Huskers move past Big 12 loss, focused on UW
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By BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star | Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 7:57 pm

The season's primary goal was gone, but the sun apparently didn't know the difference, rising as it always does that Sunday morning.

With the world still spinning and the season not over, Husker football coach Bo Pelini gathered his players for a meeting Dec. 5.

The previous night's 23-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game stung, but sophomore safety P.J. Smith remembers the coach's message was easy to understand.

Bury the defeat. Move on.

Sulking stands in the way of progress after all.

"I think the next day when we had that meeting, we just had to let it go then and there," Smith said.

And for the most part, the Huskers have moved on.

Oh, sure, you don't just erase a loss like that from your memory. A little of the hurt remained evident even after Monday's practice.

"We've been (to the conference championship) two years and didn't get it done, so, I mean, it's still dwelling a little bit," said junior wide receiver Brandon Kinnie.

So getting 11 wins for the first time since 2001 is the goal. And as the Huskers see it, looking back won't do them any favors in making that happen.

Pelini certainly wasn't about to look back to last week, when it was reported the University of Miami was pursuing him for the school's head coaching job. (Miami filled the vacancy Sunday with the hiring of Temple coach Al Golden.)

After a couple days of speculation about Pelini and the Hurricanes, the Husker coach quashed the talk by issuing a statement last Friday saying he wasn't preparing for any interview with Miami.

Asked about that situation after Monday's practice, Pelini said:

Pelini said he never addressed the Miami speculation with his team because

The speculation might have caused some fans to lose a few winks, but Husker defensive line coach John Papuchis said it was pretty much last week in the NU camp, with coaches focusing on bowl preparation and recruiting.

Kinnie said players weren't real worried about any of the Pelini-Miami talk.

"Coach always keeps us on our toes about different things and tells us not to listen to too much of that stuff," Kinnie said.

Better to aim the attention at Washington, the Holiday Bowl foe Nebraska already played earlier this season. The Huskers won that game 56-21 and UW comes into the bowl having lost as many games as it's won this season.

But Pelini said there's no disappointment in the rematch or a second straight trip to San Diego for a bowl game.

"We're looking forward to playing the football game," Pelini said.

And as for any outside chatter suggesting it could be tough for the Huskers to be motivated for this matchup?

"I don't care what people say," Pelini said.

The rematch may not excite everyone, but Kinnie said players should be ready and excited about one more chance to play this season.

"It doesn't matter who we're playing. I could care less that we played them already," Kinnie said.^(Washington) switched up and everything. So it's going to be a challenge to me."

Husker sophomore quarterback Cody Green said Washington is a and Nebraska will need to take a tough-minded mentality into the game.

Defeating a team twice in a season is rarely easy.

"We did it once. Now don't go out there and think it's going to be easy," Green said.

And going back to San Diego isn't exactly the worst chore, either.

When Green was asked how the players felt about a return trip, he responded with his own question.

"Have you seen outside?"

Yes, indeed. It surely wasn't 10 degrees in San Diego on Monday.

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Virginia Tech and Stanford Make for Strange Bedmates in Orange Bowl
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Since 1935, the Orange Bowl has been a part of the lore in college football. Some of the best teams in the land have played in Miami over the course of the years here in South Beach, and this year is really no exception, as the Virginia Tech Hokies are going to take on the Stanford Cardinal in one of the biggest games of the bowl season.

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Orange Bowl MascotThis isn't just a football game, though. The Orange Bowl brings out some of the best and brightest athletes, both of the male and female variety. A tremendous cheerleading competition kicks off the festivities, followed up by several youth football games starting two weeks before the big game kicks off.

The next weekend, the men of the hardwood are going to go at it. This year, the Miami Hurricanes will take on the UCF Knights, while the Florida Gators will face the Kansas State Wildcats. In a tradition that was only started relatively recently, these basketball games almost always feature squads from the Sunshine State, and the Hurricanes almost always partake.

However, when everyone flocks to Miami at the beginning of January, all eyes are going to be on the big game on Monday, January 3rd, when V-Tech Hokies will face Stanford in arguably the most intriguing bowl game of the season.

The first team ever invited to the Orange Bowl, formerly known as the Orange Bowl Classic, were the Bucknell Bison, who ultimately won the first of these great games against the home squad, the Miami Hurricanes 26-0.

Unfortunately for Bucknell, this was its only appearance in the Orange Bowl, while Miami went on to make eight more appearances. The Hurricanes have gone 6-3 in nine games here playing in its home bowl game, the third most appearances and wins in the history of the Orange Bowl.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been here 17 times, the second most ever, while the Oklahoma Sooners have been here 18 times. The Sooners are 12-6 and easily have the most wins in the history of this illustrious game, while Nebraska has eight wins, easily the second most wins.

