Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle: California officials say a court ruling has cleared the way to begin construction on a $124 million sports training center next to Memorial Stadium. The ruling is the biggest setback yet to a group trying to save a grove of oak trees that would have to be removed for the project.
Phil Mushnick, New York Post: College programs continue to be enclaves for violent criminals on full athletic scholarships.
Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State has suspended defensive end Maurice Evans, defensive tackle Abe Koroma and tight end Andrew Quarless for Saturday's game against Oregon State. The three were linked to a marijuana investigation at their campus apartment Tuesday night.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: They're ordering red ink by the barrel at San Diego State, where the football team continues to be a financial strain on the university. The Aztecs' opening loss to Cal Poly won't help matters at the box office. Thanks to Mike.
Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times: Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich's status is in question after he was charged with violating terms of his probation for underage possession of alcohol. He is due in court Sept. 26.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: No goats or pigs allowed. Central Florida officials are cracking down on fans bringing pets to tailgate parties, beginning with Saturday's game against South Florida. Yes, fans have brought goats and pigs to past tailgates.
Ken Tysiac, ACC Now: Why the Atlantic Coast Conference's new policy regarding the reporting of injuries is failing.
Ron Morris, Columbia State: South Carolina set out Thursday night to keep another season from going to waste, but now we find the Gamecocks circling the drain after a loss to Vanderbilt.
Alan Trubow, Austin American-Statesman: Saturday's Texas-Texas EL Paso game — the first meeting between the teams since 1933 — is being billed as the biggest in Miner history.
Mark Janssen, Manhattan Mercury: Kansas State's Ron Prince defends dropping Fresno State from the schedule in order to play Montana State, saying the softer nonconference schedule sets up the Wildcats for a run at the Big 12 North title.
Desmond Conner, Hartford Courant: Connecticut's deal to play a home-and-home series with Tennessee in 2015-16 is likely to affect an arrangement the Huskies had to play Notre Dame in those seasons.
Matt Musil, KHOU-TV, Houston: Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, who hasn't been able to walk normally for six years, could be back on his feet again after undergoing a recent back surgery.