December 17, 2009
Making the morning rounds.
• Mark Mangino may not find too many takers for a resumé that now includes being run out of Kansas behind widespread allegations of emotional abuse and cruel and unusual punishment, but who needs work? Mangino settled with Kansas for $3 million in exchange for his resignation, to be paid in full before Dec. 24. (Don't blow it all on the Christmas party, coach.) And don't look for any more light on the investigation that cost him his job: Both parties agreed to the standard gag order as part of the deal. [Lawrence Journal World]
• The Chicago Tribune handicaps the now-familiar Big Ten expansion options, coming to no particular conclusion -- except, of course, that Notre Dame isn't all that interested. Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he'd follow the search for the Big Ten's 12th team, but only to gauge the domino effect on the Big East, where ND resides when not playing football. [Chicago Tribune]
• Cal will play the Poinsettia Bowl without star tailback Jahvid Best, who's still playing it safe following the frightening concussion he suffered in the Bears' loss to Oregon State. For all intents and purposes, his fateful end zone leap against the Beavers was probably the last play of his college career -- for one of the most versatile and explosive backs in the country, the draft now beckons. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• San Jose State went coast-to-coast for its new head coach, tapping Duke defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre to replace Dick Tomey after this year's 2-10 debacle. MacIntyre has a good reputation as a recruiter from his days at Ole Miss -- he discovered future All-American linebacker Patrick Willis, who all the gurus missed -- and raised Duke's defense from its traditional resting place in the ACC cellar. At the very least, the Spartans are getting a guy who's familiar with the short end of the stick. [Associated Press]
• Eight to ten Florida juniors have submitted their names to the NFL draft advisory board for word on their potential draft status, including likely early bolters Joe Haden, Carlos Dunlap, Aaron Hernandez and the Pouncey twins, Mike and Maurkice. Other, less likely candidates to leave early include both starting safeties, Ahmad Black and Major Wright, and a pair of offensive linemen, Carl Johnson and Marcus Gilbert, who may be enticed to avoid a rookie salary cap under consideration for 2011. [Orlando Sentinel]
Quickly ... The Mobile Press-Register profiles Alabama's backup quarterback, A.J. McCarron. ... Ex-Louisville quarterback Matt Simms, Phil's son and Chris' younger brother, signed with Tennessee Wednesday out of El Camino Community College in California. ... The rumors continue to fly about Georgia's next defensive coordinator. ... And Orlando -- or should I say Orlandeaux? -- should probably brace itself now for the LSU invasion in two weeks.