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Here's what recruits really think

---Some really good stuff here from ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski on what recruits really think of the process.

---The Under Armour All-American game is tonight, and there is only school prospect on the roster committed to a mid-major program.

---Here's all you need to know about Oregon-Auburn game, leading off with the note that the Ducks have a lot fewer pro prospects than you might think.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

What's the rush for James?

James ---In two seasons, LaMichael James, pictured left, has already put together arguably the most impressive career for a running back in Oregon history.

---After three days of taking in the sights and sounds of New York – most of them somewhat snow-covered – Syracuse and Kansas State will finally tee up the football today.

---On the same day Maryland bid goodbye to Ralph Friedgen with a resounding victory in the Military Bowl, one candidate to succeed Friedgen, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, was on the school campus.

---With controversial decisions regarding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor fresh in the public mind -- and with an appeal hearing by USC less than a month away -- the NCAA issued another statement regarding its decision-making process.

---Miami and Notre Dame used to be a coach's paradise but lately, it's become more of a graveyard.

---The Granddaddy never gets too old.

---Here's some predictions for 2011.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

'Canes, Irish look back at rivalry

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---There was a time back in the 80s when Miami and Notre Dame hated each other, but hate wouldn't be the appropriate word to describe how they feel about each other these days. Friday's game at the Sun Bowl in El Paso will be the first meeting between the Irish and Canes since 1990. The story about Lou Holtz crying during recruiting trips to the homes of Melvin Bratton and Alonzo Highsmith is classic.

---Here's a story on Rudy Riska, the man behind the Heisman Trophy.

---TCU takes a well deserved stroll into the Rose Bowl.

---In the week after the school announced that he would be fired after Wednesday's game against East Carolina, Maryland's Ralph Friedgen has been emotional about his firing which he likens to a slow death.

---Sue Paterno is fed up with all the rumors about her Hall of Fame coach and husband.

---Big Ten doesn't want to get bowled over.

---Early 2011 predictions in the ACC.

---Randy Shannon is a candidate to become the DC at Wisconsin.

---A closer look at Kent State's contract with new coach Darrell Hazell.

---The Carolina Panthers are on the clock.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Ex scout: Newton isn't a first rounder

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---Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, pictured above from his high school days, needs to stay in college and work on his mechanics, according to former NFL scout Russ Lande, who heads the War Room for the Sporting News. Lande, who has his early Mock Draft up, doesn’t have Newton going in the first round. He does have three other quarterbacks being selected in the first round, including the Buffalo Bills taking Washington QB Jake Locker.

---Rodney McKissic

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Help wanted at Florida

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---Florida AD Jeremy Foley, pictured above, began his search for a new football coach, the day after Urban Meyer resigned. But when it comes to hiring coaches, Foley is an old pro. Mike Bianchi writes that Mississippi State Dan Mullen is not the right man for the job. The first time Meyer resigned, it was his Florida family that won out. Plagued by the worry of what would happen to the Gators’ coaches and staff, Meyer returned as abruptly as he’d left. But he did so with the understanding that his tenure was now on a year-to-year basis.

---Among the coaches who have spoken to Miami about its coaching vacancy are Mullen, UConn's Randy Edsall and Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini could be next on the list. So if Pelini goes to Miami, does Turner Gill go back home to Nebraska?

---Auburn's Cam Newton heads to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony but his father won't attend. Mr. Football writes why he voted for Newton, while Jeff Jacobs talks about why he didn't.

---Michael Rosenberg writes what happens if Michigan AD Dave Brandon keeps Rich Rodriguez?

---For 13 consecutive years, the only thing Army's football players could look forward to beyond their annual game against Navy was the promise of the following season. That mentality has changed under coach Rich Ellerson.

---Here are the 2010 college football awards.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Newton says he 'did no wrong'

Cam-newton ---Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, pictured left, said Thursday he "did no wrong" in choosing to attend the school the Heisman Trophy candidate is attempting to lead to the national title. He said he decided to play for the Tigers because "Auburn possessed what's best for Cam Newton." Newton's father, Cecil, was found by Auburn and the NCAA to have asked for money from Mississippi State in exchange for a letter of intent from his son. Cam Newton said "everything I've done at this university, I did it the right way" in an interview with ESPN's Chris Fowler on Thursday.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Haywood, Kill focus on MAC title game

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---Mid-American Conference coaches have been rewarded with big paydays and jobs for leading their teams to the championship game the last couple years. Could Northern Illinois' Jerry Kill and Miami (Ohio)'s Mike Haywood, pictured above, be next?

