In coaching news, as Rochester previously covered, Syracuse hired New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone to be their new head coach. Really, Rochester's said it all already. So...
In other coaching news, Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has gone out of his way to say he's not taking the Auburn job. Texas coach Mack Brown said in an interview that Muschamp told him he wasn't going to take the job and that he'd be back as the Texas defensive coordinator. Which means Muschamp will accept the Auburn job the day after the Fiesta Bowl.
And in other other coaching news, Army fired (discharged?) head coach Stan Brock. Perhaps Army will consider a black head coach. Seriously. Athletic fields and the armed services are the most integrated facets of American life.
A knee injury is going to keep Brandon Jacobs sidelined for the Giants/Cowboys game. Really, this is okay for two reasons: one, the Giants seem pretty set for runningbacks, and two, the Cowboys damn-well may dysfunction themselves out of the game anyway. Speaking of which...
After implying that Tony Romo was being too chummy with tight end Jason Witten, Terrell Owens is now saying that he's not actually jealous of Witten (even though Owens has been the target of more total and catchable passes than Witten...). Honestly, if Owens was with any other team - except maybe the Steelers - I'd be sick of this story and kinda feel bad for his teammates. But since it's the Cowboys, I'm hoping for a fistfight on the sidelines in the waning moments of a 42-point blowout.
And finally, since it's the result of an actual football game with actual playoff implecations, the Bears beat the Saints 27-24 in overtime in Chicago. Even though I've got the NFL Network, I didn't watch much of the game. The Bears seemed to be in total control (up 21-7 when I turned away) so it must have been a pretty monumental flop for them to have to tie the game at the end of regulation to send it to overtime in the first place. You know, it's actually too bad that some NFC North team actually has to go to the playoffs just to get beat in the first round.