Posted December 11, 2012

The lean season looms; more Designated Reads

Bobby Petrino, Cincinnati Bearcats, Conference Realignment, Designated Read, Johnny Football, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oregon State Beavers, Southern Miss Golden Eagles, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

• It’s really and truly over. With Army-Navy receding in the rearview, and a football-free week between now and the New Mexico Bowl, it’s time to confront the close of the 2012 season with the following range of emotions:

Everything is terrible.

• What verbal glories await in Hattiesburg? As a kind of farewell to Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken, the Oklahoman rounds up a collection of his more memorable (if PG) quips during his tenure in Stillwater. One favorite: “Up until that point, there hadn’t been a moment for myself. Dana had been here, I was just running his stuff. Up until that point there was a trust, but it was still, ‘Who is this guy that stands in front of us?’ It’s like in ‘The Sandlot’ when the goofy kid with glasses finally catches the ball. It’s like, ‘All right, he’s OK.’ Up until that point he’s just the nerdy kid in the outfield with his hat on weird.”

Cafeteria conference realignment. Cincinnati worked local channels when trying to get out of the Big East:

The email and other documents, obtained by The Enquirer through an Ohio Public Records Act request, also show that UC tried to enlist Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer, whose sister works at UC. Urban used to coach at Notre Dame, which has joined the ACC for sports other than football.

• “At this point, we’re to the point of cheering him on like a Depression-era bank robber.” Spencer Hall ponders the manners in which Bobby Petrino might flame out at his latest coaching destination.

• Roster blotter. Oregon State defensive end Rudolf Fifita, defensive tackle Mana Rosa and linebacker Dyllon Kalena Mafi have been suspended from the Beavers following weekend barfighting arrests.

Big Hank to the big leagues. Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is bound for the 2013 NFL draft.

• Bobby Petrino press conference tweets of note.

• Johnny Television! The freshly hatched Heisman winner does Letterman:

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