There are only seven teams that have won this game at least three times, and only 14 in total that have won it more than once. The Hokies have played in this one three times in their history, going 1-2. This is the first time that Stanford Cardinal has played here in South Beach, making them the 22nd different team that has played in this game just once. There have been 50 different teams that have played in the Orange Bowl, with Stanford becoming No. 51.

Andrew LuckThe BCS National Championship was decided here in 2005, and unfortunately, it was one of the most lopsided games in the history of the Orange Bowl. The USC Trojans came all the way to the East Coast to take on the Oklahoma Sooners, and the end result was not nearly one that was desired. USC dropped a whopping 55 points on the Sooners and ended up with a 55-19 victory to easily claim the BCS Championship.

The 34 point margin of victory was matched two other times since 1953. The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 1973, while the Sooners took care of the Arkansas Razorbacks 42-8 in 1987.

However, by far, the biggest margin of victory came in 1953, when the Alabama Crimson Tide took care of the Syracuse Orange 61-6. The 61 points was easily the most in the history of the Orange Bowl, while the 55 point MOV was also easily the most in the history of this game.

The good news for Syracuse backers is that this wasn't nearly the lowest point total in a game in Miami. Eight different teams have been shut out, while the Florida State Seminoles were beaten by the Oklahoma Sooners 13-2 in 2001.

That game in '01 was one of the most interesting in the history of the Orange Bowl. The Noles were heavily favored in that game, as they had gone wire to wire on the campaign going into the Orange Bowl, which was the BCS Championship Game that year. However, one of the most dynamic offenses in the country, that of the defending champs, was kept off of the board, save for a meaningless safety. This was the game that largely put the Sooners on the map in the Bob Stoops era as well, as this defined Stoops' legacy as one of the best head coaches in the country, as it won Oklahoma its first National Championship during this generation.

The National Championship was also handed out in 1994, 1995, and 1998 in a decisive game here in South Beach. The aforementioned Seminoles won their first ever National Championship here in the Orange Bowl, and quite ironically, they did so by a The words marred Florida State for years, as field goal attempts that were missed to the left against the Miami Hurricanes probably cost Head Coach Bobby Bowden's team a number of National Championships.

However, on this day in 1994, those words were fantastic for the garnet and gold. FSU only made it into this game due to the fact that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were beaten by the Boston College Eagles in the final week of the regular season. A field goal with less than two minutes to play for the Seminoles gave them a lead that they would not relent, though the Cornhuskers lost out on a shot for the title by missing a field goal as time expired.

Virginia Tech once again at the Orange Bown

The next year, the Cornhuskers came back to the Orange Bowl and beat the Miami Hurricanes 24-17 to win the National Championship.

In '98, these same Huskers knocked off the Tennessee Volunteers 42-17 to claim glory.

Perhaps the most interesting Orange Bowl came in 1984. Nebraska, clearly a storied program in the history of these games, was the undisputed No. 1 team in the country. It scored a touchdown with just 48 seconds left on the clock to move within one point of the No. 4 team in the land. An extra point would have probably let this game end in a tie, which would have ensured the Huskers winning their first title. Instead, Tom Osborne elected to go for two and the win. His conversion attempt was batted away, and went on to win the game.

There wasn't overtime back in those days, but since that point, the games in 2000 and 2006 both did go to an extra session.

In 2000, the Michigan Wolverines beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-34. Six years later, two of the most storied head coaches in the history of college football, Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno played in an epic three overtime battle that ended with the Penn State Nittany Lions beating the Florida State Seminoles 26-23.

In this duel in 2010, the ACC Champions from Virginia tech will play for the third time in four years in the Orange Bowl. Pac-10 representatives have only played in this game three times in the history of the game. The Washington Huskies won here in 1985, while the USC Trojans won in both 2003 and 2005. Stanford now makes the third different team to play here in Miami for this illustrious bowl game.

The Orange Bowl will be played on January 3rd this year, and you can bet that the Hokies and Cardinal are going to want to make a big statement for their individual programs. You certainly won't want to miss this clash!

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Huskers move past Big 12 loss, focused on UW
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By BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star | Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 7:57 pm

The season's primary goal was gone, but the sun apparently didn't know the difference, rising as it always does that Sunday morning.

With the world still spinning and the season not over, Husker football coach Bo Pelini gathered his players for a meeting Dec. 5.

The previous night's 23-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game stung, but sophomore safety P.J. Smith remembers the coach's message was easy to understand.

Bury the defeat. Move on.

Sulking stands in the way of progress after all.

"I think the next day when we had that meeting, we just had to let it go then and there," Smith said.

And for the most part, the Huskers have moved on.

Oh, sure, you don't just erase a loss like that from your memory. A little of the hurt remained evident even after Monday's practice.

"We've been (to the conference championship) two years and didn't get it done, so, I mean, it's still dwelling a little bit," said junior wide receiver Brandon Kinnie.

