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Luck Stays in the Picture at Stanford

Andrew Luck will continue to hold a major position in Stanford’s offense, albeit in name only, not in action. Yesterday, Stanford announced that an unnamed donor endowed the university with an unnamed sum – think of one integer followed by several zeroes – to turn the pedestrian title of “offensive coordinator” into the “Andrew Luck Director of Offense.” With this, Stanford has endowed two positions on the football staff: David Shaw is more than just Stanford’s head coach; he’s the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football. Freeman, who earned his undergraduate degree in Palo Alto, was not a Heisman finalist.

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    Who, What, When: Texas-San Antonio

    Who?
    Evans Okotcha

    Position
    Running back

    Projected Role
    Starter; 15-20 carries

    As mentioned in the team preview, the Roadrunners desperately need a strong running game to compliment quarterback Eric Soza. While he did have three poor performances, Soza was well ahead of the curve as a passer last fall. He was not helped by a running game that never got rolling: Evans Okotcha led the team in rushing with only 326 yards. This production — he was the only back with a 100-yard game — separates Okotcha from his competition, as does his size and relative shiftiness. He led the team in rushing despite spending a good portion of the year as a lead blocker; this fall, Okotcha will have every opportunity to earn 15 carries per game.

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      No. 124: Texas-San Antonio

      No arguments here, minus one: Texas-San Antonio is building from the ground up – literally, with bricks, mortar, steel – yet chose, as its inaugural head coach, an individual who took the built-in foundation at Miami (Fla.) and reduced it to rubble. In the program’s defense, the Roadrunners needed not merely a head coach but also an ambassador, and for any of his coaching faults, Larry Coker does provide the university with a noteworthy face for the program. But the time for press conferences and banquets is over, starting… now. I hope Texas-San Antonio saved a few shovels from all those groundbreaking ceremonies: the Roadrunners are going to need to dig themselves out of more than a few holes in 2012.

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        Is S. Alabama Provisional or Reclassifying?

        What’s the story with South Alabama? Are the Jaguars in the F.B.S., the F.C.S. or floating in the ether between both levels? For me, the answer would mean the difference between 123 previews and 124 — a drop in the bucket in terms of overall word count, but a fairly important distinction nonetheless, if only for my own mental sanity. Here’s the presumption: Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Massachusetts are full-fledged members of the F.B.S. after spending last season on the F.C.S. level; South Alabama is a “provisional” member. That’s not the case. The N.C.A.A. provides the details.

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          Reviewing the WAC’s 2012 Dance Card

          It’s here. Finally. Are you excited? Weeks after the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and A.C.C. lifted the curtain and unveiled their league-wide schedules for the 2012 season, the WAC has joined the party. Some names will be familiar: Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Idaho and Utah State. Another, Texas State, is new to the WAC. A third, Texas-San Antonio, is not only new to the WAC but new to college football altogether: 2011 marked the Roadrunners’ first season of football on any level, so it’s been a quick move from nothing to the WAC — and please save your jokes about there being little difference between the current WAC and utter nothingness.

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            NASCAR Talk, Starring Jerry Glanville

            When I do watch NASCAR, it’s for the same reason as I watch hockey: for the fights. Or the fiery, Michael Bay-approved crash and burns, much like the one unveiled by Juan Pablo Montoya during last night’s already rain-delayed Daytona 500. Crash? Uh, I think Montoya’s breaks went out. Burn? My goodness. Part of me expected a Transformer to burst out of the flames. In summation: NASCAR is better with fire, like most things. And since this needs to involve college football in some fashion — and since it’s most definitely the offseason — let’s add Dana Holgorsen and Jerry Glanville into the conversation.

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              A Meet and Greet With the New Guys

              Three more teams will join the F.B.S. in 2012, with a fourth, South Alabama, entering its second and final year transitioning upwards from the F.C.S. to the Sun Belt. Massachusetts will join the MAC, taking a spot in the East division and giving the league two even, seven-team divisions; Bowling Green will move to the West, a move that makes sense on multiple levels. Texas State and Texas-San Antonio — the former run by Dennis Franchione, the latter by former Miami (Fla.) head coach Larry Coker — will join the WAC, helping that conference make up for the loss of Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii to the Mountain West.

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                Sifting Through Rubble in Coral Gables

                One problem with numerical rankings is that they don’t provide for varying degrees: we know who’s 1 and who’s 2, but we don’t know the distance between 1 and 2, let alone 1 and 4, for example. Basically, we don’t know what’s going on between 1 and 2 or 2 and 3 or 3 and 4 and so on. That’s the problem with any list of programs coming under the N.C.A.A.’s watchful eye over the last 16 months; a list may go like this —

                1 Miami (Fla.)
                2 Ohio State
                3 U.N.C.
                4 U.S.C.

                — but that doesn’t do us much good, does it? You’ve got Miami there with a bullet, heads and shoulders above the rest, while the gap between 2 and 4 really depends on the eye of the beholder; my list was pretty arbitrary. All you can really say based off such a list is that Miami’s transgressions have been worse than the rest, and while that’s the right sentiment this list fails to illustrate just how much the program’s misdeeds blow everyone — not just over the last 16 months, but the last 16-plus years — out of the water.

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                  The Countdown

                  A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.