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Morning links: Virginia paid hefty price to Bronco Mendenhall for wins; 'Miracle Bowl' ranked

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2016 file photo, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall argues a call during the team's NCAA college football game against Louisville in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia's 27-20 loss at Wake Forest over the weekend assured the Cavaliers, an
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2016 file photo, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall argues a call during the team's NCAA college football game against Louisville in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia's 27-20 loss at Wake Forest over the weekend assured the Cavaliers, and first-year coach Bronco Mendenhall, that they won't be going to a bowl game, a first in Mendenhall's 12 years as a head coach.
Ryan M. Kelly, Associated Press

Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars of USA Today looked at the cost per win of the Division I football teams for the 2016 season, and former BYU head Coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff at Virginia came in as the most expensive of any team in the country.

After talking about the transition from Mike London to Mendenhall, they wrote, "the Cavaliers ended up with a 2-10 record this season — two fewer wins than they had last season — and the greatest cost per win of any Football Bowl Subdivision public school, an average of more than $3.2 million."

Berkowitz and Schnaars then gave us how they came up with the number for Virginia, saying, "Mendenhall is making nearly $3.3 million from Virginia this season, including a $25,000 one-time signing bonus. His assistants are making just more than $3 million, including a combined $80,000 in signing bonuses."

The Utah Utes paid $841,375 for each win, according the story, while the Utah State Aggies handed out $779,292 per win. BYU was not listed.

BYU 'Miracle Bowl' win ranked as top 10 all-time bowl game

Sports Illustrated ranked the 10 best bowl games of all-time and BYU's 46-45 win over SMU in the 1980 Holiday Bowl made the list at No. 7.

Of the Cougars' come from behind win, they wrote, "In one of the greatest comebacks in bowl history (SMU led by 20 with 4:07 remaining), BYU cashed in after recovering an onside kick and blocking an SMU punt, with Jim McMahon hitting Clay Brown on a 41-yard game-winning heave as time expired."

The 2006 Rose Bowl that saw the Texas Longhorns knock off the USC Trojans 41-38 was No. 1 in the rankings.

Alex Smith the favorite scapegoat of Kansas City Chiefs' fans

Steven Ruiz of USA Today's For The Win listed the favorite scapegoat of the fans for every NFL team, and former Utah quarterback Alex Smith made the list for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Of Smith, Ruiz wrote, "When the Chiefs are going good, Smith is a winner. When they lose, he’s a game manager who will never take the team anywhere."