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• "I think it all starts with a commitment to the university ... the ability to have a clear vision." While we technically agree with Colorado AD Mike Bohn that these are good qualities to seek in a college football coach, we have a humble suggestion: Next time, maybe don't use those words right after firing a head coach two years into his tenure and right before making it outlandishly obvious through further words and sour facial expressions that you have nooooo idea what to do next.

The sporting internet watched with alternating horror and bewilderment as Jon Embree, Bohn and Colorado's president and chancellor made statements and fielded questions on Embree's ousting. You can watch the whole thing here, a fact which may be an indictment of the Colorado leadership in and of itself, read a summary of events here or get the general idea from those of us who watched it unfold in real time:

For a continuing discussion of what went wrong in the Embree regime and where the administration went wrong immediately after that, check out Kyle Ringo's timeline. And if you take anything away from this, let it be that this situation was so poorly handled that it's engendering sympathy for the guy who was in charge while this was happening.

• Bowltyme! San Diego State will play BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl ... June Jones makes a postseason return to Hawaii with SMU ... Oklahoma is tired of the Fiesta Bowl, which is an awfully nice problem to have ... and Conference USA has released its title-game-dependent BOWL CONTINGENCY PLAN, which reads as follows:

If Tulsa wins the championship game, this will be C-USA’s bowl lineup:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.: Tulsa

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth, Texas: Rice

Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawai’i: SMU

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans, La.: East Carolina

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.: UCF

 

If UCF wins the championship game, this will be C-USA’s bowl lineup:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.: UCF

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth, Texas: Tulsa

Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawai’i: SMU

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans, La.: Rice

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.: East Carolina

Everybody got all that?

• Roster blotter. Case McCoy will start at quarterback for Texas against Kansas State ... Jelani Jenkins could miss Florida's bowl game thanks to a broken foot ... Teddy Bridgewater will play Rutgers' defense on two good limbs ... Pitt dismisses running back Stephen Williams.

• Spicy coach quotes of the day. Coach Boom with back-to-back appearances, and Holgo with a clinical Weis burn:

• Misc. The MAC's move to trademark #MACtion is operating with, shall we say, Big Ten speed ... Kentucky wants to reiterate that it's really about the journey, man ... and there's something so cold and joyless about the phrase "access to competition area policy," don't you think?

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