There's no hint as to Pat Devlin's destination, now that the Downingtown East grad has told Penn State he will transfer.

But a good bet could be Delaware. With Joe Flacco emerging as a top young NFL quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens, Delaware's track record is as good as anyone's. The Blue Hens also produced Rich Gannon, who won the NFL's MVP award after the 2002 season.

And since Delaware is in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision (previously Division I-AA), there would be no transfer penalty. Devlin could play immediately and would still have two years of eligibility remaining.

History lesson. One of the big reasons Carolina Panthers has re-emerged as a strong NFC contender is the Panthers' relentless running game.

As rookie running back Jonathan Stewart piles up yards, he usually does it by following his fellow rookie, right tackle Jeff Otah.

On draft day last April, general manager Marty Hurney chose Stewart at No. 13 with the Panthers' pick.

When the 6-foot-6, 330-pound Otah was still on the board at No. 19 and the Eagles were on the clock, Hurney pounced.

The Panthers sent their their second- and fourth-round picks from last year plus their first-round pick for 2009 to the Eagles in return for the chance to grab Otah.

Boxing in major fight. Joe Calzaghe, the Welshman who held the WBO super-middleweight world title for more than 10 years before moving up to light heavyweight to defeat Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, said boxing has a very dim future.

"There is too much politics in boxing, too many belts and too many champions, which dilutes real champions like myself," he said at a news conference in London. "There are four world champions in each division and it's bad because there are no stars anymore. It's a big problem."

Calzaghe also noted that the United States won only one medal at the Beijing Olympics - a bronze by heavyweight Deontay Wilder - which points to a grim future for American boxing.

Finally. It probably was inevitable, but it's still irritating. We're talking, of course, about Congress and its constant need to meddle in sports.

Rep. Joe Barton, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he plans to introduce legislation that would force college football to adopt a playoff to determine the national champion.

Did we tell you Barton's from Texas?

Or had you already figured that out for yourself?

This article contains information from the Associated Press.
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