Stephen R. Wilson
Q: Why the SEC bashing? Your column today is short on reasoning, heavy on insinuations and cherry-picked facts. Louisiana State threw for only 97 yards. So what? Florida's passing attack was anemic on several measures? True, but they also passed for four TDs and scored 44 points.
A: Wow, I really am off my game. Most weeks my columns are heavy with corn syrup, light on insight, long with run-on sentences, mid-range on reasoning and the pits only when it comes to nectarine-picked facts.
Q: What do Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz all have in common as Notre Dame coaches? I think you know the answer to that.
A: Wait, I do know this. They all started their careers at Knott's Berry Farm. No, that was Steve Martin. They were famous people who once filed for bankruptcy. No, I'm thinking of Willie Nelson, Henry Ford, Mike Tyson and, more recently, Arkansas Coach John L. Smith.
Just kidding … I know where you are going with this question. Those Notre Dame coaching greats won national titles in their third seasons. And you forgot Frank Leahy won a national title in his third year, 1943, and Knute Rockne went undefeated in 1920, his third season.
Current coach Brian Kelly is now in his third season. Notre Dame fans love the "Year Three" theory, but seldom mention the coaches who didn't win third-attempt titles: Charlie Weis, Tyrone Willingham, Bob Davie, Gerry Faust, Elmer Layden … should I stop?
Q: Is Mike Slive the true "BCS Guru"? He seems to have figured out a long time ago that when it comes to nonconference scheduling any win for a team in your conference is better than a "quality loss."
How many days, hours and minutes until this system goes away forever?
A: If SEC Commissioner Slive is the "guru," I just hope Mike Myers doesn't play him in the movie. And it's funny how no one complained about Slive when he was commissioner of Conference USA.
Thankfully, as you said, the BCS' time is almost up.
I'll check with BCS officials to see if they can put a running clock — Countdown to the Playoff! — on their website, bcsfootball.org.