Good: Maryland routed East Carolina 51-20 in the Military Bowl to finish with its best record (9-4) since 2003.
Kevin Anderson fired ACC Coach of the Year Ralph Friedgen. Those more familiar with the program should judge whether the dismissal was merited, but there's no debating that Anderson mangled the public relations.
Nor is there any denying that Maryland is the first ACC school, absent NCAA violations, to fire a football coach after a top-25 season — the Terps are No. 23 in the final Associated Press poll.
Good: Randy Edsall coached Connecticut to its first Bowl Championship Series bid and parlayed that into the Maryland job.
Bad: Edsall told his players he was bailing via conference call.
Good: Florida State earned a bowl bid for the 22nd consecutive season, the nation's longest current streak.
Bad: Virginia's three-year bowl drought is the program's longest since its first invite in 1984. Count this among the many reasons former Cavs coach George Welsh was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Good: The day after the Orange Bowl, ESPN touted the game for attracting the network's third-largest audience ever for college football.
Bad: The Orange Bowl was the second-lowest rated game in the BCS' 13-year history.
Good: A Washington,D.C.-based political action committee, Playoff PAC, exposed the Orange Bowl for treating 40 athletic directors, conference commissioners and their spouses to an all-expenses-paid cruise to the Bahamas.
Bad: The Orange Bowl justified the boondoggle as meeting "with (our) key stakeholders to communicate and advocate our business focus."
Good: The more stories fans read about bowl excesses, all the more outrageous given the games' non-profit tax exemptions, the greater chance for an uprising that brings a playoff.
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