Caulton Tudor, Raleigh News & Observer: It's being called the big mistake of 1971. That's when South Carolina left the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: The most expensive soft drink in all of college football is $6.75 at Raymond James Stadium, home of the the South Florida Bulls.
Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle: In a blow to the Berkeley tree-sitters, a judge has lifted an order preventing California from building a sports training center next to Memorial Stadium.
Mark Fagan, Lawrence Journal-World: Terrorists in Lawrence? Kansas has banned backpacks from the stadium on game days. Officials cite Homeland Security recommendations behind the move.
Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal: He's buying into the hype. Yes, there's a chance Nevada Las Vegas might win one, perhaps two games.
Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star: A group of fans are planning a three-day flotilla down the Missouri River, with hopes of reaching St. Louis in time for Saturday's game between Missouri and Illinois.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Andy Roof, the troubled Washington State defensive tackle who has had multiple legal scrapes, was expelled from the university by the student-conduct board.
Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson's preparations for Saturday's game against Alabama were interrupted by tornado warning sirens.
Ken Tysiac, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina State starting tailback Jamelle Eugene will miss Thursday's opener at South Carolina because of an ankle injury.
Randy King, Roanoke Times: Fifth-year senior Sean Glennon was named Virginia Tech's starting quarterback over sophomore Tyrod Taylor.
A.J. Carr, Raleigh News & Observer: East Carolina's Skip Holtz had his contract extended through 2013.
Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Why the CBS and ESPN deals will be huge for the Southeastern Conference.
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii coach Greg McMackin has reopened the quarterback competition, saying it "could be a game-time decision" between Brent Rausch and Greg Alexander for the starting job against Florida.
Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa is beefing up its schedule, adding Arkansas State and Eastern Illinois for 2009.
Judd Zulgad, Minneapolis Star Tribune: The Big Ten Network has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Charter Communications that will add the channel to the second biggest cable system in Minnesota.
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