So getting 11 wins for the first time since 2001 is the goal. And as the Huskers see it, looking back won't do them any favors in making that happen.

Pelini certainly wasn't about to look back to last week, when it was reported the University of Miami was pursuing him for the school's head coaching job. (Miami filled the vacancy Sunday with the hiring of Temple coach Al Golden.)

After a couple days of speculation about Pelini and the Hurricanes, the Husker coach quashed the talk by issuing a statement last Friday saying he wasn't preparing for any interview with Miami.

Asked about that situation after Monday's practice, Pelini said:

Pelini said he never addressed the Miami speculation with his team because

The speculation might have caused some fans to lose a few winks, but Husker defensive line coach John Papuchis said it was pretty much last week in the NU camp, with coaches focusing on bowl preparation and recruiting.

Kinnie said players weren't real worried about any of the Pelini-Miami talk.

"Coach always keeps us on our toes about different things and tells us not to listen to too much of that stuff," Kinnie said.

Better to aim the attention at Washington, the Holiday Bowl foe Nebraska already played earlier this season. The Huskers won that game 56-21 and UW comes into the bowl having lost as many games as it's won this season.

But Pelini said there's no disappointment in the rematch or a second straight trip to San Diego for a bowl game.

"We're looking forward to playing the football game," Pelini said.

And as for any outside chatter suggesting it could be tough for the Huskers to be motivated for this matchup?

"I don't care what people say," Pelini said.

The rematch may not excite everyone, but Kinnie said players should be ready and excited about one more chance to play this season.

"It doesn't matter who we're playing. I could care less that we played them already," Kinnie said.^(Washington) switched up and everything. So it's going to be a challenge to me."

Husker sophomore quarterback Cody Green said Washington is a and Nebraska will need to take a tough-minded mentality into the game.

Defeating a team twice in a season is rarely easy.

"We did it once. Now don't go out there and think it's going to be easy," Green said.

And going back to San Diego isn't exactly the worst chore, either.

When Green was asked how the players felt about a return trip, he responded with his own question.

"Have you seen outside?"

Yes, indeed. It surely wasn't 10 degrees in San Diego on Monday.

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Miami Hurricanes' coaching job not as alluring as in the past
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By Jorge Milian

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

CORAL GABLES ? Coaching the University of Miami used to be one of the plum jobs in college football.

The formula was simple: Accept the offer, contend for or win a national championship, then cash in by moving on.

It worked for Howard Schnellenberger, Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson and Butch Davis.

But coaching the Hurricanes isn't a sure-fire recipe for fame and fortune any longer. Just ask Larry Coker and Randy Shannon, each of whom finished his UM tenure with a pink slip instead of a fat NFL contract.

Coker now coaches the University of Texas at San Antonio. Shannon is looking for a job and reportedly is interested in openings at Minnesota and Vanderbilt.

Which brings us to UM's week-old coaching search to replace Shannon. Who exactly would want this job?

"You look at the Miami situation - they don't have great facilities, they're playing in a stadium 20 miles away and, in a 73,000-seat stadium, they have 27,000 fans (for last Saturday's regular-season finale against South Florida)," ESPN analyst Mark May said on air shortly after Shannon was fired.

Adds ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit:

Others would argue that Miami won five national championships while overcoming the same hurdles in place today.

Davis, who coached UM from 1995 to 2000, once joked that the gym his wife Tammy belonged to had better equipment than the Hurricanes' weight room. And support from UM's fan base has always been fickle at best. Miami won its fifth national championship in 2001 and averaged a little more than 46,000 in attendance for six games at the Orange Bowl.

That Miami has relatively mediocre facilities and poor support isn't exactly a secret in college football circles.

"Those guys that are interviewing, they understand Miami," said Gino Torretta, the former UM quarterback and 1992 Heisman Trophy winner.

UM Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt hasn't been very revelatory regarding what he's looking for in a coach.

"We need a leader," Hocutt said last week.

That would indicate that UM's preference would be someone with head coaching experience. With the possible exception of Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables and San Diego Chargers assistant Rob Chudzinski, most of the men rumored to be on UM's wish list are head coaches like Mississippi State's Dan Mullen and Connecticut's Randy Edsall.

The last person to take the UM job with previous head coaching experience was Dennis Erickson, who won two national championships with the Hurricanes. Davis, Coker and Shannon were rookie head coaches when they were hired by Miami.

"I think the university feels they need an experienced guy," said Don Bailey, a former UM player and the team's radio analyst.

Willing to spend

Hocutt said that money would not be an issue in hiring a new coach. That would probably be a first for Miami. It's no mystery that one of the things that made Shannon attractive to UM's administration four years ago was that he came cheap. Shannon's first contract paid around $850,000. He signed an extension in May for $1.5 million per season, which put his deal in the middle of the pack among coaching salaries in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

UM will likely have to pay upward of $2.5 million per season for its next coach and that doesn't include salaries for assistants. Clemson, for instance, paid it's 10-man coaching staff a total of $4.055 million in 2010. Only two of Clemson's nine assistant coaches make less than $200,000 a season.

