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• Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany tries to explain why league teams perform so poorly in bowl games. "I don't have a great answer other than to say that these things tend to be cyclical."
• Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times: Hal Stern, a professor of statistics at UC Irvine, said that no self-respecting statistician should have anything to do with the Bowl Championship Series standings. The computer rankings used by the BCS serve as little more than a confirmation of the results of the two opinion polls the system also uses to create its rankings.
• Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii coach Greg McMackin and a booster club are asking fans to help raise more than $1.65 million for the program, which is "at an economic crossroads" to remaining competitive in a tough economy.
• Ray Melick, Birmingham News: Utah's victory over Alabama does not "prove" anything other than on this night, in this game, at this time, the Utes were better than a Crimson Tide team whose heart clearly was trampled by Florida in that "BCS semifinal" game in Atlanta.
• Al Martinez, Los Angeles Times: Men are drawn to football by DNA that releases dopamine into our systems during bowl season, heightening our pleasure response to physical confrontation. We can't help ourselves. Come the end of the year and we float like living dead to our TV sets, carrying a bag of potato chips and inexplicably craving beer and hot dogs.
• Bob Keisser, Long Beach Press-Telegram: Here are $258 million reasons the BCS is not going away in our lifetime.
• Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: By Friday, four teams could lay claim to the national championship.
• Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: Former Michigan defensive coordinator Scott Shafer has found a new job. He was hired by Syracuse.
• Joe Person, Columbia State: South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood has changed his mind on the NFL draft and will return to the team for his senior season.
• Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Nick Holt is reportedly leaving USC after three seasons to become defensive coordinator at Washington.
• Centre Daily Times: Police are investigating the disappearance of the glasses from the Joe Paterno statue at Beaver Stadium.