- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. If Texas wants a college coach who has won in the big time: Over the last five seasons, 12 men have taken teams to at least two BCS bowls. Nick Saban (1), Bob Stoops (2), Urban Meyer (3), Bret Bielema (4), Frank Beamer (5) and David Shaw (6) are unavailable/uninterested. Jim Tressel (7) is untouchable. Jimbo Fisher (8), Chip Kelly (9), Gary Patterson (10), the timing is wrong. That leaves Brian Kelly (11) and Dabo Swinney (12). Any takers?
2. The SuperBowlification of the College Football Playoff is here, now that the Metroplex and Tampa Bay, two non-BCS bowl sites, have secured two of the first three championship games. That’s not a bad thing. It stands to reason that the commissioners will take the championship game to domes in the snow belt, like Indianapolis or Detroit, to name two in the Big Ten footprint. It’s healthy for the game to move it around, and if it comes off looking like a mini-Super Bowl, so what?
3. In case you thought the end of Mack Brown’s coaching career at Texas is a sign of how much pressure is placed on the modern-day football coach: When Oklahoma hired Bud Wilkinson in 1947, his father told him, “No matter how successful he may be, every coach eventually reaches a point where a lot of people want somebody else.” It is a price that nearly every coach pays, and it can be a harsh one.