Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Something to brag about after Utah flattened Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. He had the Utes No. 5 in his Associated Press top 25 ballot. "No one in the AP panel had the Utes any higher. I had them above USC and Penn State, and caught grief from fans of both because of it."
Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune: Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, coaching his last game for Utah before leaving for Kansas State, said his no-huddle approach in the Sugar Bowl was an effort to "take the coaches out of the game."
Jennifer Floyd Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: BCS commissioner John Swofford recently said we can not have a playoff in college football. We have to protect the great bowls. What great bowls? Has he been watching?
Michael Wilbon, Washington Post: The bowl games, for the first time in his life, didn't matter. The people who run college football had succeeded, finally, in killing New Year's Day. Instead of college playoff games commanding our attention, we were left with a bunch of BCS exhibitions that meant absolutely nothing.
Scott Wright, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant won't need surgery to his injured left knee, hurt in the second quarter of the Holiday Bowl.
Des Moines Register: Tom Herman, the coordinator of one of the nation’s most prolific offenses at Rice, has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Iowa State.
Adam Zuvanich, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Standout receiver Michael Crabtree isn't saying if he has played his last game for Texas Tech.
Desmond Conner, Hartford Courant: Connecticut running back Donald Brown made it official after the International Bowl. He's leaving early for the NFL.
Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Eben Britton, the Arizona Wildcats' standout offensive tackle, will forgo his senior season and declare for the upcoming NFL draft.
Rob Moseley, Eugene Register-Guard: Defensive line coach Michael Gray and receivers coach Robin Pflugrad are looking for jobs after being told they won’t be retained when Chip Kelly replaces Mike Bellotti as Oregon’s coach.
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette: The contract of defensive line coach Tom Sims is not being renewed, Illinois coach Ron Zook said.
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