"We can only take (university president) Donna Shalala and Kirby at their word that money is not going to be an object, that we're going to get the best guy that we can," Toretta said.

Torretta said he'd like to see UM hire Jim Harbaugh, who took over a Stanford program that was a Pac-10 pushover and turned it into the nation's No. 4 ranked team.

Other UM alums queried mentioned Edsall, Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville, Green Bay Packers assistant Winston Moss and Arizona's Mike Stoops as possibilities to become the football program's 22nd coach.

"I just want a guy that comes in here and wins ballgames,' said Lamar Thomas, one of the top receivers in UM history.

Hocutt said that he has no timetable for selecting a coach, but on Saturday athletic department spokesman Chris Freet posted on his Twitter account:

Bailey said Hocutt should take as long as he needs to make the right decision.

"It's a huge hire," Bailey said.


LEADING THE FIELD

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: Much success as Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator at Florida.

Randy Edsall, Connecticut: Has Huskies on cusp of first Big East championship.

Kyle Whittingham, Utah: Led Utes to No. 2 ranking in 2008.

Mike Stoops, Arizona: He's done as much as he can with the Wildcats.

IN THE RUNNING

Al Golden, Temple: Many think he's waiting for Penn State job to open up.

Rob Chudzinski, San Diego Chargers: Would he be willing to leave the NFL to come home?

Winston Moss, Green Bay Packers: Former UM linebacker hasn't coached in college.

Kevin Sumlin, Houston: Worked with some of the top offensive coaches in the game.

Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech: Former UM defensive coordinator would undoubtedly listen.

Gary Patterson, TCU: Name comes up for every available big-time job.

LONG SHOTS

Mike Leach: Top-notch coach weighed down by baggage.

Jim Leavitt: See Mike Leach.

Brent Venables, Oklahoma: Sooners' defensive coordinator played with Kirby Hocutt at Kansas State.

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Big winners from wacky season
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Updated Dec 13, 2010 2:01 PM ET

Last week, Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton was all over the Eastern Seaboard, accepting awards left and right. He swept the evening and did interviews in Florida on Thursday, hoisted the Heisman in New York City on Saturday, and showed up to the CBS NFL pregame studio to get his tuchus kissed by Boomer Esiason and company on Sunday morning.

One award show that Newton opted not to attend, though, was the one I hosted in my New York City apartment. Newton?s father Cecil was invited, too, but allegedly would only attend if I provided him free refills on his soda. Sorry folks, but I can?t be bought.

Though attendance numbers were low (one person attended -- me), the show was a true success.

The winners?

Drum roll, please.

1.     The Thomas Crown Affair Award (To the most elaborate heist of the season)

Winners: August Cuneo and Alexander Westerberg. Who the heck are Cuneo and Westerberg? Only the country?s next great con artists. Yes, Cuneo and Westerberg are the two gentlemen who stole Lee Corso?s oversized mascot head off the ?ESPN Gameday? set last weekend. Corso?s mask went missing Dec. 4 following the annual Civil War game between Oregon and Oregon State, and was reportedly on the loose for a few days (before an Oregon State employee found the prop the following Monday near his home in Harrisburg, nearly 30 miles from the Oregon State campus). Cuneo, a 26-year-old from Eugene, and Westerberg, a 25-year-old from Harrisburg, were both cited that afternoon. They both attended Oregon.

In a forgettable college football season where scandal, crime and illegal activity dominated the headlines far more than any of the action on the field, a $5,000 oversized Lee Corso head being stolen on the year?s final weekend was truly the icing on the cake.

2.     The Chaminade-over-Virginia Award (To the oddest upset of the year)

Winner: James Madison over Virginia Tech. Five days after falling to No. 3 Boise State on national television, the eventual ACC champion Hokies lost in Blacksburg, Va., to the Dukes, an FCS division team from the CAA Conference. Oddly, the Dukes -- who outplayed the Hokies in their own building from start to finish -- went on to lose five of their next six games after the colossal upset. Virginia Tech, naturally, went on to go undefeated in the ACC and end the year on an 11-game winning streak. James Madison wound up finishing the season 1-0 vs. teams that will play in the Orange Bowl this year, but 3-5 in their own FCS Conference. Three months after the fact, the Hokies? loss to JMU stands out as truly the most bizarre upset of the entire college football season.

