The Daily Cavalcade - 2008 Holiday Wish List
West Virginia QB Pat White
West Virginia QB Pat White
Posted Dec 23, 2008

It's the new feature for the site going into the off-season ... The Daily Cavalcade of Whimsy with a thought or two on the college football world coming every day. It begins with the 5th Annual Holiday Wish List for every team, including a Pat White for Michigan.

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If this column sucks, it’s not my fault I've bought 12 Christmas gifts so far with 11 of them for me.

Instead of the Cavalcade going on an eight-month hiatus, from here on throughout the off-season this will be a daily column of sorts with one or two musings, blurbs, thoughts, or madcap moments of reflection every Monday through Friday, or whenever the mood strikes, starting out with the annual holiday wish list for every team.

Up next this week, more on the situations with Gene Chizik, Joe Paterno, the bowls and more. In the meantime, have a happy holiday. Thank you so much for continuing to read this and for all of your kind words this season. Once again, a donation has been made in your name to the Human Fund.

The 5th Annual Christmas/Festivus/Hanukkah wish list for all 119 teams this holiday season. To ...
Air Force: At least one win against the Mountain West’s Big 3.
Akron: DT Ryan Bain to heal up and be the player he was in 2008 spring ball.
Alabama: Gene Chizik … wait a minute Bama, you’re not supposed to open your presents early.
Arizona: The Las Vegas Bowl as the jumping off point for the Mike Stoops era, and not the plateau.
Arizona State: An offensive tackle who can protect the passer, and a deep tissue massage for Rudy Carpenter.
Arkansas: A Matt Ryan jersey.
Arkansas State: A seventh win. (At the D-I level, the program hasn’t won seven games since 1978.)
Army: Rich Ellerson (the Cal Poly head coach whose offense led the FCS averaging 44 points and 487 yards per game).
Auburn: The next five years to go by very, very quickly. 
Ball State: Nate Davis to stick around one more year and for a few more dollars to be able to keep a coach like Brady Hoke the next time around.
Baylor: A few more finds like Robert Griffin.
Boise State: 108 wins in ten seasons to bring a bit more respect from the BCS.
Boston College:
Anyone but Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship.
Bowling Green: The Falcon offense to be better than 115th in the nation (what Tennessee’s offense was with Dave Clawson, the new head coach, in charge of the attack).
BYU: A new pair of pants after soiling the ones worn against TCU and Utah.
Buffalo: Another season with three overtime wins, a Hail Mary to pull out a victory, and for more fumbles in the biggest game of the year.
California: For the NCAA to take five minutes off from its treasure bath and understand why the words Reggie and Bush and New Era Sports & Entertainment all go together.
Central Michigan: A pair of lock-down cover-corners.
Cincinnati: Butch Jones in the waiting room to be ready when Brian Kelly inevitably bolts.
Dabo Swinney to be worth not going after an A list head man.
Colorado: Chris Petersen.
Colorado State:
A sack or a tackle for loss.
Donald Brown to not wake up and realize he belongs in the NFL.
Another Michael Tauiliili for the defense and a healthy Thaddeus Lewis for the offense.
East Carolina: Charlie Weis to stay at Notre Dame and for Skip Holtz to wait a few more years for the gig to open up.
Eastern Michigan:
The headlines to quickly turn from race to how Ron English has the program on track for its first winning season since 1995.
Florida Atlantic:
Howard Schnellenberger to open up the new stadium in 2010 with a Sun Belt powerhouse … and a sponsor for the building.
FIU: Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, Bose computer speakers, and a size-too-small Golden Dazzler cheerleader outfit for the wife … oh, wait, Florida International, not me? Fine. As big a jump in production from 2008 to 2009 as there was from 2007 to 2008.
The NFL advisory board to give Tim Tebow a 5th round projection, and for the Cleveland Browns to not want to go the college coaching route after the Butch Davis fiasco.
Florida State:
Another Myron Rolle and fewer of the 17 players who got nailed for academic cheating last year at this time.
Fresno State:
To realize the season isn’t over even after a loss to a team from a BCS league.
A crowbar to open up the slammed shut window of national title opportunity the program had with future Detroit Lion QB Matthew Stafford under center and Knowshon Moreno in the backfield.
Georgia Tech: For Paul Johnson to get the type of next-level athletes who can make this beautiful precision offense really sing.
