BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said last week that choosing a starting quarterback might be a big deal to the media, but not to him.

He plans to play both Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps in this week's season-opener against Washington.

"Everyone else might make some big deal about it," Mendenhall said, "but it won't be a bump on the pulse meter of our team."

Which must look a lot like the pulse meter on that original plan to partner with the WAC.

Yesteryear's news

If you think tickets are high for the Utes' game at Notre Dame game this fall, consider this: In order to guarantee admission to the Irish/Army game in Yankee Stadium in November, fans had to first buy a $300 ticket to a Yankee game, plus a seat to the Pinstripe Bowl.

Then there's the cost of the Notre Dame-Army game, which runs $125 for end zone seats.

Writes Jack Finarelli in The Sports Curmudgeon: "Remember this is Notre Dame versus Army in 2010 and not Notre Dame versus Army in 1948 ..."

Over and out

Speaking of pulses, Time magazine says Lou Gehrig may not actually have died of Lou Gehrig's disease.


Next thing you know they'll be saying Carlos Boozer didn't nearly die of that pulled hamstring.

Biggie size

According to Phil Steele's College Football Preview, the Idaho Vandals have the largest offensive line in the nation, averaging nearly 334 pounds.

That's a lot of weight to throw around, yet it still might not be enough to keep the WAC from imploding.

On the clock

PGA golfer Jim Furyk missed his Pro-Am time at The Barclays last week because his alarm clock failed.

Which must be frustrating, because Tiger Woods has been getting wake-up calls since November.

Reality coaching

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Utah football is offering an "Ultimate Ute Experience" sideline pass to home games this year.

Twelve passes are issued for each game, at $500 apiece. Fans are allowed to tour the football offices, locker room and stadium tower, eat a pre-game meal, park in the VIP lot and stand on the sidelines during the game.

In other words, same things Kyle Whittingham might do except maybe throw up into a bucket after a last second Beck-to-Harline pass.

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