Most significant coaching change: Jimmy Johnson from Oklahoma State to Miami. Hurricane fans will find a national title is a fleeting thing and blame the demise on Johnson.
Most insignificant coaching change: Lou Holtz from Arkansas to Minnesota. No coach will win again, ever, at Minnesota, where losing is a tradition (1-10 in 1983) carved in ice.
Best coaching jobs: 1) Notre Dame. The money isn't great ($50,000 plus $20,000 for a TV show, and the usual perks, like a car), but you have the advantage of having an entire nation help coach your team. 2) USC ($80,000-plus). There's a talent over load every year, but the fans usually OD on sunshine and seldom get vicious. They will, however, write snide letters to the Los Angeles Times.
TALKING ABOUT FANS
Rowdiest: LSU's. All-day warmup with booze and smoke has its effect By 7 p.m. kickoff, delirium is full throat. Will boo the invocation. Dirtiest: Florida's. Should wash out fans' mouths with soap at stadium entrances. Classiest: Nebraska's. They love football, travel anywhere, and lose with grace.
CRUMMIEST GAME OF THE YEAR
UCLA vs. Long Beach State on Sept. 15. Will whoever scheduled this turkey please stand up and accept the ridicule you deserve?
BEST AND WORST
Best town: Austin, Texas—and not only because you can good-time it at the Scholz Garten. If you don't like Austin, you're a sad case.
Worst towns: 1) Pullman, Wash., home of Washington State. To party, students must drive 10 miles to Moscow, Idaho. 2) Moscow, Idaho.
Best band: the Longhorns'. Best town, best band? Of course. The band must be sensational or else the folks in charge wouldn't have spent $70,000 last season to airlift its 325 members to Auburn for five minutes of half time toot in'.
Worst band: (Tie) Rice's, Stanford's, Harvard's. Shame on you all.