Could go a million different ways today. I’ll just put it out there and let you guys choose the direction.
-Hokies (6-6) will play Rutgers (9-3) in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Game is 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 28. Andy has more here.
-UVa coach Mike London, citing conversations with administration, fires four assistant coaches: defensive coordination Jim Reid, tight ends coach Shawn Moore, defensive line coach Jeff Hanson and running backs coach Mike Faragalli. He also strips Anthony Poindexter of his title of special teams coordinator. Doug has the details here.
-The one that really surprises me is Reid. I mean, is anybody going to blame a defense that ranked 31st nationally in total yardage for the team’s struggles this year? The players I interviewed always talked about how they loved playing for Reid — without being asked about it. Strange to me that he’s caught up in this.
-Doug caught up with UVa quarterback Michael Rocco, who explained why he’s transferring. “A lot of things went into my decision,” he said. “I just want a place where I know I’ll be able to compete and I don’t think Virginia is that place for my senior year. I had no idea what was going to happen next year. The quarterback position is one where, if you have a lot of things going through your mind, it inhibits the way you play. It’s an unhealthy environment for any quarterback at UVa. It was hard on all the quarterbacks, not just me.”
-Rocco handled himself with poise and class throughout, never grumbling during the season. Best of luck to him. Hope he finds a place he can thrive.
-BCS lineup: Notre Dame vs. Alabama in the title game, Stanford vs. Wisconsin in the Rose, Florida State vs. No. Illinois in the Orange, Florida vs. Louisville in the Sugar and Kansas State vs. Oregon in the Fiesta.
-A lot of grumbling about No. Illinois getting in. Here is the Huskies’ resume:
Sep 1 Iowa Lost 17-18
Sep 8 Tennessee-Martin Won 35-7
Sep 15 @Army Won 41-40
Sep 22 Kansas Won 30-23
Sep 29 C. Michigan Won 55-24
Oct 6 @Ball St. Won 35-23
Oct 13 Buffalo Won 45-3
Oct 20 @Akron Won 37-7
Oct 27 @W. Michigan Won 48-34
Nov 3 Massachusetts Won 63-0
Nov 14 Toledo Won 31-24
Nov 23 @E. Michigan Won 49-7
Nov 30 @Kent St. Won 44-37
-NIU won’t have its coach at the game. N.C. State introduces ex-NIU coach Dave Doeren as the replacement for Tom O’Brien.
-The 7-0 Hokies are off until Saturday, when they travel to West Virginia. If you missed my column on their win over No. 15 Oklahoma State, here it is.
-Apparently Berman agrees with my premise that the Hokies deserve to be ranked. He ranked the Hokies 19th on his ballot this week. Polls come out later today.
-Giants at Redskins tonight in a key NFC East matchup.
-Patriots, Broncos, Falcons and Texans clinch postseason bids.
-Ravens safety Ed Reed unloads about the rules taking physicality out of the game. “If they was really so concerned about the violence and the injuries and players getting hurt, answer this question for me: Why is there ‘Thursday Night Football?’ We played three games in 17 days [earlier this season]? Why?”
NAME THAT TUNE
Ha! I got some skeletons in my closet
And I don’t know if no one knows it
So before they throw me inside my coffin and close it
I’m a expose it; I’ll take you back to ’73
Before I ever had a multi-platinum selling CD…