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Since Taylor TRoom has already locked down the term Potpourri for BC use, I'll just stick with roundup for a series of links on college football today.

College football fans rejoice, your prayers have been answered.

ESPN announced today that Craig James has asked for a leave of absence so he can concentrate on deciding if he wants to run in the Republican Texas Senate Primary.

James faces an uphill battle as he is getting a late start against 3 powerful and experienced politicians -- Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, former solicitor general Ted Cruz, and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. They are already vying for the seat and have raised millions for their campaign war chests.

James has never held public office, but he does have a history with fundraising (some would say he garnered extensive experience while playing for SMU).

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Only in Texas would a former football player challenge for a Senate seat vacated by a former cheerleader.

When 3 of Todd Graham's assistant coaches left Pittsburgh to join Rich Rodriguez's staff at Arizona, Graham referred to them as "nothing but mercenaries."

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He Should Know.

Graham ditched the Big East-soon-to-be-ACC school less than a year from taking the job -- and he is taking some pretty good shots from the media for this move and others in his past.

The Pitt Panthers (6-6) will play Jan. 7 in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., against Southern Methodist University (7-5), a game featuring one team whose coach left to go to ASU playing another team whose coach thought he was getting the job.

On a happier note -- for Iowa State and the Big 12 -- the Cyclones have given their coach, Paul Rhoads, to a 10-year, $20 Million dollar extention.

Rhoads, who grew up in Iowa, has the Cyclones in their 2nd bowl in three seasons.

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Rhoads and ISU stunned Oklahoma State last month 37-31 to ruin the Cowboys BCS Championship dreams.

Down in SEC country, South Carolina has decided that in fact,

"If You Ain't Cheating, You Ain't Trying."

The Gamecocks said today that, yes, the NCAA is right when they allege that South Carolina players received $55,000 in improper benefits for staying at a Columbia hotel at a reduced rate. The Whitney Hotel, a few miles off campus, charged a rate of $14.95 per athlete for two-bedroom suites. The NCAA found the rate should’ve been more than $57 per night for each athlete.

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The Ol' Ball Coach and South Carolina say they will eliminate 6 scholarships over the next 3 years as part of self-induced penalties for NCAA infractions.

Finally, a Pennsylvania judge on Friday ruled that Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, former vice president for finance and business, can be held over for trial on the charge of lying to a Grand Jury.

Among those who testified today was assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who told the court that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in the shower.

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In about two hours on the witness stand, Mike McQueary recounted to Dauphin County District Judge William C. Wenner what he saw in March 2002 and who he spoke to after.

If you are so inclined, you can Google and get a complete (and truly depressing) look at all of today's testimony.