3.     The Chinese Democracy Album Award (To the unit we anxiously waited all off-season to see, only to never see them at all)

Winner: The 2010 North Carolina Tar Heels Defense. Six different UNC defenders were named to Phil Steele?s Preseason All-ACC squad. I had the same six players all listed as first-round picks in my ?way too soon? 2011 NFL Mock Draft back in April. The 2010 UNC defense was expected to evoke memories of the 2001 Miami Hurricanes D that featured the likes of Sean Taylor, Phillip Buchanon, Ed Reed, Jon Vilma, William Joseph, Vince Wilfork and Mike Rumph. Alas, it wasn?t meant to be. Twelve different UNC players -- nine of which were members of the star-studded defense -- were suspended for potential NCAA violations for the Sept. 4 season-opening 30-24 loss to LSU. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, a former top-rated high school prospect who?s still considered a likely first-round pick, was suspended for the year in early September for various NCAA infractions. When all was said and done, Austin was dismissed from the team, defensive end Robert Quinn was ruled permanently ineligible and cornerback Charles Brown didn?t play all season. Kendrick Burney, perhaps the most talented defensive back on the team, was suspended for six games, missed another, and didn?t record an interception until the season finale at Duke on Nov. 27. On the year, the defense that was supposed to be in the ?greatest ever? argument, finished the year ranked 44th in the nation in scoring defense and eighth in the ACC.

4.     The Heidi Game Award (To the best finish nobody on the East Coast saw)

Winner: Boise State-Nevada. Okay, so maybe some people saw this one, but you couldn?t blame the casual fans on the East Coast who dozed off at midnight with the score 24-7 at the half and the post-Thanksgiving tryptophan kicking in. Nearly nine hours after Auburn completed a monumental second-half comeback of their own in Tuscaloosa vs. Alabama, Nevada pulled off an even bigger shocker over the Broncos in Reno. The highlights on Saturday morning focused on poor Kyle Brotzman -- the WAC?s all-time leading scorer -- missing two chip-shot field goals down the stretch, but this one was really all about Colin Kaepernick and the Nevada ground game. After being held in check by Boise State's defense in the first half, the Wolf Pack outrushed Boise State 239-8 in the second. The Wolf Pack entered the game as 14-point underdogs and had lost 10 straight to the Broncos. In roughly two hours of real-time action, they rallied from a 17-point deficit, ended their losing streak and kept Boise from the school?s first Rose Bowl appearance. Nevada kicker Anthony Martinez nailed a 34-yard attempt in overtime, at exactly 1:54 a.m. EST.

5.     The ?Where?s the Beef?? Award (To the fan-made sign that best utilized a pop-culture phrase)

Winner: The Alabama fans who incorporated the lyrics of Antoine Dodson?s ?Bed Intruder Song? into their sign found here. Kudos to these fine young Crimson Tide fans that somehow found a way to get me humming, ?Hide Yo Tigers, Hide Yo Gators, Hide Yo Nittany Lions, Cuz We Beatin? E?Erbody Out Here!? for an entire college football Saturday. And if you?re not one of the 47 million of people who?ve viewed the YouTube clip of Dodson?s work, please enjoy the ditty here.

6.     The Ocean?s 11 Award (To the finish that sent Las Vegas into hysterics)

Winner: Northwestern's 29-28 victory over Minnesota. The situation? The Wildcats, 6.5-point favorites over the Gophers, were up one with less than 20 seconds remaining in an early October Big Ten clash. Minnesota had the ball and was driving when quarterback Adam Weber heaved a desperation pass on fourth and 3. The ball was tipped and intercepted by Wildcats defender Ben Johnson. Johnson had the entire field -- truly, nothing but the end zone -- in front of him, but instead of returning the ball for the easy pick six and the cover, he opted to do the wise thing and took a knee. It was a genius move. Northwestern took a knee and won by a point, and Johnson was universally lauded for his smart decision. Alas, some folks with ?other? interests in the outcome of the game were obviously not as pleased out in Nevada.

7.     The Karch Kiraly Award (To the most athletic volleyball play of the year)

Winner: Oklahoma State cornerback Brodrick Brown?s bump-and-set interception vs. Oklahoma. This was not only the best volleyball-disabled play of the year, but hands-down my favorite college football play of the year, too. With his team trailing 21-10 in this year?s Bedlam Game, Brown went airborne over the out-of-bounds line and intentionally two-hand tapped the ball to his teammate Shaun Lewis for the interception. Creative, quick, and downright awesome, check the highlight out here.

8.     The 'I?m Not Tee Martin' Award (To the college quarterback that didn?t quite pick up where his predecessor left off)

Winner: Tie between Florida?s John Brantley and Texas?s Garrett Gilbert. Our only tie of the evening came in this one. Brantley came into the season with more hype surrounding him than Kanye?s latest album, pumped up as an upperclassman not only capable of filling in for Tim Tebow, but as a quarterback blessed with a far superior arm than No.15. Gilbert, meanwhile, was given tons of love over the summer after an impressive second-half showing in relief of Colt McCoy in 2009?s BCS championship game. In the end, both quarterbacks were complete duds, and the Gators and Longhorns each had their worst seasons in decades. Brantley threw just nine touchdowns in 2010, but managed to toss nine interceptions, too. Gilbert hurled 17 interceptions and just 10 touchdowns on the year. Neither quarterback?s offensive coordinators will be back in 2011.

