Wake up, Bronco Nation: Boise State football links and things, 11-10-11

FORT COLLINS, CO - OCTOBER 15: Defensive lineman Shea McClellin #92 of the Boise State Broncos makes an interception of a pass by quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams in the third quarter at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Fort Collins, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Shea McClellin is the pride of Marsing...and Caldwell

The best part of the profile of Shea McClellin for me was that supposedly Marsing and Caldwell both claim him. Shea attended Marsing High School but his address is technically Caldwell. That didn't stop Marsing from hanging a huge sign that reads "The Home of Boise State's Shea McClellin #92". All I know is that when Kevan and I were playing against Marsing, they didn't have players like Shea. 

Joe Paterno out as Penn State coach effectively immediately

Earlier on Wednesday, Joe Paterno had announced that he would retire at season's end but last night Penn State's Board of Trustees met and decided that wasn't good enough. They voted out Paterno as well as president Graham Spanier. Students were not happy and took to the streets toppling some news vans to make themselves feel better. Check out the above link to the Story Stream to get the full details about everything that went down yesterday.

As far as Joe Paterno goes, it's a very sad ending for the legendary coach, but this is a moment when we as a society seem to be stepping up and announcing that merely reporting allegations of sexual abuse is not good enough. Everyone has a moral obligation to do more. 

Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas says that BCS AQ's may go away

He proposes that the top 10 teams in the BCS should be given the 10 berths to the BCS games no matter what conference they are in. This should theoretically stop the moving around to different conferences in search of AQ status.

This seems like a possible good thing for Boise State until you realize that Neinas a consultant to the MWC and C-USA on their merger. Could Neinas be trying to convince Boise State to stay put and not make a leap to the Big East? Also, this idea seems to have at least one big hurdle in the Rose Bowl who really likes their Big 10 / PAC12 match up no matter of the rankings.

Heisman Trophy typically favors players from the top 2 ranked teams

9 out of the last 11 Heisman trophies have been awarded to a player that has played in the BCS Championship. Could this happen again? Or could Luck maintain his lead in the Heisman if Stanford drops a game to Oregon this weekend? 

Frogs O' War gives a comparison of TCU and Boise State's history as programs 

Granted, HawkeyedFrog does seem to cherry pick some categories (Everyone knows that we Boise State fan like to only compare the last 10-15 years). But it is interesting to learn a little about TCU's history and how far they've fallen (zing!). But seriously, I'm looking forward to part 2. 

Former Washington QB Brock Huard makes a case for Boise State in the NC (HT: Acash1983)

Unfortunately it's behind the ESPN Insider pay wall. However, some benevolent NUGies have pulled out the main points of the article for the rest of us.

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