Making the morning rounds.
• Once you've survived Morgantown, you can survive anything. The most likely addition to the Big East: Air Force, according to athletic director Hans Mueh, who conceded during the Falcons' 59-33 loss at Notre Dame that the academy is close to leaving the Mountain West for the Big East in football — from a base in Colorado Springs, Colo. — and the Missouri Valley Conference in everything else. "Our interest is high in the Big East, that's fair to say," Mueh told the Denver Post, adding that he'd rebuffed overtures from the Big 12 because he thought the Falcons would be in over their head competitively. "I could just sit back and wait, but that's not in the best interest of my cadets. I need money to allow them to compete. For us, competition is a mission. It builds the leadership, self-confidence, discipline, teamwork, courage and stamina that we want in the officers we're producing for America." [Denver Post]
• Gotta serve somebody. Meanwhile, Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo admitted outright ($) to the Boston Globe that B.C. blocked Connecticut's bid for an invitation to the ACC, at the behest of a certain four-letter network. "It was a matter of turf. We wanted to be the New England team [in the ACC]," DeFilippo said. "You don't get extra money for basketball. It's 85 percent football money. TV — ESPN — is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball." ]Boston Globe, USA Today]
• Injury to insult, part one. Boston College, already suffering through its worst season in more than a decade, has officially ruled out career rushing leader Montel Harris for the rest of the season due to a chronically injured knee. Harris, the ACC's Preseason Player of the Year, missed the Eagles' first two games after undergoing a second surgery on the knee in August, and reinjured it in the course of running for 108 yards in a 27-19 loss to Wake Forest on Oct. 1. He'll petition the NCAA for a fifth year of eligibility next year via medical hardship. [Boston Globe]
• Injury to insult, part two. In other injury news, Tennessee hits the toughest stretch of its schedule without sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray, who's out four to six weeks with a broken hand he banged against the helmet of Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson Saturday in a 20-12 Bulldog win. Bray came out of the loss still leading the SEC in passing yards, touchdowns and efficiency, but it will be senior Matt Simms at the controls for consecutive dates with LSU, Alabama and South Carolina. VolQuest.com]
Elsewhere… Florida State tailback Chris Thompson suffered non-paralyzing compression fractures in his back in the Seminoles' loss at Wake Forest. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel] … Rutgers defensive end Michael Larrow is out for the season with an ankle injury he suffered on the first play of the Knights' upset over Pitt. [Newark Star Ledger]. … Georgia's leading receiver, freshman Malcolm Mitchell, is out for at least this week's date with Vanderbilt due to a pulled hamstring. … And we still don't know any more about LaMichael James' arm injury than we did on Thursday night.
Quickly… Nebraska's comeback over Ohio State was the most dramatic in Cornhusker history. … Joe Paterno remembers Al Davis as a "good old Brooklyn boy" who once tried to hire him for a job. … Oklahoma State's 70-24 incineration of Kansas could have been much worse. … They're waking up the hallowed initials at Notre Dame. … The aggrieved fan flow chart, 2011 edition. … And Dan Beebe isn't bitter at all. Why should he be?