9.     The World B. Free Award (To the best 11 names in college football this season)

Winners: You can have your All-American team. I?ll take the All-Name team. Here?s my squad:
· Bo Bowling, Oklahoma State
· Yourhighness Morgan, Florida Atlantic
· T-Bob Hebert, LSU
· Blair Bomber, Washington State
· Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, Kent State
· Konockus Sashington, North Texas
· Bunduka Kargbo, Buffalo (no longer on team)
· Ho'oikaika Cavaco-Amoy, Hawaii
· Necho Beard, Nevada
· Wyatt Suess, Iowa
· Dwellie Striggles, Buffalo

10.  The Man of the Year Award (To the individual who captivated the nation in a way like no one else did in 2010)

The Winner: Les Miles. Who?d you think was getting this, Cecil Newton? Get out of here. The ?Mad Hatter? was Mr. 2010, and it?s not even a question. Whether it was a balls-to-the-wall fake field goal on the road in Gainesville, absurd time management at the end of the first half against Arkansas -- and at the end of the game vs. Tennessee -- or the shocking revelation that he regularly eats grass -- yes, real-life grass -- Miles took the nation by storm on a weekly basis this season. Miles? 2010 campaign started with a bizarre response to a question about the BP oil spill on a local radio station, in which he said:

?Well, it uh, the impact is more of a . . . you know . . . anything, anything along the . . . the uh . . . the . . . shore and those issues are very serious issues and there . . . the impact is on the . . . the uh (long pause) you know, what is, the natural resource of our country, uh, but ah . . . I don't know that it's, I don't know exactly, uh, to what extent it's being handled well and managed or mismanaged I have no idea. The only thing I know is it's very sincere and it's, it's uh, it affects more than Louisiana and it affects (muffled pause) . . . the ocean."

The regular season ended with a loss to Arkansas on Thanksgiving weekend that cost the Tigers a Sugar Bowl bid. All in all, Miles offered us a myriad of head-scratching moments, some tremendous quotes, enjoyably unique play-calling, and yet another 10-win season in Baton Rouge.

The Tigers play Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl in January. Here's hoping he saves his best for last.

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Report: Texas to name Randy Shannon defensive coordinator
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Reports out of Austin are that former Miami(fl.) head coach Randy Shannon will be named Texas' new defensive coordinator later today during a press conference.

Shannon will inherit Will Muschamps defense that ranked 7th in ypg and 51st in scoring defense.

Randy Shannon was a successful defensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes in their 2001 National Championship season, and his defenses continued to have success through his tenure. 

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Huskers move past Big 12 loss, focused on UW
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By BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star | Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 7:57 pm

The season's primary goal was gone, but the sun apparently didn't know the difference, rising as it always does that Sunday morning.

With the world still spinning and the season not over, Husker football coach Bo Pelini gathered his players for a meeting Dec. 5.

The previous night's 23-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game stung, but sophomore safety P.J. Smith remembers the coach's message was easy to understand.

Bury the defeat. Move on.

Sulking stands in the way of progress after all.

"I think the next day when we had that meeting, we just had to let it go then and there," Smith said.

And for the most part, the Huskers have moved on.

Oh, sure, you don't just erase a loss like that from your memory. A little of the hurt remained evident even after Monday's practice.

"We've been (to the conference championship) two years and didn't get it done, so, I mean, it's still dwelling a little bit," said junior wide receiver Brandon Kinnie.

So getting 11 wins for the first time since 2001 is the goal. And as the Huskers see it, looking back won't do them any favors in making that happen.

Pelini certainly wasn't about to look back to last week, when it was reported the University of Miami was pursuing him for the school's head coaching job. (Miami filled the vacancy Sunday with the hiring of Temple coach Al Golden.)

After a couple days of speculation about Pelini and the Hurricanes, the Husker coach quashed the talk by issuing a statement last Friday saying he wasn't preparing for any interview with Miami.

Asked about that situation after Monday's practice, Pelini said:

Pelini said he never addressed the Miami speculation with his team because

The speculation might have caused some fans to lose a few winks, but Husker defensive line coach John Papuchis said it was pretty much last week in the NU camp, with coaches focusing on bowl preparation and recruiting.

Kinnie said players weren't real worried about any of the Pelini-Miami talk.

"Coach always keeps us on our toes about different things and tells us not to listen to too much of that stuff," Kinnie said.

Better to aim the attention at Washington, the Holiday Bowl foe Nebraska already played earlier this season. The Huskers won that game 56-21 and UW comes into the bowl having lost as many games as it's won this season.

