Notre Dame's 61-29 win over SMU on Saturday was the first Irish game this season that was not televised. That all the other games were is proof anew of the glitter that emanates from the Golden Dome even though Notre Dame's record is an unglittery 4-4. The reason the SMU game wasn't televised is that the Mustangs are on NCAA probation, a state of affairs that doesn't sit well with Notre Dame.
Prior to the game, Father Edmund P. Joyce, the No. 2 man at the university, complained, "We want respectable opponents, and then we find out we won't be able to televise our game with them because they've been cheating like bandits. It's very disappointing."
WHO'S PASSING WHOM?
It has been interesting to watch Fresno State's Kevin Sweeney close in on Doug Flutie's NCAA passing record of 10,579 yards. Last Thursday, Sweeney passed for 160 yards in a 36-7 win over Nevada-Las Vegas that left him just 303 yards short of the mark with two games to go. So, barring injury, he should easily become the new champ either this weekend against Hawaii or the following week against Utah State.
Not so fast.
For while Flutie is the alltime big-school leader, we should never forget that the all-size alltimers are, first, Portland State's fine Neil Lomax, who amassed a whopping 13,220 yards between 1977 and '80; and second, Mississippi Valley's Willie Totten, who threw for 12,711 between 1982 and '85. Just because Lomax and Totten performed their feats at small schools before small crowds far from TV's bright lights, does that make their achievements less laudable? Nope. So congratulations, Kevin; you're almost No. 3.
DUM QUOTE OF THE WEAK
Before the Miami-Florida State game the other day, CBS commentator Ara Parseghian pointed out that the Seminoles would "have to outscore the...Hurricanes if they expect to win." Miami, lo and behold, out-scored Florida State 41-23, so, if we understand Parseghian correctly, that means the Hurricanes won the game.
HOORAY, CITRUS! HOORAY, FIESTA!
This is just too rich. The big bowls are whimpering that—get this—the Citrus and Fiesta bowls are not playing fair. Man alive, this is a great moment in sports. After all, the major bowls have done everything possible over the years to keep the little bowls out of the New Year's Day party.