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Today, we discover one the effects of losing by 10 at Middle Tennessee.

Stories in local papers about anything but your team.

OK, this is probably a more D.C.-centric phenomenon than anything. And California, the Terrapins‘ next opponent, is ranked and has a sizzling tailback in Jahvid Best.

But the process for us media folk seem to be like some multi-step process: 1. Shock (Game story); 2. Questioning (stories in Monday’s papers); 3. Understanding (stories in Wednesday’s papers); 4. Moving on (finding anything more compelling to write about than a team coming off a stunningly ugly loss).

Of course, this is not an actual process. It just so happens that it’s worked out this way in the last couple days. I wrote about Best, who ripped off a pair of touchdowns runs of at least 80 yards on Saturday.

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/11/bears-best-is-on-the-fast-track/

* Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post builds on the comparison of Best’s speed to that of Reggie Bush.

* The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker looks at manic defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo. In a related note, Maryland is one of four major-college schools without a sack (North Texas, Washington and North Carolina) this season.

* The Baltimore Sun’s David Steele dispenses with the football and chats with Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams about the death of Don Haskins, whose well-chronicled 1966 Texas Western team defeated Kentucky at Cole Field House for the national title.

* Elsewhere, colleague Tim Lemke has the lowdown on the EagleBank Bowl.

Patrick Stevens

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