For all the teams that book the Hawaii game as a sort of reward trip to get a bumpy flight, a crying kid, the Sudoku in the in-flight magazine to be half finished, and for the regular, dry roasted peanuts and not the honey roasted variety. Upon arrival, 80 degrees and bikinis as far as the eye can see.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin to remain under the radar when the coaching openings come up.
Linemen, linemen, linemen.
Illinois: A faster rowboat to catch up to the ship that sailed.
Indiana: A healthy and focused Kellen Lewis. 
Jewel Hampton to have taken good notes to be ready when Shonn Greene jumps to the NFL.
Iowa State: A quick and convenient end to the Gene Chizik era with some mind-numbed program stepping in to take him away. Wait, you got that? Then shoot for the stars and ask for the Red Rider BB gun.
Kansas: Bill Snyder to come back from the cobwebs to take over again at Kansas State … Santa visited early.
Kansas State:
The right JUCO transfers to come in and mesh with all the other JUCO transfers.
Kent State: A healthy Eugene Jarvis for a full season.
Kentucky: The incoming quarterback recruits to be good enough to allow Randall Cobb to be used in a variety of positions.
UL Lafayette:
Quick and talented replacements for QB Michael Desormeaux and RB Tyrell Fenroy.
UL Monroe: An offensive lineman who can protect the passer and a defensive lineman who can get to the quarterback.
Louisiana Tech:
Derek Dooley, son of the legendary head coach, Vince Dooley, to not be in line for the Georgia job if and when Mark Richt continues to fail at getting the program over the hump.
Todd Graham.
A damn strong football team and a quarterback whose favorite receiver isn’t wearing the other team’s colors.
A head coach with a defensive coaching background. No, another one.
Maryland: More close wins (five of the seven were by eight points or fewer).
Memphis: Even stronger quarterback play to take the pressure off RB Curtis Steele.
Miami: All the superstar recruits to be superstar players sooner than later.
Miami University:
An offense that can score, a defense that can stop the run, an offense that can stop turning the ball over, a defense that can get into the backfield, an offense that can run the ball ... 
Pat White, Steve Slaton, Darius Reynaud, Owen Schmitt, Ryan Stanchek, Greg Isdaner, Keilen Dykes, Reed Williams, Johnny Dingle, and a Big East schedule.
Michigan State: Rich Rodriguez to get an extension.
Middle Tennessee: Some semblance of a running game.
Minnesota: Eric Decker to come up with that catch against Northwestern.
Ole Miss: Ed Orgeron to come back as the recruiting coordinator.
Mississippi State:
Dan Mullen to show right away that his offense consists of more than Tebow right, Tebow left, Tebow right.
More players named Chase.
Ken Niumatalolo to continue to show he can keep the Paul Johnson success going for at least a few more years before taking the offense to a BCS program.
Nebraska: The defense to have Bo Pelini’s temper.
Nevada: A corner, a safety, another corner, and maybe another safety for the nation’s worst pass defense.
New Mexico: Mike Locksley to have gone to the Ron Zook school of recruiting.
New Mexico State:
The Hal Mumme offense to be able to score more than two points against Utah State and the defense to be able to keep someone’s running game to under 200 yards.
North Carolina:
Five minutes without hearing the name Tyler Hansbrough. Sorry, that’s a gift for the world this college basketball season. For the football team, one year when the key parts stay healthy and the head coach stays put.
NC State: A decent start (The Pack started 2-6 this year and 1-5 in 2007).
North Texas: The supposedly high-octane Todd Dodge passing attack to at least be above-average, and for a defense that can keep someone under 483 yards and 48 points.
Northern Illinois: A move from the brutal MAC West to the light and breezy MAC East, and 14 more points (The Huskies lost to Minnesota, Western Michigan, Tennessee and Central Michigan by four points or fewer.)
More games against mediocre teams that didn’t end up in a bowl. (Only two of the seven wins came against FBS teams that finished with a winning record.)
Notre Dame: A schematic advantage to figure out how to bring Urban Meyer to South Bend.
Ohio: More players named Boo.
Ohio State: Youngstown State: Sit Beanie and start Terrelle.
Oklahoma: A double-digit Texas loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl to put an end to the Longhorn whining/rock-solid talking point.
Oklahoma State: A defection to the Big 12 North, with the story to be reported by Jenni Carlson.
Oregon: A quarterback who doesn’t have the life expectancy of a Spinal Tap drummer.
