Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: ESPN and the Southeastern Conference have reached a 15-year deal for all of the conference's TV rights beyond those taken by CBS. The deal is worth $2.25 billion and eliminates discussion about an SEC Network. It also ends Raycom Sports' relationship with the conference.
Evan Ren, Abilene Reporter-News: The proposal makes too much sense. How about starting a new Southwest Conference? The West Division would include New Mexico, New Mexico State, Texas El Paso, Texas Christian and Southern Methodist. The East would include Baylor, North Texas, Rice, Tulane and Louisiana Tech. Thanks to Sam at Bleed Crimson.
Susan Miller Degnan and Greg Cote, Miami Herald: Quarterback Robert Marve wasn't the only player suspended by Miami coach Randy Shannon. Six other players also were disciplined. Did Shannon handle the suspensions poorly?
Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: Sunday's season-opening Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado State and Colorado could be the last at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High for at least two years.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The Alabama-Clemson game Saturday in Atlanta signifies more than a season opener. It also marks the debut of the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff, which envisions becoming "the Daytona 500 of college football."
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: The worst firings and best hirings in the 12 years of the Big 12 Conference.
Pat Harty, Iowa City Press-Citizen: Interesting story on former Iowa player Willie Guy, who was the nation's No. 1 high school recruit in 1990. He never distinguished himself as a player, but he's doing so as a parent.
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