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Fiesta Bowl analyst Haden liked life without the BCS

by Mel Bracht Published: December 27, 2007
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/> Haden said the Sooners deserve the favorite's role, even before coach Rich Rodriguez bolted to take the Michigan job.

"This is a very good Oklahoma team and a young Oklahoma team,” he said. "I think Oklahoma has a chance to be really good next year. I've never seen a bigger offensive line. Phil Loadholt is a very large man.”

Besides adjusting to life without Rodriguez, Haden said the Mountaineers must protect the ball better to beat the Sooners.

"When they don't turn the ball over, they're really hard to slow down. Their biggest nemesis has been turnovers in the games they've lost.”

After covering a dismal, 3-9 Notre Dame team this season for NBC, Haden must be looking forward to covering some good football teams.

"I still think they are the brand name in college football,” he said of the Irish. "They were not very good this year. And they didn't improve, which was the most surprising thing to me.”

NBC has allowed Haden out of his contract to work the Fiesta Bowl for Fox. He said the two networks have a good relationship, noting Vasgerian covers the Olympics for NBC.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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Analyst Pat Haden is not a fan of the BCS system. Courtesy NBC Sports

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