Michael David Smith

SO LONG, CFT

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As I mentioned over at our sister site, the end of the year marks the end of my tenure with Pro Football Talk and College Football Talk.This has been a great experience. Mike Florio and Larry Mazza have been my bosses here, but they’ve always been more like friends. It’s been fun getting CFT up and running, and I think it has great potential to be bigger and better.I appreciate all of you, the readers, who have made CFT possible. I’m especially grateful to the readers who have posted comments, e-mailed me with tips and been part of a conversation here. It’s been fun.

VANDERBILT WINS FIRST BOWL GAME SINCE 1955

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For the first time in more than half a century, Vanderbilt has won a bowl game.It was exactly 53 years ago today — New Year’s Eve, 1955 — that Vanderbilt beat Auburn in the Gator Bowl, 25-13. Today the Commodores beat Boston College in the Music City Bowl, 16-14.It was an impressive win for Vanderbilt, which finishes the season 7-6 for its first winning record since 1982. Although Boston College took a 14-13 lead late in the fourth quarter, a Bryant Hahnfeldt 45-yard field goal gave the Commodores the lead back, and the defense took it from there.For Boston College, the loss snapped the nation’s longest bowl winning streak at eight straight games.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ONE-LINERS

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Oregon State coach Mike Riley has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season.Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit has agreed to a new five-year contract with a base salary of $225,000 and another $150,000 a year for appearances.Southern Cal FB Stanley Havili is academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl.The Alabama Attorney General’s office is investigating alleged contact between Crimson Tide LT Andre Smith and an agent.Miami QB Robert Marve is planning to transfer, and his family says it’s prepared to fight coach Randy Shannon over restrictions on where he’s allowed to go.Texas coach Mack Brown doesn’t like the plus-one concept.Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt is optimistic about the team’s future.South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says his defense has a tough task in stopping Iowa RB Shonn Greene in the Outback Bowl.Says Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt of QB Jevan Snead relying on his arm strength, “He’s a strong-armed guy, thought he could throw the ball through a keyhole.”

NEW MEXICO STATE HIRES WALKER, SEVEN BLACK COACHES IN I-A

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New Mexico State has hired UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker as its next head coach.Walker becomes the seventh African-American head coach in Division I-A college football. Two of the seven will be coaching in New Mexico; the University of New Mexico hired former Illinois assistant coach Mike Locksley early this month.Randy Shannon of Miami is still the only black head coach of a BCS program.Walker replaces Hal Mumme, who was fired at the end of the season. Walker has been UCLA’s defensive coordinator for the last three years and served as UCLA’s interim head coach for the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl.

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTURE PODCAST

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We’ve invited Russell Levine of Football Outsiders to post his Seventh Day Adventure podcast here at CFT.Today Brian Fremeau and Russell tackle the remaining 16 bowls before the BCS National Championship, plus cover the off-the-field news of the last week.Powered by Podbean.com