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Douglas S. Looney
December 08, 1986
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December 08, 1986

College Football

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?MOST EMBARRASSING CONFERENCE (BEHAVIOR DIVISION). Southwest. Do SWC schools not know right from wrong, or do they just not care?

?WEAKEST EFFORT (BY A GROUP). Missouri, Kansas State and Kansas were 0-9 in the Big Eight against Oklahoma, Colorado and Nebraska and were outscored 436-55 in those games.

?COACH OF THE YEAR. Any coach who can win two games at Northwestern is extraordinary, and three wins almost makes him a legend. Francis Peay won four. Brilliant. Runner-up: North Carolina State's Dick Sheridan, who took a team from 3-8 in 1985 to 8-2-1. Third: Boston College's Jack Bicknell, who after a 1-3 start directed the Eagles to seven straight wins.

?WORST COACH OF THE YEAR. Maryland's Bobby Ross, who had fine players and no excuses for stumbling to a 5-5-1 record. Runner-up: Tennessee's Johnny Majors.

?BEST IDEA OF THE YEAR. Alabama coach Ray Perkins's suggestion that the four alltime winningest teams in college football—Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas—work out a round-robin competition over a six-year period. Wonderful. Runner-up: Two South Carolina state senators have introduced a bill that would prohibit any more tie games between South Carolina and Clemson. This year's game end-ed 21-21.

?MOST SURPRISING TEAM. Virginia Tech, which is going to the Peach Bowl with an 8-2-1 record. That naturally explains, of course, why the Hokies fired coach Bill Dooley.

?MOST FUN TEAM TO PLAY FOR. Arizona. On Sunday the Wildcats closed their regular season against Stanford in Tokyo. On Dec. 27 they will play North Carolina in the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu. These trips more than make up for having to go to Pullman to play Washington State.

?HOORAY FOR THE PLAYERS AWARD. The parents of Penn State senior fullback Tim Manoa live in Hawaii and had never seen their son play college ball. So his teammates collected more than $800 and flew the Manoas in for the final game, against Pitt.

?BIGGEST UPSET. Miami of Ohio 21, LSU 12.

?I'M THE COACH AND YOU'RE THE PLAYER AWARD. After Auburn tailback Brent Fullwood had gained 179 yards against Mississippi State, he asked coach Pat Dye if he could go back in to try for 200 yards. Said Dye, "When you wake up in the morning, you'll still have 179 yards."

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