over for Hayden Fry at Iowa?
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin's journey continued Saturday with a trip to Lawrence, scene of the Kansas State-Kansas game.
The Wildcats brushed aside the Jayhawks, 31-10, leaving Charlie Weis with a two-year record of 4-20. That's one victory shy of Turner Gill's 5-19 two-year mark that led to his firing in 2011. But Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger announced Sunday that Weis wasn't going anywhere — except recruiting.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Kansas will be talking about that trip to the 2008 Orange Bowl 50 years from now. The Jayhawks, under the direction of Mark Manginio, not only earned a trip to a Bowl Championship Series game, they won it, defeating Virginia Tech, 24-21.
Firing Mangino, obviously, was a big mistake.
The good news for Kansas fans is that basketball season has started.
Iowa State's Paul Rhoads is never shy about letting the cameras in the locker room after a victory. This speech came after the Cyclones' 52-44 triple overtime win against West Virginia on Saturday.
Yes, we're all for Rhoads' enthusiasm, but his team did lose seven games in a row and finished 3-9. You don't see video of speeches after the losses. Just sayin'.
Cyclone fans love Rhoads, but the reality is he should be on the hotseat. Things really haven't been right in Ames since Tom Herman left as offensive coordinator for the same gig at Ohio State in December 2011.
Rhoads knows it. He fired offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope on Sunday. Rhoads' plan is to get the team back to a bowl in 2014, but he's going to need the players to do it. Look for an infusion of junior college players in the coming weeks.