First item up: coaches' tenure and BCS appearances.
Ok, so this is a little late, but Georgia Sports Blog went to the trouble of determining the BCS conference coaches with the most tenure who have yet to make a BCS bowl game appearance. Take a look.
Arkansas' Houston Nutt is atop the list, having coached since 1998. Last year was his best chance but that kind of fell by the wayside. Nipping at his heels is Clemson's Tommy Bowden whose team had a late collapse of its own. A particular burr in this saddle is Cal's Jeff Tedford, tied for 7th longest wait. He's been coaching since 2002 and would have gone to a BCS game in 2004, but Mack Brown happened.
GSB's Paul Westerdawg also lists BCS appearances by conference teams. The Pac-10 leads the list, of course, with seven teams appearing in a BCS game. As noted above it should be eight but Texas two-stepped Cal out of the way in 2004. The Big 10 is tied with the Pac-10 but also has one more institution.
The ACC is particularly woeful with just four of its 12 institutions collecting BCS cash. The snag, of course, is that Miami is counted with the Big East, having last entered a BCS game before the whole ugly ACC seduction of several Big East powers.
Now, for a moment of Heisman talk. Heisman Pundit's released his "Winter Top 20", a list of the 20 players who will "at least get a whiff of legitimate consideration".
It's good to see West Virginia's Pat White crack the top ten at No. 6. He doesn't get enough credit for his contribution to the West Virginia offensive machine. HP's taken some flack for placing John David Booty at No. 1 but it's hard to argue with a winning, good-stat USC quarterback at the moment. It's a little like center field for the Yankees, what can you do about it?
And now, some entertainment from the FanHouse.
---Top 10 cheerleader videos (???). The Kelly Ripa one's comical.
---Domestic violence charges won't be filed against Cal's Marshawn Lynch.
---Auburn Tigers: 2004 National Champions? Yeh. Freakin'. Right. Patrick, this is why it's so easy to take jabs at Auburn on here.
---Hippies get in the way of Cal's new stadium. The bums lost, Lebowski! Except, this time they won. Dammit.
---Troy Smith exacts his revenge on Chris Leak. Not really.