- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Still in my notebook from the Lane Kiffin story: Much has been made of USC interim coach Ed Orgeron putting desserts back onto the training table. Kiffin listened to a nutritionist; Orgeron said something about linemen loving cookies. Pac-12 Network analyst Yogi Roth, a former Trojan assistant who wrote a book with Pete Carroll, said Carroll made it clear he wanted a lot of desserts. When the nutritionists objected, Carroll said, "Ah, screw it. They’re 19 or 20 years old. They’ll be fine."
2. In the two games since Texas A&M sophomore wideout Mike Evans had a career day against No. 1 Alabama (seven catches, 279 yards, one touchdown), he has caught eight passes for 173 yards and two scores. That tells us that SMU and Arkansas paid more attention to Evans. But he managed catches of 46 and 49 yards, respectively, against each. That tells us that Ole Miss won’t take its eye off Evans, either.
3. The legendary Beano Cook died one year ago today. I have been thinking about him, what with a big game at LSU this week, the 25th anniversary of the Notre Dame-Miami “Catholics vs. Convicts” game next week, and the Pirates playoff run. Beano would have rooted for his hometown team, even if he professed to abhor baseball. On the day before Game Six of the 2011 World Series, Beano said he might go see UConn at Pitt. “You’re not going to stay home to watch Game Six?” I asked. His reply: “No. No, no, no. If Game Six were in my bedroom, I would sleep in the kitchen.” There was only one Beano.