BISHER: The conference name and other musings

Just when we thought our intercollegiate brethren were about to get it together, get this: the Big Ten now has 12 members, the Big 12 has 10 members, Nebraska moves into the same family with Penn State and Boston College is still in the same family with Florida State.

And the SEC still has a commissioner named Slive, for whatever that may mean.

Lee Trevino on golfing teachers: “I never saw one that could beat me, so why would I have one?”

Just in case you’re the kind who likes to plan ahead, the CBS Football network has announced that the Georgia-Florida game will be at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. (I think it’s the 30th, but don’t blame me if it’s not. You have plenty of time to check it out.)

I’ll tell you one thing, that Pebble Beach golf course was one tough cookie this year. Tiger Woods couldn’t even shoot par, nor could any other player. And can you imagine what the NBC network would have done if Gregory Havret had made that birdie putt on the 18th green? A playoff between a Frenchman and an Ulsterman (who doesn’t even know how to spell Graham) to decide the championship of the United States!

By the way, Tiger Woods has a contract with Golf Digest to produce a column once a month. In case you missed it, he has taken a few months off.

There’s a golf hole in South Africa 1,410 feet high, said to be the highest hole in the world. (The length isn’t mentioned, and you can understand.) I read that the first person to ace it will win a $1 million prize. Only one person has ever parred it — Padraig Harrington, the Irishman.

Uh, seems we’re missing something here. Weren’t Tom Glavine and John Smoltz supposed to be adding their baseball knowledge to Braves’ broadcasts? They did make introductory appearances earlier in the season, but have you heard either of them since?

Well, we have another old ball park biting the dust, Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, where after 61 years the NCAA College World Series plays its last, to be replaced by a new-fangled stadium costing $128 million. Historians say the most memorable game ever played there was a championship between Ohio State and Washington State, when Steve Arlin went 15 innings, struck out 20 batters, and O-State beat W-State for the title in 1965. Arlin’s reward? A contract with the newly franchised Padres, where he lost 67 of 101 decisions, then retired to dentistry. From one toothache to another.

Furman Bisher is one of the deans of American sports writing. The longtime Atlanta sports journalist is a member of the Georgia and Atlanta Sports Halls of Fame and in addition to his newspaper writing has authored multiple books on major figures like Hank Aaron and Arnold Palmer. He writes periodic columns for the Daily Post.