Newton Wins Heisman And Austin Burns

This weekend's been a pretty stunning one for college football - and there was only one game.

While Navy was busy dusting Army for the upteenth time with a 31-17 victory, we all prepared ourselves for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. After all, the only person who would be able to stop Cam Newton was the actions of Cam Newton's father, Cecil, who tried to pawn his son off to Mississippi State.

But we didn't know what was going in Gainseville, Florida. After all, a few days earlier Urban Meyer had shocked the world of college football by walking out of the door of Chompland. We weren't expecting anyone to get picked. Hell! Half of us were expecting to Meyer to walk back in again and say: "Only joking! I'm back for another 5 years!".

But during Newton's Heisman Trophy victory, the Florida nixed their laptop-throwing alum by telling the world that they'd hired the University of Texas' defensive co-ordinator and coach-in-waiting, Will Muschamp. And the rumor is that Major Appelwhite, Texas' running backs coach and Duane Atkins, are going to follow him.

Austin was burning. Their best, most intense and loved coach, Muschamp, had walked. Of course he'd spent most of his life in the SEC. Of course he'd wanted to go back. But couldn't Texas have had a fee in his contract that would make sure that their coach-in-waiting would not swan off somewhere else?

So what does Texas do now? There's a rumor that former Miami head coach Randy Shannon (who was 'canned after a dreadful season in which once again Miami failed to live to up to its ACC-winning pre-season hype) is on his way as Texas' new defensive co-ordinator. And here's the bad news: He's a damned good recruiter, too.

Temple head coach and Penn State alum Al Golden is apparently going to Miami as its new head coach after another solid year of improvement on that team.

The pre-bowl merry-go-round starts again. And it's a lot of fun, too.