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Weekend Wrap-Up: Newton, Muschamp and the Big 10

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton reacts to winning the Heisman Trophy. (Photo by REUTERS/Kelly Kline/Pool)

This past weekend was a historic one for the NCAA. Not only did college football crown the — most controversial — 76th Heisman Trophy winner, but the league also announced the formation and logo of the Big 10.

Cam Newton Wins the Heisman

Let’s face it. There wasn’t a better college football player in the country in 2010. Newton did things that many didn’t think were possible. Aside from his physical nature, Newton brought back his Tigers on a number of occasions, none more impressive then against Alabama, to put his team in the National Championship game.

Auburn, who was predicted to finish third in the SEC West, shocked the college football world in 2010. Was it was their extremely pompous, glory-filled star QB, their offensive coordinator, or recently coached in high school, or their horrible defense that did enough late against Arkansas, LSU and Alabama? Whatever the case may be, Auburn and Newton deserve to be in Arizona.

Newton received the majority of the first-place votes (729), with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck sitting in second place. Newton seemed like his usual self and had this to say in his Heisman speech:

“This whole thing right now is just beyond me. I feel like I’m in a dream. I haven’t woke up yet. It hasn’t even come up to me what I just accomplished.”

Although it’s uncertain at the time being whether or not Newton will have his trophy revoked at a later date, stop and appreciate what he did this season.

Muschamp back in the SEC

Last week, Urban Meyer stepped down as coach at the University of Florida. Just days later, the program announced the hiring of Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

Muschamp, 39, has experience at the highest levels. Muschamp helped lead LSU to a championship in 2003, before leaving with Nick Saban to coach with the Miami Dolphins. Following the Saban debacle, Muschamp ran to Auburn before finding a home in Texas.

Overall, Muschamp proves to be a solid hire, but without head coaching experience, some people in Gainesville are a little cautious. The Gators will pay him $2.7 million a year for five years. Muschamp and his staff will have their hands full, as Florida stands to lose a few recruits with the departure of Meyer.

With a sub-par 2010 season, Muschamp will not have a couple of years to get the Gators back to prominence. He’s expected to bring this program back to it’s glory and to do so quickly.

The Big 10

The Big 10 released it’s new logo and “divisions” over the weekend. Instead of the traditional names of some other major conferences, the Big 10 took a different approach.

The following teams will appears in the “Legends” division: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.

The “Leaders” division is as follows: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

The changes come after Nebraska joined the the conference after breaking away from the Big 12. Now, the Big 10 will hold a conference championship game at the end of the season to determine the winner.

Such game would have came in handy this season, as Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin all were in the top 10 and finished with one loss.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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