Designated Read: The streak abides
• Navy 27, Army 21. A decade-long streak is notable even in rivalries that aren't among the most famous and hallowed in sports. The Midshipmen extended their unbroken chain of victory over the Black Knights Saturday at FedEx Field, in the final regular-season game of the 2011 college football season. If there's anything on the field for Army to take heart from, it's this: Army's actually beaten Navy since the last time the game was this close. None of the previous nine wins have come by a margin of one score; the 2000 Mids eked out a 30-28 win in Baltimore. Our prediction of four quarters without a single pass thrown didn't quite come true; Kriss Proctor attempted three and TRENT STEELMAN (whose name must always be written in all caps) a whopping seven. [RECAP | BOX]
• Welcome to the pantheon. Robert Griffin III and his fantastic collection of socks emerged atop a crowded field Saturday night to claim college football's most prestigious personal hardware and become Baylor's first-ever Heisman Trophy winner. Click through for Stewart Mandel's column from New York.
• Make room on the shelf. Boston College LB Luke Kuechly, already a Butkus and Lombardi Award winner, took home the the Lott IMPACT Trophy Sunday night.
• Fresh coaches, bought and sold! New hires over the weekend: Houston's Kevin Sumlin to Texas A&M, and thus to the SEC, where everyone but Arkansas will goggle at this newfangled "forward pass" his offense will surely feature. Jim Mora The Lesser will strap in at UCLA, and if you've ever wanted to see a fanbase honed to a seething pointy stabbing implement, Bruins Nation is the stop for you. Speaking of the Bruins, there's the remotest possibility (denied, but it's silly coaching season) they could lose their interim coach to Akron, and just when we were running out of sad adjectives to describe the upcoming Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Longtime Iowa DC Norm Parker will retire after the Hawkeyes' bowl game. And there's a super-secret personnel square dance afoot in Lubbock.
• “He was young and growing, and he had a lot of stuff to do.” Fred Thompson, the Oregon State DT who died in a recreational basketball game last week, "had increased thickness of the heart muscle, which can cause an irregular heartbeat during strenuous exercise," according to a medical examiner's report. SI contributor George Schroeder wrote from Corvallis late last week.
• Penn State things. The Patriot-News examines inconsistencies in Mike McQueary's story.
• Roster blotter. Notre Dame LB Manti Te'O: Back for one more season with the Irish. Auburn RB Michael Dyer: Suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Maryland LB Alex Twine: Arrested for punching cars (!).Monday whimsy. Division II Division III FCS games sounds like a super fun place to play football without the Urbz leave the palm trees feels the squeeze a man of his word working for Larry Scott