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College Football: Cam Newton Wins Heisman and Florida Gators Make Austin Burn

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  Cam Newton, quarterback of the Auburn University Tigers, speaks after being awarded the 2010 Heisman Memorial Trophy Award on December 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIDecember 12, 2010

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 umpteenth time with a 31-17 victory, we all prepared ourselves for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. After all, the only thing that 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 on in Gainesville, Florida. After all, a few days earlier Urban Meyer had shocked the world of college football by walking out the door of Chompland. We weren't expecting anyone to get picked. Hell! Half of us were expecting Meyer to walk back in again and say: "Only joking! I'm back for another five years!"

But during Newton's Heisman Trophy victory, Florida spurned their laptop-throwing alum by telling the world that they'd hired the University of Texas' defensive coordinator 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 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 preseason hype) is on his way as Texas' new defensive coordinator. 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.

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