But Pelini said there's no disappointment in the rematch or a second straight trip to San Diego for a bowl game.

"We're looking forward to playing the football game," Pelini said.

And as for any outside chatter suggesting it could be tough for the Huskers to be motivated for this matchup?

"I don't care what people say," Pelini said.

The rematch may not excite everyone, but Kinnie said players should be ready and excited about one more chance to play this season.

"It doesn't matter who we're playing. I could care less that we played them already," Kinnie said.^(Washington) switched up and everything. So it's going to be a challenge to me."

Husker sophomore quarterback Cody Green said Washington is a and Nebraska will need to take a tough-minded mentality into the game.

Defeating a team twice in a season is rarely easy.

"We did it once. Now don't go out there and think it's going to be easy," Green said.

And going back to San Diego isn't exactly the worst chore, either.

When Green was asked how the players felt about a return trip, he responded with his own question.

"Have you seen outside?"

Yes, indeed. It surely wasn't 10 degrees in San Diego on Monday.

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Report: Texas to name Randy Shannon defensive coordinator
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Reports out of Austin are that former Miami(fl.) head coach Randy Shannon will be named Texas' new defensive coordinator later today during a press conference.

Shannon will inherit Will Muschamps defense that ranked 7th in ypg and 51st in scoring defense.

Randy Shannon was a successful defensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes in their 2001 National Championship season, and his defenses continued to have success through his tenure. 

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Virginia Tech and Stanford Make for Strange Bedmates in Orange Bowl
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Since 1935, the Orange Bowl has been a part of the lore in college football. Some of the best teams in the land have played in Miami over the course of the years here in South Beach, and this year is really no exception, as the Virginia Tech Hokies are going to take on the Stanford Cardinal in one of the biggest games of the bowl season.

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Orange Bowl MascotThis isn't just a football game, though. The Orange Bowl brings out some of the best and brightest athletes, both of the male and female variety. A tremendous cheerleading competition kicks off the festivities, followed up by several youth football games starting two weeks before the big game kicks off.

The next weekend, the men of the hardwood are going to go at it. This year, the Miami Hurricanes will take on the UCF Knights, while the Florida Gators will face the Kansas State Wildcats. In a tradition that was only started relatively recently, these basketball games almost always feature squads from the Sunshine State, and the Hurricanes almost always partake.

However, when everyone flocks to Miami at the beginning of January, all eyes are going to be on the big game on Monday, January 3rd, when V-Tech Hokies will face Stanford in arguably the most intriguing bowl game of the season.

The first team ever invited to the Orange Bowl, formerly known as the Orange Bowl Classic, were the Bucknell Bison, who ultimately won the first of these great games against the home squad, the Miami Hurricanes 26-0.

Unfortunately for Bucknell, this was its only appearance in the Orange Bowl, while Miami went on to make eight more appearances. The Hurricanes have gone 6-3 in nine games here playing in its home bowl game, the third most appearances and wins in the history of the Orange Bowl.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been here 17 times, the second most ever, while the Oklahoma Sooners have been here 18 times. The Sooners are 12-6 and easily have the most wins in the history of this illustrious game, while Nebraska has eight wins, easily the second most wins.

There are only seven teams that have won this game at least three times, and only 14 in total that have won it more than once. The Hokies have played in this one three times in their history, going 1-2. This is the first time that Stanford Cardinal has played here in South Beach, making them the 22nd different team that has played in this game just once. There have been 50 different teams that have played in the Orange Bowl, with Stanford becoming No. 51.

Andrew LuckThe BCS National Championship was decided here in 2005, and unfortunately, it was one of the most lopsided games in the history of the Orange Bowl. The USC Trojans came all the way to the East Coast to take on the Oklahoma Sooners, and the end result was not nearly one that was desired. USC dropped a whopping 55 points on the Sooners and ended up with a 55-19 victory to easily claim the BCS Championship.

The 34 point margin of victory was matched two other times since 1953. The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 1973, while the Sooners took care of the Arkansas Razorbacks 42-8 in 1987.

However, by far, the biggest margin of victory came in 1953, when the Alabama Crimson Tide took care of the Syracuse Orange 61-6. The 61 points was easily the most in the history of the Orange Bowl, while the 55 point MOV was also easily the most in the history of this game.

The good news for Syracuse backers is that this wasn't nearly the lowest point total in a game in Miami. Eight different teams have been shut out, while the Florida State Seminoles were beaten by the Oklahoma Sooners 13-2 in 2001.

That game in '01 was one of the most interesting in the history of the Orange Bowl. The Noles were heavily favored in that game, as they had gone wire to wire on the campaign going into the Orange Bowl, which was the BCS Championship Game that year. However, one of the most dynamic offenses in the country, that of the defending champs, was kept off of the board, save for a meaningless safety. This was the game that largely put the Sooners on the map in the Bob Stoops era as well, as this defined Stoops' legacy as one of the best head coaches in the country, as it won Oklahoma its first National Championship during this generation.

