Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl suspended three players and dismissed another after Knoxville police found guns and drugs in their car on Jan. 1. On Sunday the remaining nine Vols upset No. 1 Kansas. Pearl told me that he should take some heat for his players' actions: "[Coaches] are not accountable enough for our own actions let alone the actions of our players, and we need to be. I know I wasn't in that car. I know I didn't commit that misdemeanor offense. But I'm responsible for it."
Boise State coach Chris Petersen didn't complain about being left out of the BCS title game after his team beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 14--0. "We're not in the big dance, and that's just kind of how it is now," he told me. But he's optimistic that bigger things lie ahead. "The fact that we're having this conversation about Boise State or TCU being in the national championship [game]—slowly but surely, we're making progress."
Line of the week
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy blames the Patriots' playoff exit on Bill Belichick's purge of veteran defensive talent: "There's a little bit of arrogance [to thinking] that you can put anyone into the system and it's gonna be all good."
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1. Ray Rice discusses the Ravens' win over the Patriots.
2. Archie Manning talks about his quarterbacking sons.