Oregon State: An instruction manual: 1) Ask the choking team to stand if it is sitting. 2) Place yourself slightly behind the standing victim. 3) Reassure the victim that you know the Heimlich maneuver and are going to help. 4) Place your arms around the victim’s waist. 5) Make a fist with one hand and place your thumb toward the victim, just above his or her belly button. 6) Grab your fist with your other hand. 7) Deliver five upward squeeze-thrusts into the abdomen. 8) Make each squeeze-thrust strong enough to dislodge a foreign body. 9) Understand that your thrusts make the diaphragm move air out of the victim's lungs, creating a kind of artificial cough. 10) Keep a firm grip on the victim, since the team can lose consciousness and fall to the ground if the Heimlich maneuver is not effective. 11) Repeat the Heimlich maneuver until the run defense proves it can stop the Oregon running game.
Penn State: Joe Paterno to coach as long as he damn well wants to if his teams continue to go 11-1 on the way to the Rose Bowl.
Pitt: A masseuse to ease the back problems of LeSean McCoy and Scott McKillop after they carried the team for key stretches. 
Purdue: An offense that can score more than seven points against a team that doesn’t suck.
Rice: Jarett Dillard to go one day without having his first name spelled wrong.
Rutgers: Mike Teel’s second half of the season to join forces with his first half.
San Diego State: Brady Hoke to be on the same career path as Urban Meyer, who went from a MAC program, to a Mountain West program, to a superpower. At this point, the Aztecs will take a rent-a-coach if it finally means a little bit of success.
San Jose State: An offense that’s half as good as the defense.
South Carolina: An interception that Gamecock quarterbacks don’t like to throw.
South Florida: To be sheepish about only getting to go to the St. Petersburg Bowl against a mediocre team like Memphis.
SMU: Greg McMackin.
Southern Miss: Stacy and Clinton to raid the team’s closet and take care of those New Orleans Bowl uniforms. Also, for DeAndre Brown to come back better and stronger than ever.
Stanford: A manicure after scraping the nails on Pete Carroll’s chalkboard.
Drew Brees to come and run the Doug Marrone offense.
TCU: A Ross Evans kick that goes about three feet to the left.
Temple: A freakin’ break after going 5-7 with a loss to Buffalo on a Hail Mary, losses to Navy and Connecticut by three in overtime, a 7-3 loss to Western Michigan, and a 41-38 loss to Kent State.
Tennessee: Lane Kiffin’s wife to not be the only aspect of the program that’s smoking hot.
Texas: A case of Stickum for Blake Gideon.
Tulsa: The David Johnson of the first 12 games of the season.
Texas A&M: R.C. Slocum.
Texas Tech: Taylor Potts to Detron Lewis to become the new Graham Harrell to Michael Crabtree.
Toledo: Tim Beckman’s defense to be better than his Oklahoma State defense that didn’t generate a pass rush and was awful against the pass.
Troy: Someone to block Michael McGee.
Tulane: Health for at least one of the key skill players.
UAB: A nickname change to the UAB JoeWebbs.
UCF: A quarterback who can complete a throw. (UCF quarterbacks completed 43% of their passes on the season and went 48-of-124 for 541 yards in the final five games.)
UCLA: A healthy alternative to Kevin Craft.
UNLV: A defensive lineman who can stop the run and another who can get into the backfield.
USC: A year’s supply of Focus Factor with a double order for the games when no one’s really paying attention.
Utah: Alabama to assume Utah is just some team from a non-BCS conference … like Hawaii of last year.
Utah State: New head man Gary Andersen is half the recruiting for the Aggies that he was for Utah.
UTEP: A win in the final two games of a season. UTEP hasn’t won any of its final two games in a season since 1999 and since 1996 is 1-24 after November 15th.
Vanderbilt: A quarterback who can throw half as well as Jay Cutler and an attack that can score more than 14 points on a consistent basis.
Virginia: Former Bowling Green head coach Gregg Brandon to be good enough with the Virginia offense to get a new head coaching gig somewhere else.
Virginia Tech: The redshirt to be taken off Tyrod Taylor from day one.
Wake Forest: The defense to have held Boston College to 233 yards of total offense instead of 234.
Washington: To have gotten the right ex-USC offensive coordinator.
Washington State: A run defense, a passing attack, a takeaway, a drive without a turnover, a pass rush, an offensive lineman who can protect the passer, a punt returner, and a running back. 
West Virginia: The 2008 Michigan Wolverine highlight video.
Western Michigan: More games against Big Ten teams
Wisconsin: The ability to sit still on a two-point conversion attempt against Michigan, the ability to defend the option in the final moments against Ohio State, the ability to complete a pass against Penn State, the ability to tackle Iowa’s Shonn Greene, and the ability to get one more first down against Michigan State. 
Wyoming: A completed pass and the occasional touchdown for the nation’s worst scoring team.