Marcus R. Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: MarQueis Gray, Minnesota's top recruit, is off the team while officials investigate eligibility issues surrounding the quarterback. And while we're piling on, receiver Damien White, a member of the 2007 class, has left the team. Five players from that class, including coach Tim Brewster's son, Clint, have left the program.
Michelle Smith, San Francisco Chronicle: Stanford is calling it the "Gridiron Guarantee." Season-ticket and new "Family Plan" buyers can ask for it and if unsatisfied with the "entertainment value" at season's end, the cost of the season tickets will be refunded.
Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: Quotable running back Chris Rainey, who last year said "I'm a white girl man," talks about his "sex class" at Florida. "It's boring. I don't like to be in that class. I thought it was going to be fun, like what you see on TV but, it ain't like that."
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: Consider this your last warning: The Big East Conference has passed new sportsmanship legislation banning non-credentialed individuals (i.e. the fans) from entering the playing surface after the completion of a game.
Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Junior Nick Lomax, the son of longtime NFL quarterback Neil Lomax, has left the Boise State program and will transfer to a Division II or Division III school.
Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Quarterback Ben Mauk is now 0-4 against the NCAA, losing his latest appeal to play this fall for Cincinnati.
Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Defensive tackle Donald Langley and defensive back Brent Vinson will not play in Tennessee's opener at UCLA because of academic-related issues.
Darren Sabedra, San Jose Mercury News: Tavita Pritchard has emerged as Stanford's starting quarterback for Thursday's opener against Oregon State.
Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Daryll Clark will start at quarterback for Penn State when the ever-dangerous Coastal Carolina invades Beaver Stadium.
John Hunt, Oregonian: Oregon quarterback Nate Costa will undergo surgery and miss at least 8 to 10 weeks because of cartilage damage in his surgically repaired left knee. "I won't really need my knees when I'm 40," he said. "I'll be wearing a suit and tie by then." ... Justin Roper will start Saturday against Washington.
Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Rich Rod is introducing the "Victors Walk," a 200-yard walk by the Michigan players to the locker room about two hours before each home game. It will give fans a chance to interact with the players.
Jeffrey Sheban and Mary Lynn Plageman, Columbus Dispatch: The Big Ten Network has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable, allowing the country's second-largest cable company to carry the year-old network's programming.
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