New on the beat, the upstart CBS analyst got right to the point Friday during a media teleconference call with opposing coaches for the Dec. 25 Aloha Bowl.
"Now, Glen," the CBS man asked of Kansas Coach Glen Mason, "are you a candidate for the UCLA job?"
Mason might have recoiled had not that grenade been tossed by UCLA Coach Terry Donahue, who resigned Monday to accept a position at the network.
It is ironic that Donahue's final game as UCLA coach will be against Kansas, whose coach, Mason, has been mentioned by some as a possible successor to Donahue in Westwood.
Donahue, a lame duck, is having no trouble floating rumors.
"I wanted to make sure you guys were as totally disrupted as possible," he told Mason.
For Mason, however, the situation is more prickly.
First off, he said, he has not contacted UCLA or been contacted by UCLA regarding Donahue's job.
But what if he had been?
"You know, that's like Patton--before he goes into a big battle--it's rumored that right after, or right before the battle, he's going to switch over to the German army," Mason said of his position. "It's caused me a lot of headaches and problems. Everyone's looking at me out of the corner of their eye."