Joe Montana told me he's heard people say he was just a "system quarterback" with the 49ers, since Steve Young also had success in San Francisco right after he did. I asked Montana if that bothered him. "No," he said, laughing, "because I have those 'system' rings." ... Clippers forward Blake Griffin said he wonders what would have happened if he had pursued football. But he doesn't quite buy it when NFL players say they could play in the NBA. "Terrell Owens was at our practice facility a lot this summer begging coaches for a 10-day contract," Griffin said.... I asked Tommy Tuberville if leaving Texas Tech to be head football coach at Cincinnati was an upgrade to a better job. "They're all about the same," Tuberville said. "It's what you make out of it. This is a business. You're not going to retire, usually, like some coaches have over the years. It doesn't happen that way." ... Former Hoyas star Patrick Ewing commented on seven schools, including Georgetown, leaving the Big East. "I'm so disappointed," Ewing told me. "They shouldn't have let all those football teams in in the first place."