Nothing makes Mondays more tolerable than these six cool, clear and crisp college football stories from around the country.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sunday that Dooley will not return for his fourth season, though a timetable for an official announcement remains unclear.
Alabama's defense has had a two-week aberration. The Tide has given up more than 400 yards in back-to-back games for the first time in five years.
Kansas State's Collin Klein stands out among the three remaining undefeated title contenders, but Texas A&M freshman Johnny Manziel proved he's one to watch after leading the Aggies past Alabama.
The Irish are rarely passed over for anything good, but at No. 3 in BCS standings, they likely need Kansas State or Oregon to lose to reach title game. Alabama's defeat Saturday narrowed the national-scope scenarios but also raised the gun barrels of anxiety — especially in South Bend.
Kansas State is so close to getting to play for its first national title. With two more wins, the Wildcats almost certainly will be headed to Miami for the BCS championship game.
''That's a little bit of a trap question for me, because anything that I'm going to say is going to sound like an excuse and I don't make excuses,'' Chizik said Sunday. ''So we have a lot of things that responsibility-wise we have to claim as coaches. We've got times when we could have played better on the field when we were in position to make plays. It's a team game. You win with it and you lose with it, and we've won with it.
''I still think it really prompts you to really go back and start all over and re-evaluate. That's what we would in terms of starting over again with everything that we've done, every decision we've made and move forward.''
Asked if that means he's confident he can turn the program around, Chizik responded: ''That's very accurate.''