The National Championship was also handed out in 1994, 1995, and 1998 in a decisive game here in South Beach. The aforementioned Seminoles won their first ever National Championship here in the Orange Bowl, and quite ironically, they did so by a The words marred Florida State for years, as field goal attempts that were missed to the left against the Miami Hurricanes probably cost Head Coach Bobby Bowden's team a number of National Championships.

However, on this day in 1994, those words were fantastic for the garnet and gold. FSU only made it into this game due to the fact that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were beaten by the Boston College Eagles in the final week of the regular season. A field goal with less than two minutes to play for the Seminoles gave them a lead that they would not relent, though the Cornhuskers lost out on a shot for the title by missing a field goal as time expired.

Virginia Tech once again at the Orange Bown

The next year, the Cornhuskers came back to the Orange Bowl and beat the Miami Hurricanes 24-17 to win the National Championship.

In '98, these same Huskers knocked off the Tennessee Volunteers 42-17 to claim glory.

Perhaps the most interesting Orange Bowl came in 1984. Nebraska, clearly a storied program in the history of these games, was the undisputed No. 1 team in the country. It scored a touchdown with just 48 seconds left on the clock to move within one point of the No. 4 team in the land. An extra point would have probably let this game end in a tie, which would have ensured the Huskers winning their first title. Instead, Tom Osborne elected to go for two and the win. His conversion attempt was batted away, and went on to win the game.

There wasn't overtime back in those days, but since that point, the games in 2000 and 2006 both did go to an extra session.

In 2000, the Michigan Wolverines beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-34. Six years later, two of the most storied head coaches in the history of college football, Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno played in an epic three overtime battle that ended with the Penn State Nittany Lions beating the Florida State Seminoles 26-23.

In this duel in 2010, the ACC Champions from Virginia tech will play for the third time in four years in the Orange Bowl. Pac-10 representatives have only played in this game three times in the history of the game. The Washington Huskies won here in 1985, while the USC Trojans won in both 2003 and 2005. Stanford now makes the third different team to play here in Miami for this illustrious bowl game.

The Orange Bowl will be played on January 3rd this year, and you can bet that the Hokies and Cardinal are going to want to make a big statement for their individual programs. You certainly won't want to miss this clash!

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Al Golden Vows to Mold Miami Into Champions With Class
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December 13 2010 Last updated at 08:10 PM ET

Al GoldenJust in case current and future players in the University of Miami's football program have forgotten the Hurricanes' championship legacy -- and the commitment that's needed to reach that plateau -- Al Golden plans to offer a refresher course. And he also wants former UM players from the program's glory days to help deliver that message.

"The football program, it's time we put it all together," Golden said.

It doesn't matter to Golden that UM hasn't played in the Bowl Championship Series since 2003 and has lost 16 of its past 21 games going back to 2005 against ranked opponents. Golden stressed winning -- and winning with class -- Monday evening during his rapid-fire introductory news conference as UM's new coach.

Golden, 41, takes over at UM under similar circumstances that faced Randy Shannon four years ago -- return the Hurricanes to national relevance. Shannon failed and was fired.

Golden was hired away from Temple, where he won 26 games over the past four years, and accepted a five-year contract on Sunday. Golden and his wife arrived in Miami on Monday, first meeting university president Donna Shalala and later his players.

Once the youngest defensive coordinator in major college football, Golden described his career as an incredible journey. The conviction he's known for was evident in his tone and delivery.




Golden said.^(at UM), I know I am around the right people."

Golden stressed the UM program always has been -- and still will be -- measured by championships. The Hurricanes have won five national titles, the last in 2001 under Larry Coker. They won nine Big East titles from 1991 to 2003 but have yet to take a crown in the Atlantic Coast Conference since they joined seven years ago.

Golden said he will hire a staff and recruit players who are committed to winning. He plans to evaluate the entire program as UM, under interim coach Jeff Stoutland, prepares for the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against Notre Dame. The Irish and Hurricanes have played 23 times, but not since 1990.

"You will see a team that's smart, that's tough, that's disciplined, that plays with passion, plays with energy, has an attitude, is aggressive and represents the university with class, first class," Golden explained.

"That's what I am looking for. That's the type of team we are going to have. That's what the University of Miami was built on and that's what the University of Miami deserves."

Golden made a promise and asked a favor of former players.

He said the Hurricanes would not have a sense of entitlement to the program's legacy, saying they will understand the work that it takes -- in the classroom, in the film room and on the field -- to uphold that legacy.

And, in the same breath, he asked that former players

To the players in attendance, Golden explained that his job was to Golden added he would make sure they understood the standard of excellence and then demand compliance.

"We will return to winning championships here at the University of Miami," Golden said.

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