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The award for the most unexpected story of the college football postseason goes to ...

There has been plenty of shocking stories in college football this postseason. Which one of these headlines was the most surprising?

BOBBY BOWDEN RETIRES
Any other postseason, this is the sports story that would have dominated sports pages for a month. Bowden was seemingly forced out at FSU to make room for coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher.

CARLOS DUNLAP ARREST
Still shaking my head about this one. The Gators best pass rusher was arrested for DWI a few days before the Southeastern Conference championship game. Anyone who watched the BCS national championship can't tell me with a straight face that Dunlap wouldn't have been a major factor against Alabama. Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy did not respond well to pressure against Texas.

GATORS DEFENSE ALLOWS 490 YARDS
At the beginning of the year, newspapers and magazines thought Florida had the best defense in school history. At the end of the year, that defense caved under the pressure of an undefeated season.

MIKE LEACH FIRED
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was fired after information surfaced that he forced an injured player into solitary confinement (a shed, or an electrical closet, or something stupid). The injured player was the son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James, who played for SMU when the Mustangs were given the NCAA "death penalty."

MIAMI UPSET BY WISCONSIN
What happened to the Canes in Orlando?

JIM LEAVITT FIRED
South Florida's coach choked slammed a walk-on and then lied about it and then attempted to influence witnesses like a mobster. Who will coach USF? Dan McCarney anyone?

URBAN MEYER QUITS
Where were you when Urban Meyer announced his resignation? I was sitting in front of my computer in a New Orleans hotel when the email popped into my inbox. I haven't slept since that very moment!

URBAN MEYER IS BACK
It was the shortest retirement in the history of sports. Floyd Mayweather Jr. eat your heart out. Meyer was back coaching the Gators less than 24 hours after announcing his retirement.

PETE CARROLL TO THE SEAHAWKS
With the NCAA circling Troy, USC coach Pete Carroll got out of town on Saturday and reportedly accepted the head coaching position of the Seattle Seahawks for $7 million a year.

Am I leaving out any bizarre stories that should be on the list?

-jo-

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