---The New Era Pinstripe Bowl came calling and Syracuse said yes. In its first bowl appearance in six years, Syracuse will play Dec. 30 in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl, set for 3:30 p.m. in Yankee Stadium.

---In declaring Auburn quarterback Cam Newton eligible, the NCAA addressed a crisis that has been hovering over this season. But clearly, college football is now faced with a far bigger one that it'll have to tackle.

---Redskins TE coach Jon Embree is the new coach at Colorado. Woody Paige writes Embree is a Buff so he's the right fit.

---Jon Gruden isn't a candidate at Miami so now he will help the Canes find a coach. And Miami could be headed West for Utah's Kyle Whittingham.

---Rich Rod wants to remain a Michigan man.

---Temple's Al Golden doesn't want the Minnesota job?

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Newton eligible to play

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---The NCAA ruled that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, pictured above, is eligible to play in the SEC championship game despite his father’s using a third party to solicit money from Mississippi State “as part of a pay-for-play scenario.”

---Based on what its investigators have determined, Tony Barnhart writes the NCAA got it right with the Newton ruling.

---UB hits the Bottom 10.

---Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill wanted his Huskies to manage their lofty expectations. Miami (Ohio) coach Mike Haywood hoped his RedHawks would exceed their not-so-lofty ones. Ultimately, they arrived at the same place.

---One year after reporting a loss of almost $1 million for its football program — dead last in revenue in the Big East — Syracuse was back in the black in 2009.

---Miami's search for a new football coach shifted away from Jon Gruden and toward Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and other candidates.

---Donald Trump has a bit of advice for Miami: hire Mike Leach.

---Eric Bieniemy and Jon Embree have emerged as the top candidates to succeed Dan Hawkins at Colorado.

---Is  the Big Ten - the conference that started realignment wave last summer - preparting for more expansion? 

---Ohio State's president just made a case for the removal of the BCS in favor of a college football playoff. And he did so without intending to.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Defense is the key for the Bulls

---Jeff Quinn figures that a victory over Akron will come only if UB's defense returns to form. Here's a team report on the Zips. The Bulls have won just one game against the spread this season.

---Two years after Auburn's Gene Chizik arrived to a largely quizzical response, he has Auburn in exactly the same place as Nick Saban's second-year Alabama squad -- undefeated and headed to Atlanta next week with a shot to advance to the BCS championship game. Is there still time to catch Cam Newton in the Heisman race?

---Minnesota has met with San Diego State and former Ball State coach Brady Hoke about possibly hiring him as its new coach. Ball State's next coach could have ties to the Cardinals program.

---Although Turner Gill is preparing for his first Border War rivalry against Missouri he knows exactly what it's all about.

---Al Hamnik writes Bill Lynch should be fired as Indiana's football coach after four seasons of futility and empty promises. Bob Wojnowski says the same thing about Rich Rodriguez at Michigan. Lynch and Rich Rode aren't the only coaches in a high risk positions.

---Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand remains paralyzed from the spinal cord injury he suffered in the Scarlet Knights' Oct. 16 game against Army, but has made significant progress which medical experts say brings a more more optimistic long-term outlook for recovery.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Report: Stan Parrish out at Ball State

Stan-Parrish ---Stan Parrish, pictured right, appears to be out at Ball State. Negotiations have taken place between the coach and officials this week to determine parameters for a separation.

---The search for Kent State's next football coach is already under way.

---Miami (Ohio) can improve its bowl chances significantly and can stay in the hunt for a Mid-American Conference championship with a win tonight.

---Heading into the final game of the regular season, and the last home game for 24 Orange seniors, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said he hopes his team can rebound from Saturday’s loss to Connecticut and make a positive exit.

---As Auburn enters the final two weekends of what should be a dream season — and a chance to step beyond the considerable shadow of rival Alabama — pride is mixed with anxiety because of the Cam Newton investigation. What happens if Auburn falls to Bama but wins the SEC? StubHub says the Iron Bowl is the highest grossing college game for tickets this season.

---College football’s home stretch has brought clarity to most conference races, while others still seem harder to figure out than a Rubik's Cube.

---If No. 2 Auburn loses its SEC game at Alabama and then No. 4 Boise State wins its WAC game at Nevada, it almost assuredly means that Boise State will become the first non-BCS conference member to play in the national championship game. Meanwhile, Chris Ault says that Boise State is the best team his Nevada team has ever faced.

--Sometimes, the balance in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry rgets out of whack, the scales tipping far to one side. That has been the case the last decade.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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