A holiday bowl mix of “David Citations” for the interesting, weird and just plain zany in sports:
MOST AMAZING COMEBACK: Conway’s girls scored four points in the final two seconds to defeat a team from McKinney, Texas, in a tournament at Duncanville.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEXAS COACHING SEARCH: One of the members of the University of Texas coaching search committee includes Pamela Willeford, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
WEIRD BEVOTOLOGY: SI.com actually had a 16-candidate bracket for the public to vote on who would be the next Longhorn football coach. Baylor’s Art Briles prevailed in that one.
YANKEES IN TEXAS: The Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston featured Minnesota vs. Syracuse.
BEST SERGEANT AT ARMS: At the beginning of the recent Broyles Award luncheon, some workers in a nearby room were making a lot of noise. “I’ll take care of it,” Bob Diaco, former Notre Dame defensive coordinator and new Connecticut head coach (and last year’s Broyles Award winner) said as he headed for the noise. “Those guys have no idea what is coming,” said MC David Bazzel.
STEELY ARKANSAS COACHES IN IRON BOWL: Bear Bryant, Tommy Tuberville and Gus Malzahn, all coaches bred in Arkansas, are a combined 28-9 in the Iron Bowl game against Auburn (Bryant, 19-6; Tuberville, 7-3; Malzahn, 2-0).
BEST “GET” IN A NON-BCS BOWL GAME: The Chick-Fil-A Bowl got Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M in probably his final college game.
WEIRDEST BOWL LONG NAMES: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsetta Bowl; Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl; Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grunmann.
SHORTEST BOWL GAME WITH SPONSORSHIP: Belk Bowl